Dale teenagers star in British series

Emma Clapton, left, won the silver medal in the Blenheim Park triathlon
Emma Clapton, left, won the silver medal in the Blenheim Park triathlon

Two Thornton-le-Dale teenagers, Emma Clapton and Bronwen Owen who both attend Lady Lumley’s School, competed very successfully at the third fixture of the British Triathlon Youth and Junior Super Series, which was held in the grounds of Blenheim Palace.

The series of five races is designed to bring together the best young triathletes from across the United Kingdom, so that they can race head to head at the best venues in the country.

In the Junior Elite Super Sprint race, 15-year-old Clapton, who was competing at this level for the first year finished in second place and just behind the champion elect Kate Waugh, after a very strong performance on the swim and bike and run sections of the race.

Emma is now second overall in the series, and is aiming to consolidate her position at the British Triathlon Championships in Liverpool on Sunday August 10.

Emma’s Scarborough Athletic Club teammate Bronwen, who has also stepped up in the series age groups this year, was competing in the Junior Elite race series, and her first junior triathlon after winning the Duathlon Championships which was the first race of the series.

Seventeen-year-old Bronwen finished in third place just behind two 19-year-olds, and ran the fastest run leg of the race.

Her overall position in the national series is affected by the fact that she was forced to miss the second race of the series, while representing Great Britain Juniors at the World Aquathon Championships in Spain the previous week.