Taylor sets a new best on a busy weekend

Alex Hampson EMN-140605-163320001
Alex Hampson EMN-140605-163320001

Spalding triathlete Charlotte Taylor had a busy weekend at the British Universities Championships at Bedford.

The world junior triathlon champion competed in two 5,000m races and in between tackled the sprint triathlon.

She said: “I was concerned that it may be a bit of a crazy idea, but I really wanted to do both events.

“Luckily it turned out okay as I came 13th in the triathlon, which I was reasonably pleased with, although my bike split was slower than I’d hoped for.”

Taylor comfortably qualified for Monday’s 5,000m final whe finishing third in Friday’s heat in 17:15.11.

Given the fact she tackled the triathlon on Sunday, it was probably a good thing that Monday’s final started off steadily but the field was split apart by the eventual winner.

Taylor, competing for Warwick University, finished fifth in a personal best of 16:54.0.

Nene Valley Harriers’ 
clubmate Emily Maltby, competing for the University of Bedfordshire, reached the semi-finals of the 100m where she ran below-par 12.90.

Maltby also jumped 10.55m in the triple jump to finish ninth in her pool.

Spalding-based England international Emily Moss, who competes for Woodford Green, was seventh in the 2,000 steeplechase in 7:31.95.