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Monster Racing Duathlon 2016
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Posted on: Monday 7th March 2016

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Liz Heselwood reports from the Monster Racing Duathlon (, which took place on Sunday in dry, but rather chilly conditions.


The Monster Racing Duathlon sponsored by Revitaflex took place on Sunday, 6th March. The event returned to Witchford Village College for the fifth year.

Monster Racing promise a fast and flat course perfect for shaking down the winter legs. 100 athletes clearly liked the look of Monster's promise and took part in the event; for many it was their first race of the season and the first test of their winter training. 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 although dry the wind chill was far from pleasant the athletes.

First across the line in the men's race was Matthew Hallam (Jackpot Racing) in a time of 1:15:48. Second male was Marcus Sladden (Paradise Tri / Tri Anglia) 1:16:44, and third male was David Chesterman (UEA Triathlon Club) 1:18:37.

The women's race was won by Rebecca Layland (Nice tri) in a time of 1:30:03. Second female was Cindy Berry (UEA Triathlon Club) 1:32:47, and third female was Hannah Bye (UEA Triathlon Club) 1:36:38,

First and second placed athletes won cash prizes donated by Revitaflex, third place athletes won a voucher donated by Zone3. Tasty race nutrition was provided by Hammer Nutrition and 9Bar.

Age Group winners: 16 – 24 - Tom Huband (UEA Triathlon Club), 01:19:41 and Holly Prentice (UEA Triathlon Club), 01:49:47. 25 – 34 - Tom Platts (Charnwood AC), 01:18:55 and Gemma Irvine (Newmarket Cycling and Triathlon Club), 01:37:37. 35 – 44 - Michael Taylor (Nice Tri ), 01:19:41 and Charlotte Smith (Thetford AC), 01:36:56. 45 – 54 - Chris Tye (Ipswich Triathlon Club), 01:23:29 and Paola Peroni (Tri-Spoke), 01:45:28. 55+ - Graham Chapman (Ely Tri Club), 01:29:53 and Sue George (Threecountiesrc), 02:11:37. The winning male and female in the 16 – 24 category also ran away with a brand new pair of Alphawoolf trainers, an established brand newly available in the UK.

Athletes from local clubs Ely Tri Club and Ely Runners took part, in ordering of finishing: Kyle Armstrong (ETC) 01:23:25, Graham Chapman AG winner, Samantha Collins-Shirley (ER) 01:48:37, Ross Bailey (ETC) 01:49:57, Peter Vasey (ETC) 01:52:27 and Sandie Jardine (ETC) 02:02:03.

Event photos are available

A Monster Racing spokesman said: “This event is so early in the race season making it is ideal for the athletes to put their winter training to the test, to establish what has worked and what needs a slight tweak to set them up of the season ahead. As always it was good to see many athletes take part in our duathlon and as always some familiar faces returned along! This event always attracts a mixed field, from first timers to pro athletes which creates a great atmosphere and fantastic viewing for the spectators as the top placed athletes battle it out for the top spots and prizes on offer!”

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

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.

Images courtesy of Ian-Green Photography.

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