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Drama at Steyning Biathlon

Advertised as a 7k run (7 laps of town centre), 35k cycle, 5k run (5 laps of town centre).

I shot out at the start like the usual bullet I am, remembered to save myself for the cycle this time(!), and hit transition in sixth place, had slick transition and left it in fifth place, rode like a demon for the first 5k and got fourth place before a major accident with two motorcycles on the cycle route (nothing to do with the event, but sad nonetheless) blocked the road ahead and stopped the race. We all trundled back to the town centre whilst the organisers decided what to do.

Cancelling the event was not an option; the event is one of the European Championship qualifiers. So a new cycle route was devised, and off we shot again. With me leading (not sure how that happened – but being the first on the road through the town centre and the ‘wall of sound’ from those cheering us on was inspirational) and all the others following at 15 second intervals...

A much better cycle than when I rode at Milton Keynes saw me enter the second run in third place overall. A rapid five laps of the town centre in what was, by now, a hot afternoon, saw me post the second fastest ‘Run 2’ time (again) and come home third overall in 1:30:34, second in age group and very tired!! All three podium places were taken by Dorset men; James Gilifillan was first (in 1:25:47), Lee Piercy was second (in 1:26:21).

As an aside, a friend of mine (Ian Habgood, Bournemouth AC), was racing his first ever duathlon. With the bib number 13, and racing on the 13th, guess what position he got? Yep, 13th. But first in his age group (25-29). Impressive stuff. I’ve got to watch my back!

Next? National 12 Stage for Kent AC on Saturday, Cambridge Duathlon on Sunday. No rest for the wicked...


Ian Cardy

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