2015 Cardiff Junior Triathlon Race Report – 6th June 2015
Saturday the 6th June saw the largest ever number of competitors fielded for the Cardiff Junior Triathlon since it first started almost a decade ago. Over 120 competitors along with their supporters travelled to the capital city battling in the Cardiff traffic with “One Direction” fans to get to Maindy Stadium where the event is annually held.
Once again the weather was kind with the early morning drizzle clearing up after the Marshals had set up the transition area and course signage, just in time for the 12:30pm race briefing. Although being a bit windy by 1:00pm the sun was out in full and the Tristars kicked off the first wave.
Cari Hughes (Celtri Tri) stormed ahead to take the Tristart girls first position with an impressive time of 07:52. Second and third places were closely contested with Gracie Gilligan (Swansea Trisharks) edging in front of Gwen Haf Jones (Taff Ely Tri) to take second place by a one second margin with times of 9:30 and 9:31 respectively.
The Tristar 2 category grows every year and this year saw 34 competitors battling for the top spots. Jensen Coppen matched his brothers T1 victory by taking first place in Tristar 2 boys (19:53). Only 10 seconds split second and third position with Liam Edwards (20:29) narrowly beating Alex Layzell (Celtic Tri) (20:39).
From the start the Tristar 3 category was going to be fiercely competitive and the spectators were not disappointed. Just 4 seconds split the top Tristar 3 boys positions with Nathaniel Harries (Celtic Tri) winning the sprint finish (27:58) against Joseph Reardon (Taff Ely Tri) (27:59) and Emyr Thomas (Newport Olympic CC) (28:02).
The last wave of the day contained a mixture of Youth / Junior girls and boys. Lewys John (Cardiff Junior Triathlon Club) led from a fast swim and took first position (39:27), second place went to Jack Skuse (40:33) and Seb Donnelly (Cardiff Junior Triathlon Club) took third place (43:22).
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