With all prior triathlons cancelled over the summer, Hever did a magnificent job staging this event which has always been the biggest youth triathlon in the UK and worldwide. The event saw strict social distancing rules applied, with the first discipline, the swim, having triathletes start out ten seconds apart.
Conditions over the two days were cold and windy, which meant the water temperature was only 13 degrees. This forced the swim part of the event to be reduced by 50%. WGEL had no fewer than seven triathletes competing over the two days.
Saturday started off with the Tri one event for 9/10 year olds, in which Jasmine Hall competed in her first ever triathlon. Jasmine had an excellent overall result of 4th from the 71 girls that finished, with her run at the end being the fastest by over a minute!
Next came a tremendous performance from Erick Frith, a member of our WASPS section, who placed 6th of the 25 starters in the 8 year old event.
Day Two was no kinder to our athletes, with the conditions no different from the previous day. Meisha Trend-Evans started out in the Tri 3 event confident of a good placing, as she had trained hard through the lockdown period, which included notching the fastest U15 girl run in our virtual match against Belgrave. Near the end of her 8k bike ride, a marshall decided to take a few steps backwards without being aware of Meisha cycling the other way on the bike. As a result, Meisha came off her bike. To her credit, she got back on and pushed on for an excellent 5th place, but just seconds away from bronze. Meisha felt that without that incident she would have got the bronze medal.
Later that day four more WGEL athletes competed in the Tri 2 event for 11/12 year olds. In all four cases it was their first triathlon, so great credit must be given to Oliver Brown (23rd), Leo Everitt (38th), Ethan Day (68th) and Matilda Frith (31st in the girls event). These four are a great credit to our club and sport, being unafraid to take on this challenge, and they will all be back next summer, that’s for sure. There were over 100 starters in each gender for this event. They are currently being looked after by Joe Everitt and are making great strides with their running.