Triathletes Take on Brighton and Hove

Triathlon is brilliantly demanding and hugely character building, but the best thing about it is the sense of community and the lifelong passion it develops for sport.

7.00am swims in the local lake, mountain bike trails through Swinley forest, and running the tracks of Crowthorne’s delightful topography – can there be a more fun and varied sport than triathlon at Wellington?

Last was another impressive year for our Wellington triathletes, with many pupils trying the sport for the first time, some impressive results, and two pupils chosen to represent Great Britain at the World and European age group triathlon championships in Lausanne and Kazan.

This year’s season is now underway. On Saturday 14th September, 10 Wellington triathletes set off for Brighton Beach, ready for what was for many their first triathlon and first sea swim. Even after the late night, our pupils were up at 6.00am, bright-eyed and eager to take on the sea swim, bike and then run.

The Third and Fourth Form started first, diving over the waves for their swim, before a fast and furious bike ride and a 2.5km sprint along the promenade: absolutely exhausting. The Fifth Form competed in the GB age group selection race. Well done to Elodie S who, despite a puncture, bravely carried on to the end, giving her best knowing she couldn’t get selected. It was also fantastic to see two teachers racing – Chris Ewart and Emmie Bidston – especially as Chris’s daughter was also competing in the earlier race.

Katy Granville-Chapman, Head of Triathlon at Wellington, said: “Triathlon is brilliantly demanding and hugely character building, but the best thing about it is the sense of community and the lifelong passion it develops for sport. The fact that different year groups and genders train together, whilst often also juggling several other sports, results in a real sense of camaraderie. Our triathletes also regularly cross paths with wonderful OWs who can’t get enough of triathlons and are still on the GB age group team at the races we attend”.

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