Stapley Storms Top 10 at Hever Castle


Four Guernsey Triathlon Club members attended the Hever Triathlon on the last weekend in September. This event has become the second biggest triathlon in the UK and by far the biggest children's triathlon in the World. Tri Club members and Watts and Co Guernsey Cycling Academy riders Josh Thornton and Tom Stapley were among the riders competing from Guernsey. The weather was described as 'perfect and very warm'. The days racing was organised into wave starts of approximately 100 racers and the times were compiled at the end of the day. The swim was in a lake and the cycle and run were in the grounds of Hever Castle.

Max Thornton was first to race, who took on the Olympic distance race which consisted of 1500km swim, 40km bike and 10km run. Max used this as vital preparations for the Island Games Triathlon event which is taking place in Jersey next year. Max finished in an impressive 22nd place in a time of 2 hrs 19 mins 55 secs out of a large field of over 1,000.

Joanna Stapley and Josh Thornton competed next in the race for 13 to 15 year olds over 300m swim, 8km bike and 4km run. Josh finished in 53 minutes 20 seconds which put him in 12th place whilst Joanna finished in 1 hour 6 minutes 54 seconds for 95th place, and the 23rd girl in that category.

After a long anticipated wait, at 4.45pm Tom started his race in the 11 and 12 year old category. Tom, strong in the swim and bike, had worked all summer on his weakest discipline which was the run and was hoping to see his hard work pay of at this event. Tom finished the bike leg of his heat in 3rd place and with a very strong running leg he knocked over three minutes off his run time from last year. Overall Tom finished 9th overall in a time of 32 minutes out of a field of over 376 competitors.

Josh Thornton

     Joanna Stapley


Max Thornton

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