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Varsity Duathlon report
Posted by: Editor
Posted on: Friday 28th January 2011


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Cambridge and Oxford Universities took time out from studying to battle it out on foot and on the bike at the ‘Varsity' duathlon match last weekend. The race, held in a dedicated wave at the F3 Events Maxifuel Winter Duathlon at Dorney Lake, had a 5 km run / 20 km bike / 5 km run format, and the flat and car-free circuit made for some speedy racing.

CUTriC's Alex Young set the pace on the first run, leading out a group of six runners before effortlessly dropping them all to come into T1 almost thirty seconds clear of the next racer. Oxford's Lee Harper put in a strong effort on his bike to move up to the front, take the lead, and head into T2 in first place. Alex wasn't ready to give up however, and fought back with another pacey run to regain the lead and win the race for Cambridge in a time of 1:07:11. The men's varsity ‘blues' match, decided by the total times of the first three finishers from each team, was incredibly close, with Cambridge's total a mere 42 seconds less than Oxford's, just clinching them victory!

In the women's race, things were a little more one sided, with Clare Kane leading from the start to finish in a great time of 1:14:41, and Josephine Anselin finishing two minutes later to put Oxford racers 1st and 2nd on the podium. Cambridge, perhaps feeling the absences of PhD student Lucy Gossage and trigold athlete Charlotte Roach couldn't make up the time, and Oxford took a well deserved blues match victory.

Alex Young takes the Varsity title ©Aidan Reilly

Simon Gilbert, CUTriC club president said “Both teams had a great day and lapped up the friendly rivalry! We are really grateful to F3 Events who organised the dedicated Varsity wave, Maxifuel for providing prizes, and to our club sponsor Primo Cycles who have really helped us out over the last year”.

Both teams are now back in training to get ready for Varsity triathlon later this year, as long as they find an event that avoids their exams of course…

Full results for the duathlon are available at HERE

Images from the Varsity Duathlon ©Aidan Reilly

Photos (c) Aidan Reilly 2011


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