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Winchester Duathlon report
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Posted on: Monday 23rd March 2015


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The Try Tri events (www.trytri.co.uk) Winchester Duathlon took place yesterday (Sunday 23rd March), at Lainston House near Sparsholt. Check out the full race results and report below.


Winchester Duathletes trawl across the hills of Lainston

The Winchester Duathlon took place on Sunday at the picturesque setting of Lainston House for the first time, with the competitors having to battle against the not-so-flat lands of the Lainston grounds and neighbouring Sparsholt.

For the Standard course, the duathletes had to complete a 10k run consisting of four laps of the Lainston grounds, followed by a 41k cycle around the nearby villages, before returning to Lainston for a 5k run.

Southampton University's Peter Fuller won the overall event, completing the Standard course in a time of 2 hours 23 minutes and 31 seconds. The 20-year-old said: “The run course was pretty hilly so that was tough work, and the second part of the bike route was difficult as well. Four laps wouldn't be my favourite way to run a 10k to start with, but the scenery around here is fantastic.”

The Sprinters had to endure a 5k run, 20.5k cycle and another 5k on their feet; whereas those partaking in the Novice category completed a 2.5k run, 13k on the bike and then repeating the 2.5k run.

Reigning female Novice champion Emily Slavin, 20, was first across the line again this year: “I actually used to be a sprinter but over the years I've slowly increased my distances. I learned how to swim last year, and now I want to get involved in triathlons. The course really suited me as I actually like hills!”

Her Tri Team Wessex training partner Martin Andrews, 40, was the overall Novice winner with a very impressive time of 52 minutes. He said: “This is the second duathlon I've done and this course was much more to my strengths, it was a bloody good set-up too. I'm looking forward to Try Tri Event's Good Fri Tri in Oxford and I'm also competing in the May Day Tri again in Winchester. Those should stand me in good stead for the GB age-group qualifiers later this year."

The Sprint event was won George Payne, the day before his 21st birthday, who completed the course in a time of 1 hour, 21 minutes and 20 seconds. He said: I've been competing for less than a year but I've done a load of the Try Tri events as well as those with Southampton Uni.

“The route was nice, but it was very hilly which actually is sort of good - it makes it a bit tougher.”

Louise Gubb, 39, was the first woman to finish with a time of 1 hour, 33 minutes and 14 seconds. She said after the crossing the line: “The first part of the bike course was really nice, I managed to get some good speed up, but the second half was much trickier and hillier.

“This year I've been trying to concentrate on the sprints, trying to get my 5ks and shorter distance times up to get involved in some proper racing. I've got a couple of events booked in over the next month or so, but the season's started well!”


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