Posted: Sunday, 26th April 2015

R P Superstructures sponsors local Team GB athlete Issy Peters

We are proud to announce our sponsorship of Issy Peters a local athlete and Mum of 2 competing for Team GB at an international duathlon in Spain this weekend. Issy is an inspiration to us all to get out and give it a go, because you never know where you might end up.  She ran her first marathon 10 years ago and has now competed in 28 events including an ultra marathon over a punishing distance of 100K.

She has had 2 children during this time and then had to overcome an infection which attacked her heart and stopped her exercising for months.

Good luck for Spain 2015 this weekend Issy from all the team and customers of R P Superstructures.

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Read more about Issy below;

This weekend I will be travelling to Madrid with my Bike and my running shoes; with my family in tow, I will be competing for GB in the European Age Group Duathlon Championships.  British Triathlon will be fielding teams across all age groups and there will be 6 of us in my age group from GB.  A duathlon consists of a 10km run, 42km bike ride, followed up by another 5Km run.

Although a short two-hour flight, this particular journey started on a cold morning last October in Northhamptonshire.  Althorp House home to Charles, 9th Earl Spencer and of course brother to the late Princess Diana was a magnificent setting for the qualification race.  There are three qualification races in the year and this was the last one. I was a late entry having only decided to enter in the summer. Althorp was to be my first Duathlon. For others wishing to enter Madrid this would be their last opportunity, so I was expecting stiff competition. A strong field of Athletes joined me on the start line for the first leg, 10km through the beautiful countryside around Althorp, the course was more cross country having had some heavy rain immediately preceding the race, this was then followed by the bike, thanks to the heavy rain the local roads were awash with field run off and mud, and somehow I managed to pick up a puncture in the first mile – due to a problem with my CO2 canister this took me a lot longer than it should have to fix – being cheered on by two BT engineers was a big help unfortunately they weren’t allowed to help as I would have been disqualified, a quick 5k run followed an incredibly muddy ride, and then it was time for home, a shower and a two week long wait to find out if I qualified.

Since that time I have been training hard, and much to my husbands chagrin I am now beating him at fixing a puncture and also on some of his favourite road bike climbs, I’m hoping that this will be a major factor in Madrid as the course is nearly pan flat, and combined with some hopefully smooth tarmac should make for a quick bike course.

This will be my second time competing for GB. In October 2012 I travelled to New Zealand to compete in the World Age Group Triathlon championships. After a heart infection in the summer of 2013, I decided to leave the world of multisports to concentrate on my first love – Running. Going back to my favourite discipline of Marathon running gave me a time of 3:24 in April last year, a respectable time considering we were awoken at 02:30 by a fire alarm, an hour later we were allowed back in to the hotel to try and get back to sleep.

I ran my first Marathon in 1995 and it took me 5 ½ hours to complete – previously vowing it would be a one off – I was completely hooked. Since then I have run a total 28 Marathons and one Ultra Marathon (100km) my fastest Marathon was in 2013 with a time of 3:12.

I am very lucky to have the unfaltering support of my husband, Steve, and our two children, Leanda (10) and Jojo (8). Leanda is a keen swimmer and swims at Surrey Sports Academy and Jojo takes after his dad’s love of cycling and is a member of Charlotteville Cycling Club in Guildford.

Issy Peters