Wight Tri member and Isle of Wight Talented Athlete, Jan Fletcher, had a super race at the 2019 England National Sprint Distance Triathlon Championships at Box End on Sunday.
As this was also the final qualifier for the 2020 European Age Group Sprint Championships in Malmo, Sweden, it was well loaded with the top age group triathletes.
The swim was held at the Box End water sports lake, outside Bedford, with the swimmers following the 750m loop around the water skiing course, followed by a 20km cycle route around the winding country roads. A tough off-road 5km run completed the course.
Fortunately, with an early start, the weather gods were kind to the early waves and Jan’s event was mainly held in almost perfect conditions, although with a slight headwind on the bike.
Jan had a solid swim in 14:50, to exit the lake in 9th position in her age group. A quick transition onto the bike, where she showed her strength and posted the 5th fastest bike split in her age group of 36:10, moving up into 8th position but also closing in on the faster swimmers.
With a super-fast run of 23:20, Jan finished in an overall time of 1:16:36 to take a brilliant 7th position from 25 in the 40-44 age group.
However, as this was also the final qualification for the 2020 ETU European Age Group Sprint Championships in Malmo, Sweden, she took the 3rd qualifier slot for the 45-49 category and will represent Team GB in her first sprint triathlon event.
Jan has already earned her first GB kit this year at the European Standard Distance Triathlon in Weert in June this year and has also qualified for the 2020 ITU World Age Group Standard Distance Triathlon in Canada.