Claire Bloom’s back on podium again at Stortford Tri Aquathlon event in Sawbridgeworth

PUBLISHED: 12:00 30 July 2016

Claire Bloom of Buckhurst Hill in running action

Claire Bloom of Buckhurst Hill in running action


Fitness instructer endured difficult moment in swim, but fought back to place as the third women overall

Buckhurst Hill triathlete Claire Bloom was in excellent form again last week as she finished as the third women overall at the Stortford Tri Aquathlon in Sawbridgeworth.

The fitness instructer at the David Lloyd Leisure in Chigwell finished first in the vets category at the race held at Redricks Lake.

Athletes had to swim 800m round the lake and then run 5km along a towpath by the lake.

It was ideal training for Bloom as she was using this race as one of her warm-up events for the World Triathlon Championships to be held in Mexico which take place in September.

The RC Active Race Team Essex athlete exited the water in a time of 13 minutes 22 seconds which put her third out of the women involved at this stage of the race.

Bloom (right) completed the run section in 22.51 and managed to hold onto her third place by finishing with an overall time of 36.40.

It was a fantastic effort from the Buckhurst Hill resident, especially after enduring a tricky moment early on in the event, but she is keen to keep improving.

Bloom said: “I was delighted with the way the race went despite being swam over by one of the male swimmers at the start, which forced me to collide with a female swimmer.

“I managed to complete the swim in a good time. Having not raced for the last month it was good to get back into race mode.

“Having a non-wetsuit swim was tough on the upper body and something that I’ll need a little more practise on before Mexico.”

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