WaldenJNR youngsters excel in Eastern Regional Series opener at Basildon Aquathlon
PUBLISHED: 13:34 09 April 2014
A week after celebrating its fifth birthday since the clubs’ formation, 50 WaldenJNR members took part in the opening race of the Eastern Regional Series at the Basildon Aquathlon.
Most were racing in their first aquathlon, which combines a swim followed by a run with the speed of transitions from swim to run often being a decisive factor in the race results.
Despite being relative novices, there were some tremendous results, particularity from the youngest TriStart age group for eight year olds. WaldenJNR dominated with wins for Millie Denyer and Lewis Buchallet, and a second place for Freddie Wardle and a third place for Marnie Dunlop.
In the TriStar 1 age group for nine and 10 years, there were further podiums for the girls with Amelie Maris finishing second and Innes Dunlop third, whilst in the TriStar 2 age group, the series winner from 2013, Helena Dyce, opened the defence of her title with third place.
In the youth age group for 15 and 16 year olds, Leon Bozianu and Zack Deller were competing against the adults, but despite this finished in 12th and 23rd overall.
Head coach Geoff Jones said: “It was great to see so many club members taking part and all having such fun. As it was the first race for many there were lots of things to learn from the race.
“It was great to see the TriStars perform so well and with such confidence and their coach Arlene McLean should be proud of their achievements.”