Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Exmouth’s James Stewart finished in an impressive sixth place in his age group and 34th of 319 male athletes at the ITU World Duathlon Age Group Championships in Ottawa, Canada.
It was Stewart’s first race as a member of the Team GB Duathlon age group team.
He began the event with the 10k run which he finished in 36 minutes before taking on the 40k bike race, completing that section on one-hour-and-two-minutes.
He finished competition with the 5k race, completing that section in just over 19 minutes.
Stewart missed out on fifth place by just nine seconds and finished only 90 seconds off the bronze medal time.
By finishing as the second GB athlete in his age group he has gained prequalification to next years World Championships in Northern Spain.
He is now looking at the possibility of qualifying for the 2014 ETU European Sprint Duathlon Championships.
Since taking on his first duathlon Stewart has spent ten months training whilst also self-funded all of his racing exploits and admits that travelling all around the UK and going abroad to race has come at quite a cost, but believes that so far without any coaching he has yet to get anywhere near his potential and is very excited about the road ahead.
He has been a keen cyclist for just under three years and started road cycling in January 2011. In June of that year he cycled with a team of four from John O’Groats to Lands End and in the process helped raise over £10,000 for four different charities. He has been running for a little over a year and only completed his first duathlon in October 2012 at the Thruxton Duathlon where he won his age group at the first attempt.
Over the past three months Stewart has received fantastic support from Anna Maria Mazzieri at the Massage Clinic in Exmouth.
The next step for Stewart is to find a dietician to work with as he feels would help him add much needed structure to his training which will in turn mean that he is maximising the time that he has to train. He also believes that a well planned training programme will help him take major strides forward over the coming two years to enable him to challenge for future podium places at European and World Championship events.
Stewart currently trains around 10 hours per week over five days. He can often be seen at the Exmouth Sports centre – all his training is done on top of a 40-hour working week.
His number-one supporter is wife Naomi who travels with him to nearly every race and she is the first person James looks for at the end of every event!
Stewart is currently supported by three local Companies. The Massage Clinic, Exmouth Cycles and his employer Devon Signs. All three companies have their logos printed on all of James training kit and his GB race suit and are included on his facebook and twitter pages.
For more on the progress of the Exmouth athlete visit his facebook page at www.facebook.com/jstewartduathlon he is also on twitter under the name @jsduathlon