Beating Dame Kelly set up series win for star Wilson

Alison Wilson receives her trophy from sponsor Stuart Burgess, of ACES, and organiser Rob Piggott, centre, at Alexandra Sports. Picture: Ian Burnett
Alison Wilson receives her trophy from sponsor Stuart Burgess, of ACES, and organiser Rob Piggott, centre, at Alexandra Sports. Picture: Ian Burnett
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Alison Wilson’s race one victory over double Olympic champion Dame Kelly Holmes set her on the way to Portsmouth Duathlon Series glory.

It was a memorable success and a key moment in the 2014 competition.

Wilson didn’t realise she was up against such an esteemed rival until she crossed the finish line.

But looking on back that success, with the 2004 Olympic 800m and 1500m champion in the field, it gave her the determination, as well as the confidence to win the popular run-bike-run series.

She did so in style with victories in race two and race three.

Wilson said: ‘When I got the first one I really stepped up my training.

‘I wanted to take it from there.

‘In the second race, I felt the pressure. There was a couple of fast ladies in it.

‘So it was good to win them all.

‘At the start of race one, I was totally oblivious that Dame Kelly was there.

‘After setting off I just saw this rapid lady fly past me.

‘I thought to myself “I’ll aim for second now” not thinking I would catch her.

‘Then I caught her round Eastney point on the cycle leg and still didn’t realise who she was.

‘Someone shouted “you are beating Kelly” but I didn’t realise who Kelly was.

‘Then I crossed the line, shook her hand, and still hadn’t realised it was her.

‘Someone kind of nudged me and said “you do realise who that is”.

‘I was like “oh sugar”. Then I went back and we had a chat.’

Holmes is taking part in a duathlon every month this year to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of her fantastic Olympic success.

She completed her March event in Portsmouth but didn’t take part in race two or race three because she had other commitments.

Wilson added: ‘She told me about her events and I had my photo taken with her.

‘Then I pulled out of the car park and nearly knocked her off her bike!

‘She just smiled and laughed.’

Wilson has recently moved to Southsea from Yorkshire.

She comfortably won by the series by 47 minutes and will be hoping to defend the trophy next year.

‘I will be back. It’s a great event, fun, and really well organised.

‘There’s no better place to do it than Portsmouth, along the seafront.

‘It’s a really nice, flat course.’