This article is by Heather Gould currently weighed down with medals, tea, cakes and goody bags from various Tri competitions! Noreen
In preparation of the triathlon season two local duathlons seemed to be the perfect reason to dust down the bikes and dig out the NSP TRI suits.
The 20th March was the most beautiful day with blue skies, no wind, albeit a little chilly for the 7:30 a.m. start for the SUNCITY Duathlon at Sunderland. A simple formula of 5km/20km/5km course taking in the run and bike route of last year’s SUNCITY triathlon. Five NSP TRI members rose nice and early for the challenge. Experienced Iron people Alan and Louise Turnbull finished easily in 1:21:34 and 1:33:50 respectively and despite Louise’s brake lock seizing on her wheel during the ride section finished as 3rd FV. Supervets, Heather Gould and Judith Parkinson finished in second and third in category with vintage veteran, Viv Stapley completing the team with 3rd in category. A great little goody bag with a free inner tube and lush tea and cake afterwards made it an event worth getting up for. Well we are easy pleased!
Fast forward two weeks to the 3/4/16 and Durham City Duathlon and a much more respectable 9am start. 5km/25km/5km seems straight forward. What lay ahead was the toughest multisport event I have done to date in my short triathlon career! Only two of NSP TRI members took on the challenge. Paul Richardson and myself were naive enough to have a go at 5km of cross county (spikes would have been useful on this old xc course) 25 km bike course which included an additional two sets of temporary traffic lights, a stop and go point, and the dreadful Button Bank. Well Durham is not flat and Button Bank nearly broke me as I watched the verge for a good place to fall off my bike as I could not unclip under the pedal pressure, but it was all mud! Making the top in a clean condition and still clipped in was an achievement in itself that day. Of course another 5 km xc nearly finished the legs as I trundled along, determined not to be last across the line.
Paul finished in a cracking time of 1:28:40 and 5th MV40 and 14th place overall and second FV50 for moi and another nice trophy for the downstairs loo!
Well done to everyone who took part as we have put the club well and truly in the Gran Prix rankings with England Triathlon. As the triathlon season truly starts, I am sure the best is yet to come from the club. Meanwhