Andy Day (aka Daysey!) hailed a “fantastic start to the year” after picking up a bronze medal in the 2012 Double Enduroman in Lanzarote in February. Daysey braved driving winds to come third in the 40-strong race in Playa Blanca, on the south coast of the Spanish Island, running, cycling and swimming for more than 24 hours.
The race incorporated a 7.6km swim, a 360km bike ride, and double marathon (84.km), and Daysey completed the gruelling course in a time of 24 hours, 10 minutes and 46 seconds, one hour ahead of fourth-placed Anthony Gerundini (25.11:16), but nearly an hour-and-a-half behind Spanish Professional athlete winner Gregorio Morales (22.33:24) and 25 minutes shy of second-placed Guy Willard (23.45:46), from Wakefield.
Daysey said: “It was a fantastic start to the season for me. However, then we came home and had our bikes stolen, so that was a bit of a dampener – I feel kicked in the teeth a little bit.”
On the race itself, Daysey said: “It was a windy island that weekend, with 35-40mph winds as we cycled through the night; the swim was cancelled at the last minute due to rough sea and under-currents. The organisers then added a half-marathon before the bike leg, this worked to my advantage but not to others. I got blown off my bike at the turnaround at the end of the island. It was the second time the race had been held after last year’s inaugural contest and I intend to go back and hopefully win it next time.”
Daysey was originally only a cyclist, doing time trials, but started trying his hand at the endurance-based multiple disciplines 5 years ago. He said: “I started doing duathlons and I thought if I’m doing that, I might as well try triathlons and push myself as far as I can. I’m enjoying doing longer distances now and will probably attempt a Triple IM.”
Daysey, has represented Great Britain at European and World duathlon events, and has also represented the Great Britain Police team at the European Championships and other international events. He was the National Emergency Services Road Race Champion in 2010. He is currently looking for sponsorship, and anyone interested can email him at email@example.com.