Sheffield’s go-it-alone Polly Linskill has been crowned British Middle Distance Triathlon Champion.
The Weston Park radiotherapist from Meadowhead, (nee Polly Veazey-French) trains herself and was the only competitor in the top five not sponsored as part of a team.
And her triumph followed an amazing bronze medal in the European Championships in Barcelona three weeks earlier despite having lost half a stone due to a kidney infection and being in pain throughout the race.
She won the British title in the eighth editiion of the Beaver Triathlon, a 1.9km swim, an extended 80km undulating bike, and 20km hilly run around the scenic, rolling Leicestershire countryside.
The event attracted a strong field o to the grounds of Belvoir Castle, including Ironman 70.3 Pro Georgie Rutherford.
Polly was second to Rutherford in the 1.9km swim with eventual bronze medallist Jenny Heitt of Team Milton Keynes third.
Polly finished first in the Beaver - four laps over a challenging ‘out and back’ hilly route in 4:32:01, followed a minute and a half later by Rutherford in 4:33:31. Hewitt finished strong in 4:34:39 to make up the final ladies podium.
Polly had been battling a foot problem and ironically, the hilly run was the best bit. Polly comes from a fell running background and so was in her element.
Result 1 Polly Linskill (Veazey-French): 4:32:01; 2 Georgie Rutherford (Team Ichiban): 4:33:31; 3 Jenny Hewitt (Team Milton Keynes/7Hundred): 4:34:39; 4 Lucy Custance (Clapham Chasers): 4:42:40; 5 Kate McNeill (Team Cherwell): 4:51:54.
The first event in Barcelona was a swim of one and a quarter miles (1900m). Polly was first out of the water for Great Britain, in a time of 30 minutes and 33 seconds, with Spain’s Ivet Farriols Arimont second second in 32:39.
Polly was fourth fastest in the hilly bike ride of 63 miles (90 km) behind Germany’s Verena Eisenbach, followed by Lucia Thalman of Switzerland and Spains’s Natalia Rey Carrer.
Polly was quickest in the final task, a half-marathon in a time of 1 hour 34 minutes and 4 seconds. Her nearest competitor being Verena with a time of 1 hour 36 minutes and 14 seconds.
Polly was the quickest swimmer and runner. The overall standings were Germany’s Eisenback 1st in 5 hours 3 minutes and 29 seconds; 2nd was Switzerland’s Thalman (5:11:44) and 3rd representing Great Britain was Polly (5:16:43).
Polly is self-coached, and works full-time and is seeking help with specialized equipment and training and racing expertise.