Two of Team JewsonM.I.Racing’s top members performed with distinction abroad, against some of the top athletes in the world.
Coventry’s Samantha Anderson, represented Team G.B. in the World Durathlon Championships in Nancy France, finishing a brilliant 6th. Sam, who holds down a full time job, was competing against many full time athletes, making her performance even more outstanding.
Samantha, didn’t know if she would be able to compete until the last minute, as some 6 weeks ago, she suffered a knee injury which reduced her training and more recently crashed on loose gravel requiring hospital treatment in a warm up event at Worcester. However, things went well and she was able to make the quick dash over to France to compete. The Cycle section was reduced to 38 km and the Running sections increased to 11km instead of 10km, and 6km instead of 5 km, to make up the correct overall distance. Running is her weakest discipline, so the result may have been even better had the normal distances been observed! Samantha came out of the first Run in 9th position, and moved up to 6th place after the Cycle section, and held onto that position to the finish a really impressive performance. Her final event of the season, will be an International Triathlon in Malta on 7th October.
Team Mate Greg Ashley from Rugby, was also active abroad
Greg was representing Gt Britain in the World Railway Championships in the Czech Republic. Great Britain, sent its strongest ever team of 6 to the Championship. A 3 stage event, on the 1st Stage a 65 km Team Time Trial, over a very tough circuit, 4 riders having to finish, 2 got dropped early on in the event, and the remaining 4 including Greg finished with a time of 1 hr 19 mins for 6th place out of 18 teams. The French team won. Next was a very tough 169km Road Race, with a 6 km climb with stretches of 18%, unlike the previous day which was warm and sunny, this was wet and cold, with low cloud on the hills, the race was completely dominated by the Kazakhstan team with first 3 places, Greg came home in 23 rd place out of a field of 108 riders.
The following day, was once again warm and sunny, and Greg recorded a time of 1 hour 6 secs, for the hilly 45km Time Trial which placed him in 23rd position overall and the Gt Britain team finished in 6th place, their best ever performance.
A few days later Greg was racing again, this time in the 35 mile “JW Ultra” running Race, from Stratford upon Avon to Bourneville (Birmingham) where he came 5th overall and first Veteran in a time of 4 hours 39 mins, out of 100 competitors.
The following day, he competed in the “Doone Run” a 10 mile race around Lymouth up onto Exmoor and around the Lorna Doone Valley, recording a time of 1 hour 44 mins for 13th place overall and once again 1st Veteran an amazing performance.
Yet another Jewson Mi Racing team mate was performing with distinction over the weekend, Coventry’s Stacey Penn, won the “Rode” Triathlon, nr Northampton, as part of her preparation before competing for Gt Britain in the World Championships in New Zealand in October.
Its nice to see that there are some sporting success’s in the area, to make up for some of the other sports who are struggling to find success. Certainly Team Jewson M.I.Racing are doing their share to keep the flag flying