Three was the magic number as Princethorpe College walked away with silver medals from the Independent Schools’ Associations’ National Triathlon Championships.
Students travelled to Herefordshire for the ever popular endurance event and teachers have praised them for their efforts.
Sports teacher Will Bower said: “We had some excellent results at the top end. Three silver medals in a national event is incredible.”
Mollie Dibb clocked a final time of 42 minutes 48 seconds in the girls’ race. A 300 metre swim saw the 14 year old emerge from the water in first place. A decent transition got her on the bike to complete the 12 laps of Lucton School’s playing fields steadily before the 2.4 kilometre run.
Clocking the fastest run of the day was not quite enough to give Dibb gold, however, which made it the second successive year that the youngster from Leamington Spa claimed silver.
Two minutes behind her was Princethorpe College’s Tom Warne who finished in fifth place overall. With this his debut triathlon, he surely has more in the tank to reaffirm that this could be a sport he is naturally inclined to.
Cycling the third quickest bike time of the day gave Warne a strong position, leaving him little to do other than show his strength over the four lap run to give him second place.
In the youth race Princethorpe’s Adam Smith gave a gutsy display from start to finish. Ever reliable, the Year 10 athlete, who trains with Rugby Tri Club, put in a well-paced 400 metre swim, careful not to overcook his efforts before transition onto the bike to endure a 20 lap ride. Smith’s confidence took him through the second stage in just under 40 minutes before heading off on the 5K run. A final time of 1.07.44 saw him take second place.