Triathletes staging first event in Daventry

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Rugby Triathlon Club have launched the first Daventry Sprint Triathlon.

To take place on Sunday, September 2, the event in aid of Coventry & Warwickshire Mind and Back Up, is expected to attract up to 250 keen triathletes from across the Midlands and beyond - from novice to expert.

Rugby Triathlon Club Race Director Garry Haynes said: “Our club has a well earned reputation for organising safe and fun triathlons for all abilities, we’re so pleased to be able to create this exciting event and would really like to encourage local residents to get involved either by taking part or by coming along to support the competitors - it will be a great spectacle.”

The Daventry Sprint Triathlon will start with a 400m swim at Daventry Leisure Centre, followed by a 20km bike ride through the surrounding countryside and finally a 5km run around Daventry Country Park with the finishing line right in front of the district council offices in Lodge Road.

The race will begin at about 7am and be complete by 2pm.

n Established eight years ago as a not for profit sports club, Rugby Triathlon Club goes from strength to strength with its current membership now standing at about 110 seniors and almost 50 juniors. While the Club’s base is in Rugby its members are from other regional towns and villages.

In fact, one of the Club’s most successful triathletes is Daventry resident Mike Smallwood.

He is the current World and European Sprint Champion and the current British Sprint, Olympic and Middle Distance Champion in the 65-69 age group.

n Anyone interested in taking part will find further details at Those with queries can email the Race Director at: or contact him on 07867 555668


Skip Snelson shone through on Sunday in the Kimbolton Children’s Triathlon in Cambridgeshire by winning the Tri Star 1 age category in 11:38. He had to complete a 100m swim, 1600 bike ride and an 800m run.

n The previous weekend, July 15, saw two Rugby Triathlon Juniors taking part in the BRAT Aquathlon at the Blue Coat School, Edgbaston. Nicole Smith came 16th in her age group (Tri Star 1) by completing the150m swim, 1200m run in 8:06 and Katie Clements came 6th in the Tri Star 3 group by completing a 300m swim and 2400m run in 13:48.

While the sun definitely did not shine on July 8 at the Cherwell Triathlon at Sibford Ferris, near Banbury, five juniors did work hard for their results in this large field of competitors.

The results were:

Tri Start: Ella-Mae Fereday 8.31

Tri Star 1: Skip Snelson 15.43, Carl McQuillan 23.21.

Tri Star 2: Alex Harper 32.59.

Tri Star 3: Katie Clements 32.58.