Georgina Mitchell & Toby Price take NYRC3 honours
Georgina Mitchell and Toby Price continued their fine starts to 2017 as they enjoyed victories at the third Pentathlon GB National Youth Ranking Competition of the year, the first event specifically for Under 17 aged athletes.
In the girls’ event, Georgina finished 12 points clear of Kamie Lowe with Annabel Denton 10 points further back in 3rd. Meanwhile in the Boys’ competition, Toby came top after a fascinating battle with George Case in the laser-run with Tom Wilton rounding out the top 3.
The competition was run as a modern triathlon (swimming, shooting and running) with the swim being held at Cheltenham Leisure Centre and the laser-run (combined run and shoot) at Hartpury College, one of Pentathlon GB’s Academies.
The day began in the pool with the 200m swim. It was Yorkshire Pentathlon’s Genna Suddes who recorded the quickest time in the girls competition with a fantastic 2:12.72, just over a second quicker than Plymouth College’s Georgina Mitchell (2:13.98) with Dacorum MPC’s Alexandra Bousfield 3rd in 2:16.68.
The laser-run at Hartpury saw many changes to the order, but after taking the lead at the first shoot, Georgina, who finished 5th at the recent GB Youth International, maintained her advantage to win the competition. Kamie, who made her international debut at the GB Youth International in Solihull earlier this month came home second with Georgina’s Plymouth College teammate Annabel Denton moving up to 3rd thanks to the quickest time in the laser-run (10:56.50).
City of Lancaster Triathlon’s Emma Whitaker, who is currently 5th on the Pentathlon GB Under 19 ranking list, finished the competition in 4th with Dacorum MPC’s Alex Bousfield 5th as she continues her return from injury.
Rossall Pentathlon’s Isabelle Woodman moved up to 6th with a strong combined event with North Kent MPC’s Tierney Sharp 7th following a consistent display across all 3 disciplines. Pentathlon Hereford’s Lucy Austin, Leweston Pentathlon Academy’s Estella Depierre and Yorkshire Petathlon Club’s Genna Suddes rounded out the top 10.
The boys also started their day in the pool with Ashford School Pentathlon Club’s Tom Wilton setting the pace in 2:04.27, over 4 seconds quicker than Luke van Oudtshoorn (2:08.70) with Leweston Pentathlon Academy’s Liam Openshaw 3rd in 2:11.46.
As in the girls’ heat, positions changed throughout the laser-run with the battle for victory coming between Yorkshire Pentathlon’s Toby Price and Leweston Pentathlon Academy’s George Case. Both boys led at different points during the three 800m laps with Toby eventually coming out on top after seizing the initiative 300m from the line. Tom maintained his place on the podium as he crossed the line in 3rd.
Behind the top trio, things were extremely close with just 10 seconds covering the next 4 athletes; Luke in 4th, Yorkshire Pentathlon Club’s Josh Hood in 5th, Rossall Pentathlon Academy’s Alasdair Moir in 6th and Whitgift Pentathlon Academy’s George Simpson in 7th.
North Kent MPC’s Dario Kan finished 8th after a consistent display with West Midlands MPC’s Guy Anderson 9th and Whitgift Pentathlon Academy’s Jai Patel rounding out the top 10.
The next Under 17 ranking competition will be part of the British Modern Tetrathlon Championships on 22nd and 23rd April with the swim and laser-run scores to count; the disciplines competed at international level in Under 17 events.