He swims superbly, He cycles very proficiently, He runs like a true champion, and his name is Daniel Dixon, who is also Morpeth Harriers Under 15 Boys North Eastern Cross Country Champion.
These attributes have now made Dixon No1 Youth Triathlete
in England and Wales, following
a very competitive Workshop/Championship
run by Triathlon England, and held over two days in Loughborough, Leicestershire on Saturday, and Sunday 1st and 2nd April 2017.
There was certainly no fooling about by Dixon as he exited the water in 4m22s, and holding second place to Rochdale’s Marcus Dey, who is already a leading light in British Triathlon.
With only a fourteen second margin between Dixon and Dey going into the cycle phase on Day 2,
it was up to Dixon to seize an initiative,
and this he did with much aplomb, as he managed to outwit Dey,
who seemed as though he wanted to ride out of all the effort being made by Dixon being slightly in front of him.
When it came to the final phase, the 2.5k run, Daniel was more the master,
and stole away from his rival, to post a total time over the three phases of 24m17s.
Dey had meanwhile also been passed by Connor Bentley of Wrekin in Shropshire,
who had a total time of 24m27s, with Dey taking third place overall in 24m32s.
Another Morpeth Harrier taking part in the competition was Under 17 athlete Alex Cunningham,
who finished further down the total field of 70 finishing competitors.
Alex finished 54th, with a total time of 29m05s.
For Dixon, it was indeed a fine achievement, being No 1 in England and Wales,
and being up against lads who are nearly two years older than himself.
It all bodes well for him as he goes into a quite frenetic
Summer schedule of Triathlon competition at high level.