It was a beautiful day for the Infinity Aquathlon – nice and warm with a gentle breeze – and a great course setup that allowed spectators a great view of the races as they developed in the comfort of their deck chairs.
Again, we had a great turn-out with 20 competitors across 5 different age groups and also a parent taking part in the adult event.
After a detailed race briefing from the race director
it was off to the swimming pool to be changed and let racing commence.
Rebecca Bint was our sole competitor and finished a creditable 6th overall. She was so fast that none of the website photographers snapped her – thankfully her mum did get a couple of photos!!
She had the following thoughts about her race:
” This was my first ever aquathlon and I was really nervous but also excited before the race. My swim was ok and I didn’t get overtaken by anyone. Unfortunately when I got to transition, I couldn’t find my towel and lost some time (12 seconds on the girl ahead of me). I had a fast run and finished in 4th place for TriStar girls but I was upset because I missed out on 3rd by 9 seconds.”
Rebecca’s brother, Jonathon was also making his competitive debut and came 17th out 28. His reflections on the race were:
“There were 28 boys taking part for TriStar 1 and 4 were from Triforce Juniors ( Jonathan, Lucas, Tom and Daniel). I had to wait a long time before my swim start and got chatting to some other boys from different clubs about Minecraft. I had a good swim and a fast transition. There were lots of people cheering on the run which helped me to put in a fast run. Overall, I finished 17th in TriStar 1 boys and was really happy as I don’t think I could have raced any faster.”
Our other racers were Lucas Hartley who led the Tri-Force Juniors team home in 14th place, Tom Pruett who came in just behind Jonathon in 18th – and Daniel Mohammedbhai who came in 23rd.
Our sole female competitor was Robyn Hartley who is another novice at this level of competition and she finished in 16th place.
We had 4 competitors in the Tri2 girls and we saw some great racing. Hats off to Antonia Jubb who came 1st overall
and Sara Laitner who came 4th but was a little disappointed not to join her teammate on the podium as she had won the 2 previous East Region aquathlons.
At the end as well as being pleased to receive their medals they headed off to a charity selfie area and had some fun.
Congratulations also to Caitlin Hartley in 10th and Zara Mohammedbhai in 18th who are in their first competitive seasons and put in gutsy performances. Well done all.
In the boys we were missing a few of our regulars, but William Hughes kept the flag flying with a 5th position overall and Zakeriah Mohammadbhai who came 11th.
We had 3 girls competing in Tri3 and all finished in the Top 10! (out of 21). Christie Durbin, who is in the younger age band, came 3rd thanks in part to a highly impressive 2nd place run – missing 2nd overall by just three and a half seconds mainly due to a slower transition
Tori Weston was 6th and Hannah Newman 9th. A really good set of performances.
Hannah’s views were: “I really enjoyed this race. I did a good swim, despite the arrangement being a bit odd (you had to scramble out of the pool a third of the way through the race, run to the other end of the pool and jump in again). There was also a longer than normal run to transition, so you had to keep pushing all the way as you got your swim hat off. The run course was quite flat and short, so you had to do quite a few laps. I tried to work on my technique and was really pleased that I overtook a few people and kept up with a few of the faster runners around me. I came in the top 10 in both swim and run – I was really pleased with my run, its possibly my best ever for Tri-Force!”
The Youth race was combined with the adults and comprised a 400m, 20 length swim and a 3k 5-lap run. Competitors from Essex, Cambridge, Peterborough, Hoddesdon and Ipswich were well represented.
Jessica Laitner put in a superb performance to finish 1st female Youth (despite being a year young). A fantastic swim leg just a few seconds behind the overall course winner was followed with a very strong run performance to win the event in 20.27, some 1 minute 40 ahead of her nearest rival.
Hannah Trotman and Ros Chase also performed well completing the course as 5th and 7th females respectively. For Ros this was her first race since her school friend Hannah had persuaded her to join the club a couple of months earlier and they were really pleased with the results.
Adam Hughes recorded exactly the same swim time as fellow club athlete Oliver Davis and followed up with a strong run leg to finish 9th male in. Oliver Davis set 2 records – the slowest transition of any junior athlete in the entire event was followed by the fastest run leg of the day over the 3k course. Overall finishing in 6th place. Time to invest in a Tri-suit his Dad thinks!
Mike Weston decided to enter in his words for “a bit of training” and came 8th overall.
Overall we had some great results and performances from both seasoned campaigners and novices which augurs well for the rest of the season. All the competitors appeared to enjoy the day with a number of them looking forward to the following day’s practice triathlon at Sandringham.
Many congratulations to our 3 trophy winners