Kenny achieves top-10 fin­ish

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - -

Tri Spirit Team’s Vic­to­ria Kenny has re­in­forced her po­si­tion as one of the UK’s best triath­letes af­ter fin­ish­ing in the top 10 at the Bri­tish Triathlon Cham­pi­onships in Liver­pool.

Kenny was joined at the event by fel­low Tri Spirit Team mem­ber Julie Brad­ford, as both took on the stan­dard dis­tance triathlon con­sist­ing of a 1.5k swim, 40k bike ride and 10k run.

Kenny led her wave of the swim – which in­cluded hav­ing to con­tend with jel­ly­fish – un­til the turn. She was over­taken in the en­su­ing melee but still left the wa­ter in 22 min­utes 44 sec­onds.

How­ever, a strong bike put her in good stead and af­ter run­ning a 10k per­sonal best of 39.08 she fin­ished in 2.10.25 put her ninth over­all in the national rank­ings and fourth in her age group.

Brad­ford over­came a shoul­der in­jury to com­plete the course in 2.33.19, with a strong bike sec­tion also mov­ing her up the re­sults ta­ble.

Else­where, Brenda Davies took on the Gravesend CC Open 25-mile time trial at Mo­lash and fin­ished in a fine time of 1:20.34

Tri Spirit events host the new half iron dis­tance triathlon ‘The Owler Half Tri’ on Au­gust 4 at the Julie Rose Sta­dium.

The event also has a sprint tri, and aquabikes at both dis­tances run­ning along­side.

For more de­tails go to www. re­peat it against next year. “It was so suc­cess­ful we paid out prize money to all the last 16 play­ers, hav­ing orig­i­nally de­cided to re­strict it to the top-four.” Tony Cox, the man be­hind the Shep­pey Open and Med­way Open, who ran things on the day added: “It is great to have an­other com­pe­ti­tion tak­ing place in Kent be­cause we are al­ways very well sup­ported.”

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