Seventeen year old Honor Rendall from Toppesfield recently competed in the European Aquathlon Championships which were held in Cologne in Germany in June. The Hedingham School Sixth Form student gained a bronze medal and did amazingly well against stiff competition from competitors from all over Europe. This was a particularly commendable achievement as Honor had not been training as much or competing over the last few months as she has been concentrating on revising for her AS examinations. Honor commented, ‘I was really proud and very excited to get a medal. All the hard training and trying to balance it all with my A level revision really paid off!’
Honor usually competes in triathlons and has already been selected for the GB squad but this was the only the second international aquathlon she had taken part in. Aquathlon is a multi-sport consisting of combinations of swimming and running. Races are continuous with no break between the two disciplines. Honor had to swim 1000m and then run 5000m. The swim took place in a tributary of the Rhine river (in wet suits) whilst the run was through the city of Cologne. The training schedule for triathletes is quite arduous and Honor has to try and fit miles of running, swimming and cycling into her week. She trains every single day after school and at weekends and usually tries to train for 2 disciplines a day so she really deserves her success!