It's Gold for Melissa!
Melissa wins British paratriathlon title in Liverpool!
Cornwall's Melissa Reid reclaimed her British title after finishing first at the British paratriathlon championships in Liverpool this weekend.
The 22-year-old from Mount Hawke, who trains with Falmouth based Gyllyngvase Surf Life Saving + Triathlon Club, crossed the line in one hour, 11 minutes, 46 seconds. Reid showed her class, finishing over 3 minutes ahead of her closest competitor.
"For me, it's not just about winning the classification - I wanted to be the first female overall and we managed to do that," she told BBC Radio Cornwall.
"It wasn't the time I wanted originally but given the course and how long the transitions were, it was fairly good."
Reid was partnered in her victory by her guide Nicole Walters; the pair also won Gold at the recent European Championships in Turkey last month.
Reid, who competes in the Tri-6 category for visually-impaired athletes, is now aiming towards the World Championships, taking place in Hyde Park this September.
"It's always been about training towards that," she added.
"We've just used the Europeans and the British champs as benchmarking for where we're at, with the worlds as our ultimate goal."
"I couldn't have reached this level without the support of the Cornish people. Including local supporters Cycle Logic, At Your Pace, Cornwall Sports Partnership and Oliver Hughes Physiotherapy. I'm also grateful to Blue Seventy, Tank/Matrix Cycles and Saucony for providing me with amazing equipment to train and race with."
To follow Melissa's journey to the 2016 Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro visit her website, www.melissareid.org.uk.
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