Barbara digs deep for podium place

CYCLE Club Sudbury’s Barbara Law has overcome the odds to win a bronze medal at the World Duathlon Championships in Spain.

The 67-year-old suffered a serious collision with a car at Six Mile Bottom during a time trial in July, which required her to have 14 stitches in her elbow and saw two of her fingernails ripped off.

But the Fordham Heath resident, who could not get back on her bike again until mid-August, clinched third place from a tough field of competitors in Gijon in the 65-69 age group category to seal a remarkable comeback from injury.

Her husband Terry Law, who helps with her training and maintains her bike, said: “There was a chance it would affect her confidence but it didn’t.

“She missed a lot of training and she could not even ride a bike again until mid-August.

“The competition was a lot stiffer than the European ones she has done so she was delighted she got bronze and she worked really hard for it.”

Law had previously won bronze at the event three years ago when it was staged in Italy and was able to equal her best performance at the championships, despite her injury, at the end of last month.