Clumber Park Sprint Duathlon Nottinghamshire 21 / 03 / 15
The Clumber Park Sprint Duathlon was a qualifying event for the 2015 ITU World Sprint Duathlon Championships and the 2016 ETU European Sprint Duathlon Championships so the competition was tough with a large field of over 500 duathletes in total.
The sprint distance is a 5km run, a 20km bike ride and finally a 2.5km run. My first run went well and I came into the first transition in second place. The bike ride was more technical than some with restricted overtaking zones, narrow park roads and open main roads to contend with along the way, not to mention the occasional farm tractor!
My final run was the fastest of the day and I finished in 3rd place overall and winner of my age group. This result makes me an automatic qualifier for the age group World Championships later this year (for which I had actually already qualified), and for the European Championships in 2016, so a good result on the day.
To access the official website for the event click here.
Oulton Park Spring Duathlon 15/3/15 (Sprint Distance)
This event was held at the motor race circuit Oulton Park in Cheshire. It was my first duathlon of 2015 with a strong field, including the 2014 European Age Group overall winner, so a good test of my winter training.
The first run over 4.6km went off at a tremendous pace so I aimed to not lose touch initially and had a good transition on to the bike.
The 23km bike leg went well on a fast course and I felt strong despite the pace being hard.
The final run was also over 4.6km . I was very pleased to finish in first place by the narrow margin of 10 seconds in a testing early season duathlon.
For the full results of the Oulton Park Spring Sprint duathlon click here.
Inter Counties Cross Country Championships
Cofton Park Birmingham 07/03/2015
This event was the National Inter Counties Cross Country Championships held in Birmingham at Cofton Park over a distance of 12km. I was representing the North East Counties and the team event involved the first 6 runners for each team counting for the team result so essentially the team finished as the sixth man crossed the line.
It was a hard hilly course but in good conditions. I didn’t have the best start and had to work my way up the field from the back after the first lap, finishing 41st overall in a top class national field. My team mates ran very well with the North East Counties team having 5 runners across the line already, making me the sixth and final counter. We were the first team to finish and won a National Cross Country team gold medal for our efforts – a great result and an enjoyable day.
To see a more in depth report on the Morpeth Harriers website, click here.