Gainsborough duathlete Grocock wins at Scampton, as fundraising for World Championships in Australia continues

Amy Grocock
Amy Grocock

A Gainsborough woman has picked up another victory in her preparation for he World Duathalon Championships in Adelaide, Australia.

Amy Grocock was in action in the Scampton Sprint Duathlo on Saturday, where she crossed the finish line as the first lady home.

Grocock, whose husband Stuart also competed in the race, will travel Down Under in October for the biggest race of her life.

Before that she’ll travel to the Stockton Duathlon Festival in a fortnight to go up against the best in this country.

And the Gainsborough Job Centre staff member will take good form with her, after a fine performance at Scampton.

The race consisted of a 5k run, 21k bike and 2.5k run.

After the first running section Grocock found herself neck and neck with the leading lady.

But a strong bike leg put the Gainsborough athlete in the lead, and she went on to finish 16th overall, the first lady home.

Victory was made all the more impressive with the realisation that she had ridden with a slowly deflating front tyre.

Husband Stuart was 22nd overall.

The duo are campaigning to raise funds for her trip to the World Championships later this year.

She said: “I have to transport my bike, equipment and of course pay for flights and accommodation.”

“Qualification was the easy part, now it’s the challenge of getting there to actually compete.”

Grocock also works as a fitness instructor at West Lindsey Leisure Centre, which helps with her training.

“I generally prefer cycling and running, and as I’m a fitness instructor who runs seven spin classes a week, it’s easy to train for too.”

“The first few events I competed in I borrowed a bike and other equipment and suddenly realised I hadn’t been on a bike in years, it’s not the same as sitting on an exercise bike.”

“I do what they call brick training, which is running and cycling in quick succession which is a big commitment.”

If anyone wishes to sponsor Grocock or help fundraise to get her to Australia in October, visit her website at www.amygrocock.com for more information.