Halsey looks ahead to World Championships
PUBLISHED: 08:58 24 August 2013
WELWYN Garden City endurance athlete Craig Halsey is hoping for big things after blitzing Bedford’s Aquathlon trials to qualify for the Great Britain 30-34-year-old age group at September’s World Championships in Hyde Park, London.
The 34-year-old completed the Box End course, consisting of a 750 metre swim and five kilometres run, in a time of 29 minutes to finish sixth and ensure his spot in London on September 11 along with six other rivals.
Now, despite being faced with a 300-strong competitor field at the championships, he is excited about challenging the world’s best in his first major aquathlon event.
“If I can finish in the top 10 I would be ecstatic,” said Halsey.
“It is my first one but I am as prepared as anyone else so there is no reason why I cannot be near the top of the standings by the end.”
Halsey, originally from Bedfordshire before moving to Hertfordshire after meeting his partner Debbie three years ago, has dedicated many years to physical pursuits, having run in 15 marathons across the UK and competed in three gruelling iron-man events and numerous triathlons.
However with his time now torn between fronting his own personal training company, Kineo Fitness, and his love of physical fitness, the former builder believes his choice to focus on the two-event aquathlon rather the more time-consuming triathlon is one that could pay dividends in the future.
“I have done all the bigger events and having started my own company back in January I just decided it would be more viable for me to drop the cycling part of endurance racing and concentrate solely on the running and swimming,” he said.
“This is purely down to time constraints really but I think it will help my body stay a little less worn because of less stress of extra training.”
Although in his mid-30s, the athlete feels there is no time-scale on his competitive career and hopes for many more appearances on the national and, furthermore, global stage.
“With all the facilities I offer at my company it is easy for me to keep in tip-top shape in order to be able to compete in these events,” said the former tri-athlete.
“I feel in my prime right now and I can see myself competing for the foreseeable future. I have a full 26-mile marathon in Abingdon in October to try and get the standard to compete in the 2014 London Marathon.
“There are many more challenges ahead and I want to continue to complete them for as long as possible.”
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