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Right Arrow Physio joins world’s top 20 duathletes
12 October 2011 at 15:58
Pain physiotherapist Dave Lovatt broke through his own pain barrier representing Team GB to come 20th in the Duathalon World Championships in Gijon, northern Spain.

Fifty-two year-old Dave, who works for Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust’s Community Pain Service at Ainsdale, near Southport, came 20th in his age category (50-55) despite carrying both a hamstring and Achilles injury. He finished in two hours 14 minutes, 11 minutes behind the winner.

The duathalon involves running 10km, cycling 40km and finishing with a further 5km run.

“I injured myself not long before setting off to Spain so who knows how well I would have done if I’d been fully fit,” said Dave, who lives in Halewood, Liverpool, with wife Joyce.

Liverpool FC supporter Dave also enjoys triathlons, skiing and athletics. He started competing in duathlons after having an operation his knee.

“I needed something less impactful so I started cycling and the duathlons took off from there,” he said. “I hope to keep competing and improving my position. There’s a duathlon category for people over 75, so there’s plenty of time!”

Issued by Tony Ellis, marketing and communications manager
Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust

Telephone 01704 704494

Notes for editors

1. Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust manages Southport and Formby District General Hospital and Ormskirk and District General Hospital. Since 1 April 2011, it is also responsible for many community healthcare services for adults in Southport, Formby and West Lancashire.