Tri-Force Juniors Triathlon 2016

After selling out the initial allocation of places in 23 hours and having loads of kids on the waiting list, the final couple of weeks of administration for the race was spent sorting out withdrawals and adding kids off the waiting list into the event. The final child entered less than 48 hours before the race and ironically enough resulted in the initial problem of getting the Tristar 1 boys results out promptly on the day.

On the day before the race an additional transition training session was held at Sandringham School and while the kids practiced under the guidance of Sean and other senior members of the club in weather that to say the least was changeable to at one point downright horrible, the parents got all the race bags ready and the race director and coaches mapped out the transition area and entry and exit points.

A number of parents arrived at 0830 on the Sunday morning to set up the course which is a huge undertaking. Much to our horror we found that the grass had been cut recently and the cuttings had been left on the field which meant that to ensure we did not have the same issues as Basildon an unplanned raking operation ensued.
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As is often the case a number of kids turned up earlier than expected to walk the course and inspect the start lists and course map.
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The kids got registered
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and then immediately went and got their tattoos added to their leg and arm. This was initially manned by the captains and vice captains but a number of other Tri-Force kids pitched in to help.

While the spectators set up their camps
2016 TriForce Open Tri Spectators 1the kids took their transition kit and bike to the transition area where the bikes were carefully scrutinized by the Tri-Force coaches and Sean could be seen with his tools at the ready to make emergency repairs.

Once through the bike check the kids found their number on the racks and placed their kit, in some cases very well organized, underneath their racked bikes.

All that was now left for the kids to do was to complete their cards with some information about themselves for the race commentator Barry Thorn to read out and gain entry into the spot prize draw at the end of the day.

The kids and parents then descended on the hot food stand and the Tri-Force Juniors cake stall, manned by the chair Hannah Avis, to get some well deserved refreshment. Sadly the ice cream van never made an appearance.

With the transition area now closed
2016 TriForce Open Tri Transition 3the British Triathlon Chief Technical Officer, David Bennett, did his inspection of the rows of bikes to ensure they had been racked correctly and there was no unauthorized kit remaining in transition. A number of the kids did get called out by the commentator to return to transition.

With the all clear given and Essex Medics who were supplying first aid and Active Training World who were doing the chip timing in place

the race director, Paul Durbin, commenced the race briefing.

With happy marshals in place in the pool, transition area and around the bike and run courses

and the Drinks Station initially manned by 2 injured Tri-Force Juniors, Sophie Mabbs and Ben Crooks, it was time for racing to commence with the Youth Girls.

Naomi Holt, the Girls Vice Captain, had a tremendous race with a 2nd= place on the swim and then a quick first transition meaning she was in 2nd place overall coming onto her favourite bike discipline. Naomi was then quickest on the bike meaning she had closed the gap on the leader to 15 seconds and despite a good run had to settle for a superb 2nd place overall.
2016 TriForce Open Tri NH Trophy 1Hannah Rayden always has to play catch up with her weakest discipline, the swim, being first and found herself in 7th place as she exited the pool. A second quickest first transition meant she had moved up to 6th as she jumped onto her bike and a 4th place in that discipline moved her up another couple of places and only one place off the medals. Her normally reliable fast run unfortunately did not materialize and she ended up dropping one place to finish 5th overall.
Hannah Trotman had an almost identical race to Hannah Rayden. She found herself down in 8th place after the swim and first transition but a 5th place on the bike saw her move up one place in the overall standings. Another good run saw her move up one more place to 6th and secure the younger age band trophy.
2016 TriForce Open Tri HT Trophy 1Alannah Mabbs, the Girls Captain, kept up the tradition of club captains having problems in our race. Alannah started well with a 4th place on the swim only 6 seconds behind Naomi, but try as she might to catch up to Naomi she steadily lost ground and after a 7th place on the bike found herself 6th overall. This year has been a real problem on the run with leg issues, and yet again she ended up on the deck requiring medical attention before getting up and having the courage to finish 8th overall.
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The next group were the Youth Boys and in the same wave were Oliver Davis and Adam Hughes. They have had a number of close races over the last couple of years and this was no exception with them being almost level the whole way throughout the swim.

