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Geoff Collier, of Claypole, makes overseas debut at the European Triathlon Championships

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A triathlete made his international debut for the British Age-Group team at the European Triathlon Championships.

Geoff Collier, of Claypole, who competes for both Belvoir and Newark triathlon clubs, finished a creditable 16th overall and eighth for the GB team in one of the first international competitions to be held since the start of the pandemic.

Collier completed the sprint-distance course, which consisted of a 750m sea swim, 20km bike and 5km run, finishing in just over 1 hour 15 minutes.

Geoff Collier in Valencia (51980721)
Geoff Collier in Valencia (51980721)

“I thank God, as well as my coaches, family and friends for their invaluable support,” said Collier.

“It was an amazing, unforgettable experience which exceeded all of my expectations.

“If someone had said when I took up triathlons five or six years ago that I could achieve a European top 20 ranking or top ten for GB, I would have considered them more than slightly mad.”

Collier also competed despite a foot injury, which he said severely impacted his ability to train for the running aspect.

He hoped to be joined in Valencia by fellow Newark Tri Club member and GB qualifier Jem Lawson, who withdrew for health reasons.

Lawson is now focusing on future international events.

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