Kielder Duathlon – 1st Dec 2013

This years event saw almost tropical conditions compared to last year.  Start was around 8 degrees,  compared with -7 last year.  Three Ponteland Tri members were at the Duathlon, (which is run under British Triathlon Federation rules)  all looking forward to the run-bike-run combination.  Nick Winslow, Geoff Turner and Chris Heppell listened to a race briefing telling us to “expect to get wet” when we turn of the trails on deadwater fell,  and they were right……

Geoff had a mechanical on the bike leg and had to limp back to transition where the marshalls talked him into going back out for the second run leg “to experience” the route. In Geoff’s own words “That 6k felt more like 6miles….. ”

Nick literally fell during the fell run and returned with very minor injuries but enjoyed the experience.  All are looking forward to next year to have another go.  The bike photo is from last years event.  There were 156 taking part with the winner home in 1:58.  The two Ponteland Tri members who finished came in with Chris Heppell on 2:32, and Nick Winslow on 2:59,  both doing well in the MV40 and MV50 categories respectively.  Full results are on High Terrain Events Website.  If you enjoy off-road events this is one worth considering, great views and well ran event.