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Cirencester Off Road Duathlon report
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Posted on: Tuesday 19th November 2013


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Organiser Lorraine Ferris reports from Sunday's Cirencester Off Road Duathlon.


Cirencester Off Road Duathlon - organised by Tri Ferris Promotions, 17th November 2013
2 mile XC run - 10 mile MTB - 2 mile XC run
also Novice/Youth 1 mile - 5 miles - 1 mile

The Cirencester Off Road Duathlon gives entrants a rare opportunity to ride in the picturesque setting of Bathurst's Estate, Cirencester Park, Gloucestershire, on trails usually reserved for horses. The fun event consists of a fairly flat cross-country run, followed by an undulating bike course on beautiful, wooded trails, with a sting in the tail in the last mile of sticky mud, followed by a sharp hill; then the same run again to finish.

The Youth/Novice event was won by James Williams, followed by brother Alex of Wells City Harriers. Karen Scott of Thornbury Running Club (17-39) was first female home in this fun event.

In the Long Event the military dominated the run with Dan Lewis of RAF Tri, ahead of Aled Jones of Royal Marines Tri and once on the bike course Lewis pulled away from Jones. By the second lap the fallen leaves and sticky mud were making conditions very tough but not for experienced local Richard Cross of Noah's Ark Bikes, who moved through the field to second overall and fastest bike split of the day. Dan Lewis flew through the second run to easily take the win, with Cross holding onto second and Richard Shephard of Spa Striders in third.

In the women's race Fay Cripps of South Downs Bikes delivered another outstanding performance to finish 12th overall and take the female prize from Leanne Tilley of DB Max and Petra Vymetalova of Cheltenham Tri.

50+ category winners were Jonathan Griffin of Cyclology bikes Trowbridge and Angela Hamer of Tri Team Glos, with local cyclist Ian Hamilton of Corinium CC, taking the 60+ title. In the relay race aptly name team ‘One Today', Graham and Ruth Wadsworth, celebrated their child's 1st birthday with a win and rushed off to the party after prize giving.

Whilst some were out to do battle for prizes, many were completing the event as a personal challenge; happy to get around the course regardless of speed and have fun doing so; every one a winner and already talking of the next Cirencester Duathlon on 9 February 2014!


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