09/04/2014 – Fingal Junior Duathlon
The junior race season is well underway with 2 of our junior members having raced in the Fingal Junior Duathlon on Saturday 5th April, up in the very picturesque Ardgillan Castle in Balbriggan
Fortunately the rain stayed away for most of the day, however we were faced with the challenge of a pretty mucky course. There were over 90 kids entered so things got a bit chaotic, but all in all they did very well with one of our young members coming 1st in the female 8-9 years wave and a 2nd member coming 2nd in the male 10-11 years category. Well done guys. Great effort in tough conditions.
Check out the race reports below!!
Race report from our winner in the female 8-9 years wave
“I was really excited about doing my Duathlon with my daddy on the same day at the Fingal Tri Junior Duathlon on Saturday. I got my race number and went to put my new road bike on the rack. But all the bikes fell down and the rack broke and so the marshalls had to put all the bikes back on the rack. Then the race began. I had to run for 400 metres down a small track then run back into the transition to get my bike. It was busy! Lots of kids everywhere! I got my bike and started the bike. It was nice because I got to ride my new bike on the roads and I passed out a lot of the kids in my group. I went off and did the second run which was 600 metres and I tried to catch the boy in front of me. Then I saw the finish line and sprinted hard. The time keeper told me Congratulations you are the first girl home! I was happy. We had to wait til the afternoon for the prize giving. I knew I was 3rd place overall so thought I would just get a medal for 3rd but I was so surprised when they gave me a trophy for 1st place girl. I was so surprised and happy”.
Race report from our winner in the male 10-11 years wave
“I arrived at the car park very tired as I had been woken up at a quarter to seven by my mum and I stayed up really late the night before to watch a school play. We walked over to the registration tent to get my race numbers and then went back to the car to get my bike and put it in transition after that we went and did some warm ups but when we got back to transition for the briefing all the bikes had fallen over so the start was delayed. After the marshals had fixed that it was time for the race briefing and it was very confusing for everybody. When the race started I did well on the first run and cycle. When I came in to transition a girl took my bike (actually mums racer borrowed for today) and didn’t tell me where to go for the last run so I ended up doing one lap of the six to seven year olds track until my mum asked a marshal where to go. I ended up doing one lap too many. When I finished we went home as we didn’t have time to stay for the prize giving. I only knew that I came second when Heidi rang to say I’d won a trophy and we could pick it up at the track the next day.
I really enjoyed the competition. Not sure I enjoyed doing the race report afterwards. Lesson learned is to find out the course during the briefing. I can’t wait for the next one”.