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Healthcare Student claims Hever Triathlon title

20 November 2013

PGDip Adult Nursing student Carol Bridge wins Hever Castle Triathlon Women's Gauntlet title

A student at the School of Healthcare Sciences has taken the Women’s Gauntlet title at the Markel Hever Castle Triathlon 2013.

Carol Bridge, a student on the PGDip Adult Nursing programme, appeared on Channel 4’s 4Triathlon programme, in which the commentator stated that she had “led the race more or less from start to finish.”

Half Ironman distance, the Hever Castle Triathlon is made up of a 1900m swim, followed by a 57 mile bike ride and finished off with a 13.2 mile run. The race was part of a national series of races that take place in castles around the UK and France.

Carol is accustomed to such races, having competed in triathlon since the age of 15. Earlier this year, she won the race in Chateau de Chantilly, which consists of a 1.9km swim, 90km cycle and a 21km run. She reports that she loves racing and is working to compete at the Commonwealth Games in 2014.

“I studied at Loughborough Uni as an undergraduate and trained with the British squad whilst I was there. Following Uni, I moved to France to race for a team called Poissy (a town just outside Paris). This was my first experience of living as a professional triathlete. I continued to race for them for 4 years.

“I now have my goals set at the commonwealth Games in Glasgow, but have yet to be selected. I will race early March to attempt selection. This would be the pinnacle of my career, and I am working so hard to try to achieve it!

“Work/Uni balance is sometimes difficult and can be stressful at times. Time management and absolute dedication are needed to succeed.

“I am currently part of Cardiff University High performance program who give me a lot of support, which I am very grateful for. I train with a combined uni squad at UWIC, coached by Andy Lane. Andy is as dedicated as I am to coaching, and has helped me so much in the last year.”

Sue Williams, Programme Manager for the Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing, said, "Carol has been an exceptional student and it is fantastic that the School was able to support her in balancing her training with her studies and clinical practice experience. Nursing is a strenuous occupation that requires drive, commitment and motivation; Carol has demonstrated she has an abundance of all these qualities and we wish her well."