Tadcaster Triathlon Competition
Tadcaster Triathlon will feature a new look this year thanks to a local primary school pupil who has won a competition to create a new logo for the annual sporting event, which is expected to attract up to 400 participants.
Traditionally held on the first Bank Holiday Monday in May, the popular Triathlon attracts people from across the country who take part in a series of events to compete for the winning title, including a 400m pool swim, a 13km bike race and a 6km run along the River Wharfe.
Funds raised are donated to reinvest into the longevity of the charity that is responsible for the Tadcaster Community Pool, with the funds from this year and last year's rental being put towards installing solar panels on the building.
To celebrate the event’s 15th anniversary, the organisers invited the children of Riverside Primary School to take part in a logo design competition which attracted more than 50 entries from pupils in classes throughout both key stage one and key stage two.
Riverside School, which forms part of the Star Multi Academy Trust which is made up of eleven schools located across North Yorkshire, is closely linked to the Tadcaster Triathlon event as historically the route of the cycle and run has always gone past the school.
More recently the school has played a larger role in the event by acting as the Event HQ, Transition and Finish line.
As part of the competition pupils were encouraged to use inspiration from Tadcaster the town, their school and the three sports involved in a triathlon.
A total of six logos were shortlisted by the organiser, EvenSplits, before first place was eventually awarded to Year 4 pupil Niamh Turnbull for her design featuring Tadcaster’s historic 18th century bridge, which has recently undergone restoration following a partial collapse in 2015.
The logo design will be used for all future events to come, creating a lasting connection with the school and community.
Charlotte Fletcher from EvenSplits said: “We were really impressed with all of the entries, but Niamh’s really stood out for her creative design including the iconic bridge of Tadcaster and the three phases of the race. The bridge is particularly important to Tadcaster’s history and future from its origination and restoration since it suffered partial collapse in 2015.
“This bridge now fully restored symbolises the town’s resilience and compassion to keep going, and I am really pleased that Niamh’s design was able to incorporate it into the logo for the Tadcaster Triathlon.”
As Niamh’s prize for winning the competition, EvenSplits have organised a pool party for her and her whole class at Tadcaster Swimming pool.