Saturday 7th March was the European sprint duathlon championships, held in Punta Umbría, Southern Spain. Jason Williams took part in the GB age group team, 45-49 category and the race had 28 men in his group.
Two laps made just shy of 5k (4. 7 miles) and he was lying in 6th place.. Quickly out of transition and on to the main road for the 20k, draft legal, bike section. Having been dropped off the leading group by the end of the run Jason found himself riding solo for 5k and working far too hard.. eventually getting caught by the group behind and he was then able to sit in for the next 5k. Most of that group were in a younger age group and a lap ahead so as they peeled in to transition he was left in a group of 6 and that’s were the real hard work began..
3 Brits (including Jason) and 3 Spaniards.. 3 angry Brits, giving the 3 tactically lazy Spaniards a verbally hard time as they refused to take a turn.! Thankfully all 5 of those in the group were 40-44 so he was still in 6th as he left transition for the final time and pushed to run the single 2.5k lap and up the blue carpet to cross the line.
6th 45-49, 71st from 321 men overall and 3rd brit in my age group, which gains an automatic qualification place for 2021 championship.
Jason now has 6 months to get as fit and finely tuned as he can for the ITU World sprint duathlon championship in Almere, Netherlands.
Jason can be seen in the photos minus his bushy beard sporting a more aerodynamic look!