Martin Durrant

 

Martin Durrant is a 60-year-old retired GP who is one of 200 athletes racing for GB at the 2017 European Duathlon in Soria Spain on April 29th for his age category. http://www.triathlon.org/events/event/2017_soria_etu_duathlon_european_championships

  (Left Jim Cooper, Global Bike Director, Middle Martin Durrant, Right Jamie Rigby, Head Mechanic at Global Bike)

Martin was brought up in the 1960's in Derby, as the roads were quieter back then kids were often out on their own, from the age of 10 Martin would be out cycling with his friends. He then went on to Liverpool University and cycled from residence to the various hospitals in the region. Initially, he did it on a 3 speed Sturmey Archer bike, then upgrading to 6 geared derailleur steel frame bike. After that, he stopped cycling and developed an interest in running. Then, at the age of 40 Martin completed his first marathon in 3h 57 mins. At 50 he joined Tattenhall runners, and as a result, his performance improved, knocking 6 mins off his best half marathon time.

He then rediscovered cycling about 8 years ago. Starting a new job in Wincham, Northwich, he decided to cycle the 21 miles there and back every Thursday, weather permitting. His passion for the sport improved as did his bike fitness so he decided to compete in the Duathlon at Oulton Park. This was the start of things for Martin, he loved competing and pushing himself and was soon participating annually, sometimes even biannually.  Last October Martin was delighted when he found out he had qualified for the 2017 European Duathlon in Soria Spain.

The 2017 European Duathlon in Soria Spain is 3000ft above sea level and consists of a 10k Run to start off with then a 40k Bike ride and then finishes with a 5k run. Martin is a member of Tattenhall runners and that is where he has been doing all his training for this event and he also competes for Tattenhall Runners on road or cross country surfaces.

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     (Left Jim Cooper, Global Bike Director, Middle Martin Durrant, Right Jamie Rigby, Head Mechanic at Global Bike)

With this race the main chunk of it is cycling. Martin has been following British Heart Foundation advanced 10-week program as he feels it suits him best. When speaking to Martin he expressed that the two rest days a week worked well for him. However, he suggested that it isn't for everyone.

https://www.bhf.org.uk/-/media/files/events/training-plans/triathlon-and-duathlon-training-plans/duathlonadvancedtrainingplan.pdf?la=en

Martin has been having his bike altered and checked over by Global Bike in Tattenhall Near Chester to make sure it is all running smooth for all his practice rides as every training ride counts.

Martin had recently found out he has also qualified for World Championships in Canada in August so after Europeans he will get straight back to training for that.

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