As part of the expansion of Putteridge Swimming club and it’s commitment to embrace and include a wider mix of swimmers and athletes from various sports within the local community and beyond, the club announced a few months ago that they would be holding their first ever Triathlon event in September 2016.
Despite the various promotions and shout out’s to highlight the event, and to encourage all ages and newcomers to take part in a low key, relaxed introduction to the world of triathlon, I am sure that the event organisers were somewhat disappointed in the fairly low turnout on this occasion, but remain committed to the cause in offering the wider community of Luton and it’s surrounding districts the opportunity to experience this great sport first hand.
Putteridge and Tri-Force Junior members Hannah Rayden and Jessica Thorn took part.
Despite the early morning start, the event was bathed in bright warming sunshine throughout the race and the number of enthusiastic competitors were matched by the keen group of volunteers, willing to undertake their roles responsibly. Remember that this was an inaugural event, and therefore had no provision for an ambulance team or other officials that would normally be present, so attention to Health and Safety remained of paramount concern to the organizers.
Being a GoTri event the final results combined all of the competitors together no matter their gender or age. Jess was one of the youngest taking part and won the whole event even beating a 19 year national male swimmer by nearly 30 seconds. Hannah came home 3rd overall just behind him and with over a minute to spare on the next competitor. What a fantastic result by both girls.
All the elements of the Triathlon were well staged and briefed accordingly and beyond the standard 25 metre pool requirements , the course covered a well marked and meandering grass bike course that included a pleasant aisle of large shadowing trees, followed by a demanding run section over also over grass, that would test many experienced triathlon athletes, and therefore it is considered that the various elements of a future triathlon event here, would be well supported by the Lewsey Farm pool and park facilities, should this become a regular event over the next few years.
It has just been announced that an East Region skills school is going to be taking place at the same location on January 14th 2017 which all members should think of attending.