Oliver was in 8th place after the swim but made up a place in the first transition. A 4th place on the bike then pushed him up further to 5th overall before he set off on his favourite run discipline and set about trying to catch up to Adam. Oliver crossed the line somewhat confused by what had happened to Adam in an excellent 3rd place overall.

2016 TriForce Open Tri OD Trophy 1Sadly for Adam the club captain’s hoodoo struck him as well. A 7th place on the swim but a quick transition meant he was in 5th= place starting on the bike. A superb 2nd place on the bike had pushed him up the leaderboard into bronze medal position and then another really quick transition meant he had moved up to silver. Adam then set off on the run 92 seconds down on the leader and immediately started making huge inroads into the deficit while at the same time monitoring where Oliver was. By the end of what Adam thought was his final lap he was in the lead by 2 seconds. He stood by the finish line waiting to congratulate Oliver, but to his horror Oliver continued around the run course. Adam then checked the number of run laps written on his hand and realized he was 1 short. A frantic search through the timing chip box to find his chip and he set off for one final lap to eventually finish 6th overall.

Our final Youth Boy was Matt Honeyman who was in 3rd place after an excellent swim and first transition. A 5th place on the bike meant he had dropped one place to 4th as he came out onto the run. Matt is normally an excellent runner but sadly it wasn’t to be today and he slipped down the field to come 8th overall.

The Tristar 3 Girls race was loaded with Tri-Force Juniors who made up just under half of the field.

Christy Durbin has had a huge battle with Jess Thorn all year and today was no exception.
Christy was in 4th place after the swim and for once a quick first transition meant she had made up a place as she set off on the bike. For her a slightly disappointing 6th place cycle meant that she started the run in 5th place but with a number of her fellow competitors just in front of her, including Jess, to chase down. Chase down she did and at one point she just got ahead of Ciara from Walden who then put in a sprint finish near the end to get passed Christy again. 
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Christy finished in an excellent 3rd place overall and can look forward to big things next year while still in the same age band. 

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Jess Thorn was in 2nd place after an excellent swim and followed that up with a good 4th= place on the bike to maintain her 2nd place. Before the race Jess was concerned about a nagging leg injury and unfortunately that hampered her run but she hung on to come 5th overall and win the younger age band trophy.
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Jordan Walters and Lauren Enever had a real ding dong battle. Lauren had a superb quickest swim with Jordan just over 30 seconds behind in 9th place. Jordan with a 9th placed cycle then passed Lauren to be about 30 seconds in front coming onto the run. Lauren then gradually closed the gap again on the run but not fast enough. In the end Jordan came 8th overall 15 seconds ahead of Lauren in 9th who I am sure will want revenge in the club championships later in the year.

Hannah Newman and Izzy West also had their own personal duel. Izzy was the first out of the pool in 6th place, 4 seconds ahead of Hannah in 8th= position. A quicker transition from Hannah meant she came out onto the bike course in 8th place, 5 seconds and 3 places ahead of Izzy. Izzy then had the much better 9th place bike ride compared to Hannah’s 11th place to be 30 seconds ahead at the start of the run. Hannah had the assistance of her brother handing her water
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compared to poor Izzy who was getting water chucked at her (Sophie has said that was what she wanted but I have my doubts).
2016 TriForce Open Tri Drinks Station 1Hannah had the quicker run and finished 11th overall 43 seconds ahead of Izzy in 12th place.

Our final 2 competitors in this age category were Katie McAree and Tara Cairns who again exchanged places throughout the race. After the swim Tara was in 14th place and Katie 16th, however Katie immediately cut into the deficit with a far quicker transition. Onto the bike and Katie had a 13th place on the bike to now be 14th overall and a big lead over Tara who was now 16th. Tara cut the deficit quite quickly on the run but the finish line came too soon for her to overhaul Katie who finished 14th with Tara 2 places further back.

