DUATHLON: Sapperton’s Sheard is British champion

Seamus Sheard on the bike leg at Windsor.
Seamus Sheard on the bike leg at Windsor.
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A King’s School student from Sapperton has become British Duathlon champion.

Seventeen-year-old Seamus Sheard emerged as under-20 age group champion following his winning performance in the British Duathlon Championships, held at Windsor.

The Windsor Duathlon standard distance race (10km run/40km cycle/5km run) was the first UK domestic championships of 2016, featuring more than 750 of Britain’s finest age group duathletes.

A member of Sleaford Triathlon Club, Seamus completed the event in 2hr 17min 15sec, a time that also saw him finish 103th overall, despite poor conditions with a boggy transition and mud causing issues for many competitors.

This win followed up his inaugural Team GB international performance last October when he competed at the 2015 ITU Duathlon World Championship in Adelaide where, although out of the medals, he finished a creditable 17th in his group and 117th overall.

His next goal is to qualify for this year’s ITU World Triathlon Series Grand final in Cozumel, Mexico.

Speaking after the event, the King’s School sixth former wished to thank his club coaches and local sponsors who have provided both support and financial assistance over the past year, enabling him to reach the point he is now at, and commented: “I hope this is the start of another exciting season and can’t wait to see what else I can achieve.”