Marlborough Represented at National Duathlon Champs

11 08 2011

Jeremy McKenzie in the Michael Huntly Memorial Tri 2011

The Contact National Duathlon Championships are being held at the Taupo Motor Sport Park on Sunday 14 August 2011 and Marlborough will be represented by Susie Aviss and Jeremy McKenzie. Both athletes are expected to do well in their respective age groups.  Aviss will be gunning for a 6th consecutive age group title, despite having had some injury concerns of late. For McKenzie it will be his first time at a Duathlon Championships. However, he is no stranger to big events, having finished sixth at his first attempt in the longest day of the last Coast to Coast.

McKenzie has shown some great form leading into the champs, having won every local duathlon he competed in, and setting a new course record in the Mount Vernon Grand Traverse running race. For McKenzie, the Nationals are part of an overall plan which involves events such as the Benchmark Cycling Series where he is a member of Team Moa, the Lake to Lighthouse multisport event and the possibility of another Coast to Coast in 2012.

The course for the Duathlon Championships involves a 10km run followed by a 40km cycle and finishes with a 5km run.


Susie Aviss and Jeremy McKenzie both won gold in their age groups in the National Duathlon Championships held in Taupo on Sunday. In what could best be described as testing conditions both athletes blew away their competition with McKenzie winning in a time of 2.01.40 a clear six minutes in front of his nearest rival while Aviss won her group in a time of 2.26.54 – a staggering 19 minutes in front of the next place getter. ‘The weather was disgusting’ said Aviss ‘it was bitterly cold, there were gale force winds and sleet, you name it we had it’. The run was flat around the Taupo Motorsport race track but the race became mentally tough with all competitors at times so battered by the winds many were nearly standing still. For Aviss it was her sixth consecutive win at the Nationals. McKenzie, though no stranger to big sporting events, was competing at a Duathlon Championship for the first time and had gone into the race hoping for a top ten finish. By race end not only had he won his age group but had done so in a time that would have been sufficient to have given him 4th in the prestigious Elite Male section.



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12 08 2011
Pete Halligan

Go Macker.

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