TRIATHLON: Grimer gains his maiden triumph

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SPALDING endurance athlete Nick Grimer has clinched his first-ever overall triathlon success.

Grimer, a former member of Spalding Triathlon Club, took top spot at the Kimbolton Triathlon on Sunday.

Following a host of second and third place finishes, the Great Britain runner has finally broken the glass ceiling.

The victory had certainly been coming for the Nene Valley Harrier. He had come back into good form over the previous few weeks, with good results at the Peterborough 5k GP road race series – which see him in third place with only one race to go.

“I knew my chances were good for the tri and decided to push hard from the start,” said Grimer. “After a steady swim I was in seventh place, but close to my rivals and got through the transition to bike with the quickest transition time of the day.

“This was followed by a hilly 12 mile bike section which had me hitting high speeds of 40mph and rapidly moving up into second place and riding with the leader in sight.

“I decided to take the lead at six miles and see if I could move into a clear lead.

“But we spent the next six miles passing each other until I finally managed to stay ahead for the ride into the transition area and posting the quickest bike split of the day by just seven seconds.

“With another good transition I was onto the 5k run with a slender five second lead and the second place athlete was trying to stay with me.

“He managed to hold on for just a few 100 metres before I pulled away and finished nearly two minutes clear with the quickest run of the event (16.34 minutes).”