Ribble Valley triathlete qualifies for Euro championships in Turkey

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James Keir has qualified for the European Triathlon Championships in Alanya, Turkey in June next year.

James, who will compete in the 20-24 age group, has trained in the Ribble and Hodder Valleys for over a year now, having previously been based in Lancaster, training through the trough of Bowland.

The PACTRAC member qualified in his age group in a qualifying race for the Championships, in the open water triathlon at Grendon Lakes, Northampton.

The sprint distance triathlon involved a 750m swim in the lake, 14-mile cycle ride and a 2.75 mile run, slightly shortened due to weather conditions.

The top four in each age group qualified, with James in fourth.

He clocked 13:02 in the swim, 40:14 on the bike and 16:06 in the run to seal his place on the British squad.

And he said: “I’m positive that training in this amazing landscape has shaped my success.

“Having such an amazing natural training ground as the forest of Bowland has made training here a pleasure and my potential within the sport has increased tenfold, but as a student, to be able to continue training and improving I desperately need sponsors to take me to the next level.

“With the right kind of help I can keep up the levels of training and get the coaching that I now need, having got thus far without any help.

“I think that with a little sponsorship I can make it as a professional, perhaps even secure a medal spot at the Eurpean Championships, or even complete my ultimate goal of becoming an Olympian.”

If you can help James with any sponsorship, please contact him on 07732479270 or e-mail jameskr9@gmail.com