Holmfirth Harriers - Triathlon
Holmfirth Hosts First Triathlon
On Sunday 100 local junior triathletes descended on Holmfirth to take part in the inaugural Holmfirth Junior Triathlon. The event, made possible by generous sponsorship from David Brown Engineering and great support from Holmfirth Swimming pool and Kirklees Active Leisure, was organised by Holmfirth Harriers Triathlon section. “ Triathon is the fastest growing sport in the Uk” Said race director Andrew Kerry “ it was great to bring a taste of it to Holmfirth”. Race organiser Deborah Byram was thrilled by the success of the event “it was great to see so many juniors out there having a go and enjoying themselves- especially the local children from Holmfirth who were having a go at a triathlon for the first time”. She went on “we are so pleased that the event ran so smoothly and have had lots of really positive feedback from competitors and parents alike. I would really like to thank all the wonderful volunteers who turned up on the day and helped make this event a success”.
Thirty seven young members of Holmfirth Harriers competed on Sunday a fantastic turn out for the club and extremely exciting for all the supporters. In addition to these there were many other local children enjoying the event.
In the Tri-start age group (7 & 8 year olds) Millie Yates of Holmfirth finished 3rd , with Isabelle Dendle in 6th position in the boys race Thomas Ford was 5th and Samuel Beddingfield, our newest member was 6th.
Libby Shepherd in only her 2nd triathlon was clear winner of the Tri-star 1 girls race (9 &10 year olds), she was followed home by Amy Kettlewell also racing in her 2nd triathlon in 2nd place, Sunnivah Waterman just missed out on the trophies in 4th . Six other Holmfirth girls also took part in this race all competing for the 1st time in a triathlon, Holly Bailey- Taylor 9th, Fiona Hodgson 12th, Jennifer Melia 15th, Abby Bakewell 16th, Emmy Bailey-Taylor 17th and Eleanor Hoyle 18th.
Tiras Waterman returned to winning ways and finished in 1st position in the Tri-star 1 boys race. Jack Ford, Nicky Farquhar and Finn Kerry took 5th, 6th and 7th spots respectively. Daniel Howatson and Jack Scholes both competed well to finish in 10th and 11th and Joel Page finished strongly in 14th.
In the Tristar 2 race Byram twins Lucy and Erica were just pipped to the post by Emma Clapton of Scarborough. The twins had their usual battle with Erica coming out on top this time finishing in 2nd position and Lucy in third spot. Also racing well for Holmfirth Olivia Sykes finished in 6th position with local girls Maegan Jones, Lilly Barr and Molly Heath enjoying the experience in 10th, 11th and 12th.
The boys race at Tristar 2 was a real battle. Holmfirth’s Seth Waterman being edged out by Josh Schofield of White Rose Tri and finishing 2nd, followed home by Ben Dickinson in 3rd being chased down by Andrew Farquhar in 4th. Joe Williams and Isaac Shepherd were separated in 6th and 7th place by only 3 seconds Joe Williams sprinting for the finish line. Shea Kerry, Joseph Dendle and Luke Page also raced well and finished in 12th, 13th and 15th spot. Well done to all of them.
Harmonie Waterman added to her unbroken series of victories so far in the Yorkshire and Humberside Triathlon Series in the Tristar 3 girls race, with 1st place on Sunday, following her home was fellow Holmfirth athlete Amira Mellor in 2nd. Lucy Farquhar and Ruby Sykes finished in 7th and 8th respectively with Sophie Williams and Alex France in 11th and 12 position, another strong turnout of Harrier athletes. In the boys race Lewis Byram also added to his clean sweep so far of series victories winning the Tristar 3 boys race with the largest winning margin of the day.
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.
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.