I was in a small panic earlier – all had been quiet on the Matt Hallam front this weekend and then news pops through the letterbox that indeed he has been out annihilating the field yet again! Matt raced at the Derwent Duathlon held in the Peak District. There are two different runs, ie a 4.25km fell run up to the top of Derwent Edge and back and then a 7km out and back road run, however the athlete needs to choose which run to do first. The bike section in the middle is an undulation 29km around the reservoir. Matt chose the fell run first and won – AGAIN! – beating his own time by 2 minutes and beating the course record (also held by Matt!). Tremendous racing again!
Up to the Lakes and Tom Linton-Neal at the Grizedale Duathlon – Tom took 7th overall after finishing the bike section in joint 2nd/3rd with the second fastest bike of the day! A hard fall on the second run meant that Tom lost a few places and was knocked back to 7th. Further news this evening tells us that Tom’s big toe is broken 🙁 we really wish you a very speedy recovery Tom…
Lastly, Neil Midgley took to the Hardmoors 55 – a run race over 55 miles from Helmsley to Guisborough. We know he completed it…we have seen photos…just awaiting results 🙂
Saturday saw some fine racing from our athletes down at the Clumber Park Duathlon which was a qualifier for the World Champs in Spain in June for the standard distance and a qualifier for the Europeans for the standard and sprint distances for 2017.
Dry but cold conditions saw Claire Pickersgill out the blocks first over the sprint distance. Claire shot off in bullet style fashion over the 5k run into an enormously quick transition (something you could teach your team mate Jenni about!) before heading out onto the bike course. This was Claire’s 3rd outing on a brand new bike after snapping the frame of her beautiful now broken bike from throttling too much power through it up a hill on a recent training ride. Disappointed with her bike section, Claire had two fantastic runs which should give her great confidence for Kalkar next month. She finished 3rd in age group and 24th overall 🙂
Onto the standard. Jenni Muston had a great race, finishing 9th after the 1st run, 5th after the bike, 3rd for half of the last run then PIPPED into 4th lady overall by 8 seconds finishing in 2:16:14. Jen was 1st in age group, won a case of the Erdinger beer and ate coffee and walnut cake as therapy for missing out on 3rd as team mate Claire had so well put it.
It was Craig Boggon’s first race back in the UK after spending many months in Australasia. Welcome back Craig! Craig finished in a splendid time of 2:04:03, 34th overall and 2nd in a very tough and fast age group.
Back up to Yorkshire and Richard Knell-Moore and Ady Stott went head to head, near enough, at the Harrogate Nova 24. Rich popped a 1:01:02 and Ady a 1:01:08! Fast as!
Nice racing 🙂
Sunday saw some fine racing from our athletes in different areas of the country.
Jonny McLean had a fantastic race at the Trafford 10k, finishing in a time of 35:11 (5.41 minute miling) – absolutely fantastic racing Jonny!
Further down south and from what we understand in very foggy conditions the Bedford Autodrome Sprint Duathlon took place in 1 degree (!) and 25m visibility. Competition was high for Ryan Parry and Dave Morley, who both had excellent races over the 5k – 20k – 2.5k course. Ryan finished 23rd overall in a time of 57:01 (that includes a 16:31 5k) and 6th in age group (25-29) and Dave finished in 1:02:16, 103 overall and 11th in age group – cracking races!
A little further North and Matt Hallam raced again! For the third weekend in a row! This time at the Seagrave Charity Duathlon – a 5k run, 23k bike and 5k run. Matt was crowned king with yet another 1st and three and a half minutes ahead of the next competitor.
Finally, and from the ladies camp, Jenni Muston raced at the Spen 20, a notoriously tough running road race over 20 miles in Yorkshire. Quite a bit warmer than Bedford and with the sun beaming down, Jen was able to pick up a bit of a tan. A hard race, Jen finished as 9th lady, on track for a good London Marathon once she has full use of her legs again!