A furious race this weekend saw Triathlon Plus’ own Phil Mosley and BRAT’s Kate Robson top the podium at the Big Adventure Store Chilly Duathlon.
Where Castle Combe Race Circuit
When 26 February
Winnners Phil Mosley: 42:13; Kate Robson: 47:53
The Castle Combe circuit in Wiltshire has seen the likes of Nigel Mansell and Ayrton Senna grace its two-mile track, but this weekend it was duathletes who set lap records at The Big Adventure Store Chilly Duathlon. 250 competitors completed the two mile run / 10 mile cycle / two mile run, all met with unseasonably warm conditions for February. For many, it was an early season sharpener for the British age-group Duathlon Championships in mid-March, while others used it as an opportunity to see if their winter training had paid off.
In the men’s race the pace was furious from the gun, with junior international triathletes Iestyn Harrett and Liam Lloyd scorching around the first 2-mile run in just nine minutes and 52 seconds. Hot on their heels were Welsh students Alex Matchett and Lewys Young, age-group silver medal winning triathlete Simon Thornton and ex-GB elite duathlete Phil Mosley.
The two young leaders were soon overhauled on the bike, as Mosley rode his way to the front. Not far behind him were Matchett and Thornton, with Lee Rankin also making up good time with a rapid ride.
By the end of the bike Mosley had established a lead of 40-seconds, which he extended during the second run, breaking the tape in 42:13 seconds to win by just under a minute. Behind him, a close fought battle was raging as Matchett eventually took second, just four-seconds ahead of Thornton, while Lewys Young pipped Lee Rankin to clinch fourth.
The women’s race was just as hotly contested, with age-group triathlon World Champion Kate Robson, British age-group triathlon champion Louise Bardsley and elite international duathlete Michelle Parsons all going head to head. Robson set the pace on the first run with an impressive 10:59.
Bardsley wasn’t far behind, while bike-specialist Parsons came in almost a minute back from the leader. It didn’t take Parsons long to make up the deficit on the bike, clocking 22 minutes and 49 seconds for the 10-miles. Ultimately it wasn’t enough.
A fast-running Robson re-caught Parsons after a mile and turned it into victory by half a minute, while another quick run from Bardlsey saw her just miss out on second place. After the fireworks at Castle Combe, all eyes will turn to Rutland on 10 March, where the Dambuster Duathlon plays host to the British Championships.
1 Phil Mosley (Triathlon Plus) 42:13.841
2 Alex Matchett (Pembrokeshire Triathlon Club) 43:05.768
3 Simon Thornton (BAD Tri) 43:09.572
1 Ian Cardy (DB Max Tri) 44:17.699
Male Super Veteran:
1 Peter Wheddon (BAD Tri) 46:23.871
Male Super Veteran 60:
1 Stuart Mcgowan (Bike and Run/Hillingdon Triathletes) 51:37.543
1 Kate Robson (BRAT Club) 47:53.503
2 Michelle Parsons (unattached) 48:22
3 Louise Bardsley (TORQ) 48:30.086
1 Maria Powell (PacTri) 49:08.265
Female Super Veteran:
1 Maggie Bromley (Kingswood Tri) 56:17.264
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