In the Tristar 3 Boys race the club had 4 representatives who on paper were very evenly matched.
Aidan McLean turned out to be the best of the 4 on the day with a 7th place swim and 10th place on the bike finishing in 9th place overall. Only 13 seconds behind was an almighty battle between Tom Jarman and Louis Paganuzzi. Louis was 10th in the swim with Tom 12th but the gap of 19 seconds was almost completely wiped out by Tom’s quick first transition. Louis slightly extended his lead over Tom on the bike only for Tom to stalk his prey around the running track
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and swoop past in the final 50 metres to come 10th overall and Louis 11th but given the same overall time.
James Mabbs split Louis and Tom in the swim and then a good transition meant he came out onto the bike level with Tom and 1 second behind Louis. James sadly struggled more on the bike with a 16th place to drop to 14th overall and then had leg issues on the run, probably due to dehydration having been at the course since the start of the day, to come 13th overall and immediately became yet another Tri-Force Junior to seek medical attention.

The club had 7 representatives in the Tristar 2 Girls race.
Antonia Jubb had over a 30 second lead on her main rivals after a brilliant 1st place swim but lost nearly half that time in the first transition. A 3rd place cycle meant she came out of the 2nd transition in 2nd place and with a deficit of 10 seconds to make up. Her run was as strong as ever and by the third lap of the run she had moved out in front to pull further away and win the event with 14 seconds to spare. This was a true masterclass in how to pace a triathlon.
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Caitlin Hartley like Antonia is also a very strong swimmer and was the 3rd fastest of the 25 competitors. Sadly for her the bike and run are not so strong and with a 13th place on the bike and a solid run she still did really well to come home 13th overall.
Jenny Laird in complete contrast to Caitlin struggles more at the start and then makes up ground the longer the race goes on. After a 23rd place swim a good 12th place on the bike and a reasonably strong run meant she had made up 7 places to come 16th overall.
Our next 3 competitors Maisy Manson, Amelia Weaire and Zara Mohammedbhai had a good scrap between themselves with only just over a minute separating the 3 of them. Maisy was in 12th place after the swim with Zara immediately behind her and Amelia a fair way behind in 25th place after her weakest discipline. Amelia then started to make inroads into the deficit on the other 2 with an 18th place on the bike so that she was now ahead of Zara (24th place on the bike) and only 5 seconds behind Maisy (20th on the bike) at the start of the run. Maisy then pulled away on the run to finish 20th overall immediately followed home by Amelia and Zara.
Our final competitor was Joy Walters who was in 16th place after the swim and a fast transition meant she had gained a further 2 places by the time she started the cycle. A 22nd place on the bike and a bit of a struggle on the run resulted in her coming 24th overall, but she still looked happy as she crossed the finishing line.

By the time the Tristar 2 Boys race started the water station had been overtaken with helpers – mainly the Youth Girls but also Jordan Walters and Tom Rayden. Thank you everyone for helping out.

William Hughes and Sam Newman have had many battles over the years but this time it was William who led all the way from the start. William was 8th= in the swim compared to Sam’s 10th place and then further extended his lead with an excellent 4th place on the bike with Sam one place further back. Out of the final transition William was 6th overall and immediately set after the competitors in front of him. A good run resulted in him finishing 4th overall missing out on the bronze medal by just 9 seconds. Sam was 7th after the second transition but was unable to improve his position further on the run.
Zak Mohammedbhai has gained valuable experience this season competing in a number of East Region events and showed the improvements he has made during the year. Having come out of the pool in 11th= place he lost 3 places in the first transition, which is an area he can improve on with more practice. An 8th place on the bike meant he started the run in 10th place overall and improved his position to 9th at the finish with a fast run.
Oliver Jex had the most elaborate of warm up routines I think I have ever seen in the pool before the start of the race (maybe he was just trying to impress his dad who was taking the photos!!!!).

