This year’s Junior Triathlon attracted a record number of entries with 128 young athletes, competing in the swimming, cycling and running event, now in its 18th year. The highest number of competitors, 57 in total, were entered into the 9 to 10 years of age class which was won by Henry Birchall and Darcy Cockburn. Runners up in this age group were William Birchall and Kendra Druce. Winners of the first local boy and local girl in the same class were Oliver Wilmott and Lala May Deakin.

In the youngest age group of the competition, 8 years of age, the first boy and first girl were Oscar Purchase and Katy Gwilliam. Runners-up were Finlay Moncrieff and Caitlin Brooks. The first local boy and local girl were Wilbur Kirton and Darcy Rose Andrews. In the 11-12 years of age class, the first boy and first girl were Tom Winter and Lily Sims. Runners-up were Alex Hann and Eleanor Poole. The first local boy and first local girl were Alex Hann and Rosemary Hooper. In the 13-14 years of age class, the first boy and first girl were Jack Dickenson and Imogen Rogers. Runners-up were William Hawkins and Emily Murray. There were no entries in this class for local boy and local girl.

Trophies and shields were presented to the winning athletes and runners-up by Crewkerne mayor Ben Hodgson. The mayor congratulated the young athletes and remarked how impressed he was with all the young people who had participated. All the competitors in Sunday’s Junior Triathlon were presented with a medal and souvenir t-shirt by former Triathlon winner Tom Priest. Tom won the three disciplines event 18 years ago, at the start of his sporting career. He is now a world class sportsman, who has taken part in European and World Championships as part of the GB team.

A spokesperson for Crewkerne Junior Triathlon said: “As a local boy, it is good to see Tom continue in athletics as a member of the National Triathlon Squad. The triathlon is different from other sporting events, requiring a swim, transition to a cycle and then finishing with a run. Completing three disciplines in one event is what makes the triathlon a challenging sport. We would like to thank all the people who made this a success. It was remarked how many high vis jacketed officials were in evidence in Crewkerne Aqua Centre and around the Henhayes Playing Field.

” Members from the Rotary and other clubs were setting up from 7.30 am in the morning and this reflects positively on the people of Crewkerne. The clearing up was even quicker with many parents pitching in to help. We would also like to thank Waitrose for the donation of bananas and The Menders for donating trophies.”

Crewkerne Junior Triathlon is organised by the Crewkerne Triathlon Management Group. It has become a popular annual sporting event in the town and has proved to be a fun event for all the junior athletes taking part, engendering friendly competition and being enjoyed by the last finishers as much as by the winners and as experienced by one of the competion’s first winners, back in 1999, can lead on to a successful sporting career in world class athletics.

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