Old Girl Beats Indoor Triathlon World Record
Sunday, 01 November 2020
On the 1st of November, Emily Varley, who left Bolton School in 2012, raced against the clock to beat the Official Guinness World Record for the Women’s Indoor Triathlon.
The challenge involved swimming 400m in the pool (20 lengths), riding 20km on a watt bike (12.5 miles) and running 5km on a treadmill (3.11 miles). The total time also included the transition times between each of the 3 sections. Emily had to beat a time of 1 hour and 18 minutes!
The record attempt took place at Nuffield Health Centre in Letchworth before the gym officially opened to the public. Emily started at 7:45am attempting to beat the women’s record, and Jake Amos started at 10.00am to try and beat the men’s record.
Emily completed the swim in 5 minutes 38, she then ran to the bike and completed that leg in 31:14 (making her average speed 23mph), hopping off the bike and straight onto the treadmill she did her 5k in a time of 20:36. This gave her a total time of 58:21, smashing the women’s record, and almost beating the men’s record!
Reflecting afterwards, Emily said: 'As soon as you are finished you always wonder if you could have gone a little bit faster, or pushed a little bit harder, but nevertheless I really enjoyed it and it was great that so many people came out to support us! Thank you to everyone who helped make this happen, especially Jake Amos who organised it all!'
Not only did she, and her friend Jake break the world records, but they were also doing this challenge to raise money for Garden House Hospice Care, Letchworth. Garden House Hospice provides palliative end of life care and supports a community of over 250,000 people. Although Emily and Jake’s Just Giving page has already reached its target of £500, Garden House Hospice Care needs to raise £5 million every year to continue providing their free services to patients, carers and families, so any spare pennies will be much appreciated and can be donated here.
Whilst at school, Emily was a keen swimmer and was captain of the swimming team in her final year. The swimming team was very successful that year and became town champions . Emily went on to study Geography at the University of Cambridge, where she also took up rowing, football and a small amount of running. Emily discovered cycling through her now fiancé, Adrian Matthew, who raced for the University of Oxford Cycling club when they first met.
Emily has been back to the school a few times to help at careers events and Oxbridge events as well as join some of the alumni meals in London and Cambridge. She now works as a Business Analyst and Project Manager at the RSPB. Emily is happy to talk to new and old students about anything including Oxbridge, Sport and working in the environmental sector.
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