PROUD parents and young athletes had a great time during the annual Crewkerne Junior Triathlon competition at Henhayes field on Sunday.
The popular event, which has been held since the start of the new Millennium, attracted 118 young athletes in four age groups.
And more than half of the entrants came from well beyond Crewkerne and South Somerset, with some youngsters travelling from as far afield as Cornwall to take part.
The athletes had to compete in three back-to-back events: first a swim; then a bike ride; and last, a run.
Those aged eight had to swim one length of the Aqua Centre pool (25m); ride 600m, and run 300m.
Those aged nine and ten had to swim 50m, ride 1,200m, and run 600m.
Competitors aged 11 and 12 had to swim 100m, cycle 1,800m, and run 900m.
And young athletes aged 13 and 14 had to swim 200m, ride, 2,400m, and run 1,200m.
Event director Eileen Mills praised the commitment of the young people and thanked the dozens of volunteers and sponsors who helped make the day a success.
Those who helped organise the triathlon included volunteers from the Wessex Wizards Triathlon Club, Crewkerne Town Council, the Rotary Club of Crewkerne, Crewkerne Aqua Centre, Crewkerne Running Club, Prelude Sports and Print, Vision Express, and The Menders of Crewkerne, who donated all the competitors’ trophies.
Mrs Mills urged local athletes to get their applications in early next year.
She said: “Until about a week ago, we had more entrants from outside the area than locally.
“The locals all left it to the last minute and some were disappointed.
“We had to turn down 15. They’ll have to get in earlier!”
PICTURE: ALMOST THERE! One youngster in the final part of the triathlon
PICTURE 2: Event director Eileen Mills prepares the prizes
PICTURES 3-5: Elsewhere, children in the triathlon