With a short trip down the M25 to Woodlands Manor School this was relatively close for the start to our triathlon season. The children were all enthusiastic, especially as Mrs Hughes had returned to come and watch them compete. Once we arrived, it was a quick size up of bikes and then to the pool ready for the start. The girls set off first with the boys setting off 5 minutes later. The girls had high expectations of themselves after winning the National ISA Triathlon last year and they really pushed themselves proving they were tough competition for the other schools. The boys wanted to equal the girls and worked hard to keep up with the level that the girls had set. A quick thank you to Woodlands School staff before we made our way back to school to await the results on the following day.
We had hoped the M25 traffic would be kind enough to allow us to return to school in time for clubs and fixtures, however this was not to be. A fuel spillage meant we were stuck on the motorway for 4.5 hours and before having to leave at J25. Traffic was gridlocked, Mr Clark ended up directing traffic and by luck we came across a school called Forty Hill School in Enfield that kindly welcomed us in for a very essential toilet break, an apple and cup of tea for staff. At 8 oclock we finally returned to school with a warm welcome from parents.
Luckily it was all worth the travel as the girls were awarded with first place and the boys awarded with 2nd. Congratulations to both teams. They were fantastic throughout the day and should be praised for how well they handled the delay. The individual results can be found here. A final thank you to Mrs Hughes for her time and to Mr Grosse for driving the bus through the chaos.