In a strong field vying for World Championship qualification, Phil Mosley and Anna Turvey emerged victorious at the Dambuster Duathlon.

Phil Mosley gets off the line at the Dambuster (Photo: British Triathlon)

This year’s Dambuster Duathlon, held at Rutland Water, hosted the British age-group Duathlon Championships and was a qualifier for September’s World Championships in Nancy, France. With so much to fight for, the 800-strong field boasted strength in depth.

In the men’s race, the first 10km run was completed in 32:32 by early leaders Richard Anderson and last year’s British Champion Julian Lings, while the first 70 runners all completed the accurate 10km course in less than 36 minutes. Hot on the leaders’ heels were eventual winner Phil Mosley in 32:34 and last year’s Dambuster duathlon winner Hugh Mackenzie in 33:08.

The leaders raced into transition with Mosley the first to emerge with his bike, ready to tackle the 42km undulating and wind-swept bike leg that included the infamous Rutland Ripple – a long straight road with several steep hills. Lings, Mackenzie and Richard Anderson were close behind but over the next hour Mosley gradually built a two-minute lead, giving him a comfortable margin going into the final 5km run. Unbeknown to them, Paul Carroll who started later in the 40-45 wave, was also having a good race. He completed the first run in 32:41 and produced a strong bike and second run to clinch second place overall and an age-group gold medal, while Hugh Mackenzie held onto third place.

In the women’s race, the 127-strong field saw podium places even more closely fought over. After two hours and eleven minutes, just four-seconds separated eventual winner Anna Turvey from runner-up Amy Forshaw. Turvey owed her eventual victory to her cycle time-trial prowess, after the initial 10k run left her over two-minutes adrift of early leaders Louise Bardsley (36:50) and Esther Rodriguez (36:48). During the 42km cycle, she put almost three minutes into the next faster rider, giving her a small lead going into the final run. A fast run from Forshaw soon closed the gap though, and the finishing line came just in the nick of time for Turvey to claim an excellent victory, while Louise Bardsley took third spot.

Top 3 Men

Phil Mosley 01:54:13
Paul Carroll 01:55:39
Hugh Mackenzie 01:56:12

Top 3 Women

Anna Turvey 02:11:12
Amy Forshaw 02:11:16
Louise Bardsley 02:12:10

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