Grimer Nicks sixth place at Europeans
NICK Grimer of Spalding Triathlon Club finished sixth in his age group when making his second international appearance at the European Triathlon Championships in Israel.
The 41 year-old produced the fastest run of the championships in Eilat when moving up six places on the final discipline.
Grimer had targeted a top 10 place in the 40-44 category so was delighted with his performance. His display in hot and windy conditions could also earn selection for next year’s championships in Turkey.
He said: “I should find out in the next few days whether I’ve been selected for next year.
“I was the first Briton in my category and that would usually clinch my place for next year but they are considering a change of selection policy so I have to wait or a few days to hear.
“This was my first appearance for Britain since 2010. I qualified for last year (in Pontevedra, Spain) but didn’t go due to cost and time issues, but it was nice to represent my country again.”
Grimer made his international debut when finishing 12th at these championships in Athlone, Ireland, two years ago. He qualified for that event despite the worst performance of his career at the trials where doctors had advised against him even turning up as he was struggling with a spinal injury that left him exhausted after just a two miles of jogging.
“The problem was found to be a split disc that later required an operation which could have left him paralysed had it not been a success. It has now been put down to a lifting injury.
The Nene Valley Harrier was 10th after the swim in Israel, which he completed in 12.14, and after a 2.47 transition he slipped to 12th on the bike (35.38). After a second transition of 1.10 he moved up to sixth with an excellent run of 17.30.
He added: “The swim went better than usual, my transitions were better than ever and I had the fastest run of the championships.
“I lost a couple of places on the bike and almost came off when an Israeli competitor came into the side of me. We were tangled together for a couple of seconds and I thought we were both coming off but I managed to stay on, although he came off and failed to finish the race.”
Things are now looking much better healthwise for Grimer although he admitted: “The problem will never go completely, it’s always in the background, but it’s not as painful as it was so I can put up with it.”
Grimer’s racing plans for the rest of the year will be dictated by whether or not he is selected for next year’s European Championships as he explained: “If I’m not selected from this performance I’ll try to clinch my place in the British team by contesting the final two trial races at Rother Valley and Worthing.
“The triathlon will be my main focus for 2012 but I’ll also do a few running races.”
Grimer is a former Cambs Road League champion as a runner but admits he’s unlikely to regain that title.
“I think I’d have to rely on the best locals not turning up for me to win it now,” he admitted. “The way John Herbert, Michael Moore and Paul Halford are running I couldn’t stay with them.
“It was nice to produce a good run in Israel though.”