BAPR grad takes gold at Duathlon World Championships

BAPR graduate James Coleman, 28, raced to victory at the Duathlon World Championships held in Ottawa, Canada.

James, who graduated from BU in 2007, raced for Team GB’s 25-29 year-old category having only taken up running in 2007 when his internship required him to sprint to the post box to deliver mail. He partly credits the success to finding his running legs at University through ‘daily runs on the beach’.

“To win a medal is amazing. I was thinking if I made the top ten I would have been happy.  I am over the moon. Everything came together at the right time,” he said.

In addition to a winning athlete, James heads up the sales team at National News PR Specialists 72 Point.

A duathlon is a race that includes two disciplines, typically running and cycling, and James explained how he was keen to take his competing one step further, “Now I may take up swimming and see what I can do in the triathlon event.”

He also offered this advice to students: “It’s amazing what you can do if you find something you’re good at and fine tune it to then become the best in the world. With a support team, encouragement, training, dedication and sheer determination and belief, then most goals are achievable!”

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