MATLOCK triathlete Polly Veazey-French has recorded a brace of victories as she continues her return to action following injury.
First, she headed up to Ripon in Yorkshire to do the Newby Hall Triathlon.
Due to adverse weather conditions, the event was changed into a duathlon, as both the height and speed of the river was too dangerous.
Into a strong headwind that slowed competitors, Polly rode the 25-mile bike section in a personal best time of 70 minutes and 38 seconds.
Each week, Polly makes a 50-mile bike ride round trip for sports massage, and the strength gained seemed to have paid off.
Prior to the bike ride, she had already run some two miles.
Then, after the 25-mile bike ride, she got off her bike and ran a further six miles.
Polly came home first lady by a consierable distance, and 12th overall out of a field of 68 mostly male triathletes, in an overall time of 2 hours 6 minutes and 16 seconds.
Five days later, Polly was again in action. This time in Sheffield, running the Blackamoor fell race, a distance of 6.2 miles, with climbs totalling 440m.
Polly ran a strong and controlled race, finishing first woman, and 30th overall out of a large field of 202 experienced fell runners.
Polly is gearing up for the World Triathlon Championships, and will shortly mimic the race distance by doing an Open Water Swim of 1.2 miles, followed by a 55-mile bike ride, rounding off with a half-marathon, a distance of 13.1 miles, a combined race distance of almost 70 miles non-stop.
If successful in earning a place in the World Triathlon Championships, Polly will compete against professional atheletes.
Polly works full-time, has to fund her own training, racing, and equipment, in addition to fitting in her daunting training schedules.
If you would like to follow Polly’s progress, go to www.matlock-one.co.uk