Running: Port Macquarie triathlete Harry Jones finishes in the top 10 in London

PORT Macquarie triathlete Harry Jones finished sixth at the Great North London Run last weekend.

While his result wasn’t a personal best, Jones was satisfied with his position in what he believed was a strong field.

“The result isn't bad at all considering last year’s winner was double Olympic and multiple world champion runner "Mo Farah",” he said.

Jones admitted conditions on the day were testing for the 10,000 runners.

“It was pretty hot for London – it was about 26 degrees,” he said.

“But racing in the UK isn't all that different to Australia – the only significant difference is temperature.

“It can be quite cool over here despite being summer.

“The last few days have been quite warm and been between 27 and 29 degrees. There tends to be quite low humidity as well, which is really nice for training.

“It does tend to be somewhat competitive as well.

“With the population being threes times larger than Australia, sports tend to be more popular and competitive during the summer season.”

Jones said the main challenge he had faced in the UK had been not having the luxury of a car.

“I know that sounds funny, but having a car does make a big difference,” he said.

“My only source of transport is a bike so I literally have to ride everywhere.

“Getting the groceries, getting to training, but on the other hand it's slightly increased my fitness on the bike.”


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