Daniel wins the British Elite Triathlon title

Winning the Junior Male competition at the British Elite Triathlon at Sospan, Llanelli on Sunday morning, Ulgham based Daniel Dixon showed once again the tremendous progress he continues to make in this most demanding of sporting disciplines.

Tuesday, 18th May 2021, 12:37 pm
Daniel Dixon at the British Elite Triathlon Championships.
Daniel Dixon at the British Elite Triathlon Championships.

With entry only open to the Elite of British Triathlon and numbers kept to a

minimum, the race was used as a trial for the European Junior Championships at Kitzbuhel in Austria in June, at which Dixon – who only turned 19 last Friday - has now emphatically booked a place..

Coming out of the water after the 750 metre swim in second place, Dixon formed part of a group of seven during the 30 kilometre cycle, knowing that, as a member of Morpeth Harriers since a young age, the speed he had over the run would be more than enough to hold off his rivals over the 5km course.

In the event, he had extended his lead by 45 seconds at the end to win in fine style from his nearest rival Joe Sherman.

His overall time for the short course Sprint Triathlon event was 56 minutes 3 seconds,the ninth fastest time overall of the day when the Senior Men are included, with his swim time for the 75m the second fastest of the day.

The win sees him already reward the faith placed in him by Team England after their award of the Sir John Hanson Scholarship in February as he continues to build hopefully towards a place in the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham next year.

Meanwhile, back in July 2019 Alnwick Harriers’ Juniors, alongside Blyth Running Club, gained promotion to the first division of the North East Youth Development League.

Last Sunday was their first opportunity to compete at this level and they travelled to Middlesbrough MSV for the first fixture against Harrogate, Darlington, Gateshead and Morpeth Harriers.

The heavy rain made conditions difficult, but the small team of both new emerging talent and old hands made a great start.

In the Shot Lilia Purvis threw 8.24m in the pouring rain to win the U15 girls category and Finlay Telfer 9.08m finished fourth in the U17 men’s competition. Finlay also managed an excellent second place in the high jump managing 1.60m.

In the 800m Liam McDonogh (U15) raced well to finish second in his heat and Farren Henderson had a good first run for the Club finishing strongly in the U13G race. In the 1500m both Lilia and Xara Purvis raced in the U15 category.

In the sprints Mary Fentiman (U13) raced her first 100 and 200m on the track showing great potential for the future.

Although finishing in sixth place it was an encouraging first match and the athletes worked hard to form a new team. The next two fixtures in June and July will be held in Morpeth and Middlesbrough.

Morpeth Harriers have not given up hope of staging their annual 10k road race this year.

Organisers say they have pencilled in the first Tuesday in August, but it is dependent on how the situation develops with regards to Covid and government restrictions. Watch this space!