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MedwayTri Off Road Duathlon
Posted by: StuartMc
Posted on: Sunday 5th October 2014


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Capstone Farm Country Park in Gillingham hosted Medway's first Off Road Duathlon on Saturday 4th October. Situated in the Capstone Valley, the course was not one for the fainted hearted, featuring some lung-busting climbs and rapid descents.

In the sprint race (2.5k/8.4k/2.5k), Steve Beaney (MedwayTri) led from start to finish posting a decent 56:08 overall. The only female competitors were in mixed relay teams, and the first team over the line was Alexis and Neil Couchman in 1:00:25.

The standard race (5k/16.8k/5k) was a severe test of stamina. With the 2.5k run loop including a steep climb, the field quickly spread out. First out on the bike was Will Munday (MedwayTri) with Graeme Blair (Crystal Palace Triathletes) hot on his heels, and Mark Laing (MedwayTri) and Rick Fetherston (Specialized Concept Store) a little further behind. The bike course offered a challenging mix of short sharp climbs, fast descents, open fields and some technical stretches of singletrack. Fetherston's superior biking skills came to the fore as he smashed the bike course in 52:55, with Steve Castle (GS Invicta) posting the next fastest bike split in 56:32. Heading out on to the final run, Fetherston maintained his already huge advantage, finishing in an impressive 01:39:34. Second over the finish was Laing in 01:47:05 with Blair over a minute behind taking third place in 01:48:24.

Just one mixed relay team took on the challenge of the standard course with Charlotte Griffiths and Douglas Kergall finishing in 2:10:18.

The story of the day though, was the one female competitor who took to the start line. As part of her final preparation representing Great Britain at the XTERRA World Championships, Louise Fox was more than a match for most of the male field. With a strong 59:00 bike split, Fox then ran strongly to finish fourth overall in a time of 01:48:42, only missing out on the men's podium by 18 seconds.