Young triathletes make their competition debuts
NEARLY 200 young people from the ages of eight to 16 took part in the Chiltern Junior Triathlon, many for the first time at the triathlon discipline.
On a fine Sunday morning, 23 eight-year-olds started the event with their race.
Based at Chesham Leisure Centre for the swim, and then out onto Chesham Grammar school’s playing fields for the bike and run, first in the eight-year-old boys was Arthur Martin in 7.01 minutes. The girls race saw a win for Isabella Seddon in 8.11.
In the next race, TriStar1 (9/10) saw a win for Dylan Fuller in 6.29 and Maria McMullen in 6.34.
Moving up an age group, TS2 (11/12) saw a win for Isaac JessopTranter in 10.43 and a dead heat in second place for Maximillian Baxter and Scott Gildersleve in 11.03.
Francesca Baxter won in 10.45 to retain her title from last year in a slightly quicker time, she was part of the ‘ Gorgeous Girls’ winning team along with Marea Logan and Amelia Jones.
In TS3 (13/14) the boys’ winner was Cormac Nisbet in 13.05. He was a repeat winner this year, having won in 2017, even though he had moved up an age group. Orla Williams won the girls race in 14.03.
In the final race of the day in the youths section (15/16), John Finn finished in 14.55 with a very strong swim section and Hatty Bell in 17.05.
Other winning teams in TS1 were Tri-Ceratops’ William Trotter, Ming Jun Leonard and Iwan Bridge and, from Gateway School, Katie Allsop, Danica Forster and Charlotte Grosse in 23.19. TS2 boys Maximillian Bax- ter, Charlie Ventress and Ethan McCall were in the JC1 Tri Team.
The only team entries in TS3 were James Hodgson, Jacob Gardner and Ethan Gardner who formed the team #iwishiwastwelve in 61.44. Emma Philips, Jess Chandler and Beth Podmore from Aylesbury High School finished in a slightly quicker time than the boys with 52.29.
The Chesham mayor Jane McBean and John King, President of Chesham Rotary Club, were on hand to present the trophies and prizes to the winners