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Holmfirth Harriers Junior Duathlon 2011 - 4 June

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Holmfirth Harriers Junior Duathlon Saturday 4 June


A bright and Sunny Saturday morning turned out to be a blustery and overcast afternoon last Saturday as 25 Junior Triathletes attended the Holmfirth Harriers organised Duathlon at the Richard Dunn Centre in Bradford.


This race forming the second of the Yorkshire & Humberside Regional Junior Series for 2011.


Up first were the Tristarts, for whom many will not have undertaken a run, bike run before.


In a fast and furious race we had Elphina Waterman from Holmfirth, leading from the front and getting fastest split in all 3 disciplines with a dominant performance.  Kate Dickinson had a great race to come in 3rd with Ruby Yates closely following in 4th place.


A great start for Holmfirth Harriers.


In the boys Tristart race, Charlie Cross was the sole Holmfirth Harrier, and had a gutsy performance, leading from the front and finishing 1st with a broad smile as he crossed the line.


The Tristar1 (9-10Yrs) boys were next, with a longer demanding course, that saw Finn Kerry continue his recent battle from the last race with Thomas Dudley from rivals Leeds & Bradford Triathlon club.  It was neck and neck on the run, however, Thomas proved too strong on the bike, and whilst Finn recorded the same run splits, he had to settle for 2nd place.  Moving up to this age group this year was Thomas Ford who had a fine race to finish in 9th place.


The girls quickly followed the boys with another close race.  Sunnivah Waterman had a great afternoon as she tussled with Ella Shouler-Harris another Leeds Bradford athlete.  It was Sunnivah’s cycling that proved to be the key to her performance as she finished in first place a clear winner.  Millie Yates from Holmfirth had a terrific second run as she made a charge to the finish with a respectable 7th place.


The Tristar2 (11-12yrs) boys had the biggest field of the day with several Holmfirth boys in the running.  Lewis Bartholomew in his first Duathlon entered transition neck and neck with Tyler Hutchinson from Tri York.  Unfortunately for Lewis he wasn’t as strong on the bike, in this age group the cycling becomes tougher and experience plays a bigger part.  Jack Ford from Holmfirth showed such experience as he made up several places with the fastest bike leg, finishing in 4th place.  Nicky Farquhar also had a consistent race, being in the mix throughout with a great race to finish in 5th place overall, closely followed by Lewis in 6th place, who with the fastest 2nd run had left himself too much to do.


The next race was the girls Tristar2, which saw Holmfirth domination, leading from the front was Erica Byram, closely followed by her sister Lucy, both entering transition over 30 seconds ahead of their rivals.  Next onto the bikes was Daisy Mae Hinchliffe-Smith again closely followed by another Holmfirth athlete Libby Shepherd.  These 4 were dominant throughout with Erica having a great race in 1st place with the fastest bike splits in the girls and boys in this age group.  Erica was closely followed by sister Lucy in 2nd and Libby in 3rd.   Daisy had a great finish with the fastest 2nd run of the race to finish in 5th place.


The Tristar3 girls race was dominated throughout by Bronwen Owen from Cleveland Tri, however, Amira Mellor battled throughout and was chasing hard on the bike to earn a well deserved 2nd place.


In the Tristar3 boys Lewis Byram had another strong race in 2nd place, followed by Seth Waterman, Eddie Hinchliffe another Holmfirth Harrier in their first Dutahlon had a good race to finish in 5th place.  The biggest disappointment was reserved for Ben Dickinson and Joe Williams, who were penalised by the referee for rule infringements, this affected their placings as they finished 7th and 8th respectively, followed by a brave race back from a recent illness by Isaac Shepherd in 9th place.  This race was won overall by Joshua Schofield from York Tri.


Holmfirth were again dominant in the Youth category with Ruby Sykes in a fine 1st place, followed by Sophie Williams in 2nd place.  Robert Hinchliffe in his first Duathlon was 1st boy in the Youth Category.








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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