WAKEFIELD Triathlon Club’s Liz Burrows celebrated one of the best results of her career when she scooped a bronze medal at the European Age Group Championships, in Spain.
The 28 year-old travelled to Pontevedra hoping for a top-five finish but she surpassed her expectations with a brilliant performance in searing temperatures.
Forecasted highs of 41 degrees failed to deter Burrows, who spent last winter training in New Zealand, and she received another boost when a practice ride on the bike course revealed it to be a steady climb - perfectly suited to the Wakefield athlete.
Race day began well for Burrows when she clocked 25minutes at the end of the tidal river swim but having emerged from the waters in seventh spot, she knew that there was a lot of work still to do.
A surging start to the 39km bike stage resulted in Burrows passing four athletes to break into the medal spots but she dropped to fourth before completing the course in 1hour 12minutes 21seconds.
The 10km run comprised four laps of 2.5km and took in some of the sights of Pontevedra’s old town but the twisting course failed to halt Burrows’ momentum and she reclaimed third spot on the final lap.
Burrows’ determined run of 41:53 resulted in a total time of 2hrs 20mins 16secs.
Liz’s sister Victoria Burrows-Bilton, a PE teacher at Outwood Grange Academy, made it a championships to remember by finishing a fine sixth in a time of 2hrs 29mins 45secs.
Work commitments had restricted her training hours but the Wakefield Triathlon Club star produced a particularly good run to finish just outside the top five.
Liz said: “I am over the moon with the result.
“The day before the race my coach told me that I was capable of getting a medal if I raced to my potential and that really spurred me on.”
She added: “I would like to thank my sponsors HWL Trade Frames, Data Consulting, Blueseventy, Unison and Aquadiva.”
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