Gainsborough’s Amy Grocok secures top ten place at ITU World Duathlon Championship

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Gainsborough athlete Amy Grocock secured a top ten finish at the ITU World Duathlon Championships.

She came 10th in her 35 to 39-years-old age group in a time of 2 hours 32 minutes and was the fourth British entrant home.

Amy said: “It was a tough day, the first few days in Spain was pretty cloudy, until race day and the sun came out.

“The standard distance race is normally 10k run 40k bike and a 5k run, however all the distances were longer.

“The first run was more like 11km, then each time you ran into transition it was another 200m each way.

“The bike was a mile longer and the final run was nearer 6k.

“I was more than happy with my time considering the heat and the extra distance. It was a hugely competitive age group with some semi elite age groupers.

“The first woman in my age cat was the first woman overall so I will take top 10 in the world, especially after the back end of last year when I picked up a stress fracture in my foot right before the World Championships.

“I will keep striving to improve my times and positioning. After returning home on a high I went to watch the Brownlees Triathlon elite race in Leeds, which inspired me more and I came home to enter the Hull 10k race to keep me focused.

“I came eighth female out of 1609 in a time of 41.36.”