World Age Group Duathlon Championships, Ottawa, Canada, 10th August 2013

Nick Benbow proudly represented Great Britain at this year's World Age Group Duathlon Championships in Canada.

Nick joined athletes from across the globe gathered in Canada's capital, Ottawa, to participate in the 2013 ITU (International Triathlon Union) Duathlon World Championships. Over 27 Countries and 1000 athletes were competing across the various age categories. Nick and his twin brother Al were competing in the 55-59 age category, over the standard Duathlon distance, which involves a 10km run, a 40km cycle followed by a 5km run. Team GB also had in its ranks James Cracknell who was taking part in the 40-44 age group. Great Britain has a fantastic record in the event with many World Champions again present.

The race began early at 7.15am, and conditions were fair with the weather being bright but due to the proximity to the local lake the competitors were exposed to the elements, in particular the strong winds. Nick unfortunately had a recurrence of a calf muscle injury early on in the first run so was well below his best but still managed to finish in a creditable 29th place. His brother fared slightly better in 26th place. James Cracknell was 21st in his category. Overall Team GB won a hatful of medals including 17 Golds.

Nick commented 'What an amazing experience to represent Team GB on behalf of Kenilworth Runners. The atmosphere was fantastic and to be part of such a team was incredible. James Cracknell gave a very motivating speech as part of the Team GB briefing meeting which had the hairs on the back of my neck standing up. Marching in the Parade of Nations will also stay long in the memory as will being given a Union Flag to carry through the finishing line. It was frustrating to train so hard and then to be hampered by injury but to represent your Country makes you want to train even harder to do better next time. Thank you to everyone for their support and encouragement it certainly helped!'
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