Endurance success for Hereford's King family

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THERE'S been plenty to celebrate in Hereford's King household with international endurance success for husband-and-wife Steve and Kathryn King.

Steve is the new quadrathlon world champion after winning the title in Lincolnshire.

In the swimming, kayaking, cycling and running event, Steve succeeded German competitor Stefan Teichert as world champion, beating another Englishman Tom Stead into second place.

"My strengths are swimming and kayaking, so I made ground on those, held it together on the bike and had enough distance on the run," he said.

"To have the world championships in the UK is pretty good, to win it is even better."

Kathryn continued her warm-up for the world ironman event in Kona, Hawaii later this year with a podium finish at the Ironman Lanzarote event.

The arduous 2.4 mile swim, followed by 112-mile bike ride and a 42.2km run is considered by many to form the toughest Ironman event in the world.

But Kathryn completed the course in 11 hours 36 minutes, beating her previous best and on a much tougher course.

"Overall I am really happy with how my race went, the swim and bike in particular as I made significant improvements in both," she said.

"I have been working with Richard Danks as part of the Fit & Healthy high performance programme and also Bill Berry has provided technical advice on running and cycling, which has made significant difference to my performance."

Her time gave her a third place finish in her age group category.

"I have now had two podium finishes in my only two ironman events so far," she said. "This is all the more pleasing when I read that this year my age category was much faster this year than in previous years…"

Hereford also has the female world quadrathlon champion with Sharon Colley winning the women's title in Lincolnshire.

She beat German athlete Lisa Hirschfelder to take the title.

"Last year, Lisa beat me by 40 seconds, so I knew it was going to be a good race with her.

"I wasn't confident until I got to the finish line because anything can happen."

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