Newmarket Cycling & Triathlon Club's Jane Paterson-Todd 'super pleased' with her ITU World Triathlon Grand Finals performance
She may not have broken into the top 10, but Cheveley’s Jane Paterson-Todd was nevertheless ‘super pleased’ with her performance at the recent ITU World Triathlon Grand Finals in Switzerland.
Paterson-Todd, who is a member of Newmarket Cycling & Triathlon Club, competed in the sprint distance race, which involved a swim of 750m in Lake Geneva, a 20km cycle road race around the suburb of Ouchy, followed by a testing 5km run.
She stopped the clock in a time of one hour and 22 minutes – quick enough to finish 11th from a field of 76 competitors in her category.
And on top of that Paterson-Todd was the third British squad member home, which in turn secured automatic qualification for next year’s event in Edmonton, Canada.
“I wanted to finish in the top 10, which I did not quite manage, but the main thing was to come in the top three British competitors and I did that,” she said.
“It was so competitive and to miss out on the top 10 is a little bit disappointing because 11th is the place that nobody wants to finish.
“But overall I am super happy with my performance and I could not really have asked for more.
“These competitions seem to get more difficult every year and that means you cannot afford to get complacent.”
Paterson-Todd, who is the CEO of Cambridge Ahead, was competing in the Championships for a third straight year having finished 15th in Rotterdam in 2017 and 13th on the Gold Coast 12 months later.
She is now in the process of deciding whether to make it four straight appearances in 2020, with the European Championships in Malmo – which she has also qualified for – due to take place at around the same time as the Worlds.
“I might do both, but I might just do one,” she added. “I have never done the Europeans so it would be to experience that at some stage.”
This weekend Paterson-Todd will compete at the Brighton Triathlon before heading off to Africa for another event.