THE deputy headmaster of Giggleswick School is to represent Great Britain in duathlon in both the European and World Championships next year.

Maths specialist Anthony Simpson competed in qualifying races in Derbyshire earlier this year to earn his place in the sprint duathlon discipline, which involves a 5km run followed by a 20km bike ride and finishing with another run, this time over 2.5km. He will take part in the 40 to 44-year-old age category in the events in Seville in March and Amsterdam in September 2020.

“I am delighted and honoured to have earned a place on Team GB especially as my age group is one of the most competitive," said Simpson.

H joins several Giggleswick colleagues who have international honours to their names, including fellow maths teacher and former national kayak champion Pete Keron and biology teacher James Atkinson, who is fly fishing’s reigning English National Rivers Champion.

Simpson will also be training with colleague Mark McGoldrick who is preparing for the 2020 fellrunning season after finishing in the top eight in his age group nationally in 2019.

In addition, he follows in the footsteps of former Giggleswick teacher Alastair Scholey, who represented GB in triathlon’s European championships in 2011.