Grimer Nicks sixth place at Euro­peans

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Neighbourhood News -

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.”

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