Despite the relatively lower turnout for Hoddesdon’s first Junior Triathlon event, the small grassy enclosure that allowed a slightly higher perspective view of both the cycle and run sections of the competition, was a perfect size on this occasion to accommodate the enthusiastic support for those competing.
This said, it seemed clear that any future opportunities to host the event for a greater number of competitors, would require a modification of both the transition area, refreshment facilities and ultimately, the supporters viewing area, although the pool had very good viewing opportunities for the spectators and the event was very well marshalled and presented by the club, with very good commentator reporting and refreshingly quick results presentation, considering that this was not a chip timing event.
As for the competition itself, Tri-Force had a number of representatives that included, Rebecca Bint for the Tristarts, Florence Crowley, Mackenzie Holt and Jonathan Bint in the Tristar 1 event, Christina Durbin, Jessica Thorn, Aiden Mclean and Matthew Peck in Tristar 3, and finally Naomi Holt competing in the youth section.
Rebecca Bint was our first competitor in the Tristarts, performing very well in all three elements, to eventually finish 7th in the competition overall. Great effort Rebecca.
In Tristar 1, our three competitor’s were Florence Crowley, Mackenzie Holt and Jonathan Bint.
Mackenzie had a good performances in both the swim and bike section of her race , but she saved the best till last, finishing with the 3rd best run overall to help her gain 7th out of the 10 competitors.
Florence keeps on improving and grows in confidence, she started with an equal 3rd fastest swim. followed by a 3rd fastest cycle element, but it was her 2nd fastest run that ensured her 2nd place finish overall. Great effort Florence.
Jonathan Bint also produced a great effort in all disciplines, finishing a great 11th out of the 22 competitors, so already proving himself better than 50% of his fellow competitors. Well done Jonathan.
Tri-Force had two athletes in the Tristar 3 girls event, and once again the old adversaries within Tri-Force of Christina Durbin and Jessica Thorn battled it out for the podium places, reflecting again, the anxiety, effort and clear for all to see, the friendly rivalry between the two, and once again hey did not fail to impress.
Jessica completed her swim just a few seconds quicker than Christie, and was also 10 seconds ahead in the cycle element, but Christie dug in and finished excellently with the events fastest run overall . However, as if to prove the equality in standards of both of these two athletes, Jessica clung on and managed to claim second place, although she finished just 1 second faster than Christie Durbin who got the final podium 3rd place.
Just like the girls the club had 2 representatives in the Tristar 3 boys race with Matthew Peck, given his recent results, expected to be favourite to beat Aidan McLean. All started smoothly for Matthew with the fastest swim of the 11 competitors and already a minute up on Aidan. A 2nd fastest cycle for Matthew extended his overall lead over the rest of the field while Aidan had an 8th place in that discipline. Although not sure what happened to Matthew on the run, as it normally doesn’t cause him any issues, he sadly lost loads of time and places in that discipline to finish 8th overall while Aidan overtook him near the end to come 7th overall.
With only three competitors in the Youth section, a podium finish was not the target, but Naomi Holt did not disappoint in her efforts on this afternoon.
Proving her dominance in the swim, Naomi finished well ahead on this discipline, and also performed well in the final run section, however, with some mystery surrounding the timing of the athletes during the bike section, it was eventually decided to award a slower time to Naomi than her other competitors, and she eventually won the third place position.
Well done Naomi!