Clumber Park Duathlon

Two Tattenhall Runners joined 800 duathletes for the penultimate ITU Age Group 2020 World Championship qualifying race at Clumber Park at the weekend for their annual Duathlon.  The Standard race comprising a 10km run followed by a 40km bike section and finishing off with a 5km run took place within the park and on the roads around it.
James Jenkin and Martin Durrant made the trip to the race near Worksop hoping to qualify for the prestigious 2020 World Championships.  The weather was fine and dry and the sun even made an appearance.  Though some of the roads within the park were badly rutted making the cycling leg difficult, the quality of the field was high with the winner completing the race in a time of 1:45:19.  The rather more mature Tattenhall Runners, competing in the 60-64 age category took a little longer but James completed the course, coming 3rd in his age group (98th overall), in a time of 2:11:20 with Martin crossing the line in 2:21:46 and in 7th place in the age category.
A tough but enjoyable event well worth the visit.  With both athletes participating in the 2019 Age Group Duathlon World Championships in Pontevedra, Spain at the end of April, this was excellent pre-competition preparation and sets the scene for the the 2020 World Championships next year.