Ian qualifies for world championships

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After just missing out on qualifying for the World Championships at Chester, Galloway Harrier Ian Hannah travelled to Liverpool to take part in the last qualifying race and the British Triathlon Championships.

There were 120 competitors in Ian’s age category. On the morning of the race weather forecast said it was to be the hottest day of the year, so it was good that Ian was starting at 8.20am.

The first part of the triathlon was the swim so Ian donned his wetsuit and went into the Albert Docks for the 1500m swim which proved pretty straightforward – apart from the jellyfish!

Ian got out of the water in 23rd place with a time of 25.46 and feeling good. It was then onto the bike for a 25-mile cycle which consisted of four laps along Liverpool’s main street. It was a fast, flat course which seemed to suit Ian as he completed it in 1 hour and 31 seconds.

Next it was the run which, again, was pretty flat and was two laps along the docks. Ian was still feeling good and settled into his run quickly.

After completing the first lap the sun was getting warmer but that didn’t seem to bother him too much as he finished the 10k in a brilliant time of 38.40.

As he crossed the finish line, he didn’t know whether or not he had done enough to qualify so it was then a waiting game for the results.

It was late into the afternoon before they were posted and he had finished 10th overall in the British Championships and also qualified as the sixth fastest for the World Championships in London.

All the hard work and determination had paid off and Ian will represent Great Britain on September 15 in the age group triathlon championships.