Taking advantage of the September sunshine, Woodlands School Hutton Manor was the perfect host of the annual National East Triathlon on Thursday. The event was a superb spectacle for the sport of triathlon, providing all the children with an invaluable and enjoyable experience.
The course, designed by Mrs Fitch and Ms Raymond, proved a real test of stamina and all the competitors must be applauded for their effort and determination to finish all three disciplines. Starting off in the pool with a 100m swim, the triathletes followed this up with a 600m cycle and finished with a gruelling 600m run. On completion, every child was rewarded with a much deserved participatory medal, reiterating the inclusive nature of ISA sport; a lovely touch from Woodlands School.
Despite the emphasis on participation, there had to be a winner in each of the four categories. The girls’ event was won in an impressive time of 7 minutes 50 seconds by Sophie Galbraith from Alleyn Court who looks a real prospect for the future. Well done to Sophie for this achievement.
The boys’ competition was completed fastest by Howe Green pupil Charlie Tolhurst who finished the course in a remarkable time of 7 minutes 28 seconds, a truly speedy time. Charlie is obviously one to watch for the future; well done Charlie!
The final two categories were comprised of the boys and girls team competitions. The triathlon was well attended with a total of 17 schools taking part throughout the day. Each school had their time to shine and the very nature of the event gave even the smallest of schools the opportunity to perform without any unnecessary competitive pressure. Thanks must go to Mrs Fitch and Ms Raymond for creating a fully inclusive event.
ISA congratulates Alleyn Court School who were victorious in both team competitions. The girls’ finished with a combined time of 34.25 narrowly beating runners-up St James and third placed Hawley Place. The Alleyn Court boy’s finished with a time of 33.21 and were closely followed by Howe Green and Westward respectively. We must say a huge well done to every single participant, all of whom represented their school with an excellent attitude throughout the day. Thanks again from ISA to Woodlands School for hosting yet another brilliant triathlon.
Rich and Laura