Bike Fit Winter Duathlon Series Final – Results

17 09 2012

The final round of the Bike Fit Marlborough Winter Duathlon Series took place on Sunday at the Wither Hills Farm circuit. The long event virtually doubled in size and was also run as the Marlborough Triathlon and Multisport Club champs.

It consisted of a course comprising a 10 km run, 35 km bike followed by a 5 km run. Jeremy McKenzie was considered a hot favourite being unbeaten in local races and this was again to be the case. He started the race with his customary speed and after 500 m appeared to have established a lead of 100 m. He went on to run the first 10 km in 39.08 to take a lead on to the bike leg of around 4 minutes from Dave Grono and Josh Scott. By the end of the cycle leg he had maintained his 4 minute advantage but Scott had overtaken Grono to move up to second overall and this was to remain the case for the remainder of the race. On the final run leg McKenzie extended his lead to eventually finish in a time of 1.58.03, taking out both line honours and the Club Champ award for the second year in succession. Scott was just over 6 minutes behind finishing in a time of 2.04.36 while Grono finished third in 2.06.07.

In the Women’s section, the race was developing into a good contest between the young flyer Annabelle Latz and the more experienced campaigner, Almuth Waechter. Latz finished the first 10 km in a very speedy time of 50.01 making her the 6th fastest male or female on the day. But for Latz that was to be the end of the good news as gear failure brought her to a halt on the bike leg and saw Waechter pass her. As luck would have it local cyclist Jamie Kidd was watching the race and was able to loan Latz his bike. With a few alterations she was able to complete the bike leg and begin the chase of Waechter who was 4 minutes ahead. Whilst she did close the gap the lead was too much and Waechter went on to win in a time of 2.29.51 with Latz finishing just behind in a time of 2.30.37.

Had there been a Man of Steel award on offer it is highly likely it would have gone to young Fergus Greer. Previously he had only competed in medium distance races plus one longer distance event but bravely took on the championship course and finished in a highly creditable 3.25.15.

The medium duathlon was run over distances of 5 km, 17 km ride and 2.5 km run and both junior up and coming athletes won their respective classes. Will Hart finished in a time of 1.08.37. He had gone on to the bike second behind experienced campaigner Martyn Crossley but overhauled him on the cycle leg and then powered away in the last run to eventually win by just over 1 minute.

In the Women’s section Jess Barnes was never troubled and won all three legs of the race completing the course in 1.10.54. Winter racing is now concluded and from October athletes should have the option of a full triathlon. The date of the next event and course details will be advised shortly.

Full results are here.

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