Varley & Pillage finish Euros with a flourish
Fotheringhay’s Jess Varley and Plymouth’s Myles Pillage finished 6th in the Mixed Relay on the final day of the 2017 Senior European Championships in Minsk today. In a field containing many athletes with more experience, including several Olympians, the young British duo held their own throughout the day to finish in a commendable 6th position.
Jess Varley’s Reaction
Both athletes were making their second appearances of the week having competed in the Women’s and Men’s relays respectively on the opening two days of the Championships and comparing the two competitions, Jess commented “I was really pleased with my performance today, particularly as my swim, fence and laser run were all better than in the Women’s Relay last week.
“I’m learning from each competition experience I get and it’s exciting to be improving. My swim today was a 100m PB and I’m getting more confident with my fencing. Today was my best fencing result in a senior competition and my shooting was good and running felt strong.”
Looking ahead, Jess concluded “I’m looking forward to another good training block to make sure my next competition will be even better.”
Story of the day
The day started with the swim, where good teamwork saw 19-year-old Myles and 22-year-old Jess record a time of 1:59.12, the fifth quickest in the field.
Jess and Myles, who teamed up finish 4th in the Mixed Relay at the opening World Cup of the season in Los Angeles then moved to the fencing salle where they recorded 17 victories and 23 defeats, picking up 195 points. It meant that the University of Bath based duo were 8th after the opening two disciplines in the Belarusian capital.
On a twisty and technical course, a strong ride, knocking just two poles down, saw the Brits score 269 in the horse-riding stage, moving them up a position ahead of the concluding laser run.
An impressive display on both the track and range from the British pair saw them pick up another place in the final discipline, crossing the line in 6th to cap a fine day in their first ever Senior European Championships.
The mixed relay rounded off a mixed Championships for Pentathlon GB athletes which started with Jess and Charlie Follett finishing 5th in the Women’s Relay on Tuesday and Myles and Bradley Sutton 11th in the Men’s Relay the following day. The individual competitions saw Kate French lead home the British women in 7th with Joe Choong the top placed man in 13th after food poisoning affected the men’s performances in their final.