Super Sam delighted to come home with European silver

By Contributor in Endurance Sports

IT has been a busy few weeks for Tavistock Run Project athletes.

First up last weekend Emma and Dan Dooney travelled up to Chester to compete in the Chester half marathon. They ran a strong race with Emma additionally achieving a personal best, with both finished in a great time of 1 hour 49 minutes 26 seconds.

This weekend continued the dominating success of TRP runners, firstly at the Bere Pen 10k, an excellent local event.

Chris Rimmer took first place in 34 minutes, with a convincing lead, almost three minutes ahead of the second place athlete.

Steve Watson also showed his current strength finishing eighth overall in a quick 42 minutes. Rachael Malthouse also ran a great race finishing first female in 44 minutes.

Meanwhile, at Bratislava in Slovakia, Sam Lake was taking part in the European Aquathlon Cham-pionships. She had been selected to represent Great Britain in the 35-39 age group team. She worked hard in her one kilometre, two lap swim then using her strength, ran a great 5km, five lap run to come home as European silver medalist.

Family friend and former Mayor of Tavistock Mandy Ewings said: ‘I’m very proud of Sam to have become the European silver medallist in the European Aquathlon Championships.

‘I hadn’t realised how costly it is to represent your country when you have to pay for your flights, hotel and all the kit you need yourself. So I’m now actively helping Sam to seek sponsorship as she has had to miss out on going to the World Championships in Canada this year because she didn’t have the funds to go.’

This was another successful weekend for Dave Chanter and his team of talented TTP athletes.

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