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Stannard the record breaker

The Fish dominated in Sheffield last weekend

One of our finest triathletes, Richard Stannard (aka The Fish), broke two European and five British Masters Records at the British Gas ASA Masters & Senior Age Group Swimming Championships in Sheffield last weekend.

He competed in five events – the 1,500m, 800m, 400m, 200m freestyle and the 200m Butterfy – and took Gold and set records in every event!

Richard said: “It’s been an amazing weekend. I was hit by a car earlier this year while training on my bicycle, breaking both my pelvis and my hand. It wiped out my triathlon season and made training impossible. I had to change my focus. It’s been very hard and to start my comeback with a weekend like this by breaking so many records is fantastic. I start running and cycling next week in preparation for next year’s triathlon season. I just hope my injuries have healed sufficiently and I do not suffer any further problems from the crash.”

Richard was very close to breaking the Masters world records in the 800m and 1,500m, and will be targeting these records early next year.

Profile image of Matt Baird Matt Baird Editor of Cycling Plus magazine


Matt is a regular contributor to 220 Triathlon, having joined the magazine in 2008. He’s raced everything from super-sprint to Ironman, duathlons and off-road triathlons, and can regularly be seen on the roads and trails around Bristol. Matt is the author of Triathlon! from Aurum Press and is now the editor of Cycling Plus magazine.