Search

Claire is Bloom-ing delighted with her bronze medal

14:36 26 June 2014

Claire Bloom celebrates her bronze medal

Claire Bloom celebrates her bronze medal

Archant

Buckhurst Hill GB athlete first home in her category

Buckhurst Hill’s GB athlete Claire Bloom was delighted to take the bronze medal at the ETU European Sprint Triathlon Championships in Kitzbuhel, Austria last week.

Competing in the 50-54 age group, Bloom was also the first GB athlete home in the category and can now look forward to
automatic qualification to the European Championships in Geneva in 2015.

“I was overjoyed to win the bronze as I’d never beaten the two GB athletes ahead of me in a race before,” said Bloom.

“There were so many European countries being represented this year it was an honour to compete in this field. I also beat my tri-racing hero Joyce Mark (55-59 age group) to top off my day,” she added.

The Austrian course involved a 750m swim in the Schwartzsee Lake, a 19.8km mountainous bike route and a 5km undulating run course around the lake to finish.

Bloom completed the course in one hour 22 minutes 45 seconds, comprising a 13.22 swim, 42.17 bike ride and a 21.32 run.

“The weather on race day was awful. It had been sunny leading up to the race, but on race 
morning the rain fell making the bike course wet and slippery, said Bloom.

“Though the course had some stunning views and backdrops, the bike route had three big hills and some very windy, steep 
descents meaning that bike 
handling skills would need to be sharp.

“I came out of the swim in fifth position and in third place for GB. I mounted the bike and started chasing.

“I overtook the two GB 
athletes on the second climb and tried to close the Austrians down. Despite a personal best in the run I missed out on silver by 38 seconds.

“I can’t thank my coach at RG Active, Dermott Hayes or David Lloyd Leisure enough for their sponsorship which funded me getting there,” she added.

0 comments

Comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Ilford Recorder visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Ilford Recorder staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Ilford Recorder account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Sport Stories

Joe Widdowson made his Dagenham & Redbridge debut against Tranmere (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO)

Daggers loan star discusses youth days at West Ham

Redbridge joint manager Dave Ross (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Joint-manager had weekend win before celebrating cup drama last night

14:30
Football Foundation ambassador Ben Shephard presents a cheque as part of the Grow The Game initiative

Apply for help through ‘Grow the Game’ scheme

17:40
Pic by Arfa
Lycamobile event at Beckton 16-12-2014

The Hammers community department organising huge youth tournament

Most read sport

Sometimes Coral gets these freaky royal bet predications right…

The smartphone maker has gone back to the future for its latest smartphone

Rev Libby Lane says she is looking forward to the day when more women are nominated for the role of Bishop.

And now Old St Nick’s in the nick!

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Ilford Recorder e-edition today E-edition