Bloom a top 10 hit at European Championships

PUBLISHED: 10:14 14 August 2018

Buckhurst Hill triathlete Claire Bloom at the European Sprint Championships in Glasgow (pic: Claire Bloom)

Buckhurst Hill triathlete Claire Bloom at the European Sprint Championships in Glasgow (pic: Claire Bloom)


Buckhurst Hill triathlete Claire Bloom placed 10th in her age category at the European Spring Championships in Glasgow last weekend.

Bloom was competing in the 55-59 age group in Strathclyde Park and took on some of her rivals from across the continent.

The swim section began in bizarre fashion, with three age groups going off at the same time that saw almost 120 athletes enter the water simultaneously.

That led to a difficult swim for Bloom, who found the water congested, but still managed to clock a season’s best of 12 minutes and 57 seconds.

Bloom started the bike course in fourth place, but dropped to fifth after completing the gruelling section in 40.29.

To finish, athletes were tasked with completing a 5k course around the lake they earlier swam in, with Bloom clocking 24.06 to finish in 1:21.29 overall.

“I thoroughly enjoyed the day, it was probably the best organised event I’ve ever participated in and was great to be part of the Festival of Sport in Glasgow,” said Bloom.

“I’ve got four weeks now to sharpen up my run before the World Championships in Australia.”

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