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Macclesfield Off-Road Duathlon 2016
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Posted on: Sunday 7th February 2016

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It was "wet, wet, wet" at the inaugural Macclesfield Forest Off-Road Duathlon

Anthony Ward from Crazy Legs Events ( reports from the inaugural Macclesfield Forest Off-Road Duathlon which was held on Saturday 6th February 2016.


Macclesfield Forest Off-Road Duathlon report 2016

Wet wet wet are the only words to describe the inaugural event otherwise known as the Macclesfield Forest Off-Road Duathlon. 93 rather moist competitors set out on the first run and 83 of them managed to complete the course. Brutal and tough seemed to be the most used word on social media following the event.

The course consisted of a 7.5km, 365m fell run which took you up to the summit of Shuttlingsloe (the Matterhorn of Cheshire), a three lap 17km bike section mainly on forest paths but taking in a steep technical descent on each lap and finally a more sedate 3.5km trail run around the lower forest area. Although the short scrambling section had to be taken out, up the side of the brook due to the severe weather conditions and runners slipping back down.

The weather also affected the transition timings when the timing mats failed but the manual timing back up took over, with only a couple of times lost. Luckily the finish mats were fine so everyone got a result.

Macclesfield Off Road Duathlon

Overall winners were:

William Neill of Mercia Fell Runners who completed the course in 1:43:36, followed shortly afterwards by, Alastair Thornton of Macc Pro Cycling in 1:44:08.

For the ladies, Joanne Clay of Torq Performance came in at 01:59:49, with Kirsty Vogan in second place with 02:03:53 on the clock.

A big THANK YOU has to go out to the brave marshals and park rangers who helped out on the day. It wasn’t pleasant standing around in such conditions. Also many thanks to the team who manage Macclesfield Forest, they helped with the design the course and offered suggestions and feedback over the past few months. We are now in discussion about holding a second event in the autumn.

This was a new venture for CRAZY LEGS EVENTS, never having hosted an Off-Road Duathlon before, but it made a change from the track, Darley Moor Duathlons they host twice in the year. The feedback was very positive about the organisation and the course, despite some timing issues.


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