Richard Pitts, still fine tuning in preparation of for the World Triathlon Championships, went over to Cologne to take part in the European Aquathlon Championships, competing over a much shorter distance but nevertheless pushing himself to the limits. He declared himself “pretty happy” with this seventh position in his age group and second in for Great Britain. Taking just under 18 min for the swim he had his customary swift transition, getting his run under way in less than a minute, Pitts then completed the 5K run in 21:32, for an overall time of 40:24:99.