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Sunday, 21 December 2014

Club rises to the top of regional table

ONE Life’s outstanding success in 2012 has led to the club’s members being named among the best in the North-East.

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Silver service: The One Life Racing team Sean Wylie, Charlie Harris-Pratt, Alistair Maxwell-Gray and Mark Todhunter who claimed second place in a national relay event.

The Hexham based club swept the board in the North East Junior Grand Prix this year, with almost half of the top three positions in each category going to its young members.

The newly-published regional results reflects points earned over a series of 10 events throughout the season, from April to September, including the club’s own event, which took place at Haltwhistle in June.

In most categories, male and female, there is a One Life youngster placed, while adult members have also enjoyed widespread success.

In the Tri Start category (8 years) boys it was Archie Marston of One Life who took first place. For the girls it was Enya Stoves competing for Hexham based Tri4U who earned first place, while One Life’s Nell Forster was third.

In the T1s (9-10 years) category, One Life girls Bethan Nitsch and Roisin Lally took first and third places respectively. The girls also featured strongly in the T2 (11-12 years) category with Rhianna Nitsch and Elena Bluck taking first and third places respectively.

The boys were also placed in the T2s with Christopher Jackson taking second and Patrick Lally finishing third.

Not to be outshone by the younger ones the T3s (13-14 years) and Youth (15-16 years) One Lifers had also performed extremely well throughout the season as the regional results showed.

Rhianna Stoves took first place in the T3 girls with Antonia Harrison earning third place. The T3 One Life boys took the two top slots with Max Pearson in first and Fergus Robinson second.

It was Bethany Hogg who kept the club’s successful streak going with second place in the female youth category and Alistair Maxwell-Gray and Toby Routledge who took first and second places respectively in the male youth category.

The club also enjoyed success in the Adult North East Grand Prix Series. Sean Wylie won the male junior category. This is a similar series of sprint and Olympic distance races for senior athletes (juniors and above) with five races counting over the season.

As a junior, Sean competed in the sprint distance races and won the 15-19 junior category, a huge achievement as a 15-year-old and also one of the youngest in what is an extremely competitive category.

This follows a silver medal for the One Life male junior team (Sean Wylie, Charlie Harris-Pratt, Ali Maxwell-Gray, Mark Todhunter) at the National Club Relay at Nottingham earlier in the year.

Martin Bluck, head coach at One Life said: “It’s fantastic to see the youngsters doing so well at both a regional and national level, not only for those who are placed but for all the club members who took part in the events this year. “Triathlon is a great sport that all our members young and old get a great deal of enjoyment, be it as a beginner or for the more experienced and these results demonstrate that.

“Well done to everyone for taking part and here’s to more success and enjoyment for 2013.”

The events are mainly triathlons (swimming, cycling and running) but also include duathlons (running and cycling) and aquathlons (swimming and running). They are hosted throughout the North East from Darlington and Cleveland to Alnwick.

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