A Gainsborough woman is heading down under, after qualifying for her second World Duathlon Championships.
Amy Grocock was the third British athlete in her age group to cross the line at Pontevedra in Spain on 1st June, in her World Championship debut.
The 32-year-old finished the 10km run, 40km bike and 5km run in two hours 33 minutes, in what she called an ‘emotional’ finish.
And her performance was enough to see her earn a second Great Britain vest for October 2015’s World Championships in Adelaide, Australia.
Grocock, who works at West Lindsey Leisure Centre, told the Standard: “It was amazing, even though it was very hot and the course was hilly.”
“The supporters were fantastic, everyone was shouting and I had a flag at the end to run through the finish section with – the crowds kept you going.”
A member of the Lincsquad, Grocock was taking part in only her second duathlon, and admitted her inexperience led to some pre-race nerves.
“I feel a bit deflated now that it’s over, but beforehand I was really nervous,” she said.
“There were people there with amazing bikes, people with a lot more experience than me.”
“But I did it, I was the third Brit home and I’m happy with that, it was very emotional.”
Accompanied to Spain by her husband Stuart, Grocock also counted on the support of her colleagues and some local firms.
“I got some sponsorship from Everyone Active, Gainsborough Engineering, Elliot Batty and R&E Electrical Limited and Steve Waplington.”
“And the members at the Leisure Centre, my colleagues, friends and family were fantastic.”
Her attention now turns to a trip to Australia, an opportunity too good to turn down.
“I will be taking up the offer of competing in Adelaide,” she said.
“Apparently this will be the biggest ever duathalon in the Southern Hemisphere.”
“It will be scenic views over the River Torrens, Adelaide Oval and Adelaide Hills.”
“I can’t not go.”