Silver lining for Jennings after Atlantic crossing

Simon Hoppe and Georgina Jennings at the World Championships in Chicago.
Simon Hoppe and Georgina Jennings at the World Championships in Chicago.
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Most 70 year-old ladies with a bad leg wouldn’t event venture as far as the corner shop.

But sprightly Georgina Jennings jetted off across the Atlantic to swim 750 metres, bike 11.35 miles and run three miles . . . all in quick succession and in 23-degree heat.

And the extra effort certainly proved worthwile for the Peterborough Triathlon Club (PACTRAC) member as she won herself a silver medal at the ITU World Sprint Triathlon Championships in Chicago.

She completed the gruelling course in 1:38:18 to finish second in the female 70-74 age group. Paula Larsen of America won it in 1:30:42 and Lee Heysoon, also of USA, was third in 1:42:58.

Jennings is the reigning British and European sprint triathlon champion in her age group and was bidding to complete the clean sweep of titles in Chicago.

But her preparation had been hampered by a calf injury and at the end of the day she was happy with silver.

She said: “Boy that silver medal took some working for. I had a great swim and the bike was okay, although there were some awful pot-holes and a few accidents.

“But the heat and humidity on the run were awful. They had such long transitions with no water stations for ages.

“I poured eight cups of water over me at one station and felt better for a few minutes!

“I was over the moon with the medal after the injuries beforehand.”

PACTRAC clubmate Simon Hoppe was also in action in Chicago and finished a very impressive eighth in a really competitive 40-44 age group.

He was was less than two minutes from clinching a spot on the podium and came home as first British racer in a time of 66:36.

Ex-PACTRACer Daniel Avondoglio finished 18th in his age group in the World Aquathlon (swim 750m, run 3 miles) Championships in Chicago in 36:57.

Other PACTRAC results:

North Norfolk Triathlon, Wells (swim 1500m, bike 25 miles, run 6.25 miles ): 97 Nick Park 2:37:32; 142 Kevin Fletcher 2:50:22.