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Success for Ryedale triathletes at Eton Dorney
3:26pm Wednesday 25th September 2013 in Sport
THE dedication of three young Ryedale triathletes paid off with medal-winning accomplishments in the national inter-regional triathlon at Eton Dorney in London.
Scarborough Swimming Club trio Tyler Hutchinson, 14, Elliot Hutchison, 12, and Emma Clapton, 14, gained selection for the Yorkshire and Humberside team and duly continued their training over the summer holidays when most rivals were taking a break.
At Eton Dorney, the venue for the Olympic rowing in the 2012 London Games, Clapton, from Pickering, put in a huge effort on the final run to finish in third place to win her first individual national medal.
Tyler Hutchinson, a Ryedale School pupil, showed the utmost stubborness in his weakest element, the swim – an event he has worked on under the guidance of Sam Greetham this year – to come out in the lead group, where he stayed throughout the event. Matching his rival almost stride for stride in the final run, he lost out by a single second over the 25-minute race to take silver.
Elliot Hutchinson, the youngest competitor in the event, competing alongside his brother, had the race of his life. He kept his head in the rough waters of the swim, crept up the field in the cycle, and stormed through in the run to take 13th place.
The trio helped the Yorkshire and Humberside party to take team silver, just six points behind the victors.
Over the summer holidays, Scarborough, Pickering and Ampleforth pools became their swimming training venues, and the hills of the North York Moors became their daily haunts as they covered the miles on bikes and on foot and perfected the transitions which would be a crucial element to what would be a fast and furious race.
Earlier in the summer, Tyler Hutchinson and Clapton became Yorkshire fell running champions, with Elliot Hutchinson in third place. Tyler also took bronze in the 3,000 metres at the Northern championships and both he and Clapton were invited to the national mini-marathon endurance camp in London for the top junior distance runners in the country.
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