Essex duathlon is a run-away success

PUBLISHED: 11:43 10 June 2010

Hatfield Forest provided the perfect backdrop for the Dunmow Duathlon

Hatfield Forest provided the perfect backdrop for the Dunmow Duathlon

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RUNNERS and riders who took part in the first-ever Dunmow Duathlon have given a cash thank you to the National Trust for allowing use of its premises.

Dunmow Triathlon Club chairman Phil Elms presented a cheque for £200 to staff at Hatfield Forest in recognition of the club’s first race held in March this year.

RUNNERS and riders who took part in the first-ever Dunmow Duathlon have given a cash thank you to the National Trust for allowing use of its premises.

Dunmow Triathlon Club chairman Phil Elms presented a cheque for £200 to staff at Hatfield Forest in recognition of the club’s first race held in March this year.

The competition comprised of a 5km cross-country run, followed by a 23km bike ride around the forest and to complete the race a further 5km cross country run.

The winner of the race, Ben Baldelli completed the course in one hour 24 minutes and finished ahead of 138 other competitors.

Men and women of all ages and experience took part in the event making it one of the most popular local races held during the winter months.

Mr Elms said: “It was a superb location for our first duathlon – the ability to race in such an environment is a real honour for all the athletes.

“The club would like to thank the National Trust for allowing the race to be held at Hatfield Forest and I am pleased to announce that we have agreed to hold the event again next year on March 5, 2011.”

Countryside manager Henry Bexley said: “The partnership working with the club in hosting the event has been a really successful venture this year with a well planned and popular event. In spite of muddy conditions it was great to see the athletes coming in smiling.”

For anyone interested in competing in triathlon or duathlon, the club offers training and support for all levels of athlete and is especially supportive of novice triathletes. The club has four British triathlon qualified coaches to supervise all sessions and is based at Dunmow Leisure Centre, for more information visit dunmowtri.co.uk.

Entry details for the 2011 Duathlon will be posted soon at entrycentral.co.uk

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