Eric Jones, Active Campus Coordinator, recently spoke to Luke Forshaw, a student on the HND Sports Coaching and Development course.
Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
My name’s Luke Forshaw, I’m 18 years old and race Enduro Mountain biking around the UK. I've been riding bikes for around 10 years and competing for around 7 years; I joined BASE in 2022 to improve upon my riding and get my Coaching Qualification. I entered the Strathpuffer to push myself in all aspects, it’s a different discipline from what I usually race, so I thought it would be a good challenge to start the year.
You recently competed in the Strathpuffer, can you tell us a little about this- what the event is and how you got on?
The Strathpuffer is a 24-hour Mountain bike race above Inverness it’s designed to be one of the UK’s toughest races, set in January with sub-zero temperatures it makes for a challenging 24 hours. I managed to grab second place in the U23 after a challenging race riding around 170km by the end. It’s definitely one of the hardest things I’ve done, however, it was a good challenge, and I’m pleased to have done it looking back on it.