Congratulations to Emily Burton who was crowned European Champion at the Duathlon Championships in Soria, Spain! Eight hundred athletes competed in the event which consisted of a 10 kilometre run, 40 kilometre bike ride through mountainous terrain and 5 kilometre run to finish.
The athletes had to contend with rain, hail and gale force winds and Emily explains that the treacherous conditions and slippery course made it difficult to stay upright on her bike. On finishing the bike stage, Emily had to empty the water out of her trainers before she could embark on the run to the finish. She battled through with the support of the Great Britain competitors and spectators who cheered her to the finish line where she won gold in the 18-19 Female age group in a time of 3 hours, 29 minutes, 46 seconds.
Emily, who is currently studying A Levels in English Language, Media Studies and Physical Education, said: “Representing your country is an incredible honour, but winning a gold medal for your country is something so special and something most people can only dream of. Standing on top of the podium was an incredible feeling and slightly overwhelming reflecting on the journey that I’ve had to get here.”
Emily adds: “The European Championships were my starting point for the 2017 season. I am taking a bit of a break from competing in the next few months as I have my exams to concentrate on. It has been difficult to balance training and studying, however, all of my teachers have been extremely supportive. Once my exams are over, training and competing will be my main focus until I go off to university in September.”
Emily will represent Great Britain in the World Championships in August which will be held in Canada, before embarking on a degree in Sports Journalism at the University of Gloucestershire.