Bloom flys the flag for the Brits in Canada

PUBLISHED: 09:44 04 September 2014 | UPDATED: 09:44 04 September 2014


Claire lands the 50-54 age group title

Claire Bloom recovers at the finish line at the World Triathlon Championships in CanadaClaire Bloom recovers at the finish line at the World Triathlon Championships in Canada

Buckhurst Hill athlete Claire Bloom followed up her recent success at the English National Sprint Triathlon Championships, where she took the 50-54 age group title, when she travelled to Canada for her latest competition.

Bloom participated in the World Sprint Triathlon Age Group Championships in Edmonton, finishing first for Britain, first European and seventh overall in the 50-54 category.

The swim, which was held in Hawrelak Park’s five-hectare lake, made for a very fast time and Bloom exited the water in ninth position after a personal best time of 12 minutes and 51 seconds.

Bloom’s fellow GB athlete Pippa Turley was hot on her heels all the way and the pair then battled it out on the 20km undulating and windy bike course, with Bloom finishing in a time of 36.48.

Both athletes then ran the 5k trail course side by side, before Bloom attacked with 100m to go to finish in seventh place overall and retain her number one GB ranking for 2014 in an overall time of 1:18.17.

A delighted Bloom said: “It was a fantastic race, I was pushed all the way.

“The pace of the world’s top women was relentless from start to finish. This result has capped an amazing season for me.

“I can’t thank my sponsors, David Lloyd Leisure, enough for the sponsorship which allowed me to participate.

“And thanks too for my coach Dermott Hayes and RG Active Race Team Essex.”

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