YVTT’s First Go Tri Event! Junior and Senior Aquathlon

GoTriGo Tri: “Making Triathlon and Multi-Sports Fun and Accessible for all”. That is the tagline of the initiative run by British Triathlon to enable access to the sport for anyone of any ability, and very much fits with the ethos of the Yorkshire Vikings Triathlon Team and Swim Squad.

Go Tri 1On 31st July 2016, YVTT hosted our very first Go Tri event, an Aquathlon, aimed at giving an opportunity to try multi-sport to both juniors and seniors. The event, the first of 3 to be hosted by YVTT in 2016, was comprised of a 40m swim and 600m run for juniors (ages 7-14 years), and 100m swim and 2km run for seniors. Both swim and run were hosted at Barlby School, with swim taking place in the school 20m pool, and the run taking place on the school playing field.

Go Tri 2Volunteers from the club ably assisted Head Coach Naiomi Saunders in running the event. Carol Saunders, Felicity Caddick, Phil Caddick, Go Tri 5Rob Jamison, Susie Foster, Sarah Weston, Emma Foley, juniors Erika Lavendar, Madison Foley, Dominic and Joshua Weston, and Kirstine Gerhold, who also competed in the event, all took on various roles to ensure the smooth running of the Aquathlon.

The results were fantastic. A total of 9 entrants for the first event, split as 5 juniors and 4 seniors, saw too very fun races, and some great finishing times.

The junior event results were as follows:

Position First Name Surname Swim Transition Run Overall Time
1 DECLAN WILES 00:00:39 00:00:39 00:02:44 00:04:02
2 FINLAY WILES 00:01:02 00:01:22 00:02:51 00:05:15
3 LUCY JAMISON 00:01:03 00:01:38 00:02:40 00:05:21
4 FREDDIE AMY 00:00:52 00:01:50 00:02:40 00:05:22
5 MADDISON FOLEY 00:01:01 00:01:54 00:03:15 00:06:10

The senior event results were as follows:

Position First Name Surname Swim Transition Run Overall Time
1 TONI CHIDLOW 00:01:27 00:01:27 00:09:44 00:12:18
2 KIRSTINE GERHOLD 00:01:29 00:01:22 00:09:41 00:12:32
3 LYNDSEY FALLOWS 00:02:31 00:01:49 00:12:33 00:16:53
4 ANDREW FALLOWS 00:03:06 00:02:45 00:12:27 00:18:18

Go Tri 7Following the success of this first event, YVTT are hosting 2 more events in 2016. On Sunday 25th September 2016 at 10am there will be another Aquathlon, comprised of a 60m swim and 1km run for juniors, and a 200m swim and 3km for seniors. Entries for this event are set at £3 for juniors and £6 for seniors.

Following that, YVTT hosts its very first triathlon event on Sunday 31st October at 10am, comprised of a 40m swim, 800m bike and 1.5km run for juniors, and a 200m swim, 6km bike and 3km for seniors. Entries for this event are set at £5 for juniors and £8 for seniors.

Go Tri 6Entries for both events are capped at 30 entrants, and are bookable on a first come first served basis. If you would like more information on how to enter either of these events, please contact the club via the website, at http://yorkshirevikings.org/?page_id=903.

YVTT’s first Aquathlon event was a resounding success, and has hopefully encouraged a few more people to join the wonderful world of Triathlon!