Juniors star at Salt Ayre triathlon

Lydia Shenton of COLT takes the win in Tristar 2.

Lydia Shenton of COLT takes the win in Tristar 2.

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More than 200 youngsters came from across the North West to compete in the annual Salt Ayre Junior Triathlon.

Organised by City of Lancaster Traithlon (COLT), Carnforth Otters, Bolton Triathlon and Salt Ayre Cog Set the event welcomed 34 clubs from as far afield as Carlisle and Chester.

Thomas Dowthwaite of COLT.

Thomas Dowthwaite of COLT.

It was the local athletes who starred however with COLT’s eight-year-old Anan Tiger Clark, nine-year-old Rhys Ashton and 12-year-old Lydia Shenton winning their age groups.

Another COLT youngster, Abby Trowse, 12, also won the Novice Sprint category while Lancaster Swimming and Water Polo Club’s Matthew Alderson won the Novice Supersprint.

In total 38 athletes from local clubs competed, many for the first time.

Those with a bright future include nine-year-old Carnforth Otter Hayden Mills and 13-year-old Hannah Edwards from the COLT club, both completing in their first triathlons. Hayden achieved a third place in the Supersprint against 11 to 13-year-olds and Hannah came in third in Tristar 3 after a magnificent swim and bike that put her in the lead against last year’s champion Lauren Cooley.

Larissa Hannam of LASWPC showed her promise by coming second in Tristar 2 despite being a year younger than the main competition.

Archie Honeysett, 8, of Lancaster and Morecambe Athletics Club came second in the Tristart category with Carnforth Otters George Wilby and Angus Sands both well up the rankings.

Due to their performances on the day both COLT’s Lydia Shenton and LASWPC athlete Larissa Hannam have been selected to represent the North West in this year’s annual Interregional Championships in August.

The next local event will be the Salt Ayre Junior Duathlon on Sunday, August 31.