27/03/2011 – Stokesley Duathlon
5k Run – 30k Bike – 5k Run
The Stokesley Duathlon always provides a fantastic season opener on the North East multisport circuit. And with 400 athletes from around the UK toeing the start line, the 2011 edition of this event would be no different.
In near perfect conditions – the sun was shining with hardly any wind – the stage was set for this seasons curtain raiser. A flat and fast 5k run, followed by a 19 mile bike and another final 5k run awaited the nervous, but eager looking athletes. Credit must go to Trihard, the race organisers, firstly for putting on another good event, but also quickly finding a new bike route after the original course had to be altered due to road works.
As the gun went off, it would be David Thomas of York Tri Club and John Hore of Carlisle Tri Club who were locked in a close battle at the head of the race through the first 5k run in a swift 16.11. They powered on to a 20 second lead over 3rd placed Paul Brown in 16.31.
The bike would prove to be the deciding factor of the race as it would be interesting to see who would cope best with the new course changes. Total Racing’s Elliot Gowland, 8th after the first run put in a storming performance and simply rode away from the field, turning a 30 second deficit into a 60 second advantage coming in to T2 (48.51). He would be followed by Ryton’s Phil Addyman in 49.47, with earlier leader Thomas, dropping back to 3rd in 51.11.
Gowland set off on the final run at a strong pace and it looked difficult to see how his lead would be clawed back. However, both Addyman and Thomas put up a good fight, making a last effort for victory. They both pulled time back however is what enough as Gowland took the win in 1.24.53, just under one minute ahead of the chasers. Thomas moved into 2nd in 1.25.44 just six seconds clear of Addyman, 3rd in 1.25.50.
In the women’s race, Melanie Hayward of Barracuda Tri Club, last years winner, set the early pace in a blistering 18.15, already establishing a strong lead over her rivals. Donna Edmondson Booker of Leeds Tri Club entered T1 in 2nd place in 18.41, followed closely by Alison Boyle of Wakefield Tri Club in 18.42.
Onto the bike and Hayward was looking to increase her lead further. She did so, clocking the days fastest split in a nifty 53.43, which pushed her lead out to just over three minutes. Karen Poole of Cleveland Tri Club, who was almost 90 seconds down after the first run in 5th place, battled her way up to 2nd at the end of the bike in 55.13 as Edmondson-Booker slipped back to 3rd in 57.39.
Hayward was not content with the lead she had and pushed on again on the final 5k run to increase her lead further (18.37) and take the win in 1.32.04. Poole (20.38) held on to 2nd place in 1.37.02 as Edmondson-Booker, despite pulling time back (19.38), held 3rd in 1.37.30.
The Novice race over a 3k run, 20k bike and 3k run, was won by Phil Jack who lead from start finish in 55.35. Eric Henderson finished 2nd in 56.28 with Andrew Goodwin 3rd, in 58.23. The first woman was Lizzie Spencer of Leeds Tri Club in 1.00.17, with Melanie Martin 2nd in 1.03.23 and Emma Robinson, 3rd in 1.04.01.
Provisional Results can be seen here… (or here)
Photographs can be seen here…
- Elliot Gowland – Total Racing Int – 1.24.53
- David Thomas – York Triathlon Club – 1.25.44
- Philip Addyman – Ryton Club – 1.25.50
- Melanie Hayward – Barracuda Tri Club – 1.32.04
- Karen Poole – Cleveland Tri Club – 1.37.02
- Donna Edmondson-Booker – Leeds Tri Club – 1.37..30
Category Winners: (Men)
Junior – Ross Landon – 1.29.46
Senior – David Thomas – York Tri Club – 1.25.44
Vet 40 – Elliot Gowland – Total Racing Int – 1.24.53
Vet 50 – Graham Bradshaw – Durham Tri Club – 1.32.21
Vintage – John Booth – 1.40.14
Relay – Godleys Cycles – 1.19.46
Category Winners: (Women)
Junior – Kyah Hall – Ryton Tri – Club – 1.55.37
Senior – Karen Poole – Cleveland Tri Club – 1.37.02
Vet 40 – Melanie Hayward – Barracuda Tri Club – 1.32.04
Vet 50 – Jenny Holland – Tyne Tri Club – 1.46.27