Heat’s no issue for Bloom in Chicago
PUBLISHED: 14:00 24 September 2015
Local triathletes went Stateside for World Championships
Buckhurst Hill triathlete Claire Bloom was delighted to finish as the fastest British competitor in her age group at the ITU World Championships despite tough conditions in Chicago.
Bloom was taking part in the 50-54 age group and the race began with the mercury pushing 30 degrees.
Despite the sweltering weather, Bloom started well as she exited the 750m swim in Lake Michigan in 13th place after a time of 14 minutes five seconds.
Next up was the bike section, with the circuit offering no shade from the beating sun.
Bloom was overtaken by two competitors in her efforts to chase down athletes in front of her, but finished the 20k course in 33.22.
By now, she was not the only one to be suffering in the heat as she started the 5k run, with only two water stations on the route despite the weather.
Bloom clocked 24.33 for this portion of the race to finish in 1:18.46, which saw her finish 12th overall.
A top-15 finish was also enough to secure a spot at next year’s event in Mexico, but Bloom was simply thrilled to finish as the fastest Brit.
“It’s the hottest conditions I have ever competed in. It wasn’t ideal for the British athletes and the lack of water stations meant a lot really suffered,” said Bloom.
“I pushed as hard as I could throughout the course and I was delighted to finish ahead of my British team-mates to ensure that I held on to my national number one status for the second year running.
“The American athletes were unbelievably quick and on a flat course it was always going to be difficult to close people down.
“It’s been another memorable season and I want to thank David Lloyd Leisure once again for sponsoring me and getting me on to the start line in
both the European and World Championships.
“My thanks also to my coach Dermott Hayes and physio Gill Cardy for all their support.”
Bloom was not the only local triathlete in action in the Windy City, as East London Runners’ Sarah Burns also took part.
Burns completed the 1,500m swim in Lake Michigan in 28.32 before cycling the 40k route in 1:02.32.
A time of 51.09 for her 10k run, after transition times were taken into account, saw Burns complete the course in 2:29.33.
That was good enough for Burns to finish 62nd in her age group and she enjoyed all five days of competition in Chicago alongside her mother.
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