TRIATHLON: Stathern Duathlon decides Belvoir club championship

Marijke De Groot crossing the finish line in her first duathlon at Stathern.
Marijke De Groot crossing the finish line in her first duathlon at Stathern.
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Twenty Belvoir Tri Club members were amongst 123 athletes on the start line of the Stathern Duathlon on a very windy Sunday morning.

The event also marked the Belvoir Triathlon Club Duathlon Championship, now a firm event on the club calendar.

The sprint distance duathlon took on two 5km runs on an out-and-back course and followed the same route. Between the two runs was an 18-mile cycle ride. The race started on Main Street from where competitors ran on to Harby Lane and out of the village, and left on to Stathern Lane, under the railway bridge and right on to Canal Lane before commencing the return to base.

After athletes mounted their bikes, they headed through the village and out on to Mill Hill to Eastwell where they continued along Belvoir Road, and at the junction opposite Belvoir Sawmill they cycled on to Woolsthorpe Road, opposite Belvoir Castle car park. The route continued along Long Lane back to Stathern where they began the final leg of the race, the second 5km run. Competitors finished back in Stathern crossing under the finishing gantry on the transition field.

Marijke De Groot experienced her first competition wearing Belvoir Tri Club colours and it was also her debut in duathlon. She crossed the line with a big smile and said: “This was my first duathlon ever. The wind was strong and horrible which made the bike route tough. I loved the friendly atmosphere and thought the event was well organised. I had such great support from my fellow Belvoir club mates.”

First Belvoir members and club champions to cross the line were Adam Madge in 1hr 12min 26sec, Adam Jackson 1:12:43 and Stephan Hobday 1:14:02. Female club champions were Sophie Hunt 1:27:34, Louise Hyde 1:36:51 and Claire Hardy 1:40:08.

Club field results were provisional at time of going to print: Steve Perks 1:17:51, Gerry Hyde 1:18:14, Rob Hipkin 1:20:01, Paul Davies 1:21:17, Mark Wilson 1:23:29, Mike Hipkin 1:23:50, Wayne Searle 1:24:41, Chris Pugh 1:26:52, Ove Andresen 1:28:17, Oliver Wood 1:28:31, Steve Squires 1:28:37, Des Friel 1:32:51, Alan Heathershaw 1:34:09, Marijke De Groot 1:42:17

Lorna Fox raced the Clumber Park Standard Duathlon on Saturday.

The standard distance consisted of a 10km run, 40km bike leg and finishiedwith a 5km run. The race took part in the beautiful woodland grounds of Clumber Park. Both run sections took place on fully closed tarmac roads and featured a steady climb at the outset, which meant a downhill finish on the run to transition and the finish line.

The bike course tested athletes’ strength as the roads pitch from climb to descent. Lorna completed the race in a respectable time of 3:02:42 and commented: “This was a challenging duathlon but I enjoyed the race and despite the high calibre of athletes around me, I managed not to come last in the women’s standard category.”

Louise Payne and Ruth Dunstan did the club proud on Sunday, competing amongst 1,500 runners in the 29th Ashby 20-mile road race hosted by Ivanhoe Running Club.

The scenic two-lap course was undulating and run mainly on closed roads, and was ideal preparation for an upcoming spring marathon.

Louise commented, “Ashby 20 is a tough run and it was windy. Ruth and I ran it as a practice for our ultra-training, so tested a run/walk strategy. Because it is two loops, you know what you have in store for yourself on the second half, but the support is amazing. The marshals are great and it’s all worth it for the hoodie and cheese sarnie at the end.”

She added “I struggled over the last 10km and Ruth helped me through to the end.”

Louise and Ruth completed the 20-miler in four hours.