Vanessa Raw takes the women’s title while Buckingham completes a hat-trick of British Elite Duathlon Championships.
The British Elite Duathlon Championships took place last weekend at Prestwold Airfield. A close men’s race led to Mark Buckingham’s third victory in the race, but it was far from plain sailing.
In a high-quality field including fellow UK Sport funded athletes Adam Bowden, Aaron Harris and David McNamee, it was Bowden who took the early initiative by opening up a 26 second lead going into T1. However, it proved a futile move with the chasing pack easily reeling him in on the bike leg.
Upon leaving T2, Buckingham made his move which proved decisive and showed his class by striding away from the group. Bowden recovered from a difficult T2 to finish in second 13 seconds adrift, while McNamee rounded out the top three in 54:28.
In the women’s race, Olympian Lucy Hall was beaten into second place by a strong finishing Vanessa Raw.
It was another athlete in Ruth Morrey who took the race to them in the early stages, running a 17:12 opening five kilometres, but Raw and Hall’s bike prowess proved too much as they reeled her in and opened up a one minute gap of their own heading into T2.
Matching each other stride for stride until the closing stages, it was Raw who showed the extra speed to win in 1:01:02 by 14 seconds to Hall. American Morrey claimed third on the day, with Scot Kerry MacPhee the bronze medal winner.
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