Podium joy in Caribbean

Claire Vallance
Claire Vallance

A couple from Woburn donned the Great Britain vests on the podium at the 27th Grenada International Triathlon.

Piers Vallance, a firefighter based at Great Holm in Milton Keynes, and wife Claire, Deputy Head at Leighton Middle School made up Team Vallance, and they were both keen to retain the titles they won 12 months ago.

Known locally at the Tri de Spice, the Olympic distance event consisted of 1500m open water swim, followed by 40km cycle ride and finally a 10km run, in a sweltering 30C and a high humidity.

The swim was held at the prestigious Port Louis Marina, with the Cycle and Run disciplines around the streets of St George’s, the island capital.

Preparation for the event couldn’t have been much better for the pair either.

At the beginning of April, both Piers and Claire topped the podium at the Eaton Dorney triathlon.

Claire achieved first place with relative ease. The second and third places went to women athletes, both from Grenada.

Piers finished in a creditable second place in a time of 2hr 19mins 11secs, improving his 2013 time by a full three minutes.

First place went to France and third place to Trinidad.

Claire and Piers are supported by Bletchley Leisure Centre, Trek Cycle Co in Milton Keynes who assembled Claire’s latest carbon fibre framed race cycle just in time for this competition and swim coach John Bellis from South Beds Masters Swim Club.