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Weekend roundup: March 01-02
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Posted on: Monday 3rd March 2014

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The weekend's headliner might have been the 30th running of Ironman New Zealand (see the report HERE) but the headline of the weekend is undoubtedly the emphatic win at Ballbuster by Lucy Gossage (Cambridge Triathlon Club).

Yes, you read that right - the whole field at one of the toughest early-season duathlons in the country got itself chicked. It's not that many years ago that there simply were no women doing the Ballbuster and I well remember John Lunt offering free places in an attempt to get a few in the field. [Yes, that's another shocker for you - John Lunt and free places in the same sentence!]. Over the years the distaff side has slowly increased its presence and we have seen many great performances but the thought that one day a woman would win outright seriously never crossed our minds. Awesome job, Lucy, and also congratulations on your Duathlete of the Year award from 220 Magazine. Second placed, and first man, was Will Newberry (Primera/TrainingBible). Full results are online HERE.

While Lucy was sorting out the field round Box Hill an altogether flatter affair was going on at Dorney Lake in the Gatorade Duathlon Series races. Richard Hancock and Alice Hector were the winners in the sprint distance race while Pavan Rooprai (Thames Turbo) and Honor Rendall topped the supersprint field. Full results are online HERE.

Overseas there were Brits in action at the ITU's Pan American Sprint Cup race in Clermont, Florida: Alex Matchett was 27th and Graham Leitch 37th.

Clearly the effort expended in winning the supersprint duathlon at Dorney Lake wasn't something a good night's sleep couldn't sort out as Pavan Rooprai (Thames Turbo) crops up again on Sunday as the winner of the shorter Frostbite Aquathlon at Littlehampton with Sarah Fiddaman winning the women's race. Results are HERE. In the longer distance Frosty Aquathlon the wins were secured by Jow Pascoe (Tuff Fitty) and Amy Harris, results are HERE and there's a report from Clive Harvey HERE.

Over in the flatness of the Fens the roof of Ely Cathedral can be seen for miles and, presumably, serves as a landmark for the field in the ECF Monster Duathlon. Julian Lings (Team Accelerate) was the quickest over all three legs and picked up the win along with Victoria Kenny (Hadleigh Hares). Full results are HERE and a report from the organisers is HERE.

Results are in for the Maidstone Duathlon with wins going to Steve Berry and Fay Cripps, full results are HERE.

The Aboyne Duathlon, part of the long-running Aberdeenshire Winter Duathlon series, extended the bike course by popular demand to make the event tougher with an option for novices to just do a single loop. The new, longer course was won by Alistair Aitken (BPC) and Marie-Louise Cook. Matthew Alexander and Jane Borland were the winners of the shorter race. Results for both races are HERE, as soon as we get splits we will add a copy to the archive.

For a brief moment we thought we had another race where a woman had won overall but a quick check revealed that the list was sorted females first... Mind you, there have been plenty of aquathlons where a woman has won so seeing Elinor Thorogood's name at the top of the INTRtri St Davids Aquathlon wasn't as big a surprise as having a woman at the top of the Ballbuster list! Full results are HERE, the fastest man was Edward Evans.


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