Triathlon: Tunbridge Wells’ Gibson and Hagger take on Euro elite

    RIDING HIGH Judith Hagger with TWTC club chairman Eric Perrier in the Alps

    PETER GIBSON (M25) and Judith Hagger (F40) represented Team GB Age Group in the ETU European Triathlon Championships in Kitzbuhel. 

    Competing over Olympic distances – 1500m swim, 42km bike and 10km run – against top competitors from across the continent at the Austrian resort.

    Judith exited the water in 22 minutes after a superb swim. On challenging bike course she was able to maintain consistent splits despite the numerous 180-degree switchbacks. 

    She stayed strong on the run to finish in 2hr 45min – 25th in Age Group – while Peter continued this season’s fine form to finish 20th in Age Group, crossing the line after 2.15.

    A team of seven took on the endurance challenge Chase The Sun. Setting off from Sheppey at sunrise (4.39am), they cycled 205 miles in scorching heat to reach Burnham-on-sea by nightfall (9.31pm). 

    The first group, consisting of David Bagge, Neil Couchman, Mike Cardell and Lloyd Collier, arrived with just 45mins to spare. 

    The second group – Carol Tsang, Steve Austin and Suzannah Kinsella – pedalled through the night to arrive, exhausted but elated, at 1.40am.