Current National Duathlon and Triathlon Champion Danica Bonello Spiteri has recently took part in the British Duathlon Championships, earning a very respectable 3rd place in her Age Group and 9th place overall in the female category with a total time of 2 hours 42 minutes.
Bonello Spiteri, fresh from her recent success in the European Triathlon Union Age Group championships in Eilat, competed against a number of seasoned athletes, which made it a hard race, as all participants were strong competitors. The first run, consisted of 12km of constant undulation and gravel paths, apart from the fact that there were no flat stretches of road, athletes had to battle strong winds. The Cycle consisted of further undulations and two steep climbs, whilst the down hills were winding and windy which made this leg very technical and hard. The last 4km of the run saw Bonello Spiteri start strong, but was however taken over in the last 800m but a fellow athlete who she had been running head to head with.
“This was a race definitely not designed for any beginners to gain any experience. The terrain and weather conditions made the race very tough for us” said Bonello Spiteri. “Having raced in the European Championships I guess I still hadn’t recovered fully, and did not have the edge in the last 800m but I am still very pleased with the result”.
Margaret Seguna, Mellieha AC Triathlete also took part in the race obtaining a 6th place in her Age Group. Seguna is fairly new to the sport and is using such races to build her experience for the next season. Seguna commented that this was the hardest race she has taken part in so far but was an excellent learning experience for her.
“Our athletes have shown a consistency in their performance as well as their commitment to gain the best possible experience which will enable Triathlon in Malta to develop further” said Cyp Dalli, President of the Malta Triathlon Association. “The fact that non-National Team triathletes are gaining experience abroad shows the commitment of our athletes and this is something we encourage strongly.
Bonello Spiteri’s next commitment will be the International Triathlon Union’s World Championship qualifier race to be held in Madrid on the 25th May, where she will be swimming a distance of 1.5k, cycling 38.5km and running a distance of 10km in what promises to be a very interesting race.