5 members of the club (4 in the younger age band) made the long journey to Framlingham School which for the Tristar categories was the final triathlon of the East Region League season.
The bike course is probably the hardest and most technical on the circuit with a fast downhill stretch across the school golf course before having to stop to cross a marshaled road and then going around a flat sports field before returning back to the road where another enforced stop is in place. Immediately after crossing back over the road the competitors are faced with a tough rough gravel track climb with a 90 degree bend at its steepest point half way up the hill.
Our first competitor was Mackenzie Holt in the Tristar 1 Girls event. Mackenzie was in 19th place after the swim but moved up a few places with a 16th place on the bike. A 20th place on the run saw Mackenzie return back to her original swim position of 19th. With another season in this age category Mackenzie can look forward with confidence to a successful 2017.
Next off resplendent in her East Region IRC kit was Antonia Jubb. This was always going to be a tough race with 20 competitors including all 3 East Region IRC girls but also the reserve.
Antonia started really well and was in 2nd place only 1 second behind the leader after the swim. Cycling is Antonia’s weakest discipline, and with the course giving a big advantage to competitors who favour cycling, it was probably no surprise to see her lose some time over her nearest rivals. A 5th place on the bike meant she started the run in 3rd place now 46 seconds behind the leader. An excellent 2nd place on the run (again only 1 second off the fastest) meant Antonia climbed back into 2nd place overall only 16 seconds behind the leader.
It says something about the strength of the East Region Tristar 2 girls this season in that the winner was the IRC reserve. With the other 3 East Region IRC girls moving up an age band next season, Antonia can’t wait for the 2017 season to come around!!!!
Christy Durbin was our sole representative in the Tristar 3 girls race and yet again found herself up against all the East Region IRC team. Christy is always having to play catch up with her weakest discipline, the swim, coming first. At the start of the bike ride Christy was in 8th place but made up 2 places with a 6th place on that discipline. Christy’s running has improved massively this year and she showed it with a 3rd place on the run which moved her up to 5th= overall and the 2nd fastest of the younger age band. She ended up only 25 seconds off the podium with all the competitors in front of her having represented the East Region IRC team previously. Christy’s goal next season is to make it into the East Region IRC Tristar 3 team.
On to the Youth Girls where the girls vice captain Naomi Holt was the only younger age band competitor taking part. Naomi started well with a 4th place on the swim and having done so much cycle training this season was really looking forward to tackling a hard and technical course for once. Naomi flew round on the bike and was 3rd quickest to find herself in 2nd place overall. The question was could her run, the weakest of her disciplines, stand up to the chase for the podium that was about to ensue with 3 competitors hot on her tail between 30 and 40 seconds behind. Sadly the answer was no and Naomi was 5th on the run and 4th overall only 29 seconds off the podium. Again another one of our club members looking forward to 2017 (apart from maybe her GCSE’s!!!!)
Our final competitor was Matt Honeyman making his East Region Children’s League swansong in the Youth Boys race. Matt has competed in this event numerous times before and has always rated it as one of his favourites. Sadly Matt was not on top form and after a 5th place in the swim gradually slipped down the field with a 7th place on the bike and an 8th place on the run to finish in 8th place overall. This was not the way Matt wanted to finish his junior triathlon career, but hopefully he will continue to make some appearances at the club next season.
Unique to this event there are also team prizes for each age group. The team comprises of 3 members from the same club of which at least one needs to be of each gender. Sadly for Tri-Force Juniors with a Youth and 2 Tristar 3 members dropping out before the event we were unable to field any teams this year. Let’s hope for 2017.
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