ISA National Triathlon – Swim, Bike, Run - When One Sport Isn’t Enough

U12 Evie placed 4th in first ever triathlon and U14 Will takes the bronze medal.

It was an early start for our multi-discipline triathletes in this year’s Independent School Association’s National Triathlon on Wednesday 3 May. The event took place at the first rate facilities of Lucton School in Herefordshire so the group was up at dawn just to make sure they were there in time for registration. Thank goodness the weather was on our side this year after the arctic conditions of last!

Triathlon is an increasingly popular multi-discipline sport involving an indoor swim, followed by a bike ride and then a run. Princethorpe College’s iron-men and iron-women were competing in the TriStars 2 and TriStars 3 categories.

The TriStars 2 U12 age group completed a 200 metre indoor swim, eight laps on the bike and then a 1.8 kilometre run. First home for Princethorpe in the girls’ race was Evie Phillips, who came 4th in 34 minutes 31 seconds, in what was her first ever triathlon. Our next best girl was Lara Tripp-Smith, who came 32nd in 43:25. Best placed boy was Mark Dunkley, who came 9th in 32:42, he was closely followed over the finish line by Madoc Williams, who came 19th in 35:36.

In the boys’ TriStars 3 U14 age group Princethorpe’s Will Crowfoot took the bronze medal coming 3rd in 44 minutes dead. The TriStar 3 event involves a 300 metre swim, 6 km on the bike and a 2.4 km run. George Dunkley came 6th in 47:50 and Stan Brocklehurst 16th in 57:32. Best placed girl was Eve Farquharson who was 13th in 57:09.

Congratulations to Evie and Will on your excellent results and well done to all of the participants, the competition was friendly but fierce and you all performed fantastically.