Hucknall veteran is crowned British duathlete champion -- at age of 55

WHEEL OF FORTUNE -- veteran duathlete and triathlete Pete Orme, who is now a British champion.
WHEEL OF FORTUNE -- veteran duathlete and triathlete Pete Orme, who is now a British champion.

Age is no barrier to the sporting prowess of endurance athlete Pete Orme, of Hucknall.

For Orme, who turns 56 this year, has combined miles of non-stop cycling and running to be crowned the British duathlon champion for his age category.

And now he is training for an event that includes a full 26-mile marathon and a 112-mile bike-ride on the same day!

That event is the Outlaw Triathlon, to be held at the National Watersports Centre in Holme Pierrepont on 26th July. Just for good measure, it also includes a 2.4-mile swim!

However, Orme’s latest success came in the slightly less demanding discipline of duathlon, and the British Championships, which were held at Clumber Park.

A run of ten kilometres was swiftly followed by a 40-kilometre bike ride and then a further five-kilometre run. Orme romped to victory by a full four minutes in the 55-to-60-year-olds’ age-group, to follow up a bronze medal he won at the British Off-Road Duathlon Championships earlier in the year.

“I was very pleased with my performance because I have been out of action for most of the season with injury,” said Orme, who lives on Wighay Road in Hucknall.

“I broke my elbow after coming off my bike last year, and I have been suffering with Achilles tendon problems.

“In fact, I’ve still got pins in my elbow, so my training has been restricted. What’s more, during the bike ride, my shoelaces snapped!”

The training Orme speaks of must be unique because he carries out his running drills alongside his two pet dogs, border collies Kodi, who is three, and Kai, who is 16 months. The pair are following in the hoofprints of his original partner, Ben, who died of liver cancer at the age of 13 in 2012.

Ben helped Orme win a silver medal at the European Duathlon Championships in 2009 and then tackle the World Championships the following year. Now Kai and Kodi are helping him prepare not only for the Outlaw event but also for the European Triathlon Championships, to be held in Geneva, Switzerland in July.

Orme is one of more than 100 members of the Balanced Performance multi-sport club based at Hucknall Leisure Centre and run by Chris and Helen Aulton.

“In my opinion, it is now one of the best clubs of its kind in the Midlands,” Orme enthused. “It caters for runners, cyclists, duathletes, triathletes and long-distance swimmers across a range of ages and abilities. Chris and Helen do a great job.

”Some of the club’s duathletes, including Jonathan Marshall, Matthew Coaker and Paul Wass, actually beat me at the British Championships, competing in younger, more competitive age groups.”

Balanced Performance organise all kinds of activities, including open-water swimming, and host the annual Hucknall Sprint Triathlon, which is scheduled this year for Sunday 28th June.