The inaugural Ulverston Tri Club Duathlon series has finally come to an end.
The series has meant different things to different people. Some just wanting to challenge themselves against the course and the distance, where completion was the main aim. Some wanted to get out into the local community and try something new, and hopefully make a few friends in the process. Whilst others wanted to race hard and be competitive, hoping to scalp a few rivals along the way.
The races have been held in varying conditions which have included cold, wet, muddy, hilly, windy, (usually all on the same day) but I’m sure everyone who has competed has had a blast!
The 6th and final race in the winter series was the best attended yet, with 16 eager and hardy souls braving the cool and damp conditions for the 5km run, 26km bike, 5km run on-road event. The racing was keenly contested throughout the field, with plenty on close racing at all ability levels.
Chris Joyce took out the win with an impressive solo performance off the front, with the fastest splits of the day, leaving the rest of the field to fight it out for the remaining places. Peter Deness, James Whitmore, Mike Volger and Paul Rodger finished the first 5km run within roughly a minute of each other, so it was all to play for heading out onto the bike.
Unfortunately James had an argument with a thorn bush in a roadside ditch, which put an end to his podium aspirations. Paul managed to gain some time on Peter and Mike whilst out on the windy bike course, and headed out onto the second run a minute or so down on Chris, but with a minute lead over Peter, with Mike falling a little further behind. It was now down to Paul and Peter to fight it out for second place, with only the final 5km foot race to go. Although steadily gaining throughout the closing stages of the run, Peter unfortunately ran out of road to catch a ‘running scared’ Paul, and had to settle for 3rd place on the day. To say Paul was pleased with his 2nd place would be understatement of the century! Mike finished a very respectable 4th place, hoping he had secured enough points to take the overall series title………
There were some good battles further down the field as well with the vets Paul, Chris and Iain all finishing within a couple of minutes of each other, and I’m sure with some friendly (and not so friendly) banter along the way. Euan and Stuart even managed to finish in a dead heat, although I think Stuarts attempts at dipping for the line may have been about 20m too early.
The girls put on some great performances also, with Alex Fairer winning 1st place in the ‘tough as nails’ competition taking on the wet and windy bike course in shorts and a T-shirt, and Carli Thom toughing it out to earn a well deserved finish line reception from all of the other competitors and spectators.
Well done also to Cian Nutt on his first UTC race, Barry for outstanding sprint finish against his toddler son :), and Mark on a great 5k and overall race time PB.
Unfortunately Cormac had to pull out of the race due to injury, but I’m sure he will be back fitter and stronger for the rest of the season……
The final series places were hastily calculated once everyone had completed the race, and the final standings were announced as follows:
1st Place Mike Volger (Paul Rodger)
2nd Place James Whitmore
3rd Place Paul McKenny
The committee took the decision to call 1st place a draw – mainly because they can’t add up………and winner Mike Volger had to leave early for babysitting duties, so they needed somebody to present the shiny trophies to for photos!!! Mikes 1st place trophy has been placed inside an underground vault due to its priceless value, and will be presented soon.
Congratulations to everyone who has taken part in the duathlon series, which includes help from all the marshals and supporters in attendance at every race. The family atmosphere at the events has been amazing, and having the kids tearing around the event HQ has made it all the more enjoyable.
Big thanks to Siemens for facilities support, and the committee for their hard work behind the scenes to get everything in place to enable the events to run smoothly.
And finally a special mention to Team McKenny (Paul and Janet) for their tireless efforts in following a dream, and making it happen!
Full results series results can be seen below: