Katie Ingram, a world class mountain runner who has been competing as a triathlete for just six months, will start her first ITU Triathlon World Cup race this Sunday (18 April) in Monterrey, Mexico.
Recently highlighted as the one to watch as part of our 2010 ITU World Championship Series preview (May issue), the 24 year old from Chorley is part of the trigold initiative, which aims to identify talented athletes with the potential to excel in triathlon. Now funded by Barrie Wells and the Wells Sports Foundation, Ingram is training full time at triathlon’s National Performance Centre in Loughborough. Her selection by British Triathlon underlines her rapid progression from talented runner and former county level swimmer to international triathlete.
Performance Director, Heather Williams, said: “This weekend’s ITU Triathlon World Cup event will give Katie the opportunity to experience racing at international level and provide valuable experience as part of her development as a triathlete.”
Phil Graves will also compete for Great Britain in Mexico, marking a return to ITU racing after a focus on long-distance racing in 2009 that led him to win Ironman UK.
British Triathlon will also have three representatives at the Antalya ITU Triathlon European Cup in Turkey this weekend. Harry Wiltshire, Nick Beer and Vicki Wade will race in order to gain valuable experience as part of British Triathlon’s overall athlete development strategy.