Update 18/9:Congratulations to Rachel - 28th out of 82 in her age group!
Original post: HRGC is proud to be sponsoring the triathlon suit to be worn by Rachel Vague as she represents Great Britain at the ITU World Triathlon on Saturday 16 September in Rotterdam.
Rachel has rowed with us for many years. She took up triathlons not so long ago and is now representing GB in her age category.
Rachel told us how she got into the sport: “I have Tracey Rickard to thank for sharing the triathlon bug when she suggested I enter a local sprint distance tri.
I did my first sprint distance a few years ago at Wadebridge. (Sprint distance is 400 metre swim, 20k bike, and a 5k run.) A couple of years later I won the Tempus Cornish series of sprint triathlons.
After encouragement I decided to pit myself against potentially tougher athletes and slightly longer triathlons and enter two standard distance triathlons, one in Deva, Chester and the other at Arundel Castle in Sussex. These were to qualify for representing Great Britain in the ITU World Triathlon age group finals in Rotterdam. (Standard distance, also known as Olympic distance is 1.5k swim, 40k bike and a 10k run.) These were two of the biggest triathlons I had done in terms of number of competitors.
I came 6th in my age category at Deva despite making a wrong turn on the bike, and 9th in age category at Arundel. I was successful in gaining a place in the GB team in my age category which is 30-34. In Rotterdam I will be racing against hundreds of other women in this age category from all over the world.”
We wish Rachel every success!