TRIATHLON: Stocker set for Team GB slot

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SPALDING Triathlon Club’s Aimee Stocker has qualified to represent Great Britain at the ITU Standard Distance Triathlon World Championships after a strong race at the Dambuster Triathlon at Rutland Water.

The event always attracts a very high classed field of nearly 1,000 athletes and served as a qualifying event for the championships to be held in Auckland, New Zealand, in October.

The qualifying race itself was hampered by strong winds, which meant that the swim was shortened to 1,000m. But the cycle ride was a challenging and undulating 42km in high winds and the 10km run was around the lake and on the exposed dam.

Stocker had a strong swim – although she classes it as her weakest discipline – as all her open water training, particularly in cold water, had prepared her well.

After exiting the swim in a better than expected time, she enjoyed a quick transition and got onto the bike, the strongest of her disciplines.

There, she made up significant ground on the field. Unhampered by the wind – an advantage of training in the Fens – Stocker returned to T2 in a good position.

Having put a significant amount of work into her run over the winter months, the Spalding Tri ace was more than ready for the running finale.

This paid off big time, as she managed to maintain her place in the field and finishing ninth overall in her age group.

A tense five weeks followed, until qualification slots were announced – when it was confirmed that Aimee had earned her place in Team GB in Auckland.

There will be two further members of Spalding Triathlon Club joining Stocker in New Zealand. Chris Pratt is competing in the Aquathlon World Championships and Liz McTernan will be in the Paratriathlon World Championships.