National Schools Biathle Championships 2024

Three Team Kennet athletes travelled to Leweston School in Sherborne, Dorset on Sunday to participate in the National Schools Biathle Championships.  Biathle consists of a run, swim and run.  Distances vary for each school year group.

First up was Elodie Burdett from St Gabriel’s School, Newbury for Year 5.  Elodie started well entering transition in 3rd place and put in a good swim and her final run put her in 4th place. There were two heats for her age group due to larger number of participants so overall finished in 6th

Penelope Lyth from Fir Tree Primary School for Year 6 had a strong start, leading the pack for the first 300m, two girls passed her just before transition and a solid swim got her out of the pool in 2nd and a strong final run allowed her to keep her 2nd place and a place on the podium.

Finally, Aaron Humphreys from Sherfield School for year 10.  This heat was run with the Yr 11, 12 & 13 boys so he finished 6th overall which is a great achievement against older athletes but he also secured 2nd place for his year group.

Andover Triathlon

Team Kennet had many athletes participate at the Andover Triathlon at the weekend.  A great event for first timers and experienced triathletes alike. Triathlon is set in the Hampshire countryside of Test Valley.

There were 12 seniors from Team Kennet racing – dominating the top 10 with a 4th, 5th, 6th, and 9th position. George Andrew Westall had the fastest bike split of the day, 4th place overall and 3rd in Age Group 20-39, Mel McKernan 19th. Simon Whatson 2nd fastest run split, 5th overall and 1st in AG 40-49. Bart Kuijten 2nd in AG 40-49, 4th fastest run and 6th overall, Colin Abraham 10th and Sean Bird 13th.  Neil Atherton 9th overall and 2nd in AG 50-59, Philip Cowhig 6th and Emiliano Espinar 9th.   Richard Dunbabin 1st in AG 60-69; Chris Treacher 3rd,  Dean Makar 7th

In the juniors, Charlotte Bailey finished 5th in the girl’s category TS3 and 14th overall.  Siblings Ella and Oskar made their debut with Ella finishing 1st in the TS1 category and Oskar realised he had a puncture halfway through his cycle but pushed through and came in as No 11 in the TS2 category.  Ben Daley finished in 18th in the TS2 category and The Kuijten brothers Josh 17th TS1 , Reuben 16th TS2 and Ethan 1st TS3.  Frank Edwards competing in the TS3 finished in 16th

Junior Triathlon success

Elodie Burdett was back in action this weekend representing Team Kennet in her 2nd ever triathlon at the Bristol & District Junior event held at Henbury leisure centre. A very strong swim followed by a super slick T1 saw Elodie in the lead half way through the bike leg. Pushing the pace in tricky wet conditions saw Elodie go over the handlebars on one of the downhills. Coming into T2 in last place, she put the hammer down and ran herself up to 3rd with the fastest run split of the day in her age group and just 7s off 2nd place.

Junior Tri

Team Kennet Junior triathletes have been out competing in several events, The Kuijten Brothers travelled to Leatherhead to take part in the MHS Go Tri, in the Tri Start boy race Josh came in 1st place, while older brother Reuben took part in the Tri Star 1 age group coming home in 6th place and oldest Brother Ethan in the Tri Star 2 ag group battled his way through to take another win for the Kuijten Family.

At Dorney Lakes, it was the Girls that took part in the Barnes Eton Dorney Kids Triathlon, Kirsten Fraser was the best placed club athlete in the Tri Star 3 age group coming home in 6th place in 26.02 which comprised of a 300m lake swim, 5km Bike and 2.4 Km Run, Emma Davies came home in 26th place in a time of 33.52

Anna Hall took part in the Tri Star 2 age group coming home in 16th place with a time of 27.33

Junior Triathlon

Team Kennet Family of Boys The Kuijtens took part in the Milton Keynes Duathlon on Sunday. Ethan 7th, 6th male overall in the u13 age group, Reuben 15th, 13th male in Tri Star 2, and Josh 4th- 3rd male in Tri Star 1

Oldbury White Horse Kids Tri

Two Team Kennet Girls took part in the Oldbury White Horse Junior Triathlon last weekend.

In Tri Star 1 Millie Davies came home 17th Female in a time of 23.33 with a Swim of 4.38, Cycle of 10.48 and run time of 4.34. In Tri Star 2 Anna Hall finished in 15th place in Females in a time of 23.46, her Swim was 4.43, Bike 11.23 and Run time of 5.50

UK Ultimate Triathlon

Team Kennets George Westall took part in the UK Ultra Triathlon only a handful of triathlons able to take place this year, George finished his epic Triathlon in a total time of 5hours and 6 minutes and 45 seconds, he Swam 1.2 miles in just under 40 minutes, rode his Bike 56miles in 2hrs 38mins and ran a half marathon in 1 hour 45mins, on his way round he was stopped by cows and Heavy rain slowed him down on the last 20miles of his bike Ride

National Biathle Championships

Kirsten Fraser took part in the National Biathle Championships on 4 August at Salford Quays, Manchester. This was her first ever Biathle. A Biathle is a run, swim, run event with transitions.

As a result of winning the Under 13 girls event she has been selected to represent Great Britain in the mixed relay and individual event in St Petersburg, Florida in October.

World Age Group Triathlon

Team Kennet had two athletes compete in the World Age Group triathlon championships held in Switzerland.

Gavin Mclaughlin took part in the 50-54 age group which saw him finish 24th out of 130 competitors and 4th British athlete home.
In the younger 35-39 age group Simon whatson was amongst some very elite men with some 150 competitors coming home in 79th place.