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Newmarket athlete learned valuable lessons from ETU Duathlon European Championships




In terms of the result Di Farrell-Thomas was disappointed, but she is hoping that her debut at the ETU Duathlon European Championships is the start of something special.

The Newmarket-based athlete was representing Great Britain for the first time in Romania, where she had hoped to set a new personal best over the 5K run, 21K cycle and then a final 2.5K run.

However, it was not to be as Farrell-Thomas stopped the clock in one hour, 21 minutes and 57 seconds – a time that saw her finish bottom of the 35-39 Female AG Sprint category.

Di Farrell-Thomas. Picture: Mark Westley (13434317)
Di Farrell-Thomas. Picture: Mark Westley (13434317)

Nevertheless, the British Racing School employee still thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

“It is one of the best things I have ever done, despite being disappointed with my performance,” she said.

“Being part of a team, having all of the coaches there to pass on advice and expertise, that was not something I was expecting.

“I have never competed abroad before and it was great to be part of a team of people. I would love for this to be the start – hopefully I can qualify again next year.”

Farrell-Thomas also learned a lot from the trip and if she can implement the changes, then improvements should follow.

“There was a lot of things to remember and different rules that you do not get in domestic competitions,” she added.

“There was pressure to make sure you got those right but next time I will be more prepared for that. In the days before my event I also did a few tourist things, walking up a mountain, that sort of thing.

“It meant that when I got on starting line I felt quite tired and that was a real learning curve. When I sat on the plane flying home I ripped apart what happened and why I did certain things.

“I also need to focus more on training for the duathlon instead of spreading it across a few things. A lot of these things should be easy to change and hopefully they will make a big difference.”

Meanwhile, Farrell-Thomas’ fellow Newmarket Cycling & Triathlon Club member Gordon Irvine finished sixth in the 40-44 Male AG Sprint category.



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