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Father, Son and Student Gear up for World Duathlon Championships

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A Personal Trainer, who has just completed his degree at the University of Worcester, will be competing alongside his son and another Worcester student at the World Duathlon Championship this month.

Marc Scriven, who has just been appointed Manager of the University’s new Strength and Conditioning Programme, has qualified for the 50-55 age group category, while son Paul will compete in the 20-24 category, and Masters student Dan Geisler will compete in the 25-29 category.

The three have all been training together for the contest, which will see them run 10k, followed by a 40k bike ride, and then another 5k run. The competition takes place in Nancy in France from September 20th – 23rd.

Marc, who competed in his first World Championships 10 years ago and has not been out of the top 10 since that time, said: “We have been training every day and are really looking forward to this competition. It’s particularly special for me to have my son also competing, and fantastic that Dan has also qualified, so there’s a good Worcester representation.”

Marc’s 24-year-old son, Paul, a brick-layer in Worcester, competed in his first duathlon four years ago, and last year finished seventh in the world championships.

“It’s really great to be able to train and compete with my dad, even though we’re not in direct competition against each other,” Paul said. “I did a lot of running when I was at school at a national level and watching my dad compete in duathlons inspired me to give it a go.”

For Dan, a primary school teacher at Clifton-upton-Teme, it will be his first world championships and only his second season of competing.

“I’m really looking forward to it as it will be the first time I’ve really trained and prepared for something like this,” said the 25-year-old. “I got into duathlons through Paul, as we played football together. It’s a huge buzz that you get from it.”

Dan, who carried out his teacher training at the University of Worcester, is currently completing a Masters degree in teaching at the University.

Marc, who used to have his own chain of gyms in Worcestershire, has just completed a degree in Sports & Exercise Science, and will now go on to run the University’s new Strength and Conditioning Programme, which will run from the Worcester Arena, when it opens early next year.

“My role will be not only to support the academic staff but to also make sure students get all the technical assistance they need,” he said. “Ultimately we would like to work towards offering Strength and Conditioning qualifications that students can take alongside their degrees.”