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Ketton Panthers Triathlon Club collect East Midlands junior award at Loughborough University

Young triathletes from Ketton Panthers have ended a successful season by being crowned East Midlands champions.

More than 30 triathletes have represented the Rutland club this season during the series which was contested over seven events against hundreds of young athletes from 50 other East Midlands clubs.

Triathletes from the Ketton club also finished in the top 10 in each of 10 categories, finishing in podium position places in eight categories.

Ketton Panthers collecting the East Midlands Inter Club Championship trophy at British Triathlon, Loughborough University.
Ketton Panthers collecting the East Midlands Inter Club Championship trophy at British Triathlon, Loughborough University.

This combined performance saw Ketton Panthers crowned the East Midlands junior club champions at the end of season awards at Loughborough University.

Races have spanned the region from North Derbyshire on the edge of the Peak District down to Oundle.

Athletes have enjoyed success across the age ranges from the very youngest members racing in their first season.

Daniel Goddard and Louis Thompson have secured first and second place respectively in the open category and Lily Riatt finished first in the girls section.

Ophella Goodale won the girls TriStar one category with Benjamin Goddard securing second in the open category.

Further top 10 finishes in the category went to Gracie Dawson, Henry Raitt and Emmett Saker.

In the TriStar two category, Sophie Alliston and Edith Kaberry finished third and fourth with Jasper Neal taking third in the open group where there was a top 10 place for Isaac Kennett.

Phoebe Goodale finished fifth in the TriStar three category with top 10 finishes for Ben Alliston and Aubrey Elmer.

Emily Day secured second in the female youth category with a top 10 finish for Theo Woolams.

The awards event capped a fruitful season for the club with members well represented in the East Midlands Inter-Regional triathlon squads and other local triathlon series.

More than 100 members from across the Rutland and Stamford area make up the Ketton Junior Panthers teams aged between four and 16 years.

The aim of the club is to provide children with friendly, fun training sessions to improve running, cycling and swimming skills as well as general fitness.

The volunteer-run club caters for all abilities and, although some children prefer not to compete, the end goal is the challenge of competing in local and national triathlons.

If you are interested in becoming a Panther and joining the club when training resumes in spring 2024 please contact head coach caroline.hattee@btinternet.com in the first instance to arrange a taster session.

The new season starts in Spring 2024 when run/bike training sessions are held on Friday evenings at Ketton Sports and Social Club in Pit Lane.

For more information visit www.ketton-panthers.weebly.com

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