Junior endurance athlete Matt Howard was left disappointed with his 8th place finish at the British Triathlon Championships held at Edinburgh last weekend.
A top 10 finish against the best 40 athletes in Britain would be a fantastic result for most, but not so for this highly competitive North Somerset AC youngster.
A strong swim saw him out of the water in 3rd place, which he held onto throughout the bike ride. With his sights set firmly on a podium finish he then suffered a serious stitch for the duration of his run and watched painfully as one by one his main competitors passed him by.
However, the South West region took the team title which provided some compensation for Matt, and the GB selectors will also have noted Matt’s efforts for sure.
Pain etched in Matt’s face during run!