Report from Graham Lake:
I thought I’d have another go at this following last year’s windy event. If you’re not familiar with duathlons, basically they are two running races (in this case about 4 miles each) with a nice bike ride in between where you can relax, eat, drink and look at the beautiful scenery. Unfortunately in this case, no one told all the other competitors; they all thought that was part of the race! Sheesh!
Myself and Rogan lined up with 85 other competitors (some doing a relay) for the first run, which is ‘undulating’ (being the Yorkshire Dales). Last year I’d blown up on the second run, so planned to take it easier on the first leg. The ‘effort’ was more like a fast training run than a normal race, which meant I finished fairly fresh in 25.39, half a minute slower than last year and about 11th place with Rogan a few seconds back.
Now on to the pootle on the bike. Last year had been horrifically windy, but this year was bit kinder. However, I soon got that sinking feeling as bike after bike (including Rogan) stormed past me and my lovely new bike (it’s not all about the bike, Lance was right about something!). Although never at full throttle breathing-wise, my legs just don’t have that cycling strength, so it was back to damage limitation. The run past White Scar caves was far more fun than last year, with a tail wind, so averaging 25 miles an hour. The rest was a chore, as more and more speed demons, some on full-on time trial bikes came past, probably 20 or so? The purgatory finished after 1 hour 19.44, a couple of minutes quicker than last year (was expecting much quicker).
The second run was much better, my legs felt great, especially compared to everyone else doing a sort of goose-step up the road. So passing folk all the way was a mental boost, and I finished that run in 27.44 (3 mins up on last year).
Overall I finished exactly 2 minutes quicker, and one place higher than last year in 2.15.41 and 24th place. Rogan was two places higher after having a tough final run, in 2.14.03.
The winner was Jonathan Ferguson in 1.56.24. First lady, Donna Edmondson-Booker in 2.09.32
Results here: http://www.ukresults.net/2015/helwith.html
In the photo you can just about see me and Rogan, but more importantly my new Otley AC cycling top. If anyone wants one, Terry at Complete Runner can sort you out for a very reasonable fee.