The autumn has definitely arrived as last weekend saw the start of the Duathlon season, Oulton Park was the venue for the National Duathlon Championships. New coach Henry Irvine won the Standard distance race by 3 minutes and in the process became National Champion! His podium outfit clearly wasn’t his priority in his pre-race prep!!
The success continued earlier in the day at the Sprint race with Yvie Ryan winning the 35-39AG finishing 9th overall, Daisy Pickles came home 4th in the 25-29AG and looks like both have qualified for the European Duathlon Champs next year in Ibiza.
Matthew McDonnell finished off his season with a cracking performance coming in on 1:08:58 to place 4th in the 15-16 age category and 8th Under 20. The calibre of athletes racing this weekend was high and Matthew was right up there with them, he has done a superb job of managing his training load with his school commitments over the past year and not only has he had an outstanding set of racing results but his GCSE results were exceptional, an excellent end to his season. Jules Strauss was also racing hard at Oulton Park and put in a strong performance coming 7th in her AG to finish off her season.
Kieran Morris, despite having to swim in a pair of drag shorts rather than race shorts, swam well at his swim meet this weekend going 4:27 for 400m – we would all like to be able to see times like this!!!
The running races too have got underway, at Oxford Half Marathon Heather Mayer was racing and came away with a pb of 1:50. She paced the race well utilising the services of one of the pacers who apparently told her to run on ahead with two miles to go as he had overcooked it! A very consistently paced run from Heather resulting in a pb, just shows you that controlling the pace from the start reaps the rewards!
At the Chester Marathon, John Robb said he hasn’t run a stand alone marathon since his “running days” circa 20 years ago when he was a “proper runner”, again a very consistently paced run by John having him cross the line in 3:40:16. Jay Haddley bounced back from IM Wales just a few weeks ago and started well going through halfway with a PB he toughed it out to finish in 3:43 with a solo marathon PB.
Holly Metcalfe was the sole representative at the Arley Hall half marathon, without much taper as this was a building race for Xiamen 70.3 a few weeks away, she ran a solid 1:48 and showed good run strength. She was very pleased with result after a long tiring week of training and shifts at work.
And finally run coach Zoe McLennan was up in the Lake District racing the Lakes in a Day 50 mile ultra marathon which included 4 of the toughest fells in conditions of what she could only describe as “Lake District weather at its worst!” Driving rain, howling winds that knocked you off your feet and 50 miles of mud! She finished in 16 hours 28 minutes with her fellow 2 team mates.