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Triathlon

Harmonie takes GB Crown!!

Harmonie_takes_GB _CrownCongratutations to the 4 Holmfirth Harriers who competeted last Sunday as part of the Yorkshire and Humberside team at the Interegional Championships (the triathlon intercountries) in Wales. Harmonie Waterman competing in the Tristar 2 age group (11 and 12 year olds) won the gold medal in a hard fought race against the best in Great Britain. Rebecca Addy (tristar3),Lewis Byram (Tristar2) and Emily Harris (Youth) were our other Y & H team counters - well done to all of them.

 

The British Triathlon Inter Regional Championships took place at Parc Bryn Bach in South Wales on the 13 th September. We were very proud to have four children from Holmfirth Harriers take part in the prestigious event. They gained their place on the team of 14 by finishing in the top spots of the Yorkshire & Humberside Junior Triathlon Series, 6 races held over the summer. In Tristar 2 (11-12year olds) were Harmonie Waterman and Lewis Byram. Tristar 3 (13-14year olds) was represented by Rebecca Addy and Emily Harris represented the region in the Youth age group (15-16year olds).

 

 The clear blue skies over Wales and sunshine made this a very special day for all who competed in the championship and supporters alike. The race was over the Tristar distances but included an open water swim which is unusual at this level.

All the Holmfirth Harriers put in superb performances with Harmonie gaining maximum points in the first race for the girls in Tristar 2 even after taking a fall going into transition 2. Lewis having a good swim was ill on the bike and disappointed not to be able to put in his usual outstanding performance. However he gained valuable points for the team along with Tristar 3’s Rebecca who put in a tremendous performance throughout gaining positions on the final run leg.

 

Going into the last two events the region was in 3 rd place and therefore expectations were already high. Emily Harris at the youngest end of her age group put in a sterling effort and gaining valuable places and therefore points on the bike leg for the team. Overall we had 3 podium finishes and high finishes throughout the age groups.

 

All 14 children of Yorkshire & Humberside showed great team spirit and with great results all round Yorkshire & Humberside pushed previous winners South East into second place by over 100 points. Following in the footsteps of fellow Yorkshire triathletes Alistair Brownlee (winning gold at the ITU World Championship) and brother Jonathan (silver in the Junior ITU World Championship) at the weekend. Yorkshire & Humberside took gold and the title as Regional Champions 2009.

 

 

 

Flying the flag with pride Lewis Byram, Rebecca Addy with double gold medallist Harmonie Waterman and Emily Harris

 

 

 

 

 

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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