Sandy bags bronze in first in­ter­na­tional

Stirling Observer - - REVIEWS - Don­ald Mor­ton

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

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