MATLOCK triathlete Polly Veazey-French has returned to action after a long lay-off due to injury.
At the British Aquathon Championships, held in Tamworth by Birmingham Running, Athletics and Triathlon Club, Polly came third in her category, beaten only by a sponsored athlete who trains full time.
Polly’s overall time was 31 minutes and 45 seconds. She took just 12 minutes to swim the 750 metres Open Water Swim, followed by a personal best in the 5K run of just 17 minutes and 47 seconds.
On the following day, Polly was again in action, this time winning the Birmingham Sprint Triathlon.
Polly came in as the first female and tenth overall out of a field of 128 experienced competitors. She completed her 750 metres Open Water Swim in 12 minutes and 6 seconds and the 5k run in 18 minutes and 21 seconds.
The final bike stage of 13.9 miles, took her 37 minutes and 30 seconds equating to an average speed of just over two and a half minutes per mile. In total, she completed her winning performance in just 70 minutes and 51 seconds.
The weekend after, in the sweltering heat, Polly lined up for the Sheffield Half Marathon with almost 6,000 other runners.
Although the bike at present is Polly’s strongest event, she was placed third in a record personal time of just 1 hour 24 minutes and 43 seconds, time of which many a male running club member would be proud. Not long after the race, Polly then cycled back from Sheffield to Matlock.
Polly qualified for the Triathlon World Championships held in Budapest 2010, but unfortunately was not able to raise the funds needed in order to compete amongst the world’s best triathletes.
This year, she is gearing up for the World Championships, to be held in New Zealand in October.
Since Christmas, she has been making a round cycle-ride trip of 50 miles to receive sports massage to help keep her injury free.
Overall it has taken Polly six months to recover from injury be able to compete again. To follow Polly and help to support other local athletes, log on to www.matlock-one.co.uk