Four Belvoir Tri Club members were amongst a top quality field of 420 duathletes competing in the One Step Beyond Duathlon at Clumber Park, Worksop on Saturday morning.
This was the first qualifying event for the 2017 ETU Championships so impressive fast racing took place on an undulating course. Duathletes competed in one of two distances – the sprint distance consisting a 5kM run, 20kM bike ride and 2.5kM run or classic distance (10/40/5).
Brian Martin completed the sprint distance in 1hr 12min, placing overall 177th and fifth out of 22 in the M55-59 category. The classic distance was completed by Adam Madge in 2.05, ninth in M30-34 and 49th overall, Gerry Hyde 2.19, 21st in M50-54/146th, and Steve Squires 2.39.27, 37th M45-49/304th.
Seven members from the Belvoir Triathlon Club were amongst 1,500 runners at the Ashby 20 start line on Sunday.
Mark Wilson came in at 2.21.56, 134th overall, 130th male and 12th MV50. Sophie Stanley finished in 2.40.48 to place 360th overall and 71st female. Nick Payne, in training for an ultra marathon in a couple of months, came in at 2.45.50, 459th and 362nd male. Andrew Spencer recorded 2.50.20, 534th, 401st male and 65th MV50.
Lorna Fox came in at 3.23.43, 370th female and 82nd FV45. Louise Payne, in training for her Ironman event later on in the year, came in at 3.26.26, 386th female, and 185th FV35. Ruth Dunston had to pull out at mile eight with an injury.
Thirteen members took part in the Stathern Duathlon on Sunday, the first club championship event on the Belvoir Tri Club calendar.
The 5km run, 18km bike ride and 5km run routes went through the Vale of Belvoir, taking in the infamous short and sharp hill leading out of Stathern on the bike leg of the race.
Catherine Davies won the prize for first lady to finish overall.
Catherine said: “‘The run was a nice flat out and back, and even climbing Stathern hill wasn’t so bad because there was an army of cheering supporters waiting for you at the fork in the road. The final run was tough as we were all hot and tired, but the humour of the volunteers at the turn point and the friendly crowds who had ramped up their cheering carried me through.”
Results: Stefan Lawrence 3 1.14.42, 16 Ove Andresen 1.22.30, 18 Brian Martin 1.22.46, 23 Kevin Gench 1.23.40, 34 Blake Hutchinson 1.26.41, 37 Wayne France 1.27.08, 43 Chris Pugh 1.28.17, 47 Steve Squires 1.28.54, 50 Catherine Davies 1.29.41, 54 Mark Angeloni 1.32.10, 56 Neil Baldwin 1.32.35, 75 Alan Heathershaw 1.36.17, 82 Lucy Roberts 1.38.22, 90 Des Friel 1.40.09.
Stefan Lawrence, Ove Andresen and Kevin Gench were first, second and third respectively in the club championship. Catherine Davies was first lady, ahead of Lucy Roberts.
Belvoir Tri Club chairman Blake Hutchinson presented a signed GB triathlon vest to Alistair Knott, winner of the raffle at the duathlon. The club raised more than £500 in support of GB triathletes’ charity Inspire+.