A fantastic 260 competitors came forward to the final after qualifying at Area competitions held during the winter months. The competition caters for Pony Club Members at all ages, with sections run for Minimus (aged 8-11), Junior (aged up to 14) and Open (up to the age of 25) incorporating those at Pony Club Intermediate and Open level; with Open seeing all competitors swimming for three minutes (girls) or four minutes (boys), shooting turning targets from 10 metres, and running 1500m (girls) or 2000m (boys).
The winners in each section were:
Open Boys: George Budden (Hursley Hunt)
Open Girls: Mali Howell (Llangeinor Hunt)
Junior Boys: George Case (Blackmore & Sparkford Vale Hunt)
Junior Girls: Emma Whitaker (Lancaster & District)
Minimus Boys: Harrison Aspinall (Cheshire Hunt South)
Minimus Girls: Gina Speakman (Ryburn Valley)
Gina Speakman and Emma Whitaker were celebrating after taking the top spot in their sections for the second year running. Gina also took top honours in the team competition with fellow Area Three members Charlotte Thompson and Shay Halton from the Glaisdale Hunt.
Mary Tuckett, Pony Club Chairman commented:
“The Winter Triathlon Final was an enormous success with many athletes achieving PBs. Thanks must go to NFU Mutual for their valued support and the army of the volunteers who helped the day run smoothly.”
Susan Barley, Marketing Executive, NFU Mutual said:
“It was great to see so many youngsters, supported by their families, getting involved in a variety of activities. It was such a well run event and NFU Mutual were proud to be involved.”
Full results from the Winter Triathlon Final and details about how to take part in the series can be found HERE.