MALVERN Triathlon Club’s Jayne Ackroyd competed in the ETU qualifier duathlon event at Bedford Autodrome.
The non-drafting event designed by F1 driver Jonathan Palmer involved a daunting mass start with entrants vying for a place in the championship event in Ibiza next year.
Ackroyd secured her Ibiza place in the 50 to 54 age group with times of 52 minutes 14 seconds for the 10-kilometre run, one hour 17 minutes 44 seconds for the 39km bike section and 26.22 for the 5km run, making a total of 2.38.44.
Twelve club members Jim Hancox, Tim Day-Thompson, Roy Hart, Gulab Chauan, Andrew Rickard, Chris Grubb, Martin Reed-Derby, Henry Walker, Paul Cope, Alex Innocent, Stephen Clarke, John Bryan participated in Worcestershire’s Malvern Hills Beacon Race alongside 200 local competitors.
The first of five 10km run events comprising the winter tempo series was held at Ilmington Sports Club.
Among the 221 competitors were Ackroyd, Dave Dutton and Vikki Sivertsen.
Sivertsen came first in the over 45 year age group and third female overall in 47.56.
Ackroyd completed in 54.56 and Dutton in 48.15.