Phil prepares to go for gold again this weekend

Phil Hogg from Heanor. Going to the Paratriathlon Championships
Phil Hogg from Heanor. Going to the Paratriathlon Championships

Heanor paratriathlete Phil Hogg will be going for gold when he competes in Liverpool at this weekend’s British championships.

Like David Ellis (see above), Phil gained gold at last month’s European Paratriathlon Championships. His success came in the Tri-1 category.

The race was the first competitive paratriathlon for Phil, who already has a fine reputation as a leading wheelchair racer.

Now he has turned his focus to this Saturday’s race in Liverpool, featuring a 750m swim, a 20km handbike ride and a 5km wheelchair race.

He said: “I knew my times were good going to Alanya but it’s about how you cope with other factors such as the heat, the stress, the other competitiors, but I really nailed it, kept my cool and was delighted with the result.

“My aim is to go for gold this weekend because I always aim to win every race I compete in. Even if it doesn’t pan out that way, I think you have to have that positive attitude. There will be some very good people I’ll be up against so it will certainly be a test.

“But what spurs me on is all the support I get from my family, coaches, the community and fundraisers. I also want to show that, while I may be 43, I can more than compete with the younger guys and that’s something that drives me on too.”