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Hereford six win GB international triathlon recognition

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Hereford Triathlon Club members are to represent GB in Germany and Spain

Six members of Hereford Triathlon Club have been chosen to represent Great Britain this season.

Claire Hebblethwaite is among those selected for the GB age group teams at the world long-distance triathlon championships in Germany in August.

"It's so nice that within triathlon there is the age group opportunity to represent your country," she said.

"In most sports unless you are at elite or Olympic level you don't get that chance," she added.

Hebblethwaite will compete in the 30-34 age group category in Germany where she will be joined by her Hereford club-mates Nicola Goodwin and Ian Rivers.

It is very much time management and fitting in training before and after work and trying to juggle things in the best way possible

Claire Hebblethwaite

The trio and their team-mate Jon Tetley have also been selected for the European long-distance championships in Spain on 26 June.

They will be swimming 2.75 miles, cycling 72 miles and running 17 miles in the races and were drafted into the GB squad as a result of their performances at selected long-distance races last season.

"It's not straightforward like you are in third place and so you qualify as you have got to work out all your timings," Hebblethwaite told BBC Hereford and Worcester.

"It is very much dependent on how good the winner in your age group is and I was lucky as the winner in my age group is normally the overall female winner.

"So it is a case of trying to keep as close as possible to them.

"But it was quite a shock when we applied and found that we had got in," she added.

Their Hereford Triathlon Club team-mates Clare Scott and Wayne Poulter have been selected for the Great Britain team for the European Sprint Championships in Ireland on 4 July.

Scott has also already qualified for the World Sprint Championships in Hungary and the 2011 European Championships.

The sprint events consist of a 750 metre swim, 12 mile bike and 3 mile run.

Hebblethwaite says her life is likely to be centred around her training between now and the World Championships in August.

"My work have been quite supportive and they are helping fund a little bit towards the Europeans and the Worlds as they are aware of the commitment," she said.

"But it is very much time management and fitting in training before and after work and trying to juggle things in the best way possible."



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