Islander Liz Dunlop has gained automatic qualification for the 2019 European Standard Distance Triathlon event in Holland following her recent success at St Neots.
Liz, a Wight Tri member and Talented Athlete Award sponsored member, took on the St Neots Standard Distance Triathlon at the weekend with great success.
As this was a 2019 European Championship qualifying event, the waves were well loaded with the top GB triathletes but this didn’t deter Liz from setting her sights on the top spot.
The 1500m swim was tough with a large number of female triathletes fighting for position. However, Liz had a good swim exiting T1 in 25:44 and in 2nd position in her age group.
A quick transition gave Liz the edge on her competitor, but they were soon together on the bike and worked hard to pass and keep ahead of each other on the 45km, 2-lap cycle route. The route had a lot of fast sections, but it also had a few tough hills. Liz completed it in 1:25:16, but still entering T2 with her age group rival.
The 10km, 4-lap run was a tough, although flat, course winding round the grounds of the Regatta meadow. Underfoot conditions weren’t good, however, a solid run by Liz saw her complete it in 49:50. She stayed ahead of her nearest competitor to finish in 2:43:17 overall.
Liz won the 60-64 age group, achieving automatic qualification for the 2019 European Standard Distance Triathlon in Weert, Holland in May next year.
Liz is one of the Island’s Talented Athletes, a scheme run by the Isle of Wight Council. Wightlink provides discounted travel to the athletes to help them attend training and events on the mainland.