Hassocks teacher’s race experience thrills students

LVS Hassocks teacher Darren Ford at the European Duathlon Championships SUS-151205-130119001
LVS Hassocks teacher Darren Ford at the European Duathlon Championships SUS-151205-130119001
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Students have been bombarding their teacher with questions after he represented Great Britain in the European Duathlon Championships, in Spain.

Darren Ford, who teaches PE and sport at LVS Hassocks, which specialises in education for children with autism, finished 24th in his age category at the event in Alcobendas, near Madrid.

The Duathlon saw competitors endure a 10km run followed by a 40km cycle race and another 10km run – and Darren lined up alongside athletes from all over Europe.

His achievement was a source of great excitement for the students when he returned to school.

He said: “The learners were really interested in how I was training in the build up to the European Championships and all of them wanted to know every detail when I got back.

“It has definitely given them a close up look at what they can do if they put their mind to it.

“I have been able to show them that if you have a goal it doesn’t matter who you are or what age you are, you can achieve it”.

Regarding the Duathlon itself, he added: “Conditions were really tough as it rained so heavily, making the cycling especially treacherous.

“It was a fantastic experience though and I’m already waiting to see if I have made the team for next year’s European Duathlon Championships.”

Kira Brabenec, head of LVS, said: “With the social and emotional wellbeing of learners being one of the key areas in which we seek to develop their prospects, we are pleased to be able to provide sport instruction from someone who has competed internationally for Great Britain.

“This provides both technical and inspirational qualities which can only be of benefit in leading on the sports related qualifications here at LVS.”

Report and picture contributed by LVS Hassocks.