Carmarthen Junior Fun Triathlon attracts 150 children on Super Saturday! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Nathan Jones   
Monday, 23 April 2018 08:52

Carmarthen Leisure Centre welcomed children aged 8 to 14 last Saturday afternoon (21st April) to take part in the Healthy Life Activities Carmarthen Junior Fun Triathlon. Nathan reports from the afternoon's activities in Johnstown...


The Healthy Life Activities triathlon series in Carmarthenshire has got underway over the last seven days with a double header of events for novice and elite triathletes of all ages in Ammanford and Carmarthen, from eight year olds to the veteran 60 category.

The Amman Valley Sprint Triathlon at Ammanford Leisure Centre got things started on Sunday 15th April with nearly 300 in action on the streets of the Amman Valley.



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Six days later last weekend on Saturday 21st April, it was the chance of the future generation to take centre stage at Carmarthen Leisure Centre. The sixth edition of the Carmarthen Junior Fun Triathlon again attracted 150 children ranging in ages between 8 and 14 year olds. Held on a stunning warm summers afternoon at the facility in Johnstown with not a cloud in the sky, there was a choice of two courses to complete.

Four of the 150 event participants and local Harriers runners were delighted to be a part of the day's activities in Johnstown as they told event media reporter Nathan Jones. Amy Greatrick, competing in her fourth triathlon said: "It was really fun and a great experience. I saw lots of my friends competing too. My favourite part was the cycling and running because having previously gone to Towy Riders and now training with Carmarthen Harriers, these are my two favourite sports. I like the fact that it has 3 sports linked together in one event."

Ysgol Rhys Pritchard's Jake Lynock commented at the finish: "I really enjoyed the triathlon in Carmarthen. The running was my favourite part and I liked the technicality of transition and the chance to swim and run in one event."


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Liam Upton-Boorman said: "It was extremely fun and enjoyable; the crowd could cheer you on and made taking part so much more fun. I loved it all but I liked the fact there were buoys in the pool as it feel like you were in the sea. I love my swimming, cycling and running, so a triathlon is the perfect event for me."

Ifan Bowen, having entered several of these junior fixture by now, added: "I really enjoyed it. There were lots of my friends there as well from school and other sporting clubs. The best part was probably the bike as the course had lots of tight turns and was quite technical. The swim was good fun as well as it was swimming around buoys rather than up and down in lanes. It's great for me as I love to swim, run and bike and I can do all 3 in the same event. The racing is good fun and I'm hoping to take part in lots more events this season."


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The event began inside the swimming pool and then the cycle was loops around the Queen Elizabeth Comprehensive School. After returning their bike to transition outside the Leisure Centre, they than ran 1 or 2 laps of the Carmarthen Harriers Athletics track before finishing under the HLA inflatable. On ending the route, all participants' efforts were rewarded with a fantastic finishers' medal along with some goodies.. While some had gained confidence and experience over past fixtures, for 60 of the competitors this was the first event triathlon. It was clear that they had all enjoyed their day out with the smiling faces that was shown as they crossed the finish line and in front of the cameras.


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Less than a week after the organisation opened up the brand new season, Healthy Life Activities Event Organiser Noelwyn Daniel said: "We believe in investing time and effort to ensure as many children take part in our events. The youngsters, with support from family and friends, turned out in their numbers to enjoy the Saturday afternoon Carmarthenshire sunshine and seeing all the smiling faces as they finished made the effort all worthwhile."

"We organise our events as volunteers and we rely on an army of volunteers to help us out on the day. Without these volunteers our events simply wouldn't happen. The future of Triathlon is in good hands with clubs like Celtic Tri, Pembrokeshire Triathlon Club and others turning out in force to support our junior events. There will be further opportunities for our youngsters to take part in a triathlon event over at the Llanelli Junior Duathlon (May 12th) and Myrddin Junior Triathlon (October 6th)."

The Carmarthen Mayor's Fun Run Races, Sospan Charity Swim, Llanelli Junior Duathlon, Llanelli Sprint Triathlon, Sospan Sizzler Middle Distance Triathlon, RNLI Burry Port Standard Distance Triathlon, Myrddin Junior Triathlon and the Carmarthen Sprint Triathlon are all still to come this summer, all organised by Healthy Life Activities. To find out more information and how to enter, visit www.healthylifeactivities.co.uk


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Event Report written by Nathan Jones