The discipline of Duathlon isn’t usually the first thing you think of when you mention athletics. Much like a Triathlon, but without the swim, athletes must run, cycle and run again in an event which tests your stamina, dedication and grit.
Sergeant Peter ‘Oz’ Ellis is a Royal Air Force Aircraft Technician Mechanical Instructor based at RAF Cosford. He is also a RAF Duathlon competitor and one of over 600 RAF athletes who compete under the RAF Triathlon banner.
When asked what it takes to complete a Duathlon Sgt Ellis said, “It does take a lot of dedication, training in both running and cycling and of course the gym. Ultimately it’s striving to always be better, always be quicker than your last event.”
With Team Great Britain and Northern Ireland doing so well at the 2016 Rio Olympics, the Brownlee brothers winning Gold and Silver this week, it’s not a surprise that the British athletes are something of an inspiration to duathletes and triathletes back home. “It is such an inspiration to look at all the different athletes from all the different sports [in Rio]. There’s so much to gain from seeing the different performances, what they’re achieving and how they go about achieving [those results].”
There are a number of ways to get into both Duathlons and Triathlons whether you are a complete novice or a more seasoned athlete. There are the RAF’s ‘Try-a-Tri’ events that run throughout the year. The next one being on the 14th of September at RAF Cosford.
Sgt Ellis’ next stop is Sweden to take part in the start of the Duathlon World Series. An event in which he won last year and is hoping to repeat that result this year.