Rail Trail Duathlon & Mountain Bike Races

On The Pulse

Meet the ‘On The Pulse Team’ entered by Pulse Fitness - Alexandra for the Rail Trail Duathlon

We are going to follow their weekly training from now until the Rail Trail Duathlon on the 25 & 26th Feb.  


Camille O'Connor

"Hi I am Camille and I am completing for my second time in the Rail Trail Duathlon.  Last year I competed in a team of 3 women but this year have teamed up with my friend Mark Wellstead and we form one of the  Pulse Fitness sponsored teams called On the Pulse and are entered in the Mixed Teams category.  My role in this team is to complete all the cycling legs on Day 1 and 2.

My occupation is a Gym owner and Group Fitness Instructor at Pulse Fitness Alexandra and I am a mum to four energetic children. 

In my day – I have been a Semi-professional Netball player for the Southern Sting, Canterbury Flames and Otago Rebels.  More recently I have found a passion for cycling (both road and mountain biking) and have competed in a number of events from the Goldrush 3 day event, Wanaka Half Ironman, Lake Taupo Cycle challenge and the Naseby 12 hour race.

My job as a Les Mills Group Fitness Instructor keeps me pretty fit as I teach anywhere between 6-10 classes most weeks ranging from RPM, Body Combat, CX core training and Body PUMP. 

Goals for this event:  Personally I would like to be as competitive as possible in the Mixed Team category.  My Teammate Mark has certainly put the pressure on and I think he has high hopes for our team. I hope I live up to his expectations!"


Mark Wellstead

"Hello, I'm Mark Wellstead and I currently work in Western Australia for a mining company.  I have entered the Rail Trail Duathlon as the running part of the team “On the Pulse” with Camille O’Connor.

My aim is to try and get back into my running which I have neglected over the last couple of decades. I have always run to keep fit but have not competed in any races for about 20 years. As I am goal driven this has been the incentive that I needed to start to train properly.

I ran for my County in the UK where I grew up and I was always used to either winning races or being in the leading pack. My body has obviously not retained its racing snake appearance or speed from my youth but I will give it my best shot in training and over the two days of racing and will try not to let my team mate down.

My team mate Camille is very competitive so my training over the last month has been pretty serious. I have started to run twice a day every other day and I am already feeling that old addiction for running and it feels great to have a reason to train again.

My last month of my training will be in Western Australia with some of it being in remote areas where it is very hot and full of snakes, so not your normal running conditions, hopefully this will toughen me up enough for the race."


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