Triathletes enjoy stunning success

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It has been an amazing week for the area’s triathletes with athletes claiming national honours and qualifying for the Great Britain team.

Stamford Tri Club member Rebecca Hurst won her 25-29 age group at the Bosworth Triathlon in Leicestershire.

She completed the sprint distance race in 1:25:24.

In the Olympic distance race her partner Jonathon Evans came third in his 25-29 age group in 2:31:06.

Hundreds of athletes competed at The Grafham Half Ironman on Sunday which is Triathlon England’s National Middle Distance Championships.

Rutland Running & Tri Club member Zoe Smith was the third woman home in the event at Grafham Water in 
4 :47 :22.

The gold medallist was Northants TriClub athlete Stacey Dransfield.

The race distances were a 1.9km swim in Grafham Water, 90km bike ride in the surrounding area followed by a two lap 21km run around the edge of Grafham Water.

Smith said: “The standard of competition was very high with a lot of good age group athletes competing for the title. The weather conditions were very hot.

“I had a good swim and bike leg, coming off of the bike in 9th place, over the course of the run I managed to run through the field to finish in third position and bag the second fastest female run split of the day.”

Smith was second in her age category and 76th overall in a field of 427 finishers including 88 women.

Also running in the race was Stamford TriClub member James Skinner who finished The Grafman which was in 4hrs 43 mins.

Stamford Tri Club member Andrianna Curtis raced at Blenheim Palace in London at the weekend in the super sprint triathlon for the second year running and took a whopping 11 minutes 30 seconds off last year’s time, coming in on 1:24:25.

A Bourne teenager who was part of a cadet team to swim the English Channel last year has just qualified for the Great Britain triathlon team less than a year after taking up the sport.

After impressing in her first four triathlons Kayleigh Adams, 18, has qualified for the World Championships held in Edmonton Canada on August 29.

The Bourne youngster qualified at the rowing Lake at Nottingham Holme Pierrepont last month.

She completed the 750m open water swim in just over 11 minutes, the 20km bike ride in 34 minutes and the 5km run in just over 22 minutes to complete the course in 1:10.12 to come sixth in her age group but third of those that were trying to qualify for the World Championships.

On June 3, a day before her 18th birthday, the official results were posted and Adams was confirmed as the third qualifier from the race for the World Championships.

Now the Great Britain kit is on order and the youngster is in training to take on the rest of the world.