Dorking and Mole Valley Athlete Elsa Palmer capped a successful season of competition by winning individual Silver and Great Britain team Gold at the Biathle World Championships in Batumi, Georgia. Biathle is a continuous run-swim-run event and Elsa, who is also a member of Leatherhead Swimming Club, competed over 500m/100m/500m event. Her GB team triumphed over the South African (silver) and Russian (bronze) teams. Also in the GB team was her father, Mark Palmer (also a DMVAC member), who won Masters GB team Silver and placed 5th individually. 35 countries and over 500 competitors competed at the World Championships. Nationally, Elsa placed 2nd in the GB Biathle Championships series, held at various venues around the country.
Most recently, Elsa won her age category at the Hever Castle Triathlon Festival, with her brother Joseph Palmer coming 2nd in his race category. There were races for all adult and childrens’ age groups (aged 8 and over) at several different distances. The triathlon festival claims to hold the World Record for the largest children’s triathlon.
Earlier in the season, Elsa competed in the prestigious English Schools National Track and Field championships at Gateshead International Stadium, placing 7th in the final. She followed her success at national level by winning Silver in both the 1500 metres and the 3000 metres track and field events at the South of England Championships, held at the Bedford International Athletic Stadium, home of Paula Radcliff’s athletics club (Bedford & County AC). She completed the track and field season in late August, placing 10th in the England Athletics Championships, also held at Bedford.
Elsa is now preparing to defend her titles, later this coming season, as current Surrey Cross-country and Surrey Modern Biathlon Champion.