On Saturday 13 September Jason Briley made his debut for the Great Britain triathlon team racing in his age group at the ETU European Long Distance Championships which were held as part of Challenge Almere-Amsterdam in Holland.
The conditions were a little windy as he lined up with 64 starters in his age group. Clearly the GBR tri suit inspired him to great things as he started the race with an 87-minute swim, the fastest he has done a 3.8k swim by 13 minutes!
The bike has always been Jason’s strength and that showed. Despite the windiest condition he has ever raced in and soaring temperatures, Jason passed 290 other competitors during the course of the 112 mile bike leg which moved him a long way up the results table in his age group. His bike time was an impressive 5.50hrs at an average speed of 19.2mph. Just a marathon to do!
Conditions were hot as he set out on the 26.2 mile run, but in characteristically gritty style he
stuck to the task running a 4.33hr marathon to give him an overall finish time of 12.02hrs and placed him 38th of 64 in his age group. It was testament to Jason’s performance that he kept going while 10% of the field dropped out due to the conditions. Most impressive was that he was the 2nd British athlete in his age group.
Jason says: “The whole thing has been a massive success for me, and to top it all off I was 29th Brit home out of the 64 strong GBR Squad. Next I am looking to qualify again for the GBR team in 2015 at Half Iron distance in the European Champs, and Long distance in the Europeans again and the World Champs in Motala Sweden. The support I have had from wife Hilary, ThomsonReuters, VW Heritage of Salisbury, Andover Triathlon Club, friends and family, has been just awesome and made it all worth while. I am glad I did them proud”
Congratulations Jason on a job well done!