Young Joe makes his mark

Talented youngster Joe Brondel
Talented youngster Joe Brondel

Eight-year-old Joe Brondel of Castleford is showing great promise in the sport of triathlon.

He is following in the footsteps of his parents who have both competed in triathlon for the last 10 years.

Joe (pictured) wanted to start racing at the age of seven but for nearly all races he needed to be eight years old. He competed in local races with a false age and once clocked a time of 30 minutes in the Pontefract Park Saturday morning run.

This year he entered the Yorkshire and Humberside junior triathlon series. The races are governed by the British Triathlon Federation of which Joe is a member.

The series included an open water event held at Pugneys in Wakefield in which Joe finished second.

Joe also completed 27 miles in the Prince of Wales hospice cycle ride this year in memory of a family friend John Westwood who died suddenly of an heart attack.

Joe’s father Steve said: “We’ve always encouraged his racing, but at the same time tried to keep it fun and most of all let him decide if he wants to race. There’s no doubt that he’s a natural athlete.

“Joe isn’t a member of any training club at the moment and I’ll let him decide if he wants to join one at a later date. But at the moment he can come out with me whenever he wants.”