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20 Athletics Report


My aim for 2013 was to
qualify for the duathlon
and triathlon World
Championships. It was a slow
and frustrating start to the year.
I carried a knee injury for two
months over winter caused by a
muscle imbalance and got back
into training in late February.

A few weeks after getting back
into the full swing I competed
Like all superhuman beings vets are ageless in the Cambridge Duathlon
(the National Championships
had an incomplete W45 team Our over 55s Andy Lawes and World Qualiier). After
but Rosie Ferguson ran 21:51 (19:56), Chris Pike (21:10) and a strong 1st run and bike, I
in 15th place on leg 1. John Turner (21:28) were a had a very tough 2nd run and
With 119 teams starting the very credible 22nd team. inished 2nd in my age group
men’s race our M35, M45 In all a good day was had by which was enough to qualify.
and M55 teams were in for all, thank you to Dave Cordell I was pleased considering my
a tough time, the younger for bringing the tent, much preparation. Next came the
age group had to run 6 legs appreciated! And to The Chichester Triathlon, a well
and our team of Adrian President and Ken and Mark organised event fairly local. It
Stocks (19:27), Ritchie Leccia for their support. It would was a cold swim at 14 degrees
(16:23), Fintan Parkinson be great to get more teams but I managed to put in a solid
(16:58), Richard Hall (18:15), out next year, it’s such a fab race and win by 8 min overall.
Gareth Evans (17:06) and event, so bear it in mind it’s The World Triathlon
Steve Cooper (17:20) did well around 17th May! Well done Championships were in
to inish 14th team out of to everyone who ran you did London so naturally that
43. Our M45 team of Andy us proud! was my target. I entered
Tucker (17:49), Neil Ayrton Anne Cilia the Chester triathlon in a
(21:16), Dave Beadle (18:15) bid to qualify. Top 5 would
and Steve Pairman (19:13) automatically qualify for the
inished 29th team. Anyone Worlds. I felt in good shape
who knows Neil will question for the race and conident.
his lap time but it seems he The swim was tough into
missed Andy completing his a current which felt like it
lap perhaps he should have went on for ever. I was 15th
gone to Specsavers!!, he’ll ish out the swim so I had
never hear the end of that! a lot of work to do. After a
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