Congratulations to Mr Simpson, our deputy head, who has secured his place to represent Great Britain in both the European and World Duathlon Championships next year. He competed in qualifying races in Derbyshire earlier this year to earn his place in the sprint duathlon discipline, which involves a 5km run followed by a 20km bike ride and finishing with another run, this time over 2.5km. He will take part in the 40 to 44-year-old age category in the events in Seville in March and Amsterdam in September 2020. Mr Simpson said “I am delighted and honoured to have earned a place on Team GB for the forthcoming championships, especially as my age group is one of the most competitive.”
Mr Simpson joins a number of colleagues at Giggleswick who have international honours to their names, including maths teacher and former national kayak champion Mr Keron and biology teacher Mr Atkinson, who is fly fishing’s reigning English National Rivers Champion. Mr Simpson will also be training with colleague Mr McGoldrick who is preparing for the 2020 fellrunning season after finishing in the top eight in his age group nationally in 2019.
In addition, he follows in the footsteps of former Giggleswick teacher Mr Scholey, who represented GB in triathlon’s European championships in 2011. Past pupils (OGs) have also enjoyed podium places in international multi-sport events. In 2011 Harry Coates won the 20 to 24-years-old category in the first ITU World Cross Triathlon Championships, and in 2013 Claire Lilley scooped a bronze medal in the duathlon world championships in her age group.