Manxies on the Podium at Chester Tri

3 Manx Tri Club members took part in the Chester Triathlon, Karen Shimmin, Lynsey Elliott & Paul Swindale.  The event doubled as the English National Championships, and as a European and World Championship qualifier.

Karen finished 4th in her age group but happily came away with a bronze medal for the English National Championship as the girl who placed 1st was Scottish.  Her overall time was 2:17:55 which is an 8 minute improvement on last year.

Lynsey finished 2nd in her age group, but again as the 1st place lady was Scottish, Lynsey came away with the Gold Medal for the English National Championships.  Her finishing time of 2:18:53 (a 10 min improvement on 2014) was enough to give her a qualifying place for the 2016 European's in Lisbon and this year's World's in Chicago.

After a solid swim (albeit very cold) of 21:32, Paul was lying in 12th place.  His usual super fast transition and strength on a slightly long bike course saw him navigate up to 5th place heading back into transition for the run.  Paul tried hard to defend his position, but the run isn't his favourite discipline and he finished 17th in his age group, but with a very respectable time of 2:11:47 in a very competitive field.  Commenting on his race, Paul said he 'hoped to find his running legs somewhere in a field in middle England sometime soon'.