Samantha Rose is thrilled to be back in her home city for tomorrow’s Portsmouth Triathlon.
After making a successful return back in June for the Try a Tri event, she will be back again on home roads.
Rose will be doing the sprint race tomorrow.
It’s not her favoured distance but it will ensure she is fresh enough for her upcoming age-group appearance for Great Britain at the World Championships on September 19.
Rose said: ‘I’m off to Chicago in two weeks time for the World Championships, so was advised to taper and only do the shorter distance.
‘I’m looking forward to racing in Portsmouth again because I love being by the sea.
‘Ideally, I’d like to be doing the standard distance, as for me the longer the race the better.
‘But with my A race coming up in Chicago on September 19, I’m only doing the sprint distance this time as more of a training exercise for this event.’
Rose grew up in Portsmouth and now competes for the Birmingham Running & Triathlon (BRAT) club.
Having raced and won in Southsea already this year, she has a good marker set down.
Rose added: ‘I’m hoping to better the time I did for the sprint distance earlier this year, conditions allowing, but we’ll see what happens.’
The winner of the Portsmouth Triathlon will have a spring in their step thanks to Alexandra Sports.
The specialist shop, in Gladys Avenue, is giving prizes to the top three men and women in both the sprint and Olympic categories, as well as the winners of the relay and duathlon competitions.
The winners of the sprint and Olympic races will be entitled to their pick of trainers from the shop, as well as bio-mechanical and video gait analysis – a prize worth up to £100 each.