The Ketton Panthers Junior Triathlon Club kicked off the season with impressive finishes at RAF Scampton and Duston.
A 25-strong squad of Panthers looked confident and determined on arrival at the Scampton base for the first race of the season. Comprising of first timers and experienced competitors the Panthers team powered through a challenging duathlon (run, bike and run).
Neve Hattee took first place in the Youth (15-16 years) race which saw the athletes complete a 3km first run, 10km bike, 1.2km second run.
Tom Hattee was first in the TS2 (11-12 years) competition over a 1.6km first run, 6km bike and 600m second run.
Charlotte Cullen was second in TS1 (9-10 years) race over a 1.2km first run, 4km bike and 400m second run.
Competing against more than 20 clubs, the Panthers gave another powerful performance at the ‘Duston Kids Triathlon’ in Northants. A strong team ethic and parental support resulted in three podium finishes for the club.
Neve Hattee took first place in the 15-16 year-old over 250m in the pool, 4k bike, 2k run.
Charlotte Cullen took second in the TS1 (9-10 years) race which covered a 100m swim, 1.6k bike and 800m run.
Sam Hughes earned bronze in the TS2 (11-12 years) race, covering 150m swim, 2.4k bike, 1200m run.
There was a personal best from Sam Gordon-Kerr, in fourth place in the TS2 event.
Such a solid start to the season places the Panthers in a strong position at the top of the popular East Midlands Junior Triathlon Series after just two races.
The Panthers has grown significantly in numbers in the last year, and there are now over 100 active members.
The Panthers have been given sponsorship from local company, Sweet Ideas, to buy new club tri suits and the Les Stables triathlon camp, which runs the Dambuster Duathlon and Triathlon at Rutland Water each year, sponsored new black hoodies.
The Whitebread Trust in Ketton has also significantly supported the club by funding two triathlon coaches’ training courses, free first year membership for new Ketton members, a set of seven swimming lessons for Ketton children and England membership fee for Panthers who race four times in the East Midlands League.