Collins going global after British Championship success

Neil Collins has qualified to represent Great Britain in Chicago. Picture: David Brawn
Neil Collins has qualified to represent Great Britain in Chicago. Picture: David Brawn
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NEIL COLLINS booked his place at the World Championships in Chicago with a strong performance in Cambridgeshire on Sunday.

He continued his excellent start to the season with fourth place in the age 40-to-44 category at the British Sprint Distance Triathlon Championships.

That ensured the Southsea athlete, who won the first two races of the Portsmouth Duathlon Series, qualified to represent Great Britain in September.

Collins completed the 750m swim in a time of 11min 56sec, finished the 23.9k bike ride in 38.10 and stormed around the 5k run course with an impressive 16.39 – the second fastest run split in his age group.

His total time, including transitions, was 1.08.26.

Richard Osborne won the age group with a time of 1.07.04.

Collins said: ‘I had a great race, taking fourth place which was good enough to qualify for the World Championships this September and the Europeans in Lisbon, next May.

‘The venue at St Neots is quite impressive, starting with a 750m swim in the Great River Ouse and then back on to the meadow for transition and a rolling 23k bike ride.

‘There are some very strong swimmers which left me with a bit of work to do on the bike and run.

‘Fortunately, I hold my best until last which means I can afford to go all-out on the bike and still have the legs to put in a good run.

‘The legs felt good and the sun was shining so I just tapped away at the two-lap trail, eventually crossing the line within eight seconds of the bronze and 21 seconds of silver. If only the course was 400m longer!’

Collins will next be in action on May 23 at the Eton Dorney Sprints.