Holmfirth Harriers - Triathlon

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Yorkshire & Humberside Triumph Again!


Yorkshire and Humberside successfully defended their Inter Regional Championship title at the GE Parc Bryn Bach Triathlon on Sunday 19 September. Five young Holmfirth Harriers qualified for the Yorkshire & Humberside IRC team and along with 9 other members from around the region. They travelled with proud parents in tow, to Parc Bryn Bach Wales on the 18 th. Soaking up the pre race atmosphere the team had time to take in the cycle course. A team meal was followed by an early night, which of course was followed by a very early morning. The morning also brought news of a slight change to the event. Due to safety issues for the young athletes because of the cold water conditions the event was changed to a duathlon. Mixed emotions on this big day from athletes some happy and some not so with the change. However this talented group of athletes took it all in their stride, put on a brave and professional manner to tackle the race ahead.


As the final of the Senior and Youth Triathlon Super Series was taking place at the same venue the junior athletes were treated to the blue carpet, race commentary and live big TV screen footage of the race which made the whole event very special. They were also able to shake hands with the current World U23 Triathlon Champion Jonathan Brownlee and former World Triathlon Champion Alistair Brownlee. They were very happy to pose for photos and give autographs to the children. They children were able to watch these fantastic athletes race together with other internationals including Tim Don, Helen Jenkins, Jodie Stimpson and Stuart Heys.


So, the first duathlon (run/bike/run) got underway with the Tristar 2 girls. The team included Erica Byram from Holmfirth Harriers and team mate Emma Clapton (Scarborough). After the first run the girls were pretty much a bunch but both Erica and Emma were near the middle of the pack. Getting onto the bike section Erica made a huge effort and pulled away on the hill and moved into 4 th place, followed closely by Emma. Both girls had excellent transitions off the bike and went out onto the run in 4 th and 5 th. After her recent success at the Yorkshire Road Relays Erica was running well but just over half way on the run got a bad stitch and was soon overtaken by athletes but managed to finish for the team in 14 th place, in pain and tearful. Showing excellent camaraderie girls on the run were encouraging Erica to keep going, not many sport do you get such a show of respect for each other. . This was mirrored later in the elite race when an athlete was struggling with unzipping her wet suit, two fellow athletes (while still running) pulled and zipped down her suite to help out – fantastic! Emma too held on and worked hard on the run and finished in 10 th position.


The next event Tristar 2 Boys was a fantastic race again for the team, leading from the front was Josh Schofield with Holmfirth’s Seth Waterman following closely. Josh was second coming in from the bike closely followed by 3 other boys including Seth. Breaking away on the final run Josh stormed home to claim gold. With an exciting sprint finish for the final medal spot Seth just missed out on the sprint and had to settle for 4 th overall.


Tristar 3 girls saw two athletes from Holmfirth, Amira Mellor and Harmonie Waterman compete against the best in the country. Showing her fantastic bike and running skills Harmonie was with the leaders from the start. Amira also showing her determination made up many places out on the technical two lap bike course. Harmonie was first out on the final run section but closely followed by a group of athletes including Amira in 4th. Both girls had fantastic runs but Harmonie was run down by Bronwen Owen who claimed top spot in the girl’s race for the North East team. Harmonie took silver and Amira was thrilled with her performance and finished 7 th.


The boys Tristar 3 were next with Holmfirth’s Lewis Byram in the middle of the pack in the first run. Lewis flew through T1 moved out onto the bike section in 2 nd. Lewis had to make the decision to drop back or work hard to catch the leader.  Using his head he made a small pack with 2 other boys and working well as a group around the two lap course.  After the bike he came out 3rd from T2, putting in a superb run moved back into second place and was closing on the leader. The distance was just not long enough for him to catch the winner but Lewis finished in 2 nd taking the silver medal. Team mate Max Robson also had a fantastic race and finished 10 th overall gaining valuable points for the team.


The conclusion of the races saw yet more medals for Yorkshire & Humberside from the Youth races. Including silver for both Gordon Benson and Maddie Winzer. The other youth team members included Euan Hockey (29 th), Mika Brown (36 th), Ellen McArthur (9 th) and Lauren York (20 th), finished off the individual results.



Finally with all the individual results in the tension was building waiting for the final standings for the teams. Having won the title last year Yorkshire and Humberside were keeping their fingers crossed they had done enough. There was a large cheer from athletes, parents, team coaches and manager when 2 nd place was announced and it was not Y&H. So for the second consecutive year Yorkshire & Humberside were crowned Inter Regional Champions all team members coming home with Gold!



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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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