Sandy bags bronze in first international
Blairdrummond athlete Sandy Holl is basking in the glory of his U20 World Championship Duathlon bronze.
The 17 year-old, whose older sister Jenny is a top cyclist at the British Cycling “medal factory” in Manchester, proved to be a hit at the event in Odense, Denmark last weekend.
The duathlon saw competitors tackle a 5.5km run, 20km cycle then 2.5km run through closed roads in the town and beyond.
And the former McLaren High pupil stunned everyone by finishing third in the U20 age group, taking home the bronze and finishing top British athlete in the category – at his first international event.
Sandy is a long-standing member of both Central Athletics Club and Stirling Bike Club, with the training and competing he has done for both clubs coming together effectively for the duathlon.
He is a relative novice in the event having previously competed in the Stirling Duathlon, but for the trip to Denmark he had qualify at an event at Oulton Park motor race circuit in Cheshire earlier this year before being selected.
He said: “I surprised myself in coming third but I am very happy with how well I went. You race at the same time as older age groups so there are lots of athletes around you when running – it is hard to know what position you are.
“The bike leg was great. I got into a group with four others and we worked well together. Then the second run – well that was just painful!”
Sandy has also qualified for the European Duathlon Championships in October in Ibiza.
Double bronze Sandy shares the third-place on the podium with fellow U20 Brit Lottie Knights, who also won bronze in her category