34 triathletes, aged from 8-50, enjoyed the inaugural Isle of Wight Triathlon Club duathlon early on a windy Autumn morning from the grounds of Cowes Enterprise College.
First up was the duathlon for those age 14+ comprising of an off-road 3km run, 11k lapped road cycle (providing great spectating) and 1.8km run. A total of 19 young athletes and parents took part.
Club coach Darren Cole led throughout and showed the younger spectators how it’s done. Second place male went to 16-year-old Thomas Horton with Craig Wilson coming third. Showing her strength on the bike section, the first female was 15-year-old Lottie-Rose Van der Helstraete with 16-year-old Kaitlin Wilson just 16 seconds behind. Third place female was Emily Moore.
Next it was the turn of the younger athletes. 8-year-olds Emily Bunn (1st), Amber Pilcher (2nd) and Elsie Jenkinson (3rd) tackled a 1.8km run, a tough 3.2km cycle on the grass and a final 800m run.
Finally, 12 young athletes between the ages of 10 and 15 took on a 2km run, 5.6km grass cycle and 800m run. Storming into 1st place for the boys was Martin Carbajosa, with James Heng in 2nd and Alex Elderfield 3rd. 1st place for the girls was Katie Bunn, followed by Bella Pilcher in 2nd and Gloria Carbajosa in 3rd.
The club coaching team commented on the brilliant camaraderie between the teammates and the encouragement they all gave each other out on the course.
“Competitions are few and far between at the moment and it was fantastic for these dedicated triathletes to put all their hours of training into practice. Great for them to be able to compete against their coaches and show how much they’ve all improved in this sport”.