Sunday 19th October – Helwith Bridge Duathlon

Sunday 19th October – Helwith Bridge Duathlon

Report from Graham Lake: First Duathlon done on Sunday at Helwith bridge (it was hell and there was a bridge *snort*). A duathlon counts for a running club report, as it’s just a run which happens to have a leisurely 23 mile, 1200ft ascent bike ride in the middle of it. I’d had a duathlon in mind for a while, as I cycle in to work, and wanted to use this as ‘training’. This one sounded perfect as it was in the dales and didn’t sound too serious (I get put off by too many lycra onesies and carbon).It was  a really friendly event, pretty low key as I’d hoped. While my support crew hid from the sideways rain, watching Frozen in the campervan, the race set off.Rogan Ashton and myself got carried away in the first run with visions of glory, finishing the ‘undulating’ course in about 5th and 6th positions. It all started to unravel on the bike as first Rogan, then carbon time-trial bike after carbon time-trial bike came storming past. Ah well, I was actually enjoying it.
Turning south-west at Ribblehead had us heading into a full on hooley. I was in first gear on virtually flat roads, teeth in to the gale. Everyone was struggling though, so all good. I was 36th fastest cyclist, Rogan was 23rd.
Then the 2nd run was hell, straight off the bike onto the hilly course and my legs were like lead. I’d not actually run after cycling in training (i.e. I wasn’t prepared properly) but finished without cramp, and was buzzing afterwards. The girls all loved it too despite the weather, clapping in the weary looking souls. I finished in 25th place 2hrs 17m, Rogan in 19th 2hrs 15m, 70 brave souls started the race. The winner was Gethin Butler (LE JOG record holder) in 1.52.32, 1st lady, 16th overall, was Donna Edmunson Booker in 2:11:24. Full results 

2 thoughts on “Sunday 19th October – Helwith Bridge Duathlon

  1. Sounds like good fun and well done. I agree with you Graham running straight after cycling is hard work, not a combination for the faint hearted!

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