Saturday 10th June saw the largest ever number of competitors field for the annual Cardiff Junior Triathlon since it began almost 20 years ago.
Over 180 entrants along with the their supporters travelled from the North, West and South and East of Wales, joined by clubs from across in the border in Wiltshire, Shrewsbury, Ludlow and Bristol , to attend the event.
Once again the weather was kind with the rain holding off until 10 minutes after the last competitor had crossed the finish line. The timing was perfect!
Following a comprehensive race briefing and a “walk of the course”, the Tristarts commenced proceedings. Despite their young years, the children were fiercely competitive and showing few nerves were cheered on by all the supporters.
For the boys, first to cross the line was Sion Thomas representing Pembrokeshire Triathlon Club with a time of 8.35, followed by Steffan Penfold from Bynea Cycling Club at 8.43 and Celtic Tri’s Rhys Jordan at 9.26.
Leading the girls was Seren Borland who finished first with a speedy time of 9.16, followed by second place Grace Brady of Tri-Monkey at 11.09 and Zoe Trimby achieving third place at a time of 11.40. All Tristart competitors should be congratulated on their enthusiasm and determination.
T1 was an especially popular event this year with 60 entrants battling for first position. Ioan James from Aim2Tri was the first to finish with a time of 13.03 followed by a close 2nd and 3rd finish for Iestyn Thomas from Triathlon Coaching Wales (13.34) and Pembrokeshire Triathlon Clubs’ Dewi Thomas (13.38) respectively.
Cari Hughes took the girls title with a race time of 14.25 followed by Bethany Clifford of Celtic Tri in second place (14.41) and third place Calne SMaRTT’s Ella Ellis finished with 15.51
T2 matched T1 for popularity, the girls race found the first three finishes completing within 13 seconds of each other. Only 2 seconds split first place Freya Thapa (21.26) of Creist Triathlon Club and 2nd Place Abigail Davies of Aim2Tri (21.28), third place went to Cardiff Junior Triathlon Clubs Anwen Nesham with a time of 21.39.
The boys race, which matched the girls for the number of entrants, was won by Ioan Oldfield from Denbighshire Triathlon Club with a time of 20 mins, followed by Luke Wyatt of Aim2Tri at 20.23 and Celtic Tri’s Finlay Catling with a time of 20.34
T3 girls was won by Orla Davies of Denbighshire Traithlon Club (28.32), with Fiona Bostock taking second with a time of 28.56 and Tia Froom of Ludlow Junior Triathlon Club securing third place at 29.13.
Only 5 seconds separated the first and second place T3 boys with Liam Edwards of Pembrokeshire Triathlon Club taking first with 27.04 closely followed by Alex Layzell, Triathlon Coaching Wales at 27.09; third place was taken by Jacob Wakeling with a time of 29.09
The youth race saw some impressive performances, notably Hannah Jenkins of Celtic Tri produced the fasted time of all individuals in this category with an amazing time of 39.10.
In the girls category 2nd and 3rd places went to Eva Edwards, Pembroke Triathlon Club with a time of 43.11 and Anna Capey (46.29) of Cardiff Junior Triathlon Club.
Joshua Wallace secured first position in the boys category for Celtic Tri with a time of 39.25, second place was earned for Pencoed Tri’s Tom Wright at a time of 39.34 and Joshua Jones of Swansea Trisharks took third place with a time of 40.56.
Cardiff Junior Triathlon would like to thank all competitors and supporters for creating the most enjoyable, supportive and positive atmosphere we have ever experienced. We would also like to give particular thanks to the many volunteers for giving up their free time, even when their own children are competing, to make this event run smoothly; without you we could not run our annual race.