Conor Hancock sets out for the World Obstacle Championships in Ohio in three weeks time aiming for a top 10 finish.
And the 21-year-old scaffolder from Eckington has every reason to be confident.
For he goes on the back of winning the UK Championships in London in the 18k Dirty Dozen Destroyer race.
He finished 40 seconds clear of runner-up Stuart Parsons and said: “I’m happy with that. It was a very strong field and I won by quite a clear distance.” Preparations for the world event were slightly hampered by a bout of flu this week but Conor not discouraged: “I’ve got my fingers crossed for Ohio. I’ll be facing the best in the world but I’m aiming for a top 10 finish. And however I fare there are plenty of years ahead of me. Many don’t reach their peak until they are 36.”
Conor flies out to the States on October 22 and the competition starts on October 26.
His club Muddy Racers is still trying to raise sponsorship to cover costs for the World Championships and anyone who can help can email Conor: email@example.com
n Dirty Dozen Races are designed by ex-military personel with tough obstacles over challenging terrain.