Tempo Events Spring Duathlon.
Moreton Morrell – Saturday 30 March.
Report – Rebecca Pridham.
The weather was clearly smiling on the athletes lining up for the Tempo Events Spring Duathlon on Saturday, with beautiful blue skies and sunshine breaking through after the initial early morning mist.
This was the first time that the event had been run by the team at Tempo but those familiar with their events will know that these are friendly and welcoming events for experts and novices alike.
After dodging the usual fluff of Tempo’s golden retrievers (I think a suitable collective noun for these dogs!) and eyeing up the delicious (and free!) post-race cakes, it was off to the start for the inaugural Spring Duathlon.
This race is made up of a 6 mile run, a dash to collect your bike for a 20 mile cycle around the Warwickshire countryside, followed by another 4 mile run (just to ensure you are really earning that cake!).
The club boasted 5 athletes on the day, encompassing a wide range of ages, abilities and experience.
First home for the club was Ben Phyall, fresh off the back of his Coventry Half Marathon the previous weekend. He flew home to come 5th male in 2:14.17 and first in the MV40 age category.
Ben has competed at longer distance triathlons previously, including Ironman 70.3, but he is clearly no slouch on the shorter distance duathlons too!
Matt Lyness was next to finish for Stratford (14th male), coming home in 2:28.17.
Matt wasn’t hugely confident prior to the race, as he is coming back to the sport but his legs held up well and he ran strongly in both runs and completed the bike in 1:03.25 with a competitive final run in 33.31.
Sam Wignell finished in 2:40.55, finishing 2nd in his MV40 age category and 16th male.
Sam’s running was strong, finishing his first 6 miles in 47.39, dropping back a bit on the bike leg (1:15.19) and finding legs more tired for the second run off the bike, which he completed in 35.06.
Becks Pridham has been injured for six weeks and was tentative about the race. She was ‘aiming for completion rather than speed today’. Becks was 5th woman home in 3:02.26 (1st in age category) after taking it steady on the first 6 miles (54.05. “Happy with that”) and enjoying the undulating bike segment (1:24.11), following up with a tough final run which found her yelling ‘cake! Save me cake!’ on the final lap.
The club’s final competitor home was Richard Eden (surely Stratford Tri’s Godfather of Tri?), coming home 1st in his age category to complete the race in 3:38.46.
His fiancee, Cherry, was seen running with him on his final run, ordering him ‘don’t walk, keep running!’ with Richard still maintaining his cheery smile!
He is more at home on the bike than the run and he enjoyed the country cycle, completing it in 1:29.05, with huge cheers from the marshals and the fellow competitors as he came in to claim his finisher’s cup of tea, slice of well-earned cake and a quality buff.
A superb first spring duathlon from Tempo, with a spectator friendly run, an undulating bike in the countryside and a lovely friendly atmosphere. If they can just flatten out that hill on the run prior to the finish, it would be perfect!
The overall first male home was Iain McLoughlin in 1:59.38, and first female was Jemima Cooper in 2:11.20.
Did I mention the cake?