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The Chilly Duathlon report 2017
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Posted on: Friday 25th November 2016

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The DB Max Chilly 10k and Chilly Duathlon incorporating the SPARX BUCS (British Universities) Duathlon Championships 2016

Over 1,500 competitors descended on the Castle Combe Race Circuit on Sunday, for DB Max’s annual ‘Chilly’ event. The racing formed part of the organiser’s 10th birthday celebrations and with over 1,000 duathletes participating, is believed to be the largest duathlon in the UK outside of London. The SPARX BUCS Duathlon Championships saw some of the country’s finest young multi-sport athletes in action, with some super-fast times achieved on the famous Wiltshire track.

First event of the day was the Chilly 10k and as the weather cleared and the winds dropped, the athletes got underway. Straight into the lead was Edward Knudsen from Avon Valley Runners with Lee Rankin and Tom Jordan hot on his heels. Despite the best efforts of Rankin, he was unable to catch Edward who took the win in 33:38. Rankin was second in 34:55 and Jordan third in 36:11. In the female race there was a long battle between Nicola Wilkinson and Rachel Bunting with Wilkinson taking top honours in 39:19, only three seconds ahead of Bunting. Third home was Elizabeth Smith from Westbury Harriers, a further 20 seconds back.

The Chilly Duathlon kicked off at 11:30, comprising a 2-mile run, a 10-mile bike and a final 2-mile run. From the off, the favourites looked to be Dave Roper of Ride 24/7 and Brett Halliwell of Team TrueStart. As they led off the bike, it was a straight shoot-out between the pair, as they started the final run. A storming effort from Roper saw him take the win in 44:03, 20 seconds ahead of Halliwell, with Bradford on Avon’s Max Hazell, taking third spot.

The female race saw Katie Synge from Charnwood AC take a dominant win in 50:02. Synge was unstoppable from the off and took the victory by more than three minutes from Anna-Marie Watson (Avon Valley Triathletes) and Becky Tipping (Birmingham Tri Club).

Chilly Duathlon 2016

The SPARX BUCS Duathlon Championships attracted over 750 entries, with students from as far afield as Leeds, Edinburgh and Stirling competing. The men’s elite wave saw Rich Horton of Loughborough University lead the pack into T1, quickly followed by a whole host of athletes including Luke Grenfell-Shaw of Durham University. Grenfell-Shaw took up the lead on the bike and produced a stunning leg of 20:47, to lead the field heading out onto the second run. Loughborough’s Horton chased Grenfell-Shaw down with just 400m to go and took the gold medal by just seven seconds, in a stunning 41:40. Paul Kerr of Edinburgh University took the bronze behind silver medallist, Grenfell-Shaw.

Chilly Duathlon 2016

The female BUCS race saw a class performance by Pippa Woolven of the University of Birmingham. Pippa was already 47 seconds ahead at T1, following her 10:05 first run. The action behind was far tighter and saw Alex Clay of Loughborough, Emma Dixon of the University of London and Naomi Collier of the University of Birmingham, all separated by just a second, as they started the bike leg. Woolven held the lead until the final lap of the bike, when Elle Twentyman of the University of Bath, surged to the front with a sensational bike split of 22:55. Twentyman could do nothing about Pippa Woolven’s running prowess however and the gold medal went to the University of Birmingham athlete, with a win by 57 seconds. Twentyman held on to the silver medal and Sian Rainsley of Leeds Beckett University, took the bronze.

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