Jane Leslie of Easter Compton finished ninth in women's 60-64 category at World Age Group Triathlon Championships in London
AN INTERNATIONAL triathlete from Easter Compton said it was ‘a buzz’ to compete on the same course used at the London 2012 Olympics.
Jane Leslie finished ninth out of 48 in the women’s 60-64 age group category in a time of two hours, 31 minutes and 58 seconds while representing Great Britain at the World Age Group Triathlon Championships over the Olympic distance course (750m swim, 40k bike, 10k run).
“It was a fantastic race and such a buzz cycling round Buckingham Palace, down to Whitehall, the Houses of Parliament and Tower Bridge with piles of people watching,” said Leslie, who won British National Olympic Distance Championship in Liverpool and the English National Championships over sprint distance in Blythfield earlier this year.
“It made you feel proud to be British. The standard was incredibly high. The (effect of the) Olympics attracted a huge number (of competitors) from overseas.”
Despite relishing the experience, Leslie was disappointed not to finish higher up the field.
But she expects to do better in the World Championships in Edmonton, Canada, next year when she moves up an age group.
As someone who has won several gold medals at the National Age Group Swimming Championships in the past, she was also frustrated that the swim section was shortened from 1500m to 750m.
Leslie also competed in the World Aquathlon Age Group Championships, which was part of the same series of events in London.
She narrowly missed out on a medal by finishing fourth in the same category, completing the 1000m swim and 5k run in 40 minutes and 34 seconds.
Her Thornbury Running Club team-mate Jon Greenwood finished tenth in aqauthlon with a time of 40 minutes and 45 seconds and 20th in the triathlon for the men’s 60-64 category, recording a time of 2 hours 17 minutes and 32 seconds.