Success for young Stortford triathletes in Basildon
A team of budding Bishop's Stortford athletes took part in their first competitive triathlon with their newly-formed sports club.
The group of eleven youngsters, aged seven to 12, from Stortford Junior Tri travelled to the East Essex Kids' Triathlon in Basildon, which featured more than 250 competitors.
Meisha Trend-Evans, 12, took part in the Tristar 3 competition - a 300m swim, a 4k bike ride and a 2.4k run. Despite being the youngest participant in her category with 17 other triathletes, Meisha came fifth.
As a result of her success in this race, the youngster was awarded 15th place in the competition overall.
Daisy Fox, nine, came sixth in the Tristar 1 category, which comprised a 150m swim, a 2k cycle and a 1.2k run.
Stortford Junior Tri's youngest entrant, seven-year-old Anna Grimwood, raced in the Tristart group. She came ninth in the 50m swim, 800m bike ride and 600m run, but it was her enthusiasm and infectious smile that thoroughly impressed her coaches.
Their Stortford Tri team-mates, Brandon MacDonald Williams, Lewis Roddam Powell, Thomas Pickford, Lea Gillespie, Isabelle Bery, Hannah Robinson, Scarlett Roddam Powell and George Grimwood also performed well.
Chris Hunt, who launched Stortford Junior Tri in March, said: "The coaching team are really proud of the children who competed and some of them came quite high in some of their categories.
"The kids have only been learning since March 3, and they have done very well - they're really quite focused."
Chris - who is the police inspector in Stortford - and his fellow coaches, wife Nicola and Bishop's Stortford Running Club members Lawrence Foote and Lucy Robinson, teach the youngsters every Sunday at Bishop's Stortford College.
The club currently has 30 members, but there are plans to expand the coaching team in September which will allow the club to take on even more youngsters.