For the 4 Tri-Force Junior members it was a bright but really chilly morning for the Tri-Sport Epping Aquathlon – so much so even the refreshment stand moved indoors!!!!!
This event in previous years has been part of the East Region League, but despite it not being this year the quality of the fields in each race was just as high as ever.
After watching all the Tristar Starts and 1s compete it was eventually the turn of the Tristar 2 girls to get into the swimming pool. The fastest wave included Christy Durbin and Sophie Mabbs from Tri-Force Juniors along with 2 sisters who both represented the South East Region at the Inter Regional Championships last year.
Sophie Mabbs, who had only got back from a school trip to Italy late the night before, was first out of the swimming pool nearly half a minute quicker than the next competitor. With her ever quick transition she was off and running before the next competitor had exited the swimming pool. A second place run meant she won the race with over 20 seconds in hand.
Christy Durbin was in 4th= place after the swim coming out level with the second South East IRC competitor. Unfortunately the issues she had with her trainers at Basikdon were repeated in this race and try as hard as she could, she struggled using many different techniques to get the shoes on , which caused her to lose so much time that the South East IRC girls were long gone out of transition. Despite initially beginning to close the gap on the girls in front, Christy could not get close enough and eventually had to settle for a 4th place run and 4th place overall. Without the issue in transition, it would have been really interesting to see who would have finished in 3rd place. Hopefully the trainers will be resolved for the next race.
In the Tristar 3 Girls race was Alannah Mabbs who had been doing some extra training since Basildon and it showed. A 4th= place on the swim and then a 5th place on the run meant she finished 6th overall.
The Tristar 3 Boys race was loaded with top East Region triathletes and another South East Region IRC member. James Mabbs, being the younger age band, was unsurprisingly in the slower wave. James was in 8th place after the swim fully 40 seconds behind the leader in his wave. James does have history of running well at this course and so it proved again as every lap he was gradually reeling in the boy in front of him. At the start of the final lap James was still about 10 seconds behind but now had the boy well in his sights and eventually overtook him about 150m from the finish and sprinted away to open up a 5 second gap at the end. James 4th place run moved him up to 6th overall.
All in all a very satisfactory set of results for the club with all 4 competitors in the top 6.