I was so excited when I heard the event was taking place on our very own iconic Newcastle Quayside and had decided to take part in the Sprint Duathlon. To be chosen to be an ambassador was the icing on the cake. Newcastle Quayside always has a great buzz no matter what is happening so this event promises to be a resounding success. I am a huge supporter of all of the Events of the North events as both a volunteer and participant.
I’m in the middle of a busy Triathlon and Duathlon season so I’m really not sure what to expect. I would like to do well within my age group, but its also about having fun, enjoying the moment and helping others along the way. I’ve encouraged a few of my friends to enter as their first multi sport event. I’ve been helping them train so will be there to encourage and support them.
I’ve got typical age related Osteo Arthritis in my hips and knees so probably the hardest part of the training is my running. It’s tough on the joints so I have to watch what I’m doing, too much and I’m in pain not enough and I stiffen up. I’ve just cycled 300 miles down the Danube so my knees are crying out for a rest.
I started running when I was 59 so I could do the GNR before I was 60. I joined Blyth Running Club and haven’t stopped since and had so many proud magical moments since.
From winning my first club handicap race, from being part of a winning Ali’s Aces team, from finishing my first Disney Princess Races in Florida to my first Triathlon and a podium place…
There’s been so many proud moments but I have to say my crowning glory has to be qualifying to represent GB Age Group for the 2020 World Championships Sprint Duathlon in Holland. It was my dream for 2019 to gain qualification but never thought I would be good enough so I can’t wait to put on my GB kit and wave the Union Jack above my head
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