Already a keen runner, cyclist and football player, Steven Barnes competed in his first Duathlon in January 2015. By March, he completed the British Duathlon Championships (Run-Bike-Run) event – and qualified for the Great Britain Team!
Quite an achievement in itself, but then you realise just how much work Steven has put into his own training schedule and nutrition plan, with the majority of training being consumed by his 20 mile round cycle commute to work starting at 6am every day. His total weekly training is 130 miles on the bike and around 30 miles running (makes us feel out of breath just thinking about it!)
Steven says: “To have the chance to represent Great Britain is something I am extremely proud of, and have always dreamt of. Just the thought of wearing the Red, White and Blue and competing against the world’s best athletes in this event sends shivers down my spine. It will certainly be my biggest achievement to date.”
The World Championships are taking place in October 2015 in Adelaide, Australia – although Steven receives NO funding whatsoever. He’s now looking to raise the £4000 needed to pay for travel and equipment and is asking local businesses for help with finance and promotion (sponsorship and advertising packages are available).
If you’d like to find out more and make a donation to Steven’s dream Great Britain Team journey, please visit his Go Fund me page.