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British Elite Duathlon: Youth
Posted by: John Levison
Posted on: Sunday 30th March 2014


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Today's first British Championship event of the season, the British Elite Duathlon Championships benefited from great racing conditions and - in my eyes and everyone I spoke to - a fantastic new venue of Rockingham motor circuit in Corby, Northamptonshire. "Europe's Fastest Racing Circuit" proved a fine host with super smooth racing surfaces, easy access, great facilities and a panoramic viewing gallery allowing spectators to what pretty much the entire race unfold. Combined with a multi-lap format, I very much hope this (and possibly other?) events return to Corby in future years. A great find British Triathlon.

Youth

The first events of the day were the Youth (15/16) Age Groups. The Girls event saw Kate Waugh, Emma Clapton, Elizabeth Hood and Sophie Alden lead into T2 after the first run. Alden was out of the race shortly afterwards, and by the end of the bike leg Erica and Lucy Byram, along with Nixie Turner had bridged up to the leading trio after a strong bike leg. Waugh was first out on the run course and never looked threatened, coming home seven seconds clear of Emma Clapton with Elizabeth Hood a further seven seconds back.

Kate was delighted with her win: “It's amazing [here], this whole stadium is huge – it's amazing, I felt really famous. It was a really good course and everyone worked together really well on the bike. The run was hard but I'm glad I had enough in my legs to finish.

“I'm hoping to do well in the rest of the [British Triathlon Youth Super] Series. There is Blenheim Triathlon, which should be good; I'm really looking forward to doing that one.”

One of the performances of the day came from Ben Dijkstra in the Youth men's race. His run strength was unquestioned, with English Schools, English National and Inter-Counties titles already this winter. However, after driving the pace on the opening run to create a small breakaway group, rather than rely on his run strength he attacked at the start of the final lap of the bike, pulled away from Jack Kerr and Alex Yee to reach T2 clear which, combined with his run speed, only ever meant one result. One to watch, most definitely.

“I knew that I couldn't try and break free but I wasn't sure if I would be able to do it, but I'm really pleased with the result.

“I was racing across cross-country throughout the winter and then I knew that once the season started I would have to be quite strong, so this has been the best start that I could have had so I'm really pleased with that.

“Duathlon is my strongest event in multisport so I knew it was going to be a good race. I wanted to improve on last year result and that's what I've done today.”

Youth - 2.45km / 10km / 1.25km

Pos Men Women
1st Ben Dijkstra 29:05 Kate Waugh 32:30
2nd Alex Yee 29:29 Emma Clapton 32:37
3rd Jack Kerr 29:53 Elizabeth Hood 32:44

British Youth Champions

FULL RESULTS


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