The weekend was really busy with members competing
internationally, locally and for charity:
European Sprint Duathalon Championships in Kalkar, Germany
Lucy Williams was extremely pleased to place 6th in her age
group in the Sprint Duathalon (5km run 20km bike and 2.5km run).
The event has a spectacular setting alongside the River Rhine and
within the grounds of Wunderland Kalkar. Lucy commented that the
event was awesome and she had surpassed all her expectations with
the performance of her life so far (1.11.36) and this had really
given her something to build on for the World Championships at
Aviles in northern Spain in June.
Club Duathalon at Ardingly Reservoir raising funds for Chailey
The main club event was a Duathalon at Ardingly Reservoir with
entry fees being donated to the Seymour Department at Chailey
Heritage Foundation for their Activity Week. This raised about
Twenty three members turned out on a sunny Sunday morning for
this very enjoyable club event which had options for a Short Course
of 5km run, 15mile bike 2.5km run or the Standard Course of 10km
run 25mile bike and 5km run.
Twelve members chose the Short Course with George Murray coming
home 1st in 1.23.53 and Mike Jaffe second in 1.26.35 in the men's
section and Emma Jaffe 1.45.42 and Sarah Hinton claiming the top
places in the women's section. The occasion was quite a family
affair with five family teams taking part.
Ten other members chose to do the Brighton Marathon. In the
men's section Jim Graham was very pleased to record 2.51.49 giving
him 32nd place overall and 6th place in his age group. Edward
Cockill was delighted with 3.36 in his first marathon, and Doug
MacTaggart felt comfortable with 3.53. Jim said he really enjoyed
the run, got stronger during the race and felt good afterwards. Jim
is in training for the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii in
October, whilst Doug is training for the Comrades Marathon in South
Africa at the end of May. This nearly 90km race starts in
Pietermaritzburg and finishes in Durban. Doug is also competing in
a couple of Ironmans later in the year. Peter Barnaby 3.46, and
Simon Hodges 4.32 also competed. In the women's section Kate McTear
came 42nd on 3.22.12, Nicola Cowles placed well on 4.37 with Amanda
Durrant on 5.00, Kay Mcmenamin on 5.01 and Emma Smith on 5.54.
Windsor & Eton Duathalon
On Saturday Tony Asquith competed in the Standard Distance
Duathalon (10km bike 40km bike 5km run) at the popular Olympic
Rowing Centre at Dorney Lake recording 3.01. This is a flat course
held on completely closed roads providing a safe environment. Tony
commented that it was a really nice, traffic free event although
the weather was poor. He is therefore looking forward to trying the
event again in better weather.