Oliver was 8th= after the swim but after a 14th place on the bike found he had dropped 3 places on commencement of the run. Unfortunately, maybe because of too much warm up, Oliver got a horrific stitch during the run and looked in a lot of discomfort as he finished 13th overall.
Luke Muller is in his first season of triathlon and is gradually getting better at pacing the race. After a 13th place on the swim and bike his run times for each lap were very consistent and he came 14th overall.
Our final competitor was Tommy Groth who always gives 100% in the races. Tommy was level with Zak in 11th place after the swim, which is his best discipline. Unfortunately a relatively slow bike ride pushed him down to 15th where he remained after the run.

A change in format in the swimming pool was now required as the younger age bands started at 20 second intervals in a snake swim.

First off were the Tristar 1 Girls with the club making up half of the total number of competitors.
Florence Crowley hasn’t competed in many triathlons before which is a great shame as she showed what great potential she has. A good 3rd= place on the swim and then an excellent 2nd place on the bike meant she was 2nd overall at the start of the run. Although overtaken by a competitor from Walden on the run Florence still secured an excellent 3rd place overall and the bronze medal.
2016 TriForce Open Tri FC Trophy 1Hot on the heels of Florence was Megan Gray who had an identical swim time but was 7 seconds behind Florence coming out onto the bike course due to a slower transition. A 4th place on the bike and a good run meant Megan stayed 4th overall and collected the Younger Age Band trophy.
2016 TriForce Open Tri MG Trophy 1Lucy Crooks Was 9th after the swim but then gradually made up ground with a 6th= place on the bike to lie in 6th place coming onto the run where she overtook another competitor to finish in an excellent 5th place.
All season Robyn Hartley has impressed on the swim and today was no exception with a superb 2nd place, only 8 seconds off the leader. Sadly for her the cycling part of the triathlon is not so strong, and a 12th place on the bike pushed her down to 8th overall which she maintained throughout the run.
Louisa Muller and Mackenzie Holt had a really good battle with Louisa always just in front. Louisa was in 5th place after the swim and quite a long way ahead of Mackenzie in 11th. Mackenzie then showed the experience of being in her second season of triathlon cutting the deficit by 22 seconds in the first transition. Again Louisa was quicker on the bike with a 9th place compared to Mackenzie’s 10th place meaning there was 38 seconds between the pair of them as they set out on the run. Although Mackenzie closed slightly on the run Louisa comfortably held on to 10th place overall with Mackenzie one place further back.
The club’s final competitor was Daisy Oliver who is very inexperienced at this level of competition. Daisy was in 10th place after the swim and only just behind Mackenzie as she commenced her cycle. An 11th place on the bike and Daisy was in 12th starting the run. Am not really sure what happened on the final lap of the run, as according to the timings it looks like either she had an issue and had to walk or stop or actually competed an extra lap. Despite this Daisy still maintained her overall 12th place.

The Tristar 1 Boys had a huge field of 31 competitors including 9 from Tri-Force Juniors.

Mathew Enever had been one of the stand out competitors in the TriStart age band last year but sadly does not compete in as many East Region races as he probably should. An excellent 3rd place in the swim, only 6 seconds off the leader was a great start but a slower transition than many of his rivals meant he had lost some ground as he started on the bike. In this age category the bike is often what finds the younger age band competitors out compared to their older rivals and this was the case with Mathew who was 10th in that discipline. A very good run moved Mathew back up the field and he came 6th overall and won the Younger Age band trophy.
2016 TriForce Open Tri ME Trophy 1Noah Brown and Lucas Hartley contested a very close battle. Lucas was the much quicker swimmer 8th= compared to Noah’s 19th place and was just under a minute ahead jumping onto his bike. Noah, 11th place, then closed the gap on Lucas, 15th=, on the bike and then Noah’s amazing 1st place second transition resulted in their being only 18 seconds between them at the start of the run. Noah closed the gap quite quickly on the run and finally finished 9th overall with Lucas places further back in 11th place.
Jonathan Bint and Benjamin Taggart have had some close races between themselves during the year and today was no exception. Benjamin had a very good 7th place on the swim with Jonathan back in 15th place. The time deficit that Benjamin had lost in the first transition he made back up, 14th place, on Jonathan, 19th place, on the cycle, however the gap was not large enough as Jonathan’s superior running meant that he had overtaken Benjamin very early in the 2nd lap of the run. Jonathan finished 14th overall with Benjamin 2 places further back in 16th.
Samuel George has only just joined the club and apart from competing at the open water event at Stanborough  had never done a triathlon before. A good 12th place swim was an excellent start but then he hit a problem on the bike at the top of the hill
2016 TriForce Open Tri SG2 Bike 2which resulted in a 24th place on the bike and a drop of a number of places in the overall standings. Samuel then hit another curse of experienced and inexperienced triathletes – counting the correct number of laps and in fact he came in too soon and had to be sent out again to do one more lap. Despite all this Samuel still came a very creditable 17th overall and will have gained valuable experience for future races.
Robbie Laird has not competed in that many triathlons and is still getting to grips with the pacing of races. After a 20th place on the swim and 23rd on the bike Robbie had enough energy in hand to overtake a number of competitors on the run to come 19th overall.
The next club member was Sammy Groth who put in his best performance on the swim in 18th place. He followed that up with a 25th place on the bikewhich dropped him a number of places but like Robbie made up some ground on the run to come 21st overall.
Finally there was Ciro Sadikot who has found the step up in distance on the swim from the TriStarts last year a big challenge. Ciro was 28th= in the swim and then 26th on the bike but like a number of the Tri-Force kids made up time on the run and came across the line with a big smile in 25th place.

Finally after a long wait the Tristar Start competitors were ready to take to their marks in the pool. In the Girls race the club were represented by Rebecca Bint and Emily Groth who had a great tussle but unfortunately came outside the podium positions. Emily was quicker by 2 seconds on the swim than Rebecca to be lying in 3rd place. Rebecca, having competed in a number of events this year then used her extra experience to have the 2nd quickest transition to move into 3rd place overall at the start of the cycle and a lead of 39 seconds over Emily. Emily then gradually closed the gap on Rebecca with a 4th place bike ride and equal quickest transition to only be 12 seconds adrift coming onto the run. Sadly for Emily Rebecca is a quicker runner and a 4th place in that discipline meant she increased her lead over Emily to 24 seconds. Rebecca finished 4th overall with Emily 1 place further back.

In the Tristar Start Boys race the club also had 2 representatives in Toby Weaire and Jake Oliver who were also quite closely matched. Jake started the quicker with a 4th place in the swim with Toby 21 seconds back in 7th. A much quicker transition from Toby meant that when they started the cycle he had moved up to 5th place and was now 12 seconds ahead of Jake. Toby increased his lead over Jake on the bike by just over half a minute with a 5th place to jake’s 6th and although Jake had the 3rd= quickest run he could not close down the gap quickly enough on Toby who came 5th overall with Jake in 6th.

After the racing was over, those competitors who had completed the commentators cards prior to the race, eagerly awaited the draw for the spot prizes

which were very kindly donated by Active Training World, Buff and Oddballs. A big thank you from the Committee to all 3 companies for their very generous support.

Finally after a bit of a delay the race director announced the winners of the trophies.

The Committee would like to thank all the parents and coaches who helped set up the course, ran registration and marshaled the event and all the club members who helped apply tattoos, man the water station and hand out goodies at the end. Without everyone’s help we would not be able to put on such a large event and get such exceptionally good feedback from the British Triathlon Technical Officer, competitors and parents. Finally a very big thank you to the race director Paul Durbin for all his hard work in the weeks prior to the event and on the day.

Final Results in PDF Format

Youth              Girls          Boys
Tristar 3         Girls          Boys
Tristar 2         Girls          Boys
Tristar 1          Girls          Boys
Tristar Start   Girls          Boys

View the racing images in our gallery

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