One of the UK’s most anticipated season openers, the Oulton Park Spring Duathlon took place last Sunday 15th March at the famous motor racing circuit in Cheshire, featuring a sprint and a standard distance race.
The race was a qualifying race for both the 2015 ITU World Duathlon Championships and the 2016 ETU Standard Distance Duathlon European Championships and attracted a large field of elite athletes as well as amateur and novice racers. 279 athletes crossed the finish line in the standard distance race and 190 completed the sprint distance race.
The Oulton Park Spring Duathlon is held at one of the country’s finest motor racing circuits and offers many unique features including the mass start on the starting grid, transition in the pits and a traffic free race track. The banked hairpin and the track’s super smooth tarmac guarantee a fast and unique racing experience for all competitors, along with excellent spectating opportunities.
Sprint (4.3km run/21.6km bike/4.3km run)
The sprint race saw some fast times, with four athletes dominating the field and battling it out for first place. Carl Avery beat Christopher Silver of University of Birmingham Tri Club into second place by 10 seconds, claiming the win in a time of 01:01:49. In a sprint finish Ian Lawton secured third place in a time of 01:02:07, one second ahead of Peter Ellis.
In the women’s race, Gwen Kinsey of Stroud Athletic and Hannah Dodwell raced each other for the women’s title, with Kinsey securing the win by crossing the finish line in 01:16:11, seven seconds ahead of Dodwell. Cath Dawson claimed third place in 01:17:14.
Standard (8.6km/38.8km bike/4.3km run)
In the standard race Luke Pollard of RAF Tri Club put in an outstanding performance on the track. Pollard took the lead from the start and kept extending the gap throughout the race, claiming the title in a time of 01:41:02 which is nearly 8 minutes faster than his time last year. Gethin Butler took second place in 01:42:44 ahead of Sean Poulter (Adwick Club) in 01:44:15.