Six members of Belvoir Triathlon Club were amongst 1,000 entrants at Rutland Water on Saturday morning, waiting for the horn to signal the start of the Dambuster Duathlon, a qualification event for the Duathlon World Championships in Spain.
The demanding duathlon started with a 10km run around the reservoir and across the dam. The bike leg, a slightly long 42km cycle around the spectacular Rutland scenery, was a good testing course and well suited to strong cyclists, with the undulating The Rutland Ripple testing everyone’s endurance levels. The final 5km run was straight out and back which led athletes back over familiar ground to the finish line.
First home for Belvoir Tri was Matthew Kingston-Lee who finished in a time of 2hr 14min 4sec, placing him an impressive eighth in his age category and 57th overall.
Adam Madge finished 61st overall and ninth in his age category. Adam commented: “I am happy with my performance although still feel there’s a lot more to come on the bike. This was my first standard distance duathlon so think I may have held back too much.
“Looking at the results, I’m fourth qualifier so I am hoping to have qualified for the World Championship in Spain.”
Brian Martin finished in a time of 2hr 41min 55sec, placing him 223rd and 17th in his age group (55-59).
Others: Andrew Spencer 2.37.22 (198th and 22nd in age group 50-54), Matthew Gray 2.42.23 (227th and 35th in age group 40-44), Wayne Searle 3.10.33 (304th and 67th in age group 45-49).
Further south, Mark Deans braved a very challenging Mudman Duathlon in Surrey in wet and cold weather conditions on Saturday morning.
The off-road duathlon included a gruelling and tough 7.5km run, 15km bike and 7.5km run around the MoD training ground in Camberley.
Dean commented: “The run and bike sections both included a splash through a water feature designed to test how military vehicles cope in high water. This was a shock to my system given that it was repeated five times throughout the race.
“This event was definitely not one for those looking to following set minute mile paces or beat PBs, it was a hard slog where finishing was the only desired outcome.”
Two female Belvoir triathletes ran The Longhorn in North Notts on Sunday.
Competitors ran the route on old military roads, cleared tracks through ancient woodland and grassed paths around Thoresby Hall country estate and Sherwood Forest.
Charlotte Ann Maider was very pleased to finish the marathon distance in a time of 4.15 and was fourth female and first in her age group.
Rachel Smith completed the half marathon distance in 2.50 and said: “I ran the race feeling freezing cold, had snow flurries stinging my face and was covered in mud, but I had great fun and really enjoyed the event.
“I was pleased with my time especially as I had five weeks’ forced break from running due to an injury.”