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Triathlon

National Silver medals for Holmfirth Triathletes, 4th September

 

The  Inter regional triathlon championships took place on Sunday 4th September at  Hetton Lyons country Park, Sunderland. This annual event sees junior triathletes from the 11 regions of Great Britain battling it out for both individual and team awards. Since the championship’s inception some 7 years ago Holmfirth has provided a contingent for the Yorkshire and Humberside team and this year was no exception with 4 athletes from the Harriers qualifying to represent the county after competing in the 6 triathlon events which made up the Yorkshire series. 

 

The venue at Hetton country park provides excellent racing, built on a disused colliery the course’s centre is a lake where the swim takes place, the bike course is on a purpose built tarmac cycling track which skirts the park and the runs follows the edge of the lake on a mainly gravel paths, making the course easy to follow for both competitors and spectator alike.

 

Lucy and Erica Byram competing in the Tristar 2 age group for 11 and 12 year old girls were in the first race. Each region of the 11 regions provide 2 athletes for each of the 6 races and this year after finishing first and second in the Yorkshire series the twins were able to compete together. The weather was kind to the triathletes and after rain and wind during final training on Saturday the conditions on Sunday were calm and sunny. The girls swam well and exited the water after their 200m swim around the middle of field. After smooth transitions both girls moved up  on the bike section, 3 laps of the 2km course, with Lucy recording the second fastest bike section and leaving transition for the run in 4th place. With two laps of the run course to complete the girls experienced mixed fortunes, Lucy moved in the second place at the end of the first lap but was then forced to slow down and drop back to finish  a really gutsy 6th due to a stitch. Erica who had left transition after the section  bike in around 12th position moved through the field and finished really strongly in 8th position, only 8 seconds behind Lucy, her run time of 7.28 the 4th fastest of the day. There was however a final twist to the tale Lucy whilst in transition had stepped under the bike racking, a breach of triathlon rules. She incurred a time penalty of 40 seconds which left her in 12th place with Erica promoted to 6th after the athlete in 5th place had also received a time penalty. Triathlon is not a sport for the faint hearted.

 

The Tristar 3 age group for triathletes aged 13 and 14 also had 2 Holmfirth Harriers in the Yorkshire team; Lucy Farquhar in the girls race and Lewis Byram in the boys. After a swim of 300m Lucy emerged from the water in 4th place, after a good transition she was joined on the bike section by a group of around 6 athletes. Lucy worked hard on the bike trying unsuccessfully to break away from the group, that contained several strong runners including Bronwen Owen, National Cross Country Champion. The group came back together for the run. Lucy battled really hard and managed to hang for 9th position with Mia Moore, Yorkshire Team mate also finishing strongly in 11th.

 

The tristar 3 boys race provided just as much excitement for the Yorkshire supporters. Lewis Byram, competing for Yorkshire for the 3rd consecutive year in this championship, just missed out on an individual medal, finishing in 4th place, just seconds off 3rd. Coming out of the water in around 13th place some 45 seconds down Lewis really had his work cut out.  Lewis improved his position on the bike and emerged on to the run course in 9th position. With a run time of 6:30 for the 1.8km, the second fastest of the day Lewis finished in 4th place overall. Yorkshire team mate Joshua Schofield finished in 13th position.

The Championship celebrates both individual and team success. After having clinched  victory  in both 2009 and 2010 there were high expectations from this year’s Yorkshire team but with only one podium place, Ellen McArthur 3rd in the youth girl’s race the hopes of a repeat of last years success seemed to be receding.  However this really was a team event with every single member counting towards the total point score and with 5 top 10 finishers and everyone finishing in the top half or the field in their individual races Yorkshire managed to take the trophy for Second team, just missing out on gold by 1 point, 941 point to the 942 points of the team from the North East.

 

Part of the success of the Holmfirth athletes and of the Yorkshire team as a whole  can definitely be attributed  to the fantastic enthusiastic support they received from family, and club mates, many of whom had travelled up specially to cheer on the team, thanks go to all of them and congratulations to the team.

 

Lewis ByramErica ByramLucy ByramLucy Farquhar

 

 

 

 

 

 

About Us

Andrew KerryTriathlon secretary

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Welcome to the Triathlon section of Holmfirth Harriers.  This section started in 2005 and has steadily grown in size since.

 

2009 is currently our best year for both our Junior and Senior Triathletes, winning many of our individual Age Groups at races throughout the Region.

 

It is down to the hard work of Holmfirth Harriers and our coaches that have got us into this strong position and we hope to use this as a springboard for future success.

 

Triathlon is one of the countries fastest growing sports and we are committed to ensuring that there is a warm welcome for new athletes of all ages and abilities (it really doesn’t matter if you can’t swim as many of our new starters couldn’t either when they started – me included/especially).

 

I hope that you find this page useful, and hope to add more throughout the season, until then, I hope you all enjoy your racing and achieve your goals.

 

Andrew Kerry
Triathlon Coordinator

What is triathlon

So what is a TRIATHLON? –tri meaning three is a good clue. There are 3 disciplines in triathlon SWIMMING, CYCLING AND RUNNING all done following each other with no gaps only TRANSITION – the fourth discipline. Transition is where you leave your swimming cap, goggles and wet suit (if it has been an open water swim) and where you get your bike, helmet, sunglasses, cycling shoes and number plus whatever else you need i.e. socks,t shirt etc and off you go on your cycling bit then back to transition to leave your bike, helmet, cycling shoes etc and put on your running shoes ready for the last bit – the run!! That's it in a nutshell – but there is really so much more. It really is GREAT FUN!!

 

Want to know more? Contact any of the coaches and they will be happy to point you in the right direction. Or you can email our Triathlon Coordinator Andrew Kerry. Also check out our latest newsletter for more info on what we have been up to. There are many races over the year for all abilities and ages. The triathlon family is very friendly and you will be made welcome at all events.

 

How do I become a Holmfirth Harriers Triathlon member? That’s simple, already a member of Holmfirth Harriers? Then you are automatically a member of HH Triathlon! Or to join Holmfirth Harriers please visit the home page and click on New Members to find more details on how to join and fees.

 

How do I train to become a triathlete? At Holmfirth Harriers we meet on a Tuesday and Thursday for running training. Depending on your ability there is a group you can run with and help you improve. Out of season many of our triathletes are very active with their running and take part in Cross Country and Fell races. These are open to juniors and adults and is fantastic training. Swimming at the moment is at Holmfirth Pool on various days. Over the summer we hold run/bike training and over the winter indoor turbo training. See the table below for all our up to date training times.

 

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