The Culford Junior Triathlon is an annual event organized by the West Suffolk Wheelers triathlon club and held at Culford Shool. The Junior event is open to all competitors between the ages of 8 and 16, with each age group competing over different distances:
- TriStar – Start – 8 years – 50m swim – 850m cycle – 600m run
- TriStar 1 – 9-10 years – 150m swim – 1.7k cycle – 1200m run
- TriStar 2 – 11-12 years – 200m swim – 3.4k cycle – 1800m run
- TriStar 3 (13-14 years) and Youth (15-16) – 300m swim – 5.1k cycle – 2400m run
All ages are as of 31st December.
The whole event is held in the grounds of Culford school. The swim is in the indoor 25m pool and both the bike and run are held on the grass field.
This was my first ever triathlon and when I lined up for the swim I must admit I was a little nervous. I got a good time in the swim 6th fastest in Tristar 1 and I caught the swimmer in front and got held up a little so probably lost 10 seconds.
I had a good run to transition and soon had my helmet, socks (I hadn’t trained without socks so stuck with them) and trainers on. I got my bike down from the rack and then made my first mistake by jumping straight on my bike whilst still in transition. Luckily the marshal quickly pointed out my error and I got off and quickly ran to the exit and mount line (luckily I didn’t get a penalty!).
I found the bike quite hard as I hadn’t really done much cycle training and I was riding my mountain bike which was both a little small for me and also quite heavy. I did manage to overtake a few riders and had soon completed my two laps of the course and was back into transition.
T2 went smoothly and I was soon out on the run. My legs were feeling a little heavy and I fell into the pace of others running ahead of me rather than pushing through at my own pace. I completed the two laps and was soon sprinting through the finish line and collecting my medal.
I had completed my first triathlon and not only that I also managed to bag the trophy for 1st novice in my age group (first boy who hadn’t competed in a triathlon before). I really enjoyed my first triathlon and was already eager to take part in my next one.
Swim 150m 4:13 T1 1:01 Bike 6:57 T2 0:22 Run 5:20 Total Time 17:53
1st Novice 13th Boy 16th Overall 41 Competitors Finished