Dulwich Prep was delighted to host the 3rd IAPS National Prep Schools’ Triathlon on Sunday 11th June 2017. This event is open to all Prep School children from Year 5 and above, and it has grown hugely in popularity every year, with competitors coming from far afield to join the event.
Barfield’s Triathlon training club has been busy working on all the disciplines this year and our pupils have had fun practising their swimming, running and cycling skills in preparation for this event.
In what was a glorious day of sport, our pupils all performed well, giving of their best on behalf of Barfield, but also challenging themselves. Some were reduced to tears in their efforts to get to the finish line after pushing themselves to the limit.
Over 400 pupils took part with 113 children registered to take part in the Year 6 event alone and our best 2 performances came in this age category, with Harrison Blake-Pead coming 7th out of 63 male participants and India Steer finishing 13th out of 50 female participants.
Well done to Ava Rice, Elliot Davies, Haydn Wydenbach, Jack Lewis, Robyn Singleton, Ella Freer, Joshua Furneaux and Lev Davies.
A big thank you to Miss Astor and her partner Major Mark Long who travelled with me in the school minibus to transport some of our team, plus their bikes, to the event. I would like to thank all the parents who were able to come along to support the children and a special thank you to the Blake-Pead family who introduced me to this
amazing sport, which will now play a big part of the extra-curricular programme at Barfield. I’m very proud of you all. Well done.
Ray Taylor Director of Sport Barfield School
LRTS is a special group of the top 50 young triathletes across the London region. The squad meets monthly and there’s tough competition for selection. Members are aged between 11 to 16 with an even split of males and females.
The lucky members were presented with customised hoodies from Tribe Junior at a training session at Herne Hill Velodrome.
Squad member Ben Bison, 11, above, was delighted to receive his hoody. He said:
“I felt very privileged to receive my hoodie and to be part of the London Junior Triathlon squad.
When I have been wearing it lots of people have been asking about the London Tri series."
Tribe Junior is a young company providing triathlon kit for junior triathletes. It’s offering a wide selection of kit from some of the leading brands, including wet suits, tri suits and accessories.
“We are delighted to continue our support with the London Region Junior Squad. After meeting the squad at their training session it was clear to see what a dedicated, hard- working and talented squad they have this year. We wish them all huge success for the race season ahead." said Paula Blake-Pead from Tribe Junior.
Gaining a place on the LRTS is fiercely contested and the envy of club members all over London. Selection is made at the end of each season based on performances in the Junior Series.
Report written by Jim Desmond, London Region Junior Coordinator
Our three generations were out in force, taking part in the Hever Castle Triathlon.
The sun was shining and we enjoyed meeting new friends and old within the triathlon community.
The boys braved the chilly lake and thoroughly enjoyed their race along with 2000 other kids!
My first Triathlon season by Leo Riggs Aged 8
I couldn't wait until the 1st January 2015. I could finally apply for my
British Triathlon race licence. When it arrived in the post I got straight on the Internet to look for children's Tristar triathlon events. Mum helped me search events in the south and we came up with a list of aquathlon and triathlon events. Mum became my booking secretary and entered me into several events. This gave me something to work towards.
I started training with my dad. I wrote my own timetable so he would know what we were doing each night. He needed a bit of motivation on the bike so I helped him out a bit! A few lengths of the pool one night, a couple of laps around the block another and a few trips to the velodrome. I was race ready!
My first race was a triathlon in Wimborne, Dorset. I was really nervous but my friend was doing it too so it was nice to see a familiar face. All of the marshalls were really nice and made sure we knew exactly what to do and where to go. I really enjoyed it and came 2nd.
My next race was an aquathlon in Yeovil and a very early start! I had all my kit ready the night before and checked it off against my list. We ate breakfast on the way and registered in plenty of time. It was a really well organised event and the marshals were all really friendly again. I had a good swim but an even better run and came 1st. I got a really nice trophy which I was really proud of.
The next event was the Kingfisher aquathlon in South London. This is where I met the lovely people at Tribe junior. A whole stand of children's triathlon clothing and accessories. Mum said it would have saved her hours trawling the Internet looking for children's triathlon wear! Their branding and logo was really cool and after a conversation with the company owners, Matt and Paula, they agreed that I could race under their team name. Another 1st place at the Kingfisher and new team name. It was an awesome day!
I choose to do an aquathlon for my birthday too. Chapel Tri made me feel really welcome, caught up with Tribe junior and came 1st. Best birthday ever!
