Collins and Steadman aim to time it right for Swiss glory

Lauren Steadman, centre, won the ITU World Series Para Triathlon in London. Picture: British Triathlon / David Pearce
Lauren Steadman, centre, won the ITU World Series Para Triathlon in London. Picture: British Triathlon / David Pearce
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Neil Collins and Lauren Steadman will line up for Great Britain in the European Triathlon Championships tomorrow.

The European Triathlon Union competition, hosted in Geneva, Switzerland, starts at 11am Swiss time (10am British Summer Time).

Collins will be competing in the age-group sprint distance event with his wave, the 40-44 category, at 11.36am Swiss time.

It’s been a good build-up for the Southsea triathlete, who won the Portsmouth Sprint Triathlon in his most recent outing.

He’s also raced well at Goodwood and Eton Dorney and has been able to fit in some training on the Geneva course.

The water temperature there is currently in the mid-20s so the conditions for the swim will be to his liking.

Meanwhile, Steadman will compete in the Para Triathlon European Championships, starting at 4pm Swiss time.

The reigning ITU (International Triathlon Union) world champion, who is based in Portsmouth, will be going for more glory in the PT4 category.

She’ll be racing alongside world silver and bronze medal winning team-mates Faye McClelland and Clare Cunningham.

Nearly 700 British amateurs will be in action across the various different events.

Races take place tomorrow through to Sunday.

Commonwealth champion Jodie Stimpson is heading the Great Britain elite squad for the trip to Switzerland and will be racing on Saturday afternoon.