[Press and Publications] Leicester Athlete Aims to Boost Medals Tally

September 2000

No 177

Just as sports buffs take a breather from the excitement of the Olympics, a member of the University of Leicester will be limbering up for another world championship.

Chris Mawer, a librarian at the University, is set to take part in the World Duathlon championships to be held in Calais on October 7 and 8.

Chris, whose partner, David Bellingham was assistant team manager of the British Olympic triathlon team in Sydney, will be hoping to add to the tally of medals Britain has collected in the sporting arena.

She will take part in the run and bike ride over a total of 55km - Chris has also taken part in triathlons in which swimming forms a third part of the sporting challenge.

She said: “Duathlon is governed by the British Triathlon Association, a sport I have been competing in for the last 15 years.

“I also took part in the 1st British Ironrace triathlon held in July 1990. When I finished that race (2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride followed by a full marathon, 26.2 miles), I became the 10th English woman ever to have completed that race distance.

“However, I have not really raced or even trained too seriously for several years due to bringing up my son - so it was quite a surprise after only the past year of recent training and competition to have regained the previous standards I’d achieved back in the late 80s/ early 90s.”

The selection race for the World Duathlon championships was held at Tadcaster at the end of August and was over the distance to be raced in Calais - 10km run; 40km bike; 5km run. The team places went to the first three past the post in each age-group and Chris won her age group by quite a large margin.

Chris said: “At last year’s World Championship, Britain actually won the Gold medal in my age-group so the pressure will certainly be on this year when the British Team arrives in Calais!”

She added: “I am grateful for the training advantages and local support I've benefited from - fellow athletes and friends at Birstall Running Club, Bowline Climbing Club, Leicester Tri. Club and last, but by no means least support from the Librarian here at work in the final few weeks build up to going to Calais.”

  • Chris is appealing for support with the race. Anyone who can help should contact her on 0116 252 2037.

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