WaldenTRI duo claim endurance success abroad
PUBLISHED: 09:38 09 June 2016 | UPDATED: 09:38 09 June 2016
Two WaldenTRI athletes achieved top 10 finishes while representing Great Britain in their respective World and European Championships.
Georgina Dunlop, competing in the 35-39 age group, crossed the line at the World Duathlon Championships in Aviles, Spain, in one hour 15 minutes 45 seconds for a terrific 10th place finish on Sunday.
Team-mate Zac Deller, representing GB in his first international triathlon in Lisbon, Portugal, finished ninth in the sprint distance at the 2016 ETU Triathlon European Championships on Friday.
With Dunlop finishing as the third fastest Briton at the event, she has automatically qualified to represent Team GB at the 2017 World Duathlon Championships to be held in Canada.
On her return, Dunlop said: “It has been an amazing event. I would like to thank my sponsor ULVA and my club WaldenTRI for helping to make my participation and performance possible.”
For more information on the Aviles event and full details of the results visit www.triathlon.org/site
In Portugal, 17-year-old Deller was up against a strong contingent of top European athletes with the race consisting of a 750m harbour swim, 20k bike and 5k run.
From the start the pace was high with a mass swim start across the harbour.
Exiting the water in 22nd position, Deller had a good transition and started to make up ground on the outward leg of the bike.
A strong headwind made the return leg very tough. Nevertheless, he had the seventh fastest split time on the bike and also a strong run leg completing the five kilometres in 17 minutes 20 seconds, the sixth fastest time of the day.
Deller, who is a pupil at Saffron Walden County High School, has been a member of WaldenTRI’s successful junior section for six years.
Junior section head coach, Geoff Jones, said “Zac is a very focused athlete, a great competitor and an example to all of our other young triathletes competing for WaldenJNR’s.”