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Cirencester Off-Road Duathlon report
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Posted on: Wednesday 18th February 2015


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Lorraine Ferris reports from the Tri Ferris Promotions (www.triferris.com) Cirencester Off Road Duathlon which took place on 8th February 2015.


At the age of 50, Richard Cross wins Cirencester Off Road Duathlon.

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.

Richard Cross of Noahs Ark bikes started steady on the first run coming into transition in 10th place, but once on the two lap undulating bike course he was in his element and soon came to the front. From then on he never looked back and crossed the line in 1:06:35, 30 seconds ahead of Robert Abrahams, of Westonburt Tri and Ben Lang of Bath. Cross has been competing at this event for several year and has finished in the top three several times but was never a winner until he reached the age of 50!! The female event was won by Berkshire's Jessica Brooker, with Swindon's, Deborah Ashworth hot on her heals.

In the youth/novice event Oxfordshire's Archie Scott lead from start to finish and was never challenged, whilst his sister Katie was second female to cross the line, just behind Jade Brown of Milton Keynes.

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; with so many saying they are looking forward to next Cirencester Duathlon on 15th November 2015.

FULL RESULTS

Richard Cross


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