December 6 2013 Latest news:
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
WALDENTRI members Michael Buchallet and Craig Dyce travelled to Ottawa in Canada to represent Great Britain at the World Duathlon Championships, accompanied by a large contingent of family and friends.
Buchallet, competing in the 40-44 year age category at the standard distance (10km run, 40km bike, 5km run), was first off in the morning. His initial run time of 39mins 54secs was good enough to put him ahead of, amongst others, former Olympic rowing gold medallist James Cracknell. A solid bike leg and strong second run brought him home in 2hrs 11mins, good enough to finish 30 out of 43 competitors in his age category, a tremendous achievement given that he had only been taking part in duathlons for less than 12 months.
Dyce, off later in the morning, was competing in the 45-49 year age category at the sprint distance (5km run, 20km bike, 2.5km run). A strong first run brought him into the initial transition in first place but some stronger cyclists passed him on the bike leg.
However, a swift second transition and battling second run allowed him to fight back and he crossed the line in 2nd place in a time of 1hr 42secs. The silver medal follows the bronze he had won at the European championships earlier this year.
In the Open 5km running race that followed the duathlons, 11-year-old Helena Dyce finished 4th female in a time of 20mins 1 secs.
Meanwhile, club member Pete Thompson completed the Newmarket Duathlon and came 9th overall out of a field of 110 athletes and 1st in his age group.
The race consisted of two runs of 4.8km and a bike of 22.4km. The runs were mainly off-road and muddy after the recent rain while the bike leg was also tough, hilly and with some sharp bends. Thompson was pleased with his overall time of 1hr 16mins.
Eight triathletes also travelled to Rutland Water to take on the Vitruvian Triathlon.
As a middle distance race it was a step up for some and a welcome break from the longer Iron distance races for others.
With a 1,900m open water swim followed by 85km bike leg, wrapped up with a half marathon, it was by no means an easy challenge.
Club captain Jonathan Howe was first home in 5hrs 5mins 47secs, followed by Jeremy Buss, who excelled finishing with a 1hr 44mins half marathon, giving himself a time of 5hrs 24mins 22secs.
Then came the ladies Relay Team each sharing the load with Issy Wardle, Michelle Desforges and Claire Denyer coming in an excellent time of 5hrs 49mins 42secs.
Paul Chapman and Andy Stotten cruised in at 5hrs 40mins 59secs and 5hrs 53mins 54secs respectively.
The next few weeks will see the culmination of a great season for WaldenTri, with several of its athletes heading off to the European qualifiers and the world championships in London.