Pauline Munro, legal director at national law firm Gateley’s Leeds office, will represent Great Britain at the European Duathlon Championships in Alcobendas, Spain, on Sunday, 26 April 2015.
Situated just 15 km outside Madrid, Alcobendas will play host to Europe’s top triathletes. In what is being deemed a challenging course, Pauline will compete in the Olympic distance event for her age group, where competitors will take on a 10km run, followed by a 40km bike, before finishing with a 5km run.
She qualified for the European Championships after finishing third overall and first in her age group at the Althorp Duathlon in October 2014. The Wetherby Athletic Club member made the switch to triathlon having had previous success in racing on the road, fells and cross country, representing Yorkshire and England at both county and national level.
Pauline commented: “Competing in the Championships will be very exciting. To be representing Great Britain is a privilege, and one that I’ve worked hard to achieve. Making the switch from pure running to triathlon has been quite a challenge, but competing in Duathlon and triathlon has given me the opportunity to represent Great Britain. To be competing against Europe’s
best triathletes is a test that I’m looking forward to.”
William Ballmann, partner and head of Gateley’s Leeds office, commented: “It’s exciting to have one of our lawyers compete in an elite event for Team GB. Pauline has successfully demonstrated it’s possible to juggle work, family and sporting pastimes successfully. She is thoroughly dedicated to her work both in and out of the office, and we wish her the very best of luck.”
Pauline will also be competing in Geneva at the European Sprint Triathlon Championships in July, where she will take on a 750m swim, a 20km bike ride and a 5km run.
Pauline recently joined Gateley to head the office’s new Regulatory team. Specialising in a range of areas including health and safety, trading law and standards, food and product safety, product recall and contentious environmental matters, Pauline has a proven track record having advised clients such as Leeds Bradford International Airport, Dunelm, Certas Energy UK, WM Morrison and William Hill.