WaldenTri's Thompson crowned British champion in Master's 10 Miler

PUBLISHED: 10:01 20 October 2010

Walden Tri's Pete Thompson and Colin Connelly took part in the British Master's 10 Mile Championships

Walden Tri's Pete Thompson and Colin Connelly took part in the British Master's 10 Mile Championships

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EXPERIENCED triathlete Pete Thompson has claimed the British title after a battling performance at the Master's 10 Mile Championships.

The championship is an annual event for runners from all over Britain aged 35 and older, who then compete for highly prized medals within five-year age groupings. Around 400 runners took part in the Bristol-held event this year.

Among them was WaldenTri Club member Thompson, who has been doing these events for over 12 years. Last year he was runner-up over the 10 mile distance and was hopeful of going one better.

For the first eight miles the veteran was involved in a tremendous struggle with a runner from Mansfield as they fought neck and neck to lead their category. Eventually Thompson broke away to win his age group, and therefore the British title, in a time of 59 mins 2 secs.

He was one of two WaldenTri Club members taking part in the event.

Colin Connelly, who is coached by Thompson, competed in his first ever British Championship race and was running in the 60-65 age group. He completed the course in 1hr 28mins to come home in 15th position within his category.

It was a personal best over the distance for Connelly, and gives him a very good platform for him to build-on in future years.

Both runners will now take a break from road running but still look forward to competing hard over the winter for the WaldenTri cross country team.

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