Two young athletes Lily Sims and Alex Hann made hat tricks at this year’s Junior Triathlon, held in Crewkerne Aqua Centre and on Henhayes Recreation Field. Lily Sims won the three discipline event for the third consecutive year running and Alex Hann, who has competed since the age of 8 years old, won the trophy for first local boy for the third year in a row.
The full results: 8 Years – First girl and boy, Bethany Jackson and Harry Downting. Runners up Eliza Tuffin and Jamie Dawson. First local girl Chloe Caddy. 9 – 10 Years – First girl and boy, Katie Gwilliam and Samuel Webb. Runners up Ellie Jean and Oliver Messom. First local girl and boy, Ellie Jean and Wilbur Kirton. 11 – 12 Years – First girl and boy, Darcie Coburn and Oliver Willmott. Runners up Kendra Druce and Willoughby Gold. First local girl and boy, Lara May Deakin and Oliver Willmott. 13 – 14 Years – First girl and boy, Lily Sims and Zachary Bailey. Runners up Maisie Robertson and Alex Hann. First local girl and boy, Maisie Robertson and Alex Hann.
All the competitors were presented with a medal when they crossed the finishing line by national triathlete Tom Priest and a souvenir t-shirt by Crewkerne Mayor Kathy Head, who also presented the trophies, following short speeches by Chairman of the Crewkerne Triathlon Management Group Irvin Johns and Tom Priest. Tom won the event when it first started in 1999 and went on to become a world class sportsman, taking part in European and World Championships of the triathlon as part of the GB team.
A spokesperson for Crewkerne Junior Triathlon said: “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 our sponsors Crewkerne Aqua Centre, The Menders and the Rotary Club of Crewkerne. A big thank you to our MC Derek Boles from Crewkerne Running Club, to all the local organisations whose volunteers helped to officiate at the event and to the young athletes and their families for making it a great success.”