Double success for youngsters at Salt Ayre

Tristar 1 boys with winner Rhys Ashton of City of Lancaster Triathlon far right.
Tristar 1 boys with winner Rhys Ashton of City of Lancaster Triathlon far right.

City of Lancaster Triathlon juniors enjoyed double gold at the Salt Ayre Junior Duathlon at the weekend.

Nine-year-old Kirsty Maher and 10-year-old Rhys Ashton both won their age groups on a successful day for the club.

Nine-year-old Kirsty Maher wins Tristar 1 girls at the Salt Ayre Junior Duathlon.

Nine-year-old Kirsty Maher wins Tristar 1 girls at the Salt Ayre Junior Duathlon.

The Tristar1 event for the nine and 10-year-olds involves a continuous 1,200m run, 3km bike and final 400m run.

Kirsty, who is at the younger end of the category, pulled out 30-second lead over her 14 competitors on the first run that she held on the bike course to finish in 13:51.

Rhys, competing against 18 boys from across the North West Region also took a 30-second lead on the first run to win with an impressive time of 12:04.

Both Kirsty and Rhys are also members of Lancaster and Morecambe Athletics Club and Salt Ayre Cog Set.

The Junior Duathlon is a core race in the North West Junior Triathlon Championship that covers the region between Carlisle in the North and Chester in the South and includes races for athletes between eight and 18 years old.

In Tristar 3, a 2km run, 7.5km bike and 600m run, new COLT member Hannah Edwards, 13, again showed promise with an impressive third in a time of 24:03. Ruby Frankland, 12, came in fifth with a time of 25:38 and 13-year-old Ben Winterburn also took fifth place in Tristar 3 boys with a time of 23:39.

Thomas Dowthwaite, Lydia Shenton, Isaac Atkinson and Luke Leadbeatter all also posted good times in their age groups.

The series now moves to Blackpool for the Club Championships on September 21 where several young athletes new to COLT juniors will compete including Pippa Darlington, 9, who achieved a solid 15:13 for her Tristar 1 time at The Duathlon.