Friday 12th May 2017
Abby scales European Duathlon heights
John Leggott College student Abby Scales recently travelled to Soria, Spain to take part in the European Duathlon Championships.
Competing in the 16-19 female sprint race Abby raced hard and managed to finish in an amazing 8th place. Pitting herself against some of the best racers on the continent was the ultimate test for Abby.
The sprint race distance incorporates a 5km run, a 20km cycle which is then followed by a shorter 2.5km run.
To be able to handle this short, intense race distance Abby had to increase her training in the run up to event. This meant taking part in training sessions 6 days a week, which included gym and track work, weights sessions, cycling specific training and competitions on a weekend.
“I really enjoy my training so even with the increased work it hasn’t felt like a chore.”
Abby completed the course in a total of 1:28:11, showing that her training had really paid off.
Conditions for the running aspects of the competition were ideal, with a flat run through parkland in Soria. It was a different story on the bike though, where a hilly course and strong winds pushed Abby to her limits. This was Abby’s first experience of competing on foreign soil, making her achievements all the more impressive. Her top ten placing has also provided brilliant motivation and inspired some lofty aims.
“I’m now aiming to qualify to compete at European level again next year, then ramping up my training to hopefully secure qualification to compete on the world stage.”
Abby was part of a strong Team GB that travelled to Spain.
Alongside her education and training Abby works as a care giver and as a catering assistant at a local country park. Despite the obvious challenges that Abby sets herself she is rising to them and doing very well at college.
“I’ve really enjoyed my time at JLC and chose to come here specifically because of the A Level PE course. The Sport team gave really pushed me to do my best.”