Spain trip is no holiday

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A relaxing time on a sunlounger will be the last thing on Katherine Davis’s mind while she’s in Spain this weekend.

Instead of flip-flops and a swimsuit, she’ll be packing her running shoes and race kit.

Katherine, 49 and originally from Blyth, has been selected to compete in the ITU European Championships Sprint Distance Duathlon – a 5k run, followed by a 20k bike then a 2.5k run.

She had to take part in a gruelling qualification race to reach the required standard for Sunday’s event in Soria.

Katherine, a member of North Shields Poly Athletics Club, who lives in Whitley Bay, said: “I wouldn’t have even attempted to qualify had it not been for the encouragement of the North Shields Poly Tri section and their belief that I was capable of reaching the standard.

“The qualifying event was the second duathlon I’d done. It was in Bedford on a motor racing circuit with tight bends and switchbacks, which because of my inexperience made me feel a bit nervous. This was made worse by the torrential rain and I was recovering from a cold so my expectations were quite low.”