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Kat Grimmett says goodbye to Duathlon...

by Kat Grimmett
Tuesday 31st August 2010

Well I was planning to race in the Elite World Duathlon Championships in Edinburgh in September which would have been my last duathlon race before my move to focusing on marathon training and competing.

I went to Edinburgh last weekend with the GB team for a course recce. When I saw the descent it sent shivers up my spine, the thought of racing down Arthurs Seat 7 times with a bike pack made me think, “I can’t risk another crash and loose the opportunities ahead I have in running”. So I have made a rational decision not to race.

I will be saying goodbye to the world of duathlon racing and British Triathlon and come away with my head held high in what I wanted to achieve, a medal for team Grimmett and GB at an Elite ITU Championships, a bronze, amazing for me. I thank British Triathlon especially Rick Velati (coach) for the support I received and the tools he helped me build in becoming an athlete. Quit while I’m ahead and onwards to the world of running, my passion.

I have a new coach as I do loose support from British Triathlon when not racing in duathlon now, Ian Ladbrook also an England Athletics coach and team manager, I feel very privileged and lucky to be supported once again and I feel on fire to do my very best.

First race on the agenda will be the UK half marathon championships in Bristol on the 6th September and then my debut marathon in November in Spain. I am really excited for the opportunities ahead in marathon training and racing and will thrive to achieve my goals.

This last years experiences have routed in me that you really can achieve your dreams with pure dedication, support from others and a little luck…


About The Author

Kat Grimmett

I entered my very first run race in July 2009.  This was the London 10km race, I finished the race in second place, 19 seconds behind Catherine Nederba and 14 seconds ahead of Constantina Dita

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