Amy Critchlow and Andrea Nightingale had a superb weekend of racing in Southport, Liverpool where they took part in a British Triathlon olympic distance event; a qualifying race for the this years Age Group World Triathlon Championships to be held in Cozumel, an island off the Mexican coast.
Both secured 2nd place in their respective age groups and will be representing Great Britain this year on September 18th.
As Amy explains:
"Southport was my first attempt at qualifying for the Age-Group Worlds and whilst I went there with little certainty about what to expect from the rest of the field, I was confident that I had put the training in and had a race plan that would get me the outcome I needed. Luckily everything (apart from a 2 minute penalty for overtaking in a dead-zone on the bike leg!) went to plan and I finished not only with a qualifying place for the Worlds but a PB too! It was an incredible first experience of competing in a British Triathlon race with almost 1000 competitors taking part, the atmosphere was amazing and the race organisers (Vital Events) did a brilliant job in creating a really fun but challenging event.
This was Andrea's second year having travelled to Chicago in 2015 and was very relieved not only to qualify but managing a PB of 2:41:26, which being a year older was very satisfying.
"I was hugely relieved. I had put so much pressure on myself and far more people seemed to know that I was going for it again so I really wanted to step up. I was really proud of my cycling leg where I came 2nd overall (79 women triathletes) and was only beaten by 30secs by a 30yr old!). I only wish my running was as good!
Both will be training hard for the next 3 months and will have to find some hot, humid places to train to try and replicate the anticipated weather conditions. They may have found a new use for a greenhouse!