Club Duathlon Champs

31 07 2011

The fourth round of the Reidie Cycles Winter Duathlon Series was run at the Wither Hills Farm / Taylor Pass course today. The event doubled as the Club Champs for the Marlborough Triathlon and Multisport Club.

The long course included a testing 10 km run first up, followed by a 35 km ride and a 5 km run. Jeremy McKenzie made short work of the the 10 km in 37.41, almost 6 minutes ahead of local multisporter Josh Scott. Unfortunately Scott was to puncture on the bike leg and withdrew from the race leaving McKenzie to complete the course in a virtual time trial. He went on to win in a time of 1.55.18, with a lead of 21 minutes over Antony Clark and 23 minutes over last year’s club champ Ryan Lock. ‘The conditions were great today but that was a tough run’ said Mckenzie afterwards ‘I was really blowing hard on the uphills’.

In the Women’s race, Rachel Monk made it back-to-back wins and retained her title as the Women’s Club champ in a time of 2.33.53. She agreed with McKenzie’s thoughts on the run leg and said ‘I was breathing really hard on the uphill leg of the second run, my heart was thumping’.

In the medium race, the run distance was 5 km, followed by a 17 km ride and a 2.5 km run. Newcomer to Marlborough, Argentinean Franco Medina, showed a clean pair of heels to all the other competitors. He was a clear 2 minutes in front of young up and comer Leatham Landon-Lane at the end of the run leg and maintained this throughout the race to win in a time of 1.07.24.

Bek Scherp won the Women’s section in 1.17.35 a clear 2 minutes in front of Jess Barnes. The youngster kept Scherp honest throughout much of the race without being able to close the time gap.

In the short race Jacob Crossley covered the 2.5 km run, 10 km bike and 1.25 km run in a swift time of 44.07 to finish just over 2 minutes in front of Connor Reed. The next race is on 18 September and will be run on handicap at the Wither Hills course.

RESULTS

LONG 10 KM/35 KM/5 KM
MEN
Jeremy McKenzie 1.55.18
Antony Clark 2.16.19
Ryan Lock 2.18.28
Willem Lampe 2.24.48
Bruce Hillis 2.26.02
David Craig 2.26.35
Josh Scott DNF (puncture)
WOMEN
Rachel Monk 2.33.53

MEDIUM 5 KM/17 KM/2.5KM
MEN
Franco Medina 1.07.24
Leatham Landon-Lane 1.10.03
Will Hart 1.12.08
Martyn Crossley 1.12.20
Steve Smith 1.16.50
Piers Landon-Lane 1.27.37

WOMEN
Bek Scherp 1.17.35
Jess Barnes 1.19.35
Sharon de Castro 1.43.02

SHORT 2.5 KM/10 KM/1.25 KM
Jacob Crossley 44.07
Connor Reed 46.10
Fergus Greer 49.33
James Greer 50.21
Georgia Reed 53.24

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