Just seven days after competing for Team GB in his age group at the European Long Distance Triathlon Championships in Holland, Jason Briley was at it again. This time he swapped his GBR tri suit for his Andover Tri Club colours to race at The Etonman, a half iron distance race held at Dorney Lake.
Jason’s sole aim for this race was to achieve a qualifying time that would make him eligible for selection for a place in the GB team at the World Long Distance Triathlon Championships being held in Motala, Sweden in June 2015.
Jason got off to a good start coming out of the 1.2mile swim in the middle of the pack in 42 mins. A quick transition onto his time-trial bike, saw him overtake people from the start of the 10 lap course that made up the 56 miles.
For half of each lap competitors were battling a strong headwind, but Jason’s natural time trialling ability saw him overtake and lap nearly the whole field posting the 9th fastest bike split of the day in 2hrs 38 mins.
Another quick transition and onto the run – a half marathon. This is where Jason had to dig deep as the effects of his 12 hour race a week before was started to show. But he bravely ground it out ticking off the miles and only dropped two places on the run. He finished his half marathon in 1.55.hrs. His overall race time was 5hrs 22mins and he finished a fantastic 7th in his age cat and 17th overall.
More importantly Jason achieved his qualifying time. He needed to be within 115% of the winner of his age group in order to qualify for the World Chgampionship – his time was 109% of the winner and so will now be submitted to the GB selectors and a decision will be made in the winter as to whether he gets a slot in the team.
Great effort Jason. It’s time for a rest now!