Tri club juniors on Burntwood podium

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Mansfield Triathlon Club juniors came away with two podium position wins at the Burntwood Aquathlon.

In the youth category rising star Jordan Boam took third in the impressive time of 28:27, missing out on silver by just two seconds.

In the boys’ TriStar 1 event Kieran Smith took third in 12:02, having threatened all season to eventually win a podium place.

Fleur Beilby represented the club in the girls’ TriStart race, claiming fouth in just 5:05, a mere six seconds outside third place.

In the male open race adult member Craig Jeacock finished in 42:01. Conditions were misty and cold.

l Meanwhile Matt Barnes was added to the ranks of the club’s Ironmen triathletes.

Matt completed the gruelling Ironman UK in 14 hrs, 21 mins and 10 seconds.

The ironman distance tests triathletes over a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile cycle and a 26 mile run, which are raced continuously with no breaks.

Matt completed the cycle leg at an average speed of 15mph, an astonishing achievement given the distances involved.

l Fifteen-year-old Jordan Boam was in action for the club in his first full adult race.

The Evil Sheriff off-road duathlon is raced through Sherwood Pines and consists of a 5km run, 16km bike leg and final 3km run, all off-road.

The bike section involves a number of technical down hill sections.

Jordan finished fifth in category, despite racing seasoned triathletes 10 years his senior, and completed the course in 1:31:01.

He was 15th fastest overall, out of 255, in the final 3km run, demonstrating his incredible running stamina and strong finishing ability.

l Two members took part in the Worksop Half-Marathon.

Dave Oakton finished in 1:44:37 and Zoe Jones in 2:52:02.

l In a bit of seasonal fun Fleur Beilby took part in the Great Loughborough Santa 6km Fun Run.

The run, based at Loughborough University, home of British Triathlon, was held in support of charity with money raised going to LOROS, Rainbows, Vista, Kidney Research UK and other local Rotary Club charities.

All competitors received a free Santa outfit to make the occasion suitably seasonal and colourful.