Massive congratulations to our very own national champion, Ben Price, who recently won the Tri England National Duathlon, having placed first in both his age group and the overall competition.
Ben is a geography teacher and Housemaster at Dean Close, who looks after the pastoral welfare of 61 boys in Dale House. Father of two, Ben, is a great role model for the boys, fitting in his gruelling training schedule around his 6-day a week job. The boys are great supporters of their Housemaster, often asking about his committed training sessions and big race experiences. Ben is a great believer in working hard and it is a mantra he tries to instil in his boys both by example and in word.
The race was hosted by Active Training World at the beautiful Ashridge House and involved a challenging course with the opening 10k run mainly off-road, an undulating 44km bike leg and a final run of 5km. Ben, a Cheltenham Harrier who has represented GBR at elite level for duathlon in the past two years, took the pace on early in the first run and managed to open a 30 second gap going into the first transition. From there he never looked back, extending his lead on the bike over his nearest rivals before running the fastest final run leg of the day to finish two minutes ahead of the pack.
After the race, Ben said: “I am really pleased with this result because it is part of my build to Powerman Spain in Majorca in late February and so I wasn’t expecting to go quite as well just yet. To win a national title is absolutely brilliant, especially against such quality opposition.” Ben will take a great deal of confidence from this result into the elite duathlon race in Majorca which will feature competitors from all over Europe.