Juniors

Juniors triumph at Fen Drayton

On Sunday 1st May a number of BRJ Run & Tri Seniors and Juniors took to the fields of Fen Drayton to participate in the 10km and funrun.
The sun was defiantly shining on them as we had Chloé Loosley come home in first place, Alice Holme 2nd female and 3rd overall, Ellie Loosley was the 3rd female across the line and finally William Lawrence came home as 3rd Male.
Fantastic run by all the BRJ Seniors and Juniors.

Junior Team of the Year - BRJ Juniors

BRJ Run and Tri Juniors are the Hunts Post Sports Award Junior Team of the Year.

It has been a fantastic first year for the BRJ juniors. We have seen the section grow from the initial 8 week taster sessions last summer set up by coach Andy Matson (who was also a finalist for coach of the year) to regularly having 30 t0 40 children at the weekly Wednesday evening training sessions. On pure results basis, as well as now being the Junior team of the year, week in week out we have age group winners in various runs and triathlons. We have seen them all improve their best times and grow in confidence as runners.

But I think what marks out this group of young people and the adults around them, the families and the coaches is the support they give to each other. That is what makes this award truly deserved.

Well done BRJ Juniors, Team of the Year. 

Kira, Girls Wimpole 5K Champion

 

As our juniors go from strength to strength they are starting to enjoy some really successful runs and triathlons, winning events and getting podium finishes, which is great. It rewards all their efforts at training and inspires both themselves and the other juniors. Success is infectious.

 

 

 

One example of this is Kira Shipley who has come on in leaps and bounds since she started coming to the BRJ's regular Wednesday evening junior training sessions. Kira is now regularly in the running to win her age category of U10, at each event she takes part in. .

 

 

 

Pictured above shows Kira proudly holding up her recent trophies. Kira as well as regularly winning her age category at the various Park Runs, recently won her age category at the Eye 3k and was first home in the Under 16 Girls category at the Wimpole 5K, and was 7th overall, beating some girls 5 years her senior, which is a fantastic performance.

 

Our Junior Triathlon Champions

BRJ's junior triathletes had an outstanding weekend at the Duston triathlon in Northampton. Our juniors were competing against more than 350 young triathletes from all over the Eastern region and beyond. Your juniors got 5 top three places out of just 10 entrants with an amazing two juniors winning their age triathlon Championships.

 

Dominic Pauley and Jodie Elliott were both crowned Duston 2014 Triathlon Tri Start champions comfortably winning their age/gender categories. Dominic even said just moments after finishing “That was great, can I do another lap?” such was his enthusiasm for the event. Incredibly, both were competing in their first triathlons.

 

The three other podium performances were from Oliver Wood who again in his first Triathlon finished second against far more experienced triathletes. Speaking to him afterwards he said he thought he had more in the tank. As it was his first triathlon he wasn't sure how he would feel and so saved himself in the earlier stages and could of gone faster. Next time Oliver. Madeleine Todd and Lauren Elliott both finished third in their age categories.

 

There were also top 10 finishes for Beatrice Pauley (4th place), Daniel Moore (7th Place) and Emily Wake-Primett (8th place), Isabelle Moore finished 11th and Ed Cochrane came 25th rounding out a truly memorable day for the Huntingdon club. Bea just missed the third place spot by 4 seconds.

 

These fantastic results are all the more remarkable when you consider the junior running section has been running properly for less than a year and the junior triathlon section is even younger.

 

Our Juniors Coach Andy said “for me yesterday is why I coach. It was great to see them all doing so well and enjoying it.” One of the key things for the BRJ juniors is the great team spirit, with juniors cheering and encourage their team mates both before and after their own runs.

 

BRJ's triathlon future looks to be bright with such a good crop of young athletes both enjoying the event and performing so well.

Junior Running Group Easter Fun

We had a good turnout again at the regular Wednesday night BRJ junior running group, but training was a bit different this week. It being Easter week there were plenty of eggs, spoons and chocolate about, not usual items at our junior sessions, but it all made for some Easter fun.

 

After the usual warm-up taken this week by team captains Ed Cochrane and Emily Wake-Primett the junior runners set off on a 1.6 mile Guestimate run. Runners had to guest how long the run would take them. The nearest actual time to the guestimated time won a large Easter Egg as a prize. Fin Ruddock won the boys guestimate and Amie Smith won the girls event.

 

This was followed by a team Egg and Spoon relay race. Parents/adults were persuaded to make up an extra team of nine to compete against the three junior teams to add a little spice, with the adults only managing to finish third of the four teams, much to the delight of the juniors.

 

Overall it was a fun evening for all with all the children getting a bag of mini chocolate eggs to finish. Thanks to Mel for organising the evenings events.

 

The picture shows the juniors with their bags of Easter Eggs, and in the centre Amie Smith and Finn Ruddock the Guestimate winners with their large Easter Egg Prizes. (Photo by Paul Homewood)

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