This was an early season duathlon event held at Bedford Autodrome, a fast, flat race track which gives fast bike times and is a popular event attracting a field of over 250 athletes. The conditions were wet however so careful bike handling was needed on the tight bends.
Carl ran the first 5km leg with Tom Crouch, a duathlete who also competes in the French Grand Prix series through the summer months. They ran together and worked as a pair in the 20km draft legal bike section at the front of the main field. before Carl pulled away on the second 2.5km run to win by 31 seconds in a time of 53 minutes and 45 seconds.
A good early season race prior to the start of the duathlon races in France and the British Elite Championships (also to be held at Bedford Autodrome) in April. And only a day after the Inter Counties Cross Country race so a testing weekend of training and racing.
The Inter Counties Championship marks the end of the cross country season and is an important event in selection for the World Cross Country Championships for the top athletes. This year it was held at Prestwold Hall near Loughborough.
Morpeth senior men ran well to win both the 6 and 9 man team events. Individually, Carl ran a superb race to finish 10th overall.
Morpeth Harriers website has this extract:
A superb team performance saw the regions Senior Men take the six-man title in their 12k event for the seventh time in succession, and the thirteenth time in all since the competition’s inception in 1926.There was certainly dominance attached to the North-East performance, when it was also revealed that they had won the nine to score award in addition.Leading the squad home was Jonny Taylor of Morpeth Harriers, who was well up with the race leaders on the first of three circuits, that were now well churned up following the previous nine events. Taylor for his part finished ninth, a placing which also gave him second place in the UK Challenge listings, behind race winner Andy Vernon of Aldershot, and representing Hampshire, who finished in fourth team place, behind the North East, second placed Surrey and third placed Middlesex.
Carl Avery (4556) in the Senior Mens race on Saturday
Second home for the North East was Taylor’s Morpeth Harriers club colleague Carl Avery, who ran superbly to finish tenth and only three seconds adrift. Nick Swinburn made it a Morpeth Harriers 1,2, 3 at the helm of North East team affairs when finishing in 22nd place, just six seconds and one place ahead of the regions fourth counter Phil Wylie of Cheltenham.