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Triathlete Clive, 66, joins world finals


AMAIDSTONE Rotarian has repre- sented Great Britain in a world triathlon event – with the aid of a replacement knee. Clive Bradburn (66) competed


against 70 other athletes for the world title in the 65-69 age group and was the eighth fastest Briton, finishing 20th overall. Clive, who had a knee replace-


menteight yearsago, performedat the ITU Age-Group World Champi- onships, part of the Pru Health World Triathlon Grand Final in Lon- don.


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The race consisted of a 750m


swiminthe Serpentine, HydePark, followed by a 40k bike section on closed roads passing Buckingham Palace, Houses of Parliament and Tower of London. The final partwas a 10k run around Hyde Park. Clive said: “It was a privilege to competewith the best in theworld and to represent my country was such a great honour. To ride my bike along traffic-free roads in cen- tral London was something I’ll never forget. “Thiswill bemy last triathlon, as


Idonotwant to aggravatemyknee replacement,which has servedme well. I urge anyone who undergoes joint replacement to maintain their fitness and make the most of their


Triathlete Clive


Bradburn (66), who represented Great Britain in the world triathlon grand final in London


revitalised lives. “I was grateful to my family and friends who came to watch me race and for all the good wishes I received from many others.”


Vets lose battle to save badger


A BEARSTED veterinary sur- gery fought a nine-hour battle to save this injured badger but lost the fight, despite lavishing care and the best attention on the an- imal. Liz Marks – senior veterinary


nurse at Bearsted Veterinary Surgery in Egremont Road – said: “It is unusual for wild an- imals like badgers to arrive here.Atthistimeofyearthey do fight in the wild, and this badger was a young female, 7kg in weight and clearly born this year.


“She had puncturewounds to


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her head and rump and proba- bly got hurt in a territorial fight. Usually we wouldn’t encourage the public to bring in badgers, because they will fight when they are injured and can bite savagely when approached and handled. “Wild animal rescue services


are the best option in most cases. This badger had been found near Sutton Valence and was so badly hurt she didn’t fight back. We tubed her stom- ach, gave her antibiotics and even rubbed glucose into her gums, but she didn’t recover.”


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