A Ribble Valley NHS worker has qualified to compete for Team GB in the World Duathlon Championships in Spain.
Sarah Ridehalgh, from Wilpshire and a proud member of Accrington Road Runners, will compete in the 40 to 45-year-old sprint category at the championships which take place in Aviles, northern Spain in June.
Sarah qualified for the World Championships after finishing second in her category in this month’s Oulton Park Duathlon.
“Finishing second in my first duathlon race was fantastic, especially as the competition was very tough,” said Sarah.
Sarah’s duathlon world championship debut will see her compete over a 5 km run then cycle 25 km before finishing with a further 5km run.
Sarah’s achievement in qualifying for the world championships is remarkable given the fact that she took up duathlon racing relatively late in her sporting career.
Previously a keen marathon runner, Sarah suffered a serious injury and was forced to stop competing in the gruelling 26-mile runs, but is catching up for lost time with a training routine which sees her cycle up to 100 miles a week.
“It will be especially hard in Spain as I will compete against experienced duathletes, some of them riding state-of-the-art carbon fibre bikes whereas I will be riding a normal street bicycle,” said Sarah.
“But there’s no time to rest. Before I race in Spain, my husband Anthony and I are cycling 1,000 miles from Land’s End to John O’Groats to raise funds for the Rosemere Cancer Foundation Chemotherapy Unit Appeal at Burnley General Hospital.”
To support Sarah and Anthony visit: www.justgiving.com/S-Ridehalgh.