Just a year after taking up multi discipline racing, a Gainsborough woman is preparing to represent GB in the Duathlon World Championships.
Amy Grocock took part in her first sprint triathlon in May 2013, and at the end of this month will travel to Pontevedra in Spain to race against world class competition.
The 32-year-old won qualification for the GB team through her age category victory at the Stockton Duathlon on 27th April.
Remarkably, when she races in Spain in the World Championships it will be only the second time she’s entered a duathlon.
Explaining how she came to compete in the 10k run, 40k cycle, 5k run format, she told the Standard: “Last year I started doing sprint triathlons because my brother-in-law is quite into them.”
“I borrowed my nephew’s bike and did the Grantham sprint triathlon and ended up finishing sixth overall.”
“I then bought a road bike and took part in a couple more, winning my age group at Brigg.”
“I prefer the run and the bike so I looked at the Olympic distance duathlon and Stockton-was my first one – and I won my age category.”
Although Grocock was new to the sport, she did bring with her a high level of fitness from one of her day jobs.
“I work at West Lindsey Leisure Centre, taking spin classes, aqua aerobics, boot camps and things like that,” she said.
“From doing lots of spinning I’ve got the bike legs, and I like running – those are my strengths.”
Former Queen Elizabeth High School student Grocock has little idea of what to expect in Pontevedra, but is obviously excited at the prospect of racing in the red, white and blue of Great Britain.
“I’m up against a lot more experienced triathletes, and I’m really new to all this.”
“I just want to do as well as I possibly can and enjoy it.”
“The climate will be different, it was horrible at Stockton -on-Tees, so I imagine it will be quite a lot warmer.”
Grocock, a member of the Lincsquad alongside fellow Gainsborough triathlete Luke Mathews, is looking for sponsors to help her in a bid for glory in Spain.
Along with travel costs, she’s had to supply her own GB tri suit and other equipment.
Anyone interested in helping finance her trip to Spain can contact her at West Lindsey Leisure Centre on 01427 615169.