Created On: 08 April 2012

A beautiful, clear but chilly April morning greeted the competitors to the second year of the Mark Tanton Memorial Triathlon. Almost 200 young triathletes took part, either to achieve their first triathlon or to gain points for themselves and their club in this, the first event in the new season of the East Midlands Children's  Series.

In addition to the wave starts in each age group there were seeded waves to ensure the best of the young athletes could compete among themselves in some very close races

The weather warmed up soon after the start of the races and local young bands from Rock School entertained athletes and spectators from the balcony above transition

Following the children's races the course was altered to allow 50 adults to enjoy the event with the cycle route out on the open road in a super sprint triathlon. This was the opportunity for novices to have their first taste of a triathlon, and for experience club athletes to practise a complete event over the shorter distances, fine tuning their skills in preparation for their forthcoming triathlon season.

Full results can be found here

Some comments from the event:

"This was our son's first Triathlon and the first time we had been to such an event. It was very impressive and we fully appreciate all the time and effort which had gone into planning such an amazing sports event. Everybody we came into contact with was friendly and very helpful. A very big well done to all. Thank you"

"We really enjoyed the event and worth the drive from West Sussex..."

"Just to say I thoroughly enjoyed the event and thank you to all the marshals and organisers"

"Great day for a worthy cause. A fantastic sight to see so many children enjoying the racing"

"Thank you for the lovely opportunity. I enjoyed it tremendously. It is a great experience!"

"Thank you so much for hosting a triathlon event that is achievable for beginners to get on that tri ladder. Very well organised and a credit to you all"

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