Waterfront win for Chapple
A BREAKTHROUGH win from Megan Chapple and a shining second from James Travers made for a bold Sarnian statement at Sunday’s Jersey Triathlon.
Chapple’s victory came packaged with a 13min. improvement on her course best, and while Travers could not match Jersey’s past Commonwealth Games cyclist, Richard Tanguy, he was a firm second in nearing the two-hour mark on the Olympic-distance course.
Although Chapple expected the Caesareans to be the ones to beat at Jardins de la Mer, her closest rivalry came from the UK’s Hannah Lord – a former age-group world aquathlon champion.
‘I’m over the moon,’ said Chapple, who had excelled in Leeds only a week prior.
‘I did 2-26 last year, so I’ve beaten that by quite a bit, but I would not have been able to keep that pace if [Hannah] wasn’t chasing me,’ she said.
‘I was around the top 10 out of the swim and kept it strong on the bike, even though I was quite nervous because I’ve got deep wheels and the wind really picked up, so it throws you around a bit. But I was consistent throughout with no real mess-ups.’
- More in Tuesday's Guernsey Press.