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Richard Horton: British Elite Duathlon champion
Posted by: John Levison
Posted on: Monday 4th April 2016


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Richard Horton adds British Elite Senior Championship at Windsor Duathlon

In last week's preview of the Men's Senior Elite British Duathlon Championship, I said in summarising:

"With the strength-in-depth, I think there is good reason for the 'fast' runners to really push the first 5km, creating a small group and looking to break clear until the finish. Expect a few people to 'blow', trying to be part of that. The bike course will be more challenging than the flat and fast Rockingham circuit, but whatever happens on the bike, I would expect an elite group to be heading out on to the final 2.5km run in close order with the podium not decided until the final minutes of the race."

Well, that proved to be pretty much spot on, as eight athletes (Richard Horton, Calum Johnson, Liam Lloyd, Daniel Jenkin, Carl Avery, Danny Russell, Douglas Roberts and Richard Allen), all entered T1 separated by just a handful of seconds, but 30 seconds clear of their chasers. Much like the same championship race in Corby two years ago, that was pretty much game over. Richard Allen was the only casualty from that group, leaving the remaining seven neck-and-neck with just the final 2.5km to decide the medals. The chase group didn't lose any time during the bike leg - but there would be no chance to catch up with barely eight miutes of running to finish

Having previously won World Championship titles at Junior and Under-23 level, Richard Horton proved to be a popular winner, taking his first major result in the senior ranks, ahead of Calum Johnson and Liam Lloyd.

Speaking to British Triathlon after the event, Richard said:

"Being crowned national champion feels really good, it's taken a while to become a senior champion but it’s a big relief to finally win this event. I knew that there would be some strong boys racing today such as Calum Johnson and Liam Lloyd, along with a number of others, but a group of seven of us got away on the bike and we worked together really well.

“The course was really cool, it was challenging but a really interesting venue compared to previous National Duathlon Championships.”

With the first 18 athletes finishing within two minutes of the leader, it was a goos quality and deep domestic field in the men's race.

British Elite Duathlon Championship (Senior Men) - Sunday 3rd April 2016
5km / 20km / 2.5km

Pos Men
1st Richard Horton (Racetime Triathlon Club) 54:16
2nd Calum Johnson 54:26
3rd Liam Lloyd (Team Tredz) 54:35
4th Daniel Jenkin (RedVenon.co.uk) 54:40
5th Carl Avery (Morpeth Harriers) 54:53
6th Danny Russell (Tri Training Harder) 54:56
7th Douglas Roberts (Yonda) 55:00

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