On 6th June Mary Welsh competed in the BTF National Sprint Championships held at Emberton Country Park near Newport Pagnall and organised by Big Cow Events.
Conditions for the race were excellent with an early mist keeping temperatures comfortable and cool after the heat of the previous few days.
The 750m swim took place in a weed-free, clearish lake and the 20K cycle was a circular route through undulating lanes and some pretty villages in the Buckinghamshire countryside. The 5K run was a flat two laps round the lakes in the park.
Mary completed the course in 1hr 39 mins and came second in her age group (Cat M 65-69) to win the silver medal.
Mary is pictured with gold medal winner, Georgina Jennings.
On 23rd May Mary competed in the Scottish Championships held in Strathclyde Country Park, near Glasgow and close to Hamilton where she lived before moving to Cheltenham.
In contrast to Emberton conditions were very hot with temperatures in the 80s but this had the advantage of raising the water temperature to 18.2 degrees. The cycle section was a demanding, hilly four lap course and this was followed by an out-and-back run of 5K by the edge of the loch with a few short, steep sections.
Mary completed this race in 1hr 46secs to take the gold medal.