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Triathlon squad perform well at debut event

Triathlon squad perform well at debut event

Talented athletes at Rydal Penrhos made their first foray into Triathlon racing at a weekend festival.

A host of pupils from the school descended on Nantwich for the Cheshire Sprint Triathlon, which was held on Saturday, May 20 and Sunday 21.

Two Year 7’s and a Year 8 made up the junior duathlon team, which is a race comprising of a run-bike-run format.

Josh Peevor was the first one out, putting in an impressive all-round performance to finish seventh overall despite competing against older and more experienced opposition in the 13-16 age category.

Also competing were Chay Bonnington and Emily Stubbings, who also gave a very good account of themselves in their debut competition.

The following day saw Lower Sixth Form pupils Mollie Smithfield and Samiya Garrod get their first taste of a UK Triathlon, having competed at a number of high-profile events in Dubai.

Both put in an excellent 200 metre swim in the unique brine outdoor pool, before embarking on a 20 kilometre bike ride and ending with a 5km run.

The duo turned in an outstanding effort throughout each section, with Mollie narrowly pipping Samiya come home first out of the pairing.

Director of Sport Allen Boyd, said: “The first Triathlon event was a very encouraging one for all concerned and both the performances and overall results were outstanding and will be a real confidence boost for our athletes as they look to progress in future competitions.”

Mollie and Samiya will look to continue their good start to the campaign when they take part in the Denbigh Triathlon next month.

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