AMPLEFORTH College staff member Lisa Fenwick is gearing up for the ITU World Duathlon Championships this weekend.
Fenwick, 36, who started competing in triathlons and duathlons four years ago, was selected for the Great Britain age group squad for the event in Pontevedra, Spain, which runs from tomorrow (Thursday) to Sunday.
She qualified through a specific qualification race at the Morpeth Duathlon in April, and has since been boosted by sponsorship from bike shop the Giant Store York.
Fenwick, who fits training around working in the PE department at Ampleforth College, as well as her role as a coach at York Triathlon Club, said “I’m really looking forward to representing GB at the Worlds, and most of all I want to do the best for the team.
"On a personal level I want to make all the people who have helped me along the way proud.”
On her return from Spain, Lisa will continue to train and compete at other events and will also act as an ambassador for the Giant Store York, the Lord Mayor's Walk bike shop which has kitted her out and donated an aerodynamic bike - a Giant Propel Advanced 2 - worth more than £3,000.
Store manager David Trotter said: "Supporting local riders and athletes is really important to us, and we are confident we will see Lisa's personal best improve significantly on the award-winning Propel Advanced 2."
The standard duathlon at the ITU World Championships comprises a ten-kilometre run followed by a 40km cycle followed by a 5km run. The sprint version is half the size.
Fenwick will be one of eight Brits in an international field of 26 competing in the women's 36-40 age group over the sprint course on Sunday.
With a few big hitters out of action last Wednesday night, it was left to others to fill the podium spaces, and Paragon's Dave Thompson made his guest appearance count.
Thompson had not ridden the Wheelers' Malton to Pickering road course for a number of years but this did not put him off.
On a warm evening, he put in a fast time of 22 minutes 05 second - still a mile off the course record of 20-12 set by Peter Longbottom back in 1993, but good enough to win by 18 seconds on this occasion.
Second place was taken by Paul Hickman with 22-23, while Ralph Lilley was third with 23-36 - both setting season's bests.
Just missing out on the podium was non-aero rider Colin Baldwin but he still set a personal best of 24-22, perhaps aided by the lack of wind.
Dave Cook clocked 24-41, while Barrie Cappleman, in his first outing this year on the 10-mile course, was happy to time 25-16, but he was just pushed by David Capes, who clocked 25-21 riding a standard cycle.
Dave Frith crossed the line with 27-21, while Dominic Eyre, riding a standard bike with tri-bars and breaking a spoke while racing, finished with a time of 28-15 to bring back the lantern rouge.
The Wheelers' next meeting is tonight (Wednesday), at Swinton, with a 7.30pm start.