Slideshow: Mitchinson third in duathlon event

PUBLISHED: 12:36 16 April 2008 | UPDATED: 22:26 26 October 2009

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HATFIELD police officer Dave Mitchinson has a new bike – and believes this is the reason for him finishing third in the National Duathlon event held at Emberton Park in Milton Keynes. The format of the race was a 10km opening run, followed by a 40km bike

HATFIELD police officer Dave Mitchinson has a new bike - and believes this is the reason for him finishing third in the National Duathlon event held at Emberton Park in Milton Keynes.

The format of the race was a 10km opening run, followed by a 40km bike ride and finished with another 10km run, and the local bobby was pleased with his performance on Sunday.

"I come from a running background, so originally this was all about trying something new," said former British half marathon champion Mitchinson.

"I'm pleased how things went and believe the new bike played a massive part in me getting third place."

Having been let down by a sub-standard machine in previous races, Mitchinson decided a change was needed if he was to be a front runner in the event and sought sponsorship.

And local cycling shop Shorter Rochford in Potters Bar came to his rescue by sponsoring him, giving the opportunity for a new and improved machine.

"Going into the race I wasn't sure how much difference the bike was going to make to be honest, but I knew there was going to some enhancement," said the 29-year-old law enforcer.

"Yet it made all the difference, and going into the final run I was in fifth place, a massive improvement on previous events."

With his new equipment, Mitchinson is raring to go, and next up will be the British Elite Championships held at Parc Bryn Bach in Wales this weekend.

He is aiming to finish in the medal positions, which could lead to bigger and better things.

He said: "I will be hoping to finish in the top three at this event, and with any luck will then be selected for the Euro Championships to be held in Greece.

"My aim though is to make sure I am selected for the 2010 World Championships, which will be held in Britain. It would be a great achievement."

With only four months experience in the dual-discipline event, the future is looking bright for the Times Territory policeman and his new bike!


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