Rodger signs off from his triathlon career with a win

Rodger Wilkins, pictured in action at the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final in London, has ended his career on a high

Rodger Wilkins, pictured in action at the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final in London, has ended his career on a high

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Clitheroe’s Rodger Wilkins ended his triathlon career with a win in Kendal.

Wilkins, who last month finished eight in the 35-39 age group at the 2013 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final in London, travelled up to Cumbria for MyTriClub’s second Kendal Sprint Triathlon.

And the former St Augustine’s, Billington pupil claimed victory to end on a high, as he concentrates on his full-time coaching role within his business www.racepace.co.uk

Rodger was joined by racepace athlete Victoria Kollard - who recently qualified for the 2014 European Champs in Kitzbhuel .

He described the event: “Triathlon is not a straightforward sport that has set parameters; each race can require a different skill set, as each race is unique in its location and specifics. This race was held over a 500m-pool swim, an 18km bike ride and a 5km run.

“Pool swims can be relatively straightforward but they can also be rather challenging, depending on who’s in your lane and how many are in your lane. It’s important you pace this well. The ‘pool’ mentality can easily get a hold and you set off as if you’re doing a 50m flat out.

“The bike was on open country roads and incorporated some blind bends and a climb that had to be negotiated twice. If you had not managed to ride the course beforehand, then you would have been at a huge disadvantage. Unfortunately some athletes did come off their bikes, a risk we all take when you are in the zone.

“The run had a rather tricky climb in it too. Once you’d reached the top, you then had approximately 2km of gravity-assisted running down to the finish. It was important that you didn’t push too hard up the climb, once over the top you really needed to get into your stride quickly for this fast, final push home.”

The growing popularity of Triathlon was evident in Kendal with such a healthy number of athletes, who were all well supported by their friends and families.

The dynamic and diverse nature of the sport is what makes triathlon so interesting and keeps most people coming back for more!