MEMBERS of Rugby Junior Triathlon Club braved the icy cold winds to take part in the Southam Junior Aquathlon last month.
A total of 11 participants from the club attended Southam Leisure Centre for the event which saw the club earn many achievements including two podium finishes.
Jake Hough took first place Tri Star 2 race after finishing in a time of 12.21, while Jake Louis came runner-up in the Tri Star 3 event in a time of 21.53, with Ben Leugs coming fourth in 24.39.
In the Tri Star 1 for swimmers aged 9-10 (150m swim/1,000m run), Scarlett Sanders finished seventh in 10.49, Luke Broomhead finished one place behind on 11 minutes and there were also positive finishes for Josef Leugs (11:08), Zoe Dredge (11.15), Harrison Bailey (11:19), Rebecca Exelby (12.14) and Thomas Exelby (12.31).
The previous week was also a success with ten Rugby Tri Juniors competing at Duston Kids Triathlon on April 16. It was the first competition of the season and it set the benchmark for the rest of the year.
The TS1 event was for 9-10 year-olds and included a 100m swim, followed by a 1.6km bike and ending with an 800m run. Grace Darcy was the first Rugby athlete home in 13.30 and she was followed by Lucas Behle Cotes (16.04), Josef Leugs (17.29) and Isla Owen 19.35.
In the TS2 event (150m swim, 2.4km bike ride, 1,200m run) Jake Hough again impressed in a time of 19.14, while Erin Darcy finished just minutes behind in 22.12 and she was followed by Megan Richards (22.51) and Megan Gallagher (29.21).
There were also good performances by Jake Louis (23.21) and Ben Leugs (26.46) who both competed in the TS3 category for athletes aged 13-14.
More information about the club’s adult and junior sections can be found at www.rugbytriathlon.org.uk.