Winter Duathlon Series Race 4

21 07 2010

The fourth round of the Cycle World Duathlon Series was held on Sunday in fine but cool conditions at the new Wither Hills Farm Park course.

For the first time the main race was run on handicap. Coast to Coast competitor Josh Scott, New Zealand age group representative Ryan Lock and former Ironman Gareth Pugh formed an experienced trio starting the race off scratch. Other competitors included Ray Dunstan who was using the cycle leg as part of his build up toward the cycling world champs in Austria in August, Jamie Kidd also preparing for an international cycle race in Canada and Rachel Monk who is to race in the New Zealand Duathlon champs in Christchurch in August.

Line honours went to Peter Mann who showed the benefit of his experience by holding on from Martyn Crossley who in turn managed to keep sufficient distance between himself and a fast finishing Josh Scott.

In one of the closer finishes of the day Sharon Kent ran 3 minutes faster than her last race and needed every second of it to keep the veteran Almuth Waechter at bay. Rachel Monk improved on her last race by 2 minutes to finish 3rd on the day. Josh Scott proved to have the fastest race of the day for the men, Rachel Monk was the fastest woman and the team of Jono Lee and Gareth Pugh proved to be too quick for the other teams. In the medium Men’s race Leatham Landon-Lane established a lead of 30 seconds over Will Hart and maintained it throughout to comfortably take first place while in the Women’s race Sonia Ginders established a lead on the first run leg and steadily increased it through the bike and into the second run to eventually win by ten minutes from her nearest rival. In the short duathlon Bjorn Waechter looks to be on course  to emulate the impressive results of his mother by comfortably winning the boys race while the sisters Emma and Heather Gardiner ran the course together to finish equal first. In the mini race first timer Torban Otway made light of his own inexperience to win by 6 seconds over Jacob Crossley while Jade Otway, another first timer, won the girls event. The next race is the club champs and is to be run at the Rarangi Golf Club on 8 August.

LONG 5KM-20KM-5KM
On handicap:
Men
1. Peter Mann
2. Martyn Crossley
3. Josh Scott

4. Grant Carroll

5. Ryan Lock

6. Roger Golding

Women
1. Sharon Kent
2. Almuth Waechter
3. Rachel Monk

Teams

1. Jono Lee/Gareth Pugh

2. Cycle World

3. Jamie Kidd/Laurel Cross

Winners on time – Josh Scott 1.13, Rachel Monk 1.20
Team winners on time – Jono Lee/Gareth Pugh 1.09

MEDIUM 2.5KM-16KM-2.5KM

Men
Leatham Landon-Lane 51.07
Will Hart 52.34
Bruce Hillis 52.39

Ian McNabb

Piers Landon-Lane

Adam Stevenson

Jonathon Corr

Women
Sonia Ginders 57.58
Sandy Large 1.07.17
Suzie Halligan 1.08.46

SHORT 2.5KM-8KM-1KM
Men
Bjorn Waechter 37.36
Jack Topliss 42.21
Connor and Tony Guillemot 57.29

Women
Emma and Heather Gardner 54.15

MINI 1KM-2.5KM-.5KM
Boy
Torban Otway 17.46
Jacob Crossley 17.52
Fergus Greer 18.04

Dylan Guillemot

Jacob Collins

Girl
Jade Otway 18.15
Kyla Otway 18.23
Anna Gardiner 18.31

Luci Marra

Michaela Searle

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