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Moorhouse, Horgan win Powerman UK [Updated]
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Posted on: Sunday 11th August 2013


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Powerman returned to the UK today with the first edition of Powerman UK/Sherborne, starting on the terrace playing fields in what began as rain, but soon turned into a wonderful sunny day to complement the tough course the athletes were facing.

Great Britain's Matt Moorhouse was first back into T1 following the opening 10km run, closely followed by Denmark's Esben Kaczmarek. Not too far behind came David Vaugham (IRL), Harry Springall (GBR), Kevin Donagher (IRL) and Will Newbery (GBR) - with the steep and challenging clims of the Dorest country side awaiting.

Moorhouse used the challenging terrain to good use on two wheels and would go on to build a sizeable lead he would maintain until the finish and take the victory. Springall and Vaughan were able to close the gap on Kaczmarek over the 60km loop and the trio arrived in close order at T2, with the final 10km run to follow.

With Moorhouse a clear winner, it would be the Danish athlete who proved the strongest of the persuers on the final run, just getting the better of Vaughan who would secure his first Powerman podium after several years of racing regularly on the tough European circuit - the medals presented by the Mayor of Sherborne,

Marathon runner Amy Chalk - who also holds a 34:15 PB for 10km - was the first female through the first run, followed a minute later by multiple World and European Age Group Champion Danielle Stewart. 30 seconds later in third place was several times Irish Road Race champion Siobhan Horgan, who took second place last week at Powerman Geel. Horgan showed her strength on the bike and Chalk had no answer to her experience, as the Irish athlete turned around a small T1 deficit to a huge 10 minute tead at T2. It was a different story for Stewart though, who after a fine opening run was making her way to the head of the race before two punctures ruined her day.Undeterred, she kept going and finished with a smile on her face - albeit in an unfamilair 10th position.

Chalk however held strong and took second place - in her first ever duathlon, so we may see a lot more from her in the future. Charlotte Harris completed the women's podium.

With the Short course race over, the attention of the spectators turned back to the Long Course which had started first at 7 a.m. Mark Tickle was starting to eat into the lead that Michael Page had built up in the first run. He made light work of course and as the sun began to shine he took the lead and powered ahead to come back to transition two and a half minutes ahead of Page, a stunning turnaround.

Leading into the run, Tickle was starting to struggle and he was forced to pull out shortly after having been passed by Page.

Page pushed on and showed no signs of slowing down despite his lead, and crossed the line first in a time of 5hrs 33mins, with Andrew Brierley in second and Oliver Perez in third.

The woman's race was dominated by Team Freespeed athlete Catherine Faux and she turned in some of the quickest times of the day for both genders including a stunning 3:31:27 bike which was the second fastest overall on the day.

Athletes, vistors and the Mayor of Sherborne were all very pleased with Powerman Sherborne/UK and are looking forward to next year's Powerman race. The organisers, Events Crew lead by Richard Wallace and Brent Mitchell did an excellent job and created a new duathlon highlight in the UK.

For more informationvisit www.powermanuk.com.

Powerman UK - Sunday 11th August 2013
10km - 60km - 10km

Pos Men Women
1st Matt Moorhouse (GBR) 2:56:40 Siobhan Horgan (IRL) 3:21:57
2nd Esben Kacsmarek (DEN) 3:02:37 Amy Chalk (GBR) 3:31:46
3rd David Vaugham (IRL) 3:02:52 Charlotte Harris (GBR) 3:50:22
4th Harry Springall (GBR) 3:05:17 Kirsti Sharratt (GBR) 3:56:34
5th Phil Mosley (GBR) 3:10:17 Louise Dobby (GBR) 4:01:06
6th Nikalas Cook (GBR) 3:13:47 Vicki Sivertsen (GBR) 4:09:10
7th Will Newbery (GBR) 3:14:20 Anna Nile (GBR) 4:17:11
8th Kevin Donagher (IRL) 3:18:58 Shelley Norton (GBR) 4:26:02
9th David Cookson (GBR) 3:19:19 Sue Nel (GBR) 4:41:31
10th Mark Lawrence (GBR) 3:19:46 Danielle Stewart (GBR) 4:43:45

LONG COURSE EVENT: 10km - 120km - 20km

Pos Men Women
1st Michael Page 5:33:47 Catherine Faux 5:47:41
2nd Andrew Brierley 5:45:44 Tracy Cook 6:22:30
3rd Oliver Perez 5:47:41 Lucie Custance 6:43:48

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