TRIATHLON: CHESTER'S Helen Lawrence can look forward to representing Great Britain on the world stage after securing a top-five finish in the ITU World Cup Salford Triathlon.
The City of Chester Triathlon Club member put in an exceptional performance to finish fifth in the elite women's section.
After sprinting away from international stars Michelle Dillon and Andrea Whitcombe, Helen finished in 2:04.29 to qualify for the European Championships and ensure she is part of the GB women's team at September's World Championships in Japan.
Sunday's event involved a 1,500m swim in the Salford Quays overlooked by the Lowry Centre, a very technical four-lap cycle and a flat, fast 10k run.
Helen came out of the swim about 30 seconds down, a gap she closed in style after the bike and on the run.
The superb performance means she will also compete at the World Duathlon Championships in Australia.
In the ladies age-group race Claire Schofield came in an excellent third overall in a time of 2:32.20, clinching first F30-39 place, with Janet Frost seventh in her age category in 2:52.20.
The first Chester Tri man over the line was Mark Bennett who completed the course in 2:25.37 followed by Justin Wyke (2:29.24), Sean Simmons (2:40.00), Gavin Floyd (3:01.20) and John Kane (3:12.45).
In the Oswestry Sprint Tri Paul Hawkins won the event overall in 1:12.16 with Andy White fifth in 1:16.14 followed by Simon Greenwood (1:23.23) and John Shakeshaft (1:53.57).
The previous Sunday saw five stalwarts from Chester Tri competing in the Longest Day (Ironman Distance) Triathlon from the Chasewater Reservoir near Cannock. Peter Cobb crossed the line in an impressive 11hr 0mins 25secs followed by Jason Weston (11:17.04) and Gerard Wilkinson (11:21.59).
On the back of the recent Ironman France in a scorching Nice and a double Ironman in Canada, Tony Fisher - who was originally part of a relay team but found himself doing the whole event on the day - scampered in to the finish in 11:39.45 with Ian Weaver completing the distance in 11:49.31.