Olympic feat for Ascot triathlete
Published: 4 Oct 2013 12:300 comments
Suzanne Hedges only started competing in the triathlon in 2011, where a runners up spot in her first-ever event, the Windsor Triathlon that year, convinced her to carry on.
The South Ascot resident, of Llanfair Drive, has since had a string of impressive results, coming first across all age groups in the women’s event at this year’s Windsor Triathlon.
Her most recent success came in the ITU World Age Group Sprint Triathlon Championships in London on September 13, coming third, where she was only beaten by former World Championship and Olympic competitors.
“It has been incredible and I can’t really believe this has all happened. It was pretty cool to be on the podium in such a major race,” Mrs Hedges, who competes in the age 45-49 category, said.
“I have always been sporty but I had let myself go and it was horrible before I took up competing in the triathlon.
“I hate dieting so I thought I would do lots of exercise. After the past two years I have fallen in love with the sport.”
With her top performances this year, she has done enough to qualify for next year’s European Championships in Austria in June next year and the World Championships in Canada in August and September.
After her husband Jonathan, 53, and her two children Finlay, 10 and Phoebe, seven, go and support her in all her races, she is unsure whether to keep competing next year.
“There is a lot of patience from my husband and my children with coming to watch me race,” she said.
“However my husband does triathlons too so you could maybe see us competing in the same event next year!”
The sprint triathlon is roughly half the distance of a normal triathlon and comprises of a 750m swim, a 20km bike ride before finished off with a 5km run.