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AQUATHLON: Dorset Pentathletes claim seven crowns
5:20pm Monday 19th August 2013 in Sport
PORTLAND’S Osprey Leisure Centre hosted the South West Children/Youth/Junior Aquathlon Championships organised by Dorset Pentathletes.
Part of the South West Children/Youth/Junior Triathlon Series, it was the fifth year a race of this sort was held on Portland – and again it proved a big success.
Depending on their age, the event saw competitors swim distances from 150m-750m and then run from 1,500m-5,000m Dorset Pentathletes had 28 members, pictured right, taking part and even though they had competed in many biathle races, a number of the team hadn’t tried an aquathlon before.
However, once again Dorset Pentathletes showed their strength in depth by winning seven out of the 12 age groups and team members took home seven gold, four silver and four bronze medals.
The club had great success in the Tri Star 1 girls’ race (10-and-under) with Elektra Covell triumphing in 10.43mins.
In the boys’ race, the club had the top three places with Ryan Symington first (9.02mins), Ollie Sanderson second and Shem Martin third.
Fin Sanderson took gold in the boys’ eight-and-under group in what was his first open water swim event.
The Dorset club also had some excellent results in the Tri Star 3 category for boys and girls aged 14-and-under.
Travis Bramley won the boys’ race in 15.13mins, while Alexandra Withey (silver) and Zoe Gowers (bronze) made it onto the podium in the girls’ race.
The next race, in the 12-and-under age group, saw George Tester take gold and Robert Croager bronze for the boys and Molly Slade claim silver for the girls.
The junior 19-and-under and youth 16-and-under entrants took to the course last and Leanne Symington (34.16mins) surged to gold in the latter before Jordon Symington did the same in the boys (26.11mins) – that made it three golds for the Symington family.
Harrison Yarnold was second and in the junior race Portland’s Chris Perham retained his title in an impressive 24.15mins.
Thanks go to Nigel Williams and his team at the Osprey Leisure Centre for the use of an excellent facility and it is hoped the event will be an annual fixture on the British Triathlon Federation calendar.
“Once again the Dorset Pentathletes excelled in the longer distance races and showed what talent we have in the local area at the multi-sports events,” said team coach Mick Flaherty.
For information on training and how to get involved in biathle, contact Flaherty via email at firstname.lastname@example.org Alternatively pay a visit to dorsetpentathletes.co.uk