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Liz Cannon travelled up to Leeds on the 9th June to represent Boston Triathlon Club while taking part in the AJ Bell World Triathlon Leeds 2019. The race weekend was organised exclusively by British Triathlon in partnership with Leeds City Council, UK Sport and the ITU.
The event staged the British Standard Distance Triathlon Championships, plus offered the opportunity for athletes to get their hands on a sought-after GB tri suit.
This was the fourth time the ITU triathlon took part in the city, billed as representing the pinnacle of triathlon competition in the UK and providing more than 5,000 recreational triathletes with the unique opportunity to compete on much of the same course as the world’s best.
Yorkshire woman Liz really enjoyed her first event in the county of her birth.
The 1500m swim took place in Waterloo Lake at the heart of Roundhay Park before a long 800m transition run to the bike. It was at this stage Liz suffered her only low point of the race as her bike chain came off while trying to mount it on the notoriously tricky uphill start of the bike course. It was an issue which was to also affect pro triathlete Jessica Learmonth during the ITU World Series event later the same day. Once Liz had resolved the problem it was off for a tour around the suburbs of Leeds as the 36.2km bike course wound from Roundhay, through Moortown towards Headingley before heading back to Roundhay for transition to the run. Once off the bike it was back out on to the streets of Leeds as the triathletes headed towards the city centre on their 10km run, coming to a finish in Millennium Square.
Despite the hiccup at the start of the bike Liz still manage a fantastic time of 02:56:30 finishing 16th (F 45-49) and a PB in this distance.

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