Ful-On Standard Duathlon: 14 April 2012
Non scoring runners
Last Saturday saw twenty three Serpies turn out at Kempton Park Racecourse for the Ful-On Duathlon, which doubled (tripled?) up as a London Triathlon League race and the Serpentine Club duathlon championships.
The course consisted of 6km run, 18km bike and 6km run on a pan flat, although occasionally technical circuit of the racecourse. The race attracted a small-ish but high quality field of 175 athletes, mainly from the London triathlon clubs keen to score points in the second league race of the season following the Thames Turbo sprint triathlon on 9th April. In each of the league races scoring teams consist of the first five athletes from each club to finish which must include one female and one vet (40+).
James Gwyther, Angus Beaumont and Chris Graham finished in 8th, 11th and 12th place overall with Graeme Blair finishing 10th in the veteran category and Christine Lutsch 2nd overall in the female category to make up the Serpentine scoring team who ended the day joint first with SLH Tri and hosts Ful-On Tri in third. Christine therefore retains her title as the Serpentine womens duathlon champion with James taking the mens title.
Other notable performances included Richard Giles who finished 31st overall just ahead of Roland Woerle and Jonathan Gardner who were 11th and 13th in the vets category. Anna Gilmore and Sara Demonti also placed highly, finishing 3rd and 5th in the female race although both would probably have preferred a hillier course in preparation for their upcoming Wimbleball/Mallorca half ironmans! A full list of Serpentine competitors will be posted in the results section of the website.
The next London League race is the Dragonslayer Duathlon, hosted by East London Triathletes at Redbridge Cycling Centre on 29th April. There are still places available for this tough, technical 7/40/5km duathlon run round a purpose-built, traffic free cycle circuit so if you are looking for an early season leg burner sign up now!
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