Local success in Hyde Park
Published at 07:36, Wednesday, 25 September 2013
TRIATHLON: THE district produced two top 15 finishes in the prestigious World Triathlon Championships in London at the weekend.
Gerald Huddleston, of Acomb, was 15th in the 65 years sprint distance race at Hyde Park, while Alan Copland, of Hexham, was 14th in the 40 years’ Olympic distance.
Capping off a successful experience for local triathletes on the world stage was Richard Parker finishing in 22nd and Martin Bluck 59th, both competing in the 50 Olympic category.
It was the first world championships appearance for Huddleston and he handled himself remarkably well to bag himself a much coveted top 20 spot.
He had earlier qualified for the World Duathlons in Canada but did not make it over.
He emerged out of the water after 14 minutes, before completing the cycling leg in 41 minutes and then finishing off with a 22 minute run.
His overall time of one hour, 25 minutes and 50 seconds, was little over eight minutes off champion Dieter Waller, of Germany.
Meanwhile, on the same route that the Brownlee brothers impressed on in London 2012, the immensely talented Copland again shone.
He was fast out of the water just after 10 minutes and he completed the bike heat in little over an hour, before taking 36 minutes for the run. His end time of 1:53:59 was three minutes off Switzerland’s Bruno Invernizzi.
Both competing in the 50 years category, Parker earned local bragging rights over Bluck with a great time of 2:00:12 which was made up of 12:25 in the swim, 1:04:18 on the bike and 36:18 in the run.
But Bluck put in a great performance to finish just six minutes behind in 2:06:21 with 11:54 in the water, 1:05:15 in the cycle, and then 42:34 on the last leg.
There was further disappoint for Bardon Mill’s Barry Jameson as the hamstring injury he picked up during last month’s World Duathlons flared up again in London.
He managed to achieve four of the six majors he had set his sight on at the start of the season, but he will start again next year as the clean sweep remains priority number one.
Meanwhile, Corbridge based Physio&Therapy UK was the official provider of sports massage and sports specialist physiotherapy at the world championships.
The team comprised of 15 massage therapists including Hexham’s Eddy Thompson and Rebecca Verrill, and eight physiotherapists also including Hexham resident Tamsin Cass.
Corbridge’s Paul Hobrough, owner of the business, was in charge and also covered the role of clinical lead. He said: “Since moving back to the North-East from London, it was my goal to give huge opportunities such as these to the excellent therapists of the area.”
The next Physio&Therapy UK event is the Salomon Kielder marathon on October 5 and 6.
Published by http://www.hexhamcourant.co.uk
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