Milestone medal haul for district’s young triathletes

COLT boys take the first four places in the Tristar 1 race. From left, George Cookson, Isaac Atkinson, Rhys Ashton and Thomas Dowthwaite.
COLT boys take the first four places in the Tristar 1 race. From left, George Cookson, Isaac Atkinson, Rhys Ashton and Thomas Dowthwaite.

Nearly 200 children from across the North West came together to compete at Salt Ayre Sports Centre in the third annual Junior Aquathlon.

The event, on Saturday, April 5 and Sunday, April 6, was jointly organised by the City of Lancaster Triathlon Club (COLT) and Carnforth Otters Swimming Club.

City of Lancaster Triathlon's Lydia Shenton wins Tristar 2.

City of Lancaster Triathlon's Lydia Shenton wins Tristar 2.

Beginning a medal haul that was to include two golds, COLT took the first four places in the Tristar 1 race category, covering the nine and 10 year old age group and involving a 150m swim and 1.400m run.

Nine-year-old Rhys Aston received the gold medal, whilst silver went to 10 year old Thomas Dowthwaite and bronze awarded to nine year old George Cookson. Isaac Atkinson, also nine, completed the winning quartet.

Other Tristar 1 finishes for COLT included Kirsty Maher, 8, finishing in 14th place, Madison Craven, 10, 19th place, Olivia Goddard, 8, 24th place, Luke Leadbetter, 8, 13th place and Jacob Preston, 8, 14th place.

Twelve-year-old COLT athlete Lydia Shenton claimed her second win of the season, picking up another gold medal for the club in the Tristar 2 category, comprising a 250m swim and 1,800m run.

Achieving respectable times in Tristar 3, Ffion Ashton, 12, Annis Atkinson, 13, and Emma Holden, 14, came in seventh, ninth and 18th respectively, whilst Ben Winterburn, 13, came sixth in the boys’ race. Other top finishers for COLT included Eleanor Mason, 12, and James McCracken, 12, coming eighth and 15th respectively in Tristar 2.

Finally in Tristart, Alexandra Craven, 7, completed her first multi-sport event whilst Alice Sands, 10, performed well in the Supersprint category.

Carnforth Otters swimmers George Wilby and Rhianna Sisson took gold and silver respectively in the Tristart race.