Father and son reach World Duathlon Championships

John and Ian Micklethwaite
John and Ian Micklethwaite

A father and son are heading to Australia after they were selected to take part in the World Duathlon Championships in Adelaide in October.

Ian, 44, and John Micklethwaite, 18, from Scawsby are heading to the championships after they qualified for the Veterans 45-49 and the under 20 categories respectively.

John, who attends Ridgewood School, qualified to represent Great Britain as a junior in the Duathlon World Championships in Canada in 2013, and finished sixth overall.

He then competed in the 2014 World Championships in Spain where he finished 10th despite being unable to train properly due to a knee problem.

Both Ian and John are members of Doncaster Athletic Club and John is also a member of Adwick Triathlon Club.

The pair are in their fifth year of taking part in this type of event.

“I played rugby for local team Wheatley Hills from being 16 years old - so over 25 years,” said Ian.

“As age took its toll I remained active but was just playing the odd game of veterans’ rugby.

“I started doing a bit of road running to try and keep the weight off and stay fit. I got reasonably good and was regularly in the top ten finishers in my veterans’ age group.

“After my first triathlon John entered a child’s race and surprisingly enough as neither of us was really any good we both finished nearer the back than the front on second hand bikes and not really knowing what we were doing.

The duo have been given a boost to their training thanks to Doncaster Culture and Leisure Trust who have sponsored them.

“We are really pleased that Doncaster Culture and Leisure Trust have sponsored us this year as we train for the World Championships,” said Ian.

“Having free access to all of their venues will really make a difference to our training. Although John is an up and coming athlete he receives no funding so this is of great benefit to him.”