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Athletics: Claire Bloom completes gruelling Sevenoaks Triathlon to continue preparations for European Championships qualification race

PUBLISHED: 15:00 12 May 2017

Claire Bloom on the podium at the Sevenoaks Triathlon (pic: Claire Bloom)

Claire Bloom on the podium at the Sevenoaks Triathlon (pic: Claire Bloom)

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Bloom completed the Sevenoaks event as the fastest in her age group

Claire Bloom (right) and her fellow Roding Valley Triathlon Club members at the Sevenoaks Triathlon (pic: Claire Bloom)Claire Bloom (right) and her fellow Roding Valley Triathlon Club members at the Sevenoaks Triathlon (pic: Claire Bloom)

Buckhurst Hill triathlete Claire Bloom continued her preparations for the upcoming European Championships qualification race by completing the Sevenoaks Triathlon.

With the weather still a touch too cold for a lake swim, the event began with a 400m swim in a pool, which Bloom completed in six minutes and 53 seconds.

Bloom swiftly made her way through transition and onto the bike course, which was 25km in total.

Starting out on the Sevenoaks high street, the course headed out to country lanes before Bloom completed the section in 52.51.

Next up was what proved to be a gruelling 8.4k run, with the start – down a steep 200m concrete and shingle path with steps – a sign of things to come.

“I was pretty sure while running that whoever researched the run section had been in a bad mood that day,” said Bloom.

“There were hills everywhere and just when you got your breathe back from a downward section, there was another climb.

“With 400m to go we had to climb back up the steep descent we had started with!”.

Despite the undulating nature of the course, Bloom finished the section in 43.10, giving her an overall time of 1:45.59 to finish first in the women’s 50-59 category and fifth overall.

“This was a really well organised event and one that despite the toughness of the course I would do again,” she added.

“Congratulations also go to the other Roding Valley Triathletes who completed the gruelling course in Colum Sharkey, Victoria Raven, Michelle Sinclair and Nicola Morgan.”

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