Junior British Interegional Triathlon Championships

Last Friday saw James McLaughlin compete in the U15 British Triathlon Interregional Championships at The National Water Sports Centre in Nottingham.  James had qualified along with Sammy Hart (another Team Kennet and NDSC teammate who unfortunately was unable to make the event) to represent the South Central region (Hampshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire) against the 11 other English Regions, Wales and Scotland.  The event was part of the British U20 Triathlon Festival.  James who competes for Team Kennet Athletics and Triathlon Club and Newbury District Swimming Club is the first athlete from either of these clubs to compete at the championships.  The event which followed the same rules as the elite triathlon events that the Brownlee brothers race in, started with a 350m swim from a dive start followed by a 5km drafting cycle and finally a 2.5km run.  James had a good swim coming in towards the back of the main swim pack.  The cycle leg was difficult as it was so short and although he managed to overtake a number of competitors he was unable to get into the main cycle pack.  Finishing off with a strong run though he was soon picking up places coming through the field to finish in a fantastic 21st place in the UK, in his first year in the age-group.