Over 250 young athletes from around the Midlands competed in a Junior Duathlon on a closed circuit at Darley Moor race track in Ashbourne on Saturday.
The event was open to young people aged eight to 16 as part of British Triathlon’s East and West Midlands Junior Race Series. It been organised by HUUB Events in partnership with junior triathlon clubs – Derby’s HUUB Sports Academy and Ashbourne-based Peak Performance.
As well as individual trophies, the times recorded by the young athletes also contributed to the regional scores and the overall trophy went to the East Midlands who scored 1,700 points compared to the West Midlands’ 450 points.
Competitors started with a run before transitioning to a cycle stage and then completing the final run distance.
Several families also took the opportunity to camp overnight free of charge at the race track and then took part in a duathlon for 17-year-olds and over at the venue the following day organised by Crazy Legs Events.
HUUB Events Race Director Claire Duffin explained: “Although we are best known for organising the Jenson Button Trust Triathlon, we are developing a programme of different events both locally and across the UK which appeal to all age groups and abilities.
“To see so many children taking part and enjoying the sport was fantastic and we had a combination of first timers as well as club athletes.
“We were delighted to be teaming up with the HUUB Sports Academy and with Peak Performance who share our ethos of making sport accessible to all – particularly in the triathlon elements of swim, cycle and run.”
The results were:
Tri-Star Start age category:
Fastest male: Ozzy Bestwick (8) from Bewdley, Worcestershire
Fast female: Lottie Lissaman (7) from Langham, Nottinghamshire
Tri-Star One age category:
1st Rebecca Vanaardt (9) from Loughborough
2nd Freya Lester (10) from Derby
3rd Edie Bott (8) from Barrow on Trent
1st Tyler Broome (10 from Tuxford, Nottinghamshire
2nd Emerson Barbosa (9) from Lincoln
3rd Dillon Preece (8) from Scarcliffe, Bolsover
Tri-Star Two age category:
1st Amelie Chrispin (12) from Newark
2nd Amelie McCann from Leicestershire
3rd Flo Lissaman (11) from Langham, Nottinghamshire
1st Henry Williams (11) from Shropshire
2nd Daniel Vanaardt (11) from Loughborough
3rd Thomas Dixon from Lutterworth
Tri-Star Three age category:
1st Lizzy Edge (13) from Nottingham
2nd Lizzie Webster (13) from Darley Dale
3rd Jodie Ruane (13) from Worcestershire
1st Tim Hattee (12) from Rutland
2nd Jamie Kennerson (13) from Hinckley
3rd Alex Veloso (13) from Solihull
Tri-Start Youth age category:
1st Alice Crane (14) from Little Eaton
2nd Eden Schiller (14) from Leek
3rd Madeleine Wood (14) from Lincoln
1st Louix Tzivortzis-Foskett (14) from Shopshire
2nd Harrison Lee (15) from Stoke
3rd Lewis Edge (14) from Nottingham
Trophies were presented by Dean Jackson, founder and owner of triathlon kit designers HUUB and co-founder of the HUUB Academy.
For more information about future events planned in the area, please visit www.huubevents.com