August has been a busy month for our students competing in the Waikato/Bay of Plenty duathlon championships.
St Paul’s had three students participating in the regional individual champs, held at Karapiro on August 1. All competitors had to run 2.5k, followed by a 16k bike ride and a further 2.5k run.
Angus Riordan (Year 11) was consistently up with the leaders throughout the race, finishing in third place and claiming a bronze medal for the U16 category.
Riley Wills (Year 9) and Toby Finlayson (Year 10) also put in strong performances to finish sixth and ninth respectively in the U14 category.
Following this was the team championships on August 8, in which St Paul’s had five teams competing.
Each team had two people participating with the runner completing both run legs of 2.5k and the cyclist racing the 16k bike ride.
In the U14 category, Ben McGregor (Year 9) and Riley Wills performed extremely well, finishing in fourth place.
In the U16 boys’ category, the St Paul’s team of Brady Terlesk (Year 11) and Angus Riordan came fifth; and in the U16 girls’ category, Amelia Hunt and Holly Rowan-Sanders (both Year 11) finished fourth.
Our two U19 teams claimed medals in this event – Spencer Clayton-Greene (Year 13) and Jack Deane (Year 12) received silver and Henry Carr (Year 13) and Miah McDonald (Year 12) took away the bronze.
“Congratulations to all these students. This year’s event had a record number of teams and in what is a very demanding endurance event the standard of competition was very high,” says teacher in charge, Robert Aldridge.
Photo Caption: Angus Riordan racing in the U16 individual duathlon champs, in which he claimed a bronze medal.