Bike Fit Marlborough Winter Duathlon Series Round One

6 05 2012

Ray Boardman, Leatham Landon-Lane and Willem Lampe stick together in the first 5km run leg

The first round of the Bike Fit Marlborough Winter Duathlon Series was held at the Wither Hills Farm circuit today.  The long race involved a 5 km run, 20 km cycle and 5 km run. Pre-race favourite Jeremy McKenzie showed that working long hours in this year’s vintage seemedf to offer no hinderance to his racing. He lead from the start and finished the first 5 km run in a time of 16.38 to establish a lead of almost two and a half minutes going into the bike leg. By the end of the cycle this had blown out to five minutes and he powered away to win in a time of 1.07.48.

Leatham Landon-Lane had finished the first run in a group of three who only had a second between them. He showed his class on the bike and comfortably took second place in a time of 1.16.26 from Ryan Lock. 

The Women’s race was a far closer event.  Jess Barnes was favourite for the race, but had to be content coming second after the first run leg. However, a quick transition saw her gain a lead of approximately 100m on the bike from Natasha Ford and this helped her to eventually take an advantage of 4 minutes heading into the final run. While Ford did gain some time it was not enough to catch Barnes who finished in a time of 1.26.52 with Ford just over three minutes back with 1.29.58. Anna Lee was third in a time of 1.37.35. Rachael Bell was the first home in the Mountain bike section in a time of 1.48.50.

In the medium race run over a course of 2.5 km run, 16 km cycle, and 2.5 km run, Connor Guillemot was the quickest athlete in both the Mountain bike and Road bike races – finishing in a time of 1.01.33 followed by Fergus Greer, 1.04.03, and his brother James in 1.09.38.

In the short race over 2.5 km run, 8 km cycle and 1 km run Alex Connor-McLean emulated McKenzie to lead from start to finish and won in a time of 39.21. Francesca Crossley was second in 40.55 and Anna barnes the younger sister of Jess showed enough to suggest a sibling rivalry may develop with a very credible finish in 43.13.

The next event is on 24 June at the same venue and the long race will be run on handicap.

Results are here

More photos are here

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