ATHLETICS: Grantham’s Gerry competes for GB in Duathlon Worlds

Gerry Hyde
Gerry Hyde

A member of Grantham Running Club represented Great Britain in the Duathlon Age Group World Championships in Ottawa, Canada, last Saturday.

Keen runner and Ironman Gerry Hyde (pictured) qualified in the Sprint 50-54 age group at Althorp in March and was part of the 190-strong British team competing over Olympic and Sprint distances of the run/bike/run event.

Race day was warm and sunny, although a strong, swirling wind made conditions challenging. Following the first 5km run, Gerry was third Brit into the first transition and lay 10th overall in the field of 25. After a solid 20km bike leg and second fastest second transition of the race, he gained places to eighth going into the last 2.5km run.

He fought hard on the run and managed to hold off the chasing pack of US athletes to finish in ninth place overall.

l Grantham RC had several of their members at the sharp end of Friday’s evening Sleaford 10km race around the village of Scredington.

Dave Hay finished fifth with a time of 38min 39sec. Holly Durham was second lady in a personal best of 42.39, closely followed by Penny Hodges who was fourth lady in 45.54.

Picking up the prize for male veteran 60 was Grantham Athletic Club’s Keith Measures in a season’s best 46.28. in front of John Bainbridge who clocked 51.35. GRC’s Chris England, in his first season of running, lowered his personal best by almost two minutes to finish in 56.52. Tilly Ireland completed the line-up with a time of 68.25.

l GAC’s Arthur Short enjoyed one of his best runs of the year to finish 12th in a quality field over a tough Askern 10-mile course. His time of 61.09 was his best age graded performance at the distance.

Also taking part was team-mate and fellow veteran Phil Hall whose time of 87.14 signalled a return to form after recent injuries.