Bromsgrove Triathletes Take on the World

Five Bromsgrove triathletes compete at World Championships

Last Updated: Sep 19, 2013 09:59am
Lickey End, Bromsgrove
By Helen Russell
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Five Bromsgrove triathletes took on the world’s best amateur competitors at this year’s World Aquathlon and Triathlon Championships in London’s Hyde Park. 


Five Bromsgrove triathletes took on the World’s best amateur competitors at this year’s World Aquathlon and Triathlon Championships in London’s Hyde Park.

The current European and Englandtriathlon champion in the 35-39 age category, Helen Russell (pictured), chose to focus on the Aquathlon in an attempt to improve on her 2010 bronze medal. Unfortunately an ankle injury sustained in the run up to the race put the chances of her competing at risk, never-mind performing to the best of her ability. The swim is always Russell’s weakest discipline and the 1k swim in the SerpentineLakewas as usual a challenge for Russell, who exiting the water in 12th place in a time of 15.40. This left her with a lot to do on the 5k run to be in medal contention. She posted a decent time of 19.30, overtaking four athletes but could only finish in 7th place in the 35-39 age category. After the race Helen said, “I am really disappointed at this result. Training was going really well until I sprained my ankle whilst running on the Lickey Hills. However there are always up and downs in sport and I know there will be other races to win!”

Karen Riley (pictured) wanted to make the most of the championships and decided to compete in both the aquathlon and sprint distance triathlon in the 40-45 age category. In the aquathlon she exited the 1k swim in 17.17, which put her in 25th place. She covered the 5k run in a time of 22.15 to post an overall time of 40.35 and hold onto 25th place. Just two days later she was back at Hyde Park to battle the cold and wet course conditions in the sprint triathlon race. Riley covered the 750m swim in 12.51, the 20k bike leg in 40.33 and the 5k run in 22.40, which meant that she crossed the line in 1.22.24 to finish in 40th place in the 40-45 age group.

Jessica Williams competed for the first time at a World Championship, taking on the longer Olympic distance of 1,500 swim, 40k bike and 10k run. Unfortunately due to the extreme cold water and air temperatures the swim was shortened to 750 meters. Despite the cold Williams put up a strong swim performance exiting the water in 13.10 and headed out onto the bike leg, which took in some of London’s most iconic landmarks including Wellington Arch, BuckinghamPalace, Trafalgar Squareand the Embankment. Williams increased her pace moving up the field to complete the bike leg in 1.06.35. Seamlessly moving onto the 10k run with a quick transition she maintained her power to finish the run in 43.22. In the rare weekend sunshine Williams crossed the finishing line in 2.10.10, 39th in the 30 to 35 age group.

Samantha Boswell competed in the 40-45 age category having qualified at the British Championships in Liverpool earlier in the year. Six weeks ago she broke her toe, so training was hugely compromised but she was pleased to complete the course in 2.07.47, which put her in 16th place, only 45 seconds off a top ten position. Next year Boswell is planning to focus on duathlons in an attempt to improve on her 2010 World Duathlon bronze medal.

Andrew Cunnell also took on the same Olympic distance course in the 65 to 70 age group. A solid swim of 16.10 was followed a bike split of 1.16.54. The bike is Cunnell’s strongest discipline and he used this strength to move up the field. Out of form on the day, Cunnell found the 10k run a challenge finishing in 57.13, which meant he took 45th place in a time of 2.39.45.







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