Lots more triathlons over the following months. Including Trinity and Shaftesbury. My first lake swim was not a good experience as the water was horrible. I was covered with weed and muck. Unfortunately this played on my mind and after a 2 hour drive to Eton Dorney kids supertri I very nearly dropped out at the last minute. I was so scared, however, when the whistle went I couldn't help but jump in. I was so pleased I did. It was an awesome race in an amazing venue. Saw some familiar faces too. It was nice that I recognised and could chat to a few of the other children. A 3rd place at Eton Dorney was a good achievement but swimming the lake was a bigger one.
I kept practicing my transitions as this is what had slowed me down a little and got out on the bike a bit more. Another water challenge awaited me at the Portland Aquathlon. An open water sea swim and jelly fish! Masses of them. I was assured by others that they wouldn't sting but I wasn't so sure. In the end I went for it and got my fastest swim time! I was really keen to get out of the water! 1st place and sea swim conquered.
My most recent triathlon was in Sherborne. Another beautiful venue and the Wessex wizards had it well organised. I had my biggest transition disaster here. We had coloured bibs to put on and I got in a complete muddle. Head in arm hole, upside down and inside out. Got there in the end but had a lot of chasing down to do. I caught 2 places on the cycle and passed 1 on the run to make me the 1st boy.
I have had a blast this year. Been to lots of new places and met some really cool people. Looking forward to Hever Castle in September. I just wish I had a good local triathlon club to join. There seems to be a real shortage, especially in Doset. I will keep training with dad, although it won't be long before he can't keep up! Thanks to all of the people and clubs who have put on some awesome events this year. I would encourage any young person to give triathlon a go!
Bri Tri Kids Triathlon
Saturday 22nd August 2015.
Click on the logo for more information and to enter.
Hope to see you there!
London’s top junior triathletes were treated to a special visitor at one of their recent training sessions.
Former World Champion and current BBC Commentator Annie Emmerson recently attended a London Region Junior Squad (LRTS) training session at Shepperton Lake.
The LRTS is a special group of the top 50 young triathletes across the London region. The squad meets monthly and there’s tough competition for selection. Members are aged between 11 to 16 with an even split of males and females.
Emmerson got fully involved with the training session, observing and encouraging from the sidelines and then led a core stability session. She gave an inspiring talk, telling her story from junior to top-level triathlete, with a few insights into how the World Series has changed since she was racing – notably that there was no drafting back then, so the racing dynamics were different. She took questions from the enthusiastic youngsters before presenting each with a hoody from Tribe Junior, which is supporting the squad this year.
Squad member Ryan Mullen, age 12 was delighted to listen to Annie. “Annie answered questions and told us about her own competitions and it was really interesting to listen to her. We were then were presented with our new hoodies, which look really good and it made me feel very proud to be part of such a great team”
Tribe Junior is a young company providing triathlon kit specifically for junior triathletes. It’s offering a wide selection of kit from some of the leading brands, including wet suits, tri suits and accessories.
“We are really pleased and excited to be involved with the London Region Junior Squad and we congratulate them all in reaching such a high level. We wish them all the best for the coming race season.” Said Matt Blake-Pead from Tribe Junior.
Gaining a place on the LRTS is fiercely contested and the envy of club members all over London. Selection is made at the end of each season based on performances in the Junior Series. For more information on the London Squad visit the homepage: http://www.triathlonengland.org/london/athletes/london_juniors/london_junior_training_squad
Report Written by Jim Desmond
Yesterday we had a great morning at Morden Park at the Kingfisher Aquathlon. It was great to see again some familiar faces and also to meet some new ones! Well done to all that competed.
We had such a fun time at the 220 triathlon show. We were overwhelmed with all the positive comments we received regarding our new venture and loved seeing all the kids have a go at the 'Tribe Junior Turbo Challenge'.
There was some stiff competition as the kids gave it their all in trying to get the fastest time. At the end of the weekend the winners were announced as:
6-8 yrs Daisy
9-10 yrs Felix
11-12 yrs Adam
13-14 yrs Sam
Each winner has won a Team Sky rucksack kindly donated by Frog Bikes and also a Tribe JNR cap.
We made many friends at the show and enjoyed chatting to all the junior clubs that were there. We hope to see you all again soon at an event near you!
We've had a very busy but exciting day setting up our stand at the 220 Triathlon Show at Sandown Race Course. Within a few hours we went from this....
We are really excited.............Hope to see you there!
Thank you for visiting our new website. We hope you enjoy looking through the triathlon kit we have on offer for junior triathletes.
Keep an eye out for us this triathlon season as we are hoping to be at many of the kids triathlon events being held throughout the UK. We kick off the season with our official launch at the 220 Triathlon Show at Sandown Race Course 27th February - 1st March 2015. We have a stand in the Run section so if you are visiting the show please pop by and meet the Tribe Junior Team.
Be race ready with Tribe Junior as you're never too young to join the tribe!