Bodyworks triathlon duo rise to Henley challenge

Yvette Grice
Yvette Grice

Team Bodyworks XTC athletes Yvette Grice and Emma Richards had a successful day at the aptly named Challenge Henley.

Competing over the Iron distance triathlon of 3.8km swim, 180km cycle and 42.2km run was made even more challenging by the tough cycle course over the Chiltern Hills and even more so by the cold and wet conditions.

Swimming in the 16 degrees river Thames and exiting onto the cycle in fog and six-degree air temperature took its toll on many athletes but they continued undeterred.

Following a recent sixth and third place finishes over the iron distance events in Germany and Spain, Yvette Grice finished an excellent second place in 10 hours five minutes.

Grice led the swim in eerily foggy conditions that meant swimmers could not spot the buoys but struggled in the cold conditions on the cycle.

Despite a strong three-hour 12-minute marathon, Grice could not make up enough time to take the victory.

She said, “I am really disappointed as I was aiming for the win. I am more disappointed in my own performance and know I can do so much better but just struggled in the conditions on the day.”

Grice will now look to finish her season with another podium place at Challenge Barcelona in three weeks time.

Emma Richards finished a fine fifth place in 11 hours one-minute. A strong swim led Richards out well and despite having to fight injury to get to the start line finished the run strongly.

Emma is a multiple Ladies Champion in the Eastbourne Rovers Cycle Club and runs for Hailsham Harriers Running Club and trains alongside her full time job as a Sports lecturer at the Sussex Downs College.

Club spokesman said, “Two of our finest female athletes performed outstanding feats of endurance against the best in the world.

Both Yvette and Emma have demonstrated what hard work and dedication can produce and how Eastbourne is gifted with such outstanding athletes.”