The next generation of triathletes arrived at Eton Dorney in Buckinghamshire last weekend for the SuperTri Children’s, Youth and Junior Triathlon, with around 1,200 youngsters taking part.


The races kicked off on a sunny day with the LittleLife Scootathlon for children aged 4-8. It began with an anti-clockwise scoot around the 390m course, before swapping to a bike for another 390m lap around the course before a final 250m run finishing under the LittleLife gantry.

Once the kids had shown us how it’s done, it was then the turn of the parents to join in and compete with their kids in the inaugural Parent and Children Scootathlon Relay. Micro Scooter were giving out spot prizes on the day, including some colourful backpacks.

13-14 year-olds

Shortly after the Scootathlons, it was time for this generation’s budding young triathletes to take on the Dorney Lake course. Starting with the high performance drafting waves, we saw some exhilarating races from top young triathletes.

The first waves of the day were the 13 to 14 year olds, who took to the race with ease, storming through the swim and onto the bikes as if it was second nature. Once the competitors took off to swim the challenging 400m, it was evident that this was to be a quick race with the top 10 all exiting the swim within seconds of each other. 

As it was very evident this was a strong field, transitions were to be vitally important, and this showed, as eventual winner Zak Wort was ruthlessly efficient in transition, particularly in T2 to claim the top prize. Zak finished the race with a fantastic time of 31:00, however not too far behind him in second was Tom Simpson (Greenwich Tritons), shortly followed by Abel Sinko-Uribe in third (31:22).

In the female race it was to again to be a tight race, with the top five finishing within only 40secs of each other. However the eventual winner of the day was Isabel Atkins (Optima Racing Team) with an impressive time of 34:20mins. Isobel was particularly strong in her run, achieving the fastest time in her whole category, which inevitably pushed her ahead of her competitors Ellie Hobbs (Yate Tri-Stars) and Daisy Davies (Dorset Pentathletes) in second and third respectively.

15-16 year-olds

The last of the high-performance drafting waves of the day were the 15 to 16 year old boys and girls categories. The eventual winner of this category was to be James Chantler-Mayne with an impressive time of 31:38mins, beating Aurel Sinko-Uribe in second place by 30 seconds.

With Chantler-Mayne securing first place, second was a hotly contested affair with Aurel Sinko-Uribe and Gregory Atkins (Optima Racing Team) battling it out for silver. Although Atkins led Sinko-Uribe out of the bike and through T2, Sinko-Uribe pulled it back in the run to beat Atkins by a mere second, which rounded off a great day for the Sinko-Uribe family, with both boys finishing in the top three of their respective categories.  

There was to be no such drama in the girls’ wave, however there was still to be some superb racing across the field. Blythe Fourie took the gold medal in the girls’ category after her impressive swim and run times, combined with her rapid transitions, providing the catalyst to trump Sinead Clark (East Essex Tri Club) and Hannah Keating (Optima Racing Team) in second and third, who finished with impressive times of 36:47mins and 37:06mins respectively. 

9-10 year-olds and 8 year-olds

Once the high-performance drafting races had finished, the youngest triathletes of the day began, firstly with the 9-10 year olds subsequently followed by the 8-year-old wave. This was to be a great event as it was some of these kids’ first taste of the triathlon world, and hopefully it has left them with a craving for more.

The fastest competitor in the 9-10 year-olds’ Fun tri was Ruben Snelson of Team Rugby who battled it out with Thomas Dixon (4 Life Triathlon Club) throughout the race for first place, only for Ruben to edge Thomas, only slightly, on the bike course. Not too far behind Thomas in third was Henry Pollock of Beachborough School Triathlon Club who finished with an equally impressive time of 14:29mins.