Local athlete Martin Fenton is gearing up to take part in the 2015 Adelaide ITU Duathlon World Championship next weekend.
Martin, 40, is travelling to Australia as part of the Great Britain squad where he will compete against 35 other athletes from across the globe.
The event begins early morning on Sunday 18th October in Adelaide – Saturday night in Driffield and consists of a five kilometre run, followed by a 20 kilometre bike ride, culminating in another two and a half kilometre run.
Martin, who lives in Nafferton, told the Wolds Weekly of his thoughts and preparations for the duathlon.
“I do train quite a lot anyway but I’ve done a hell of a lot more running than normal and cut down on the swimming that I do. For example in a morning, I will go for a park run.
“I’m in my fourth season of competing in triathlons at the moment but this is only the second time I’ve competed in a duathlon.
“The first time was when I qualified back in May at Clumber Park after my trainer Matthew Nelson suggested I should give it a go.
“I’m over the moon to get the chance to go to Adelaide to compete as I was aiming for the triathlon as well but I’ll give that a go next year.”
Martin is going over with his wife Katie and six-year-old daughter, Betsy, this weekend to give him a week to acclimatise.
The course will illustrate the picturesque city of Adelaide, highlighting the Adelaide Parklands and surrounds. The races will start and finish at Elder Park and will have the Adelaide City and River Torrens in the background.
Over 1,300 international and interstate athletes will be in attendance from 14th-18th, with Martin being just one hoping for glory on the Sunday.
“I’ve had a look at the competition and I know it’s going to be tough. I’d love to get a top 20 finish. That would be fantastic.”
Although a top 20 finish may seem like Martin is happy just to take part, he does have something that is likely to be somewhat of a hindrance during the race
“I have a ripped cartilage in my knee which is pretty painful, especially when I run. I’m due in for an operation when I get back.
“I got the injury a couple of years ago whilst I was out biking. I was originally told it was my patella tendon that was damaged but I had an MRI scan recently and was told I have a horseshoe tear.”
Despite stating that he is aiming to compete in triathlon championships next year, it may come as a surprise to many that Martin was unable to swim until four years ago.
He credits coach and fellow triathlete Matthew Nelson for teaching him how to swim and making him into the athlete he is today;
“Matthew taught me how to swim and since I first started swimming competitively, I’ve shaved three minutes off my swim time for triathlons.
“He’s always pushing me to get better. When we go out biking he’ll be 100 yards ahead of me shouting back for me to keep up.
“He was the one who suggested I should go for the duathlon as he thought I had a chance of representing GB which has turned out correct.”
Martin gave his gratitude to Matthew and would also like to give thanks to his masseuse, Peter Lilley, who ensures that Martin’s body is in the right condition.
Whilst Down Under, Martin, Katie and Betsy, are taking the opportunity to visit some friends they have over in Brisbane, Australia.
“We were planning on going over there at some point on holiday soon anyway so I said to Katie about trying to qualify for the duathlon world championships at the same time.
“Katie and Betsy have always been so supportive as well and it’s going to be nice to go over and see our friends and the championships are an added bonus.”