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Monday, 14 March 2011 (3012985)
Triathlete ready to take on the world
by David Simister

A WEST Lancashire man will take on some of the world's finest age group athletes later this year after being chosen to compete for Britain.

Ian Roberts, from Skelmersdale, will be a member of the Great Britain Age Group duatholon squad for both the European championships, which take place in Ireland next month, and the world championships taking place in Spain in September.

Paul Atkinson, his trainer and coach, said: “This achievement was Ian’s primary aim for the 2011 season having been involved in a road traffic accident in April of last year whilst out cycling in preparation for the European triathlon championships, a painful but lucky escape that ended his 2010 triathlon and duathlon season.”

Mr Roberts, a PE teacher at Tarleton High School, is a member of Liverpool Pembrokes and Sefton Athletics Club, and is a regular competitor in triathlon races, which have helped him to qualify for the two duathlon contests.

Duathlon is an adapted version of triathlon, which involves cycling and running but excludes the swimming.


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