James Barber from Andover Triathlon Club recently completed the Big T Triathlon in Trowbridge ahead of his first GB qualifier race at the end of May.

The Big T Tri consists of 600m swim, followed by a 48km cycle finishing in a 10km run all based around Trowbridge and surrounding villages.

Barber started positive and was first out of the water in his swim wave, it was then onto the two lap bike course with another great performance finishing in the seventh quickest time.

The run proved to be a little more challenging due to nutritional errors during the race, but Barber pulled it back with the support of his sister Rachel and coach Shaun Green finishing in an amazing 11th place out of 95 starters.

Barber said: “Some good lessons learned in preparation for my qualifier in two weeks’ time”

Fellow club member Sarah Fox recently completed the Portsmouth Duathlon which is a well run event organised by Believe and Achieve and takes place in Southsea and Hayling Island and consists of 5km run followed by a 23km cycle finishing in a 5km run.

Fox finished the first run in a great time of 22:33, then had to cross on the ferry to Hayling Island for the 23km cycle, with very wet and windy conditions which proved to be the most challenging part of the course and staying on the bike across a very windy bridge became a challenge in its own right.

Finishing the bike in 53:19 Fox then went on to complete the final 5km run in 23:42 giving her a total time of 1:39:34.

She was the first female across the line and first in her age category for a fantastic result which she was absolutely delighted with.

Andover Triathlon Club, sponsored by Heritage of Salisbury VW is hosting its own adult and children’s triathlon on Sunday July 13 at Farleigh School.

For more details visit www.andovertriathlon.org.uk.