ERMYSTED'S Grammar School pupil James Lund finished an impressive ninth out of 38 competitors in the British Triathlon Junior Super Series race in Leeds last Saturday.

Buoyed by his record-breaking 1500-metre swim at the North Eastern Region Youth and Senior Championships, Lund pitched up at Roundhay Park the day before Bingley Harriers' duo Alistair and Jonny Brownlee took gold and silver in the ITU World Series race, also in Leeds.

Keighley teenager James, who is with the Yorkshire Triathlon Academy, completed the 400m swim, 10km bike and 2.5km run in the sprint series event in 34min 18sec.

The Exley Head youngster is in his second year as a junior triathlete and was competing against the country's best 17-19 year olds.

James was out of the water in fourth place in 4min 57sec, and completed the bike ride in 15min 53sec and the 2.5km run in 8min 29sec.

The next race in the Series is the Hetton Lyons Triathlon in Durham on Saturday, July 29, where James will face a 750m swim, a 20km bike ride and a 5km run.

His training consists of ten hours' swimming a week as a member of City of Bradford Swimming Club, under head coach Andy Pearce as part of the Bradford Council's Aquatics Competition Programme.

James is also a member of Keighley and Craven Athletics Club, where he trains twice a week under the guidance of coach John Dennis, while his cycling training is provided by Stuart Rider of Riders Cycle Centre in Skipton, where he trains twice a week.