Everyone who finished the Crewkerne Junior Triathlon received a medal, souvenir t-shirt, banana and bottle of water and words of encouragement from the competitions very first winner back in 1999 and from the town’s mayor. The three discipline sporting event took place at Crewkerne Aqua Centre and on the Henhayes Playing Field. Competitors were required to swim, cycle and run with four age categories starting at 8 years old.
The winners and runners up were; 8 years – first boy and first girl Robson Dare and Ellie Birchall, Runners up Charlie Olifent and Willow Davies, first local boy Alfred Deakin. 9-10 years – first boy and first girl William Birchall and Darcie Cockburn, Runners up Oliver Dencher and Megan Vaughan, first local boy and first local girl Rowan Hooper and Bethany Hann. 11-12 years – first boy and first girl Henry Birchall and Isla Bryson, Runners up Logan Moncrieff and Kendra Druce, first local boy and first local girl Alex Hann and Maisie Robertson. 13-14 years – first boy and first girl Charlie Symes and Lily Sims, Runners up Harry Criddle and Amy Holroyd, first local girl Georgia Hitt.
Tom Priest who won the event 19 years ago, presented the medals and announced how it was great to see parents supporting the young athletes and helping them to progress. Tom is now teaching Sport at Weymouth College and has taken time out from the National Triathlon Squad, for which he has competed in European and World Championships as part of the GB team. The trophies and shields were presented by the Mayor, Councillor Kathy Head who congratulated the winners and remarked how impressed she was with all the young people who had participated in hot and humid weather conditions.
The event was sponsored by The Menders, Crewkerne Aqua Centre and the Rotary Club of Crewkerne. Refreshments were supplied by the George Reynolds Centre. Crewkerne Running Club provided marshals and the MC Derek Boles and Crewkerne Town Council were thanked for the use of their field.