Jan Fletcher represented Wight Tri at the Chester Triathlon on Sunday 13th June, as well as representing Hantspol Tri in the ‘National Standard  Distance’ Police Championships.

It was an early set off to try and beat the expected scorching heat. There were 338 athletes competing, of which 80 were females. Jan was in the 45-49 category with 11 other females.

The swim was 1,500 metres in the River Dee, with the first half going upstream. Jan came out in a time of 28 minutes 41 seconds, which included a long uphill climb into transition, which put her in a credible 13th (female ) position.

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The bike was a 40km route over an undulating course that zapped her energy. By now the sun was coming up and the temperature was rising. Jan completed the bike segment in 1 hour 7 minutes and 51 seconds, moving her up to an impressive 4th (female) position.

Jan then put in a rock-solid run of 45 minutes to maintain the 4th position, finishing only 50 seconds behind 3rd place. The 3 females ahead of Jan were all in a much younger age group.

Jan’s overall position was 4th fastest female, and fastest in her age group by a massive 12 minutes in a time of 2:26:30. She finished 53rd out of 338 competitors in total.

In the National Standard Distance Police Championships she attained the top position, finishing 1st.

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