ESC Update - April 2016
The month started with Windsor Duathlon which was the National Championships for all age-group and elite athletes. It was great to see Steve Crowley, Ruth Wilson, Mark Conway and Brett Crossley compete within their respective categories and all of them perform well. With many of the performance squad elsewhere the talent squad athletes certainly stepped up to show their potential. In other races athletes from the South West picked up more good results, taking 3 out of the 4 qualifying spaces for the European Duathlon Championships a couple of weeks later. In the senior elite race James Travers took his first steps towards his goal of competing for Guernsey at the Commonwealth Games in 2018, by taking past in his first drafting race. A strong performance with a 5km PB on the first run has shown James has developed well over the winter and with a the swim to be added in for the triathlon season he should enjoy plenty more drafting challenges across the summer.
The month also saw Clare Fearns do her first duathlon of the season long with a strong 10km performance, Natalie Seymour out in a strong Kingston 8 mile run and an even better Eton Dorney duathlon in preparation for Mallorca 70.3 at the beginning of next month Colin Porter, Jon Waring and Mike Baptie all enjoyed a few sportive and Richard Greaves did his first 70.3 following his rehab from an Achilles/calf issue in Putrajaya.
Training camp wise, the final Academy and Paratriathlon camps of the winter are completed and now we're looking forward to an exciting season of racing!
Tip of the month Never give up when injured; focus on what you can do and get yourself strong for when you return.