Team Kennet Junior Triathlon – Further Success at Eton and Andover
It has been an Action packed two weeks for the Team Kennet Junior Triathletes with races at Eton Dorney and Andover;
Human Race Supertri race at Eton Dorney: This year the event was a sell out with many more junior triathletes present. The race was being used as a key race by many of the UKs regions, and most of the best athletes from Birmingham southwards were present. As we have come to expect, Dorney Lake was bathed in sunshine but thankfully temperatures were cooler than last year. Team Kennet was well represented with Guy Hutchins, Alex McLaughlin and Cameron McCulloch taking part in the 8-10 (TriStart and T1) category; Charlie Hart, Holly Hutchins and Lucy Draper taking part in the T2 category; James McLaughlin and Sammy Hart in the T3 High Performance Drafting Race, and Rory McCulloch in the T3 Fun category; and finally Alex McCulloch in the Youth Fun Category.
Sammy and James were first up in the T3 Draft Legal race, their first experience of full elite level racing, with a really high quality field of 50. Both had reasonable swims and exited the water in middle of the field with Sammy ahead of James, both worked hard on the bikes gaining a few places before hitting the run. Sammy clearly struggling with the effects of a cold managed to hold onto 17th place, James gained another place on the run to come 24th.
In the T1 race, there was a tough battle between Guy Hutchins and Alex McLaughlin, with a great final run Alex came out on top finishing in 7th place with Guy 10th, out of 127 finishers, and outstanding performance from both boys. In the girls race Cameron McCulloch finished in 54th place, improving her position from last year by over 20 places.
The T2 race again saw some more impressive performances with an excellent swim and bike and run from Holly Hutchins to get 8th place and Lucy Draper in her first year in the age-group coming 38th. Charlie Hart also in his first year in the age-group came 47th in the boy’s race.
Rory McCulloch raced in the T3 fun race came putting in a solid display to come 38th. And in the final race of the day Alex McCulloch came 21st in the girl’s youth Fun race.
Finally it was Andover and he last of this years triathlon series
Andover Triathlon: This year’s event was the largest it has ever been with large field in most of the age-groups. The race was the final round in the South Central Series, and the last round of Team Kennet’s race programme. This year it was fantastic to see the largest number of Team Kennet Triathletes competing at one event with 12 present. It was really impressive to see the effort they all put in and how much they have all improved. 2 athletes Phoebe Hoaen and Ruth Wyatt were taking part in their first ever triathlon.
In the T1 race, Cameron McCulloch in the girl’s race finished an excellent in 24th place, managing to keep smiling all the way round. Whilst in the boys Guy Hutchins put in a fantastic swim, which he followed with his usual strong bike to come 6th Boy, Alex McLaughlin despite starting well struggled on the run but kept going, finishing in 28th place.
The T2 Girls race again saw some more impressive performances with excellent swims and bikes and runs from all the girls, Holly Hutchins came 4th, continuing the form she has showed over the last 3 weeks, Phoebe Hoaen in her first ever tri a superb 5th and Lucy Draper in her first year a very promising 11th. In the boy’s race Charlie Hart also in his first year in the age-group rounded off his season with 15th place.
Rory McCulloch, Sammy Hart, James McLaughlin and Ruth Wyatt were in the T3 race. This week Sammy was back to his majestic best, taking the lead on the bike, he disappeared on the run to win by over a minute. James following used his great bike to work his way up the field, before after a hard battle on the run he had to settle for a fantastic 3rd place. Rory was in the second wave, worked hard across all three disciplines to take 23rd place. Ruth had a fantastic swim and run to come 9th Girl in her first triathlon.
Overall we have seen some outstanding performances across the summer, it has been great to have so many children have a go at triathlon either at training or in competition and I hope that many more will be inspired to have a go in the future.
As a final bonus the series results for the south central region were announced with Sammy Hart winning the T3 category for both triathlon and multisport and James McLaughlin coming third again in both triathlon and multisport.