A torrential downpour of rain greeted the early competitors to the East Region Biathlon (part of a Pentathlon GB competition comprising of an individual swim and run with points being allocated based on times) at Woodside Leisure Centre in Watford. Despite that there were still over 200 competitors in the various age groups with a lot of exceptional runners or swimmers.
This may have been one of the reasons for a few Tri-Force Juniors not showing up on the day.
Lauren Enever was the oldest of the Tri-Force Juniors taking part in the Under 15 girls race. After her 1600m run she was in 5th place and then a 6th place in the 200m swim meant she retained her 5th place position overall.
Francesca Paganuzzi had never done a biathlon before and was a bit shocked at the speed the runners set off in her under 13 girls 1600m run and found herself a little isolated behind the leaders but well in front of a group of slower runners. A 12th place on the run was followed up by an 11th place in her 100m swim which resulted in a final position of 13th.
The final 2 Tri-Force Juniors were both in the Under 10 boys race. Mathew Enever was in 3rd place after the 800m run with Lucas Hartley 2 places behind in 5th. It was all change after the 50m swim for Lucas as he recorded the fastest swim time (37.60 seconds), over 4 and a half seconds ahead of the next competitor to win the silver medal. Mathew was consistency personified with a 3rd place on the swim to retain his bronze medal position overall.
Ironically enough all 3 medalists were East Region triathletes.
On the 26th November, Mathew Enever travelled to Solihull to compete in the National Biathlon Championships. In a high class competition of 55 competitors Mathew acquitted himself really well with an 11th place on the swim and 33rd in the run to finish in an excellent 24th place overall.