Polly wins despite fall

Polly Veazey-French in the Helvellyn Triathlon, which she won, August 2012.
Polly Veazey-French in the Helvellyn Triathlon, which she won, August 2012.

MATLOCK’S Polly Veazey-French has triumped in the notoriously difficult Helvellyn Triathlon, which was held in the Lake District.

The race started off with an open water one-mile swim in Ullswater, one of England’s most beautiful lakes. This was followed by a 38-mile cycle along the Kirkstone Pass, which has an altitude of 1,489 feet and makes for the Lake District’s highest pass. In places the gradient is 1 in 4.

The triathlon culminated in a nine-mile run up Helvellyn, standing at 3,118 feet making this England’s third highest peak, only 75 feet less than the highest. Polly set the course record for a female athlete. However, in the later stages of the race, she fell badly, gashing her knee, requiring 12 stitches, and so, for the last two miles, was in some discomfort.

Since January, Polly has worked hard and makes weekly 50-mile round trip cycle rides to receive sports massage to help keep her injury-free.

She has won four triathlons this year and was positioned third in the Great Britain Middle Distance Triathlon, held in July. In events such as the triathlon, the quality of equipment can be a real asset, and a carbon racing bike could help make Polly more competitive.

To help raise funds in order to purchase a bike for Polly, Derbyshire Sports Massage are holding weekly Sports Massage sessions at Darwin Forest Country Park each Thursday from 5.30pm to 9pm, with money raised going towards Polly’s bike fund. To book a place, please telephone 01629 736 222.

In the coming weeks, Polly will re-evaluate her goals for 2013, leading towards the World Triathlon Championships. To follow Polly’s progress. log on to www.matlock-one.co.uk.