Biting winds greeted competitors for the British Duathlon Championships at Clumber Park Duathlon in Nottinghamshire last Saturday, with Julian Lings (Team Accelerate) winning the men’s standard distance race and Ali Moult (MiRacing/Rugby Tri) taking women’s gold.
Lings stepped up one age-group from 2014 to the M30-34 category, and repeated his winning performance from 2014 to be fastest man overall, clocking 1:53:02 in the standard distance. Daniel Jenkin (M25-29) and Ben Price (M30-34) finished close behind, in second and third spot respectively overall.
“I really like this course; I had my first national championships here three years ago,” said Lings afterwards. “It was a good day for it today – great bike course and well organised too. I’m happy.”
In the women’s standard distance race, Ali Moult put on an impressive show to cross the line as fastest woman of the day in 2:08:18, picking up the F25-29 title in the process.
Moult, however, was clear to add it was no plain sailing in the process to her feat. “I’m so chuffed with my overall Standard win at Clumber today – that was tough though!”
Following in her path were Jenny Latham (F25-29) and Gill Fullen (F50-54), the next fastest women to cross the line.
The fastest man overall in the sprint distance was Pete Ellis, 30 seconds clear of RAF teammate, Paul Vernon. Ellis added, “I had a strong bike – the wind caused a few issues at points. It was a great race; I managed to hold on in the second run. An RAF one-two is great news for us!”
Emily Whitmore was the quickest of the women in the sprint distance; the Charnwood duathlete crossed the line in 1:03:01.
2015 British Age-Group Duathlon Champions
M15-19, Daniel Bluff, 2:13:43 F15-19, Tamsin Boam, 2:30:30 M20-24, Jordan Skelly, 1:58:51 F20-24, Joanna Wright, 2:18:22 M25-29, Daniel Jenkin, 1:53:53 F25-29, Ali Moult, 2:08:18 M30-34, Julian Lings, 1:53:02 F30-34, Claire Pickersgill, 2:25:50 M35-39, David Thomas, 1:54:32 F35-39, Kate Hodgkiss, 2:13:39 M40-44, Phill Melling, 1:54:11 F40-44, Nici Cahusac, 2:14:35 M45-49, Chris Nicoll, 1:56:37 F45-49, Vikki Silvertsen, 2:21:12 M50-54, Peter Cusick, 2:04:22 F50-54, Gill Fullen, 2:11:43 M55-59, Peter Orme, 2:12:46 F55-59, Mary Twitchett, 2:20:06 M60-64, Sean McDermott, 2:20:14 F60-64, Penny Edwards, 2:43:44 M65-69, Mick Anglim, 2:25:26 F65+, Elspeth Knott, 2:36:49 M70+, Vernon Thomas, 2:43:22