Junior Triathlon proves a breath-taking success

Date published: 09 July 2018

The sun shone throughout the day of the second Oldham Junior Triathlon, which took place at Failsworth Sports Centre.

A record 104 local children took part in the event, 84 more than last year, with some travelling from as far afield as Liverpool.

In race one, youngsters aged eight to 10 swam 50m, cycled 800m and ran 400m.

Those aged 11 to 14 swam 200m, cycled 2,000m and ran 1,200m in race two.

Emily Hyder (first female) and Theo Nutall (first male) came in first to win the eight to 10-year-old event, while Lois Davis (first female) and Joshua Doherty (first male) took the 11 to 14-year-old title. 

A crowd of more than 200 spectators cheered the children on during the activities, creating a fantastic atmosphere.

Paul Thewlis, General Manager of OCL’s Failsworth Sports Centre, said: “The Failsworth Junior Triathlon is a great way to encourage youngsters to get active, as it comprises sporting disciplines they’re likely to already be familiar with.

"The event was safe, non-competitive – we record an overall time for each participant so each child is a winner – and most of all, it was great fun.

“It was a wonderful day from start to finish, proven by the smiles on everyone’s faces and the cheering that could be heard all the way around the course from family and friends."

Kelly Tattersall, Community and Partnership Development Officer at OCL, said: "The support and feedback for this event has been amazing and the best part about it has been seeing children just having a try and experiencing a Junior Triathlon."

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