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Hard work pays off as Rawdon man qualifies for duathlon
1:41pm Thursday 17th October 2013 in Local news
A manager at Airedale Air Conditioning has qualified to represent Great Britain in a duathlon – despite working long hours in the wake of a massive fire at the company.
Mark Dowell, 43, was determined not to let his training be affected by the fire at the Rawdon factory on September 6.
Despite long days helping get things back to normal, he still managed to stick to his training regime which increased from an average of six or seven hours to 11 hours per week of intensive exercise in the weeks leading up to the event.
And exactly a month after the fire all his hard work paid off when he qualified in the sprint distance race at Oulton Park, Cheshire, on October 6, with a time of one hour seven minutes. He will now represent Great Britain in the 2014 ETU Sprint Distance Duathlon European Championships for the 40 to 44 age group.
The Cheshire event was the first time Mark had attempted a short- distance event which involved a 2.7- mile run, 13-5 mile cycle race and further 2.7-mile run. His more usual, standard distance duathlon would see him complete a gruelling six-mile run, 25-mile cycle and three-mile run. Mark also competes in longer triathlons up to iron man distance taking 12 hours to complete.
Mark, who is a qualified Engineer with a Masters degree in Manufacturing Leadership, is a Business Unit Manager at Airedale.
As well as wanting to achieve peak levels of fitness, he is also fascinated by the science behind the sport which he believes goes hand-in-hand with his engineering background. Intense physical training is complemented by his scientific understanding and mapping out of how to maximise energy through planning the transition between each phase of the race, including aerodynamics, pace, gears, and hydration.
Mark, who lives in Rawdon, was cheered along on the day by his son, Sam, aged six, and wife Lucy.