Silver in Sofia for Mary

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THREE members of City of Lancaster Triathlon (COLT) Club were selected to represent Great Britain at the World Biathle Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria, on Sunday.

The best result came early in the day in the Girls’ U15 event.

The girls run 500m, swim 100m and then run a further 500m as a continuous event. Representing GB, Mary Hodgson had a slow start and in a tightly packed field finished the first run towards the back of the main field.

Following a good transition she made up a huge amount of ground in the swim leaving the water in fifth position.

She quickly moved into fourth place and on the final bend of the second run passed a South African competitor to put herself in the medals. Sensing that the second place girl was tiring she kicked again and took the silver medal on the line.

Her marvellous performance helped the British team take the gold medal overall.

Sarah Hodgson was selected to compete in the U17 Women’s event which consisted of a 1000m run, 200m swim and a further 1000m run.

Despite being disappointed with her run she should be pleased with her overall 10th position.

See the Lancaster Guardian (29-09-11) for full story.