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Posted on: Monday 23rd February 2015


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Ahead of this coming weekend's Challenge Dubai, British long distance pro Joe Skipper tested out his winter racing legs on Sunday at the Monster Racing Duathlon. Joe took the win by more than three minutes ahead of his training partner Lee Cook, while Charlotte Cook took top spot for the ladies.


The Monster Racing Duathlon sponsored by Revitaflex took place on Sunday, 22nd February. The event returned to Witchford Village College for the fourth year.

Monster Racing promise a fast and flat course perfect for shaking down the winter legs. 87 athletes clearly liked the look of Monster's promise and took part in the event, including male pro triathlete Joe Skipper. They followed the 5km run course taking in a disused WW2 airfield, before changing running shoes for their bike. They then cycled out into Fenland territory for 25km before a quick change back and heading off round the 5km run to finish. Sadly, the good weather order was not fulfilled and the athletes had a very chilly morning to contend with!

First across the line in the men's race was Joe Skipper in a time of 1:15:09. Second male was Lee Cook (Rock Estate), 1:18:21, and third was Nathan Risbey (Tri Anglia), 01:19:45.

The women's race was won by Charlotte Cook (Ely Runners) in 1:52:58. Second female was Tracy Canham, 2:02:27, and third was Rose Garner, 2:31:31.

First and second placed athletes won cash prizes donated by Revitaflex, third place athletes won a voucher donated by Zone3. All podium winners also won a nutrition pack donated by Profile Protein. Tasty race nutrition was provided by Hammer Nutrition and 9Bar and athletes were kept well hydrated by local Iceni Water.

Age Group winners:
16 – 24 - Marcus Widdess, 01:25:14.
25 – 34 - Jake Pye, 01:23:46, and Lauren Hull, 02:31:31.
35 – 44 - Carl James, 01:20:05.
45 – 54 - Chris Tye, 01:26:34. 55+ - Michael Osborne, 01:38:41.

Event photos are available www.ian-greenphotography.co.uk.

A Monster Racing spokesman said: “With this event being early in the race season it's a great way for the athletes to put their winter training to the test. As always it was good to see many athletes take part in our duathlon and some familiar faces returned, which makes us very proud! This event always attracts a mixed field, from first timers to pro athletes which makes a great atmosphere and fantastic viewing for the spectators as the top placed athletes battle it out for the top spots!”

Monster Racing have a busy race season ahead, with events taking place all across East Anglia. Detail and entries for all events are open at www.monsterracing.net

The organisers would like to thank everyone who helped marshal, all competitors, all safety and ‘behind the scenes’ crew as well all our sponsors. Thank you also to Witchford Village College for providing such a great facility.


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