Saturday, 25 May 2019

Henley junior athletes exceed all expectations at their first Portsmouth triathlon

HENLEY Junior Triathlon Club outperformed expectations at the Portsmouth Triathlon last Sunday.

HENLEY Junior Triathlon Club outperformed expectations at the Portsmouth Triathlon last Sunday.

The triathlon is the only race of the South Central region with a swim course in open sea and is a magnet for some of the best triathletes in the region.

Tri Henley fielded 11 boys in the U12 category in a wave of 40 competitors. Adam Hunt, Archie Griggs and Ben Doyle all produced strong swims and runs to finish fifth, sixth and seventh respectively.

This was a substantial result for a club only half way through its first ever competitive season.

Notable performances also came from Ed Bindoff with eighth fastest swim time, and Justus Larter with the seventh fastest run.

Saoirse McClure-Fisher for the U14 girls took first place in a field of 21 with an impressive performance, earning herself points towards entry to the inter-regional championships.

In the same category, newcomer Isobel Barnett emerged from the swim in fourth position, then added a fast run to position 10th overall.

For the U14 boys, Hugo Warner and Sam Jarvis fought a dual across all three disciplines, with the pair exiting the swim together, Jarvis edging ahead on the bike, to be overtaken by Warner in a surprise attack at the start of the run. The two finished just 18 seconds apart, 16th and 17th respectively.

Daisy Butterworth and Tom Edmondson competed in the U16 category. Both joined adult super sprint waves comprising a 400m swim, 10km bike and 2.5km run.

With the swim course moved further out to sea, the key challenge was a strong current that saw weaker swimmers literally moving backwards in the water, with some being plucked from the sea by rescue boats. Both Henley competitors overcame the current with ease, with Butterworth emerging from the swim 100m ahead of the entire field. As she was so far in front the marshalls assumed she was part of a previous wave and sent her on a second, unnecessary, lap of the run route.

The club has been in communication with the organisers to review Butterworth’s times.

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