SOUTHWELL Running Club member Pam Dutton is a keen cyclist and swimmer alongside her running and in recent months has competed in a number of triathlons and duathlons (run bike run).
Late last year having participated in a duathlon held on Darley Moor race track Pam qualified for the European Duathlon Championships in Venice in March 2023. Pam’s training included cross country race and weekly track sessions alongside intervals and social running with Southwell Running Club. Much of Pam’s winter biking was on her indoor bike trainer and local trails. Pam commented that closer to the event she also frequently practised hopping on and off her bike whilst moving, to try to speed up the transitions between run-bike-run.
Arriving in sunny Venice and noting that the temperature was just right, Pam was excited and ready for the event. The sprint duathlon began with a 5km run through the little town of Venice-Caorle followed by a 25km bike ride through the fenlands over quirky little wooden bridges, and finished with a 3.5km run.
Pam’s overall time was 1hr 22mins placing her first in her FV65 age category for the event and gaining her a European Championship gold medal. An amazing result!