Young People take up the Challenge of a Triathlon
Under crystal blue skies competitors gathered early on Sunday morning
for the Chiltern Junior Triathlon at the White Hill Leisure Centre in
Chesham. With ages ranging from 8 to 16 years, it was a very early
start for some.
Chiltern Harriers organised the event assisted by Chesham Swimming Club and Amersham Tri Stars. There were five age groups with the 8-year-olds going of first at 8.15 am. Swimming 2 lengths of the pool 50 metres) a run outside to transition where they had previously ‘racked’ their bikes, they then cycle around the school field on a marked course (1000 metres), back into transition ‘racking’ their bikes and of running a separately marked 800 metre course. The 9/10 year old race had 65 competitors and about the same number in the 11/12 year old, a total of over 150 took part, each receiving a finisher medal, with the first three in each age group receiving a trophy.
Prizes were presented by Chesham Town Mayor Derek Lacey to all the winners which included in 8-year-old group Billy Houlihan-Burne and Ella Peters. In 9/10 year age group Ben Smith and Lily Pearson. Zachary Bischoff and Lizzie Barraclough were first in the 11/12 year olds; in 13/14 year age group first prize went to Sam Henning and Hannah Morton and in the last age group (15/16 year olds) Sophie Hawkins.
The event gave the competitots a taste of the challenges a triathlon throws up, most appeared to enjoy the event but there were a few tears and some pain. In the older age groups they swim, cycle and run longer distances.
The whole event is organised and run under the same rules as Olympic and International Triathlons.