LEAMINGTON triathlete Megan McDonald (The Bike Yard) competed at the Junior Women’s British Triathlon Championship on Sunday in the Liverpool Docks.
The championship was held in extremely testing conditions with gales and heavy rain intermittently battering the athletes.
The race saw the Juniors Elite race amongst the Senior Elite field, which featured a guest appearance by the top ranked female triathlete in the world – Gwen Jorgensen – all the way from the USA.
Following up on her recent win at the London Triathlon, McDonald would be put through her paces in a 750m swim, 20km bike and 5km run in a quality field of 45 competitors.
In her first season as a Junior and the youngest athlete amongst the field, McDonald started her race with a strong swim, exiting the water in tenth place overall and fourth in category.
Pushing for the podium, McDonald worked hard in a six-woman chase group around the windy technical bike course, managing to take fourth place in category off the bike and into transition.
With a smooth transition off the bike, McDonald put in everything she had left for the run and managed to finish with a very respectable 5km run time of 18:47m.
Demonstrating a solid performance in each discipline, McDonald finished 16th overall in the Senior Elite category and fifth in her Junior Elite group (17-19 years).
The severe weather conditions forced the organisers to abandon the Elite men’s race due to follow the women’s race on the dockside course.
The next challenge for McDonald is a European Cup race being held in Nottingham on August 22.