Year 9 student Bethan Lewis is celebrating after competing in her first national triathlon where she finished 19th out of 50 competitors. She even set a personal best in her running and swimming times and equalled her personal best in target shooting.
Bethan swims three times a week and upped her training regime to include target practice and a treadmill. She became interested in triathlon as members of her family had competed in the past, but this was the first national event she has competed in. It was organised by the Pony Club and attracted competitors from all over the UK. It comprised shooting, swimming and a run, and future events, which Bethan also hopes to compete in, will include the extra disciplines of a cross country horse ride and fencing to make it a modern pentathlon.
Bethan said: ‘I got a personal best in my run and equalled my personal best in my shoot when I had to shoot ten shots one-handed from a distance of seven metres. Then I did 1500m cross-country and finally had to swim as fast as possible for three minutes.
‘My run isn’t my strongest event but I came about half way through the ranks and was really happy. In my swim I got 18th place, which I was even happier about, and my shoot was equal 12th with quite a few people and that boosted my score to 19th overall.
It was the first I had done so I was quite nervous but everyone was really friendly. It is quite difficult to enjoy while you are doing it because you have to go through the pain but there is a lot of excitement afterwards and I liked the whole atmosphere of the event as it was friendly and attracted a lot of families to support the competitors.’