Gail goes down a storm to grab fourth place at World Aquathlon Champs
Athletics / Wed 3rd Nov 2021 at 08:03am
HARLOW Running Club members endured a wet, windy and muddy day at the Stort 30 on Sunday.
The Stort 30 is an out and back 30 miles (15 miles each way) along the Stort Navigation in Hertfordshire. Pas Blackwell finished in 2nd place out of 87 finishers in a fantastic 3hrs 46min 19sec. He was followed by Fieke Blackwell in 11th place and 3rd Female in 4.29.19, Keith Streeter 12th and 2nd Vet 50 in 4.33.09, Jason Fox 28th in 4.58.53, Ben Usher 38th in 5.16.26, Terri Wiley 52nd in 5.50.05 and Paige Bircham 53rd in 5.50.06.
Meanwhile, at the Baldock Beast Half Marathon, a hilly trail run, Kerry Mavris finished in 107th place out of 223 finishers in 1.58.06 and Sean Flynn was 154th in 2.05.59.
At a very soggy Wix 5 mile race, near Harwich, Robin Lozeau finished in 51st place out of 81 finishers and 3rd Vet 65 in 45.00.
Gail Nicholls competed at the World Aquathlon Championships (1km swim, 5km run) at El Anillo, Extremadura, Spain, finishing 4th Female Vet 55 in 45.02.
This was an outstanding performance, so we asked Gail to tell us more about it.
Gail said: “How to put into words how blessed I felt crossing the finish line at the World Aquathlon Championships in El Anillo, Extremadura, Spain.
We only had only six weeks notice that the champs set for Almere was cancelled and then suddenly, it was back on in El Anillo!
Bad weather conditions set in on our prep day but my race went really well. Calmer waters for the 1k swim and only a few seconds off my 5k PB is all I could ask of myself to come in 4th in the world age group 56-59 in 45.02.
“It rounded off a fantastic season with lots of goals met including a Bronze Medal in the British Champs… an all time 5k PB plus hoping to get a roll down in the Standard Distance European Triathlon Champs Team.
Thanks goes to Isagenix whom have supported me every single day and so proud to wear your name on my kit at last and of course thanks to my fantastic club and training facilities.
Now it’s back to coaching and completing my BTF2 coaching course which I’m nearly through, looking forward to a bit of downtime by Christmas.
It was an unbelievable championships, lots of new friendships and memories made with a massive support group to each other in Team GB.
“We had to all dig deep for these championships but it paid off and I’m very happy.
Such amazing determination Gail! You quite rightly should be very proud of yourself. You have worked so hard and it’s paid off - best of luck with your future goals and look forward to spending some downtime with you and celebrating all your successes! X
What a great article and another great bunch of results. The weather was not as kind as it could have been for these amazing athletes. Coach Gail has been a tower of strength and support to so many members especially when we were all going through Lockdown. Coaching, studying, competing, working as a PT - Gail you are an inspiration not only to us women of a certain age but to all. Thank you.
Harlow tri club putting Harlow on the map again with fantastic results this year. Congratulations to Gail we are all so very proud of you. Amazing, 4th in the world in your category, we all know how hard you have worked to achieve these results the last few years, this result is so well deserved. Congratulations to you Gail and the rest of the team.