Worcester Triathlon Club held it’s annual Children’s Duathlon (run-cycle-run) at Worcester University on Sunday, part of the West Midlands Children’s triathlon series. 

The youngest competitors in the Tri-Start category battled it out over a  3km course and Erin Staite of Lichfield City Cycling Club won the female event in seven minutes 29 seconds with Worcester Triathlon Club’s Tom Charles leading the boys home in 7:39.

Tri-Star 1 competitors completed 1.2km run followed by a 4km cycle and a final 400m run.  Molly Shermer of Cannock Phoenix won the girls’ event in 14:22 with William Staite emulating his sister’s earlier success in the boys’ event in 13:32.

In Tri-Star 2 Ellie Russell of Oswestry Olympians completed the 1.6km run / 6km cycle / 600m run in 18:46 Worcester’s Ella Crowley finishing seventh.  Lichfield CCC’s Harry Yates led the boys home in 17:20 with Worcester’s Jack Raine, Ethan Hunter, Jacob Withington and James Sheldon finishing 10th, 11th, 14th and 15th respectively.

Tri-Star 3 competitors faced a 2km run / 8km cycle / 800m course and in a strong girls’ field West Midlands Triathlon Academy members Sian Rainsley and Megan McDonald dominated finishing in 20:45 and 21:19 respectively.  In a close tussle for third place Worcester girls Helen Jubb and Nixie Turner finished in 21:48 and 21:50 with Jubb passing Turner in the final 100 metres.  Worcester’s Jordan Prust and Rachel Powell both competed well but sadly both were disqualified for not completing the correct number of cycle laps.  Finn Barnes of Cambridge Triathlon Club led the boys home in 21:32.

A final success for Worcester came in the Youth section with a win for Henry Ward.