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The Humber Duathlon
Posted by: 3xTri
Posted on: Sunday 19th April 2009


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3xTri launched the first Humber Duathlon at the world famous Humber Bridge this Sunday in virtually perfect race conditions. Competitors gathered early on the cool but not cold overcast Sunday morning with the temperature just climbing into double figures as the race got under way and the duathletes started their 10k with a short climb to the bridge.

The first run took in two laps of the landmark bridge which for those with time to look around boasts amazing views of the Humber. The two Northbound laps were in to a challenging headwind, not that this was noticed by race leaders Nick Sparks of Sheffield Tri and Donna Edmondson of Crosstrax who took an early control of the men's and ladies races respectively with opening 10k splits which were to be a show of what was to come for the rest of the race (Sparks 36:48, Edmondson 41:09).

The bike section of the course covers large rolling roads suited to a strong cyclist, something many of the competitors took advantage of especially Julian Read of NYP Tri who registered one of two sub 1 hour bike splits (57:42) and Tom Macdonald of the Barracuda Triathlon Club who nailed the bike dead on the hour to keep the pressure on Sparks (57:05). The ladies race on the bike was equally as fierce with Edmondson staying in control with a rocketing 01:10:05 closely followed by Sarah Carpenter of the Barracuda triathlon club just 5 seconds behind with Dawn Bowness of Team 3xTri hitting T2 in third place posting a very respectable 01:17:45 in her first duathlon.

 

The final run, just one final lap of the Humber Bridge, was a test to all athletes as they left T2 straight into the climb to the bridge pathway just as the sun was starting the break through the clouds. Although Read had fought back hard on the bike there was no catching Sparks as he nailed the final 5k run in 21:45, gliding down to the finish to confirm his incredible performance in a blistering 01:57:09, Read kept up the pace to finish 2nd in 02:02:21 and Steve Coates of the Barracuda triathlon Club posted the second fastest run splits of the day on both the 10k and the 5k to come home strong and take 3rd place. Donna Booker had done the damage in the opening 10k and by holding Carpenter off in the bike was able to stride her way through the final 5k to take first place in 02:16:07, Carpenter finished with a sprint in 02:23:54 and Emma Barraclough showed her strength and natural talent hadn't diminished over the winter by storming home with her usual smile to take 3rd in 02:34:56.

A fast and challenging race enjoyed by all with many competitors booking slots and the Autumn Humber Duathlon on September 13th

Full results HERE.

Humber Duathlon 09 winners


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