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Bishop's Stortford athletes make a splash in ITU Aquathlon World Championships


By Michael Vaughton


Eleanor Mason, Lizzie Bellinger and Lucy Minns put Bishop's Stortford on the map by securing brilliant top-ten finishes in the ITU Aquathlon World Championships.

The athletes produced dazzling displays in their respective age categories as they showed they could compete with the planet's best in Pontevedra, northern Spain.

Mason, 15, was the youngest competitor in the whole championships and she excelled to finish fifth in the female 16-19 category.

Lizzie Bellinger, left, and Eleanor Mason (9866837)
Lizzie Bellinger, left, and Eleanor Mason (9866837)

The Herts & Essex High School pupil, who trains with both Bishop's Stortford Swimming and Running Clubs, completed the 1km open water swim in 14min 42sec and the 5km run in 22.39 for a total time, including transition, of 38.42.

Her efforts meant she was in the top 25 of all the women and was faster than some of the elite racers. She came out of the swim, which was in a tidal river estuary, in the top six overall and her swim time beat around half of the elite athletes.

Mason's PE teacher and fellow BSSC member Bellinger achieved a fourth-place finish in the female 40-44 event.

Her overall time was 38.02 and included a 15.55 swim and 20.40 run.

Stortford PCSO Minns took part in the female 20-24 race and completed the course in 43.44 for seventh place.

Her training with Inspector Chris Hunt paid off as she did the swim in 20.07 and the run in 22.11.



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