Is this the fastest family in the west?

June 02 2017

MEET the fastest family in the West - or at least in our bit of it.

MEET the fastest family in the West - or at least in our bit of it.

This mum, dad and son from Bitton are part of the Great Britain team that was successful at the European Age Group Duathlon Championships in Spain.

Neil, Michelle and Tom Kerfoot competed in the Sprint Duathlon, which consists of a 20km cycle sandwiched between a 5km and 2.5km run. 

They were in different age groups: Neil came 17th in the 50-54 age group, Michelle was 10th in the 45-49 group and Tom was 10th in the 16-19 category.

The family train at Longwell Green and Kingswood Leisure Centres, the gym and swimming pools to undertake their training as well as attending the triathlon club training session once a week.

As members of Team GB, they have been granted a year’s free membership at the Active Leisure Centres, run by the Circadian Trust.

Martyn Hinam, manager at Kingswood Leisure Centre, said: “We are really proud of the team for their brilliant achievements at the European Championships. It’s been great to be able to support them and see their hard work and dedication come to fruition. 

“We provide for people of all levels here at the centre, from complete beginners to GB athletes - I would encourage anyone with an interest in any sport to come and give it a go. You never know what you could be capable of.”

Neil said: “We had a fantastic experience in Soria. As a family, we have trained for triathlon and duathlon for the last seven years so we are really proud to have placed in the European Championships. A big thanks to Circadian Trust and staff at Active Centres for their support.” 

The team will be continuing their training and hope to qualify again next year.