Former Clitheroe Dolphin wins Elite Female Youth category

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Teenage Wilpshire athlete Blythe Fourie caught the eye of world champion Triathletes Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee when competing in an event named in their honour.

The 15-year-old former Clitheroe Dolphins swimmer completed a 400m swim, 12km cycle ride and a 3.5km run in 48 minutes and 57 seconds to win the Elite Female Youth category.

And the St Augustine’s student, now with Pioneer 79 Swimming Club, was congratulated by the multi-medal winning brothers in the aftermath.

Alistair, who won Olympic gold at London 2012 and is also the current European and Commonwealth champion in his sport, along with former world champion and Olympic bronze medallist Jonathan, were on hand to sign autographs and hand out awards.

Blythe competed in the 15-18 group category in the Brownlee Triathlon at Harewood Hall in Leeds along with 50 other male and female competitors.

Blythe emerged from the ‘Duck Pond’ Lake after six minutes and nine seconds to put her just 15 seconds behind the leading girl.

The group then ran up a grassy slope towards the transition area where they swapped their wetsuits for helmets before grabbing their bikes. A long run up a steep hill followed, pushing their bikes until the specified ‘mount’ line.

After a 12km bike ride around the park, the cyclists came into transition for the second time. Blythe, by this point, was leading the female race and proceeded to run an extremely strong stage in 12.27 minutes, contributing to a finishing time that was good enough to beat everyone in the field except 12 male teenage athletes.

Blythe’s transition times were also the second quickest of the day beating over 1,000 competitors.

Blythe, who has previously been crowned English Schools Fell champion, competed in her first Triathlon two years ago at Eton Dorney, Windsor, and her talent was spotted by Racepace Triathlon coach Rodger Wilkins who took her under his wing.

Since joining Pioneer 79 SC, Blythe has won the North West Triathlon series for her age group, along with both the Brownlee Triathlon and the Eton Dorney Triathlon (Elite Youth age group).