A small group returned to the beautiful grounds of Bowood House for the duathlon. Lottie once again pushed herself against the adults in the super sprint (and came 7th with a super speedy transition!). Gethin and Ben raced in the tristar 3 category and Jasper in the tristar 1s. Brilliant efforts from everyone.
HEVER CASTLE TRIATHLON 28th/29th September
This event is always our last triathlon of the season and is a highlight of our club’s calendar. We had five tents and two camper vans camping which made for a super fun and sociable weekend. Coach Mark, along with Lottie and Thomas, all competed in the super sprint. Lottie at age 14 was the first female out of the lake after a 750m swim! Great to see them have the confidence to compete with the adults.
Later in the afternoon, it was Phoebe and Jasper’s turn. Taking part in such a huge event (nearly 400 competitors in the 8-10 year olds race) is daunting for a couple of 9 year olds but both were brilliant and showed great determination. Jasper showed just how far he had come in 12 months with a 31st place compared to 158th place the previous year!
After a fabulous fun evening in the campsite, the camping group spent part of the next morning cheering on the adult middle distance and Olympic distance cyclists. And then, after fuelling up with brunch at the local golf club, it was back to the race village for James, Gethin, Ben, Billy, Jess and Orla to compete. It was muddy and wet and in light of those conditions, race officials decided to neutralise transition which meant that transition times didn’t count towards their finish time. Ben took full advantage of this rest time and, given the amount of time he took to appear on his bike, we wondered if he was settling down to a picnic! Again there was fantastic progression from the previous years results.
An amazing weekend and we are already looking forward to next year.
CHICHESTER TRIATHLON 14th July 2019
Well done to Jasper, Bella, Ben, Gethin, Billy, Lottie, Thomas, James and Millie. Lottie achieved second place in the youth race which is fabulous. They had great fun supporting each other around the course and those who have done this race before showed just how far they had progressed.
BOWOOD HOUSE TRIATHLON 29th June 2019
On to the open water swimming triathlons and Jasper, Bella, Billy, Gethin, Lottie, Thomas, James and Millie all made the long journey to Wiltshire. It was a scorching day and praise should go to the parents for their support in that heat! All of them had a super race but big high fives to Thomas (age 15) and Lottie (age 14) who pitted themselves against the adults in the super sprint race. Lottie came away with the fastest female swim time too!
CHAPEL AQUATHLON 27th May 2019
We had 14 athletes competing in this relatively local event. In Tristar 1 there was Jasper, Bella, Phoebe and Darcey. Impressively, Bella had the quickest girls swim time out of 24 competitors.
Rene competed in Tristar 2 and then in Tristar 3 we were well represented with Ben, Patrick, Henry and Jess. Finally Lottie, Orla, Kaitlyn and James took part in the competitive youth race with James being on the podium and having the fastest club member transition time!
FAREHAM TRIATHLON 18th May 2019
This was the first triathlon of the season for the majority of our members and we were represented by Jasper, Phoebe, Jasper, James and Jess. Special mention to Jasper E for completing his first triathlon. We shall be back at this one next year.
NEWCHURCH 9 – MAY 2019
Our athletes swopped Sunday goggles for their trainers snd supported a local primary schools off road trail run. Distances for all except our eldest was 5km, and then a step up to 9km.
Finishing positions in this ranged from 3rd place onwards but the emphasis was it was a “fun run”.
WOKING AQUATHLON – APRIL 2019
8 members of the IOW Triathlon Club went to Woking on Sunday for the season’s opening aquathlon. Competing over four different age ranges and distances they came home triumphant with many podium results.
From the youngest, Darcy Morgan competing in Tristart 1 finishing in 3rd place over a 100m swim and a 1.2km run; in Tristars 3 Henry Morgan finished in 6thPlace, Benjamin Van der Helstraete in 7th and Billy Williams in 9th place over a 300m swim and a 3.2km run. The youths and adults all raced over a 400m swim and 5km run distance – in the Youths Lottie-Rose Van der Helstraete finishing 1st, Orla Gradwell 2nd and Kaitlin Townsend (on her first event with the club) coming in 3rd place and Millie Williams who at 16 moved to the adult category, finished in 2nd place.
A great weekend racing with great results with a lot of high placed swim times over their categories.
PORTSMOUTH DUATHLON (7.5KM – 24.5KM – 5KM) – MARCH 2019
Four of our junior triathletes and Simon, one of our coaches, competed in the second Portsmouth duathlon on Sunday 24 March. The distances were longer this time (7.5km – 24.5km – 5km) and with a stronger headwind for the bike section, these hardy triathletes were put through their paces in a field of 263adult triathletes. Simon Pilcher, taking a respectable 5th place himself, said “there was some good pacing on the course and results proved how hard they are all training”. Thomas Horton (14yrs) entering his first mainland duathlon showed his strength on both disciplines finishing in 39th place (1st in under 18); Gethin Hepworth the other male junior and youngest of all of them (13yrs) finishing 101 overall (2nd under 18). Millie Williams, (16yrs) finished 15th Lady and 1st under 18 and Lottie-Rose Van der Helstraete (14yrs) finished 26th lady and 2nd under 18.
PORTSMOUTH DUATHLON (5KM – 15KM – 5KM) FEBRUARY 2019
Three juniors of our juniors, Gethin, Lottie-Rose and Millie, two coaches, our treasurer & Rob started 2019 the way they mean to go on. For the juniors, competing as the youngest by over six years in their first open road multi-discipline event was quite daunting. Within the under 18’s Gethin Hepworth was first male and Millie Williams 1st young lady, with Lottie-Rose close in 2nd place. They definitely showed the “oldies” their strength and determination even after having to get the 6am ferry! Their coach Simon knocked off five minutes from his previous time finishing in 4th place in an amazing time of 1.02.26, narrowly missing out on 3rd place by .03 of a second in a fabulous sprint finish and Julie Van der Helstraete, competing within a team with Rob Holbrook achieving 2nd overall team. John Hepworth, having the additional pressure of racing his son, put in an immense performance also coming within the top half of the finishers. An amazing result showing their hard training is paying off and showing the adults they are hot on their tail….