Cate rewarded with GB place

A Peak District athlete is to represent Great Britain in a European triathlon championship.

Cate Read, from Wardlow, near Tideswell, has been selected for the GB age-group squad to compete in the ETU Challenge Middle Distance Triathlon European Championships in May.

Held at Calella, on the Costa Brava in Spain, the event will involve a 1,900-metre sea swim, a 90-kilometre cycle race into the interior foothills and a linear run of 21 kilometres along the Mediterranean coast - a total non-stop distance of 112.9 kilometres.

Cate, a member of the Racing TNT Triathlon Team, has gained her GB place on merit following a string of outstanding times in triathlon over the past 12 months.

The 43-year-old, who uses the local Peak District countryside as the base for her gruelling training regime, has already achieved the status of number two in the UK in her age group for 100 metre swimming.