In 2014 Lucy Charles took up triathlon after ten years of competitive swimming, a career which included an Olympic Trials final. In 2015 she was the Age Group World Champion at 70.3 and Ironman distances. Having turned Pro in 2016 year it took just one year to achieve her first victory winning Ironman Lanzarote demolishing the field with a course record…
As a swimmer I went to two World Cup events (Argentina and Brazil) and I did the finals of the Olympic Trials 800m for London 2012. That was at the London Aquatics Centre, where I train now, alongside Rebecca Adlington. I also finished second in the Great North Swim, ahead of Kerri-Anne Payne who won Silver at the Beijing Olympics.
My cycling has improved immeasurably over the past year. A shin injury meant much more focus on the bike and the effect has been dramatic. On one of the hardest courses in Ironman (Lanzarote) I broke the course record.
Training alongside the Orion Harriers Athletics Club on a weekly basis has taken my run from strength to strength. On a good day my run can almost match my swimming ability but I’ve only had days like this a handful of times. I am hoping with perseverance we will see my running strength shine through more often.
A week on from Ironman 70.3 Staffs. Whilst being away in sunny Mallorca kit testing with HUUB I’ve had time to reflect on last weekend’s performance. Staffordshire last year was my first ever 70.3. Had you of told me then I would come back, improve my time by a total...
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Britain’s Lucy Charles won the inaugural Championship in Slovakia as double Olympic champion Alistair Brownlee retired from the men’s race.
Charles sealed victory in the final kilometre of the 21km run to beat Australia’s Annabel Luxford in four hours, 13 minutes 59 seconds.
“I almost pulled out this morning… I’m pretty glad I didn’t”
That was a good decision by Lucy Charles ahead of The Championship in Samorin, Slovakia on Saturday. I can think of at least 30,000 reasons why… Having won Challenge Lisboa and IRONMAN Lanzarote, Lucy extended her winning run to three with a stunning victory only sealed in the last kilometre of the run at the amazing x-bionic sphere venue.
LUCY CHARLES HAD CONQUERED IT ALL IN 2015 – NOT ONLY IS AN AGE GROUP IRONMAN AND IRONMAN 70.3 WORLD CHAMPION, BUT SHE ALSO SHOWED THAT SHE CAN BE A WELL KNOWN NAME IN THE SPORT ON HER SWIM ALONE –
HAVING COME OUT OF THE WATER AT KONA ALMOST 4 MINUTES QUICKER THAN JODIE SWALLOW, WHO LED THE PRO WOMEN OUT!”JOHN LEVISON, TRI247