Clitheroe’s Nick Dinsdale finished seventh at the European Triathlon Union and Cross Festival in central Transylvania, and second British competitor.
His performance was even more remarkable as he has inflammatory arthritis and was advised he would never compete again!
And it could be been even better but for a rear wheel puncture on the first lap of the cycle section.
Nick represented Great Britain in the 60-64 agegroup in the City of Targu Mures, Romania, in an event which included both the Cross Duathlon and Cross Triathlon age-group events and Elite events.
Cross relates to off-road riding on a mountain bike over rough terrain, and similarly running off-road.
The Cross Duathlon involved running 6.2km with severe climbs, followed by 20km cycling on a very technical and hilly course, followed by a 3.1 km run.
Nick suffered the puncture on the first lap of the cycle section and lost approximately eight minutes through having to change the rear tube.
After the first run, he was in fourth place, and first GB competitor, then dropped down the field after the puncture.
Consequently, he had to thread his way back through the field.
He said: “I take Anti TNF injections every week to suppress my immune system to control the disease. This makes training very difficult and necessitates a careful balance between rest and training.
“Therefore, under the circumstances I am very pleased with the performance.”
Nick would like to thank NJD Sports Injury Centre for the Core/Pelvic Rehab Programme, The Personnel Training Group for the Sports Science advice and body-fat monitoring, Secret
Training for the Nutritional Strategy and his wife for her support during his many hours of training in preparation.
Nick will compete in the National Duathlon Championship next October at Oulton Park.