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Triathlon England Duathlon Champs report
Posted by: Editor
Posted on: Monday 21st April 2014


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The Triathlon England - National Duathlon Championships were hosted by Functional Fitness Events at the beautiful venue of Newby Hall North Yorkshire on Sunday 13 April 2014.

Competitors began to arrive as the sun rose over this stunning stately home which offers the perfect venue for such an event. The first run would be a two lap, accurate 10km course within the private grounds of the hall, leading into a three loop closed road bike course, and concluding with a 5km run. Competitors would therefore come back through the main transition area a total of five times during the race which lends itself ideally to spectators.

The first run was dominated by Julian Lings who posted a 32:49 and had a 30 seconds lead going into the bike. The fast, flat bike course soon became the battle ground for some interesting racing as Brian Fogarty stormed his way through the field and led into T2. Eventual winner Alex Lawton was in just fifth position off the bike, and said afterwards "I did not expect to make the podium let alone win". He posted a 16:30 min 5 km to steal the title with only four seconds to spare from Lings with Fogarty close in third.

Alex Lawton & Julian Lings ©www.sportsunday.co.uk

Meanwhile in the women's race, Eleanor Haresign posted a speedy 37:51min 10 km to lead onto the bike leg where she demonstrated her strength and power as she built a five minute lead over second place Donna Booker. Booker chased hard, but was unable to catch Haresign who took the title in style. Visibly pleased, for Haresign this bodes well for her Ironman debut in Lanzarote in May. The podium was rounded out by Booker and Samantha Aplin. Donna Booker said after the race “the bike course was very safe, well marked and the event on the whole was excellent.”

Eleanor Haresign ©www.sportsunday.co.uk

Special mention has to go to David Gilbert, who won the 70-74 age category in a time of 2:35:47. Showing strong form throughout the race he whizzed past many of the more youthful athletes on his way to claim the age group title.

Roz Layton was not far behind him, all smiles as she crossed the line in 2:53:51 to claim the 60-64 AG Category.

Tri England Chairman Jem Lawson attended the event and was clearly impressed with the stunning venue and organisation. He said afterwards "it was great to witness the first Triathlon England National Championships of 2014 taking place at such a fantastic new venue like Newby Hall. The 2014 National Duathlon Championships has set a high standard and I am very much looking forward to the remaining six events."

Event organizer Mark Livesey said after the race “ I am really pleased to be given the first Triathlon England event for 2014. I wanted to raise the bar and I think me and my team achieved that today. I would like to thank all the volunteers who helped me make this such a safe and successful race with special thanks to the local residents of Skelton On Ure who have allowed me to close the village down to traffic thus allowing this race to be conducted on a safe closed road. Their support and cooperation is greatly appreciated."

The venue will host a standard distance triathlon, Trident, in June which will include a FREE children's race the evening before, and as usual camping and entry to the hall and gardens are included in the race entry fee. The final race on the functional fitness calendar is the Rubicon on the 31st August which is fast becoming a must-do half iron distance event and is filling fast.

All images ©www.sportsunday.co.uk - see their event gallery HERE.


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