Stratford Tri Club dominate Dip and Dash event

The Stratford Triathlon Club team line up for the camera.

STRATFORD Tri Club celebrated an extremely successful day at the Shipston Dip and Dash Aquathlon with both seniors and juniors claiming top-three finishes in the club’s home event.

The event was the final race in the West Midlands Series League for the juniors, where they were racing not only for the results on the day but also for vital points in the final league standings.

For the first time this season, a selection of seniors also competed on the same course as the juniors with the well organised race providing a great end to the season despite the strong winds on the day.

First up for Stratford were the Tri Start category (50 metre swim/600 metre run), where the club picked up their first trophies of the day with Juliette Marshall finishing second in the girls’ race in a time of 4.18 and Toby Doggett also claiming second place in the boys’ race in a time of 4.58.

Stratford were also represented by Harriet Black, who put in an excellent performance to finish seventh in the girls’ race in 5.27.

Next up for Stratford were the Tri Star 1 athletes (150 metre swim/1,200 metre run), where Molly Bullock continued her fine form for the season, leading the team home in second place in a time of 7.20 despite suffering a cold on the day.

Ben Jones and Molly Bullock.
Ben Jones and Molly Bullock.

Bullock is now anxiously awaiting the release of the final league tables in the West Midlands Series, when she will be crowned series champion.

The Stratford Tri Club junior girls were also represented by Georgia Pridham (10th, 9.01), Amelie Cate (11th, 9.09) and Kate Pridham (12th, 9.28), who all finished off the season with fine displays.

The Tri Star 1 boys athletes also included some blistering results on the day including the closest fought battle of the season between Jake Deaner (2nd), Oscar Fines-Allin (3rd) and Dylan Hollinshead (4th) who amazingly all finished on the same time of 7.36.

The Stratford Tri club boys were also represented by Theo Skirvin (5th, 7.44), Henry Doggett (9th, 9.11) and Henry Wheeler in his first Aquathlon (10th, 9.22).

The Tri Star 2 athletes were next to take on the course (200 metre swim/1,700 metre run), where Stratford were represented by Ellie Deaner (3rd, 9.25), Charlotte Marshall (7th, 10.22), Freya Fines-Allin (9th, 10.40), Joel Watson (3rd, 8.39), Cameron Black (6th, 10.01), Alex Adams (9th, 10.29) and Thomas Francioni (12th boy, 10.58).

Stratford Tri Club also had a strong team representing the club in the Tri Star 3 category (300 metre swim, 2,750 metre run).

The girls were represented by Abbie Wooton (4th, 15.55), Hope Lawton (6th, 16.46), Isabelle Hopper (10th, 17.57) and Helena West (11th girl, 18.03).

The boys were represented by James Bexson (12th, 20 minutes 17 seconds) and Ben Jones, who put in one of the performances of the day to finish in first place in a time of 14.38.

Jones is another Stratford athlete who is anxiously waiting for the final West Midland Series League standings to be released, where it is expected that he will finish the season in first place.

Only one athlete represented Stratford in the youth category, where Owain Jones finished in second place in a time of 21.45 in the 400 metre swim/4,000 metre run event.

Rebecca Pridham, Seren Mahon and Suzi Graham.
Rebecca Pridham, Seren Mahon and Suzi Graham.

Finally, the club were represented in both the senior men’s and senior women’s categories (400 metre swim/5,000 metre run) and they dominated the podium.

Sebastian Hopper came home in first place in the men’s race in a time of 26 minutes 53 seconds.

The team dominated the women’s race, taking all three spaces on the podium with Seren Mahon in first place (31.44), Suzi Graham in second (33.48) and Rebecca Pridham running for home whilst being cheered on by Mexican Waves in third (36.59) with the first podium finish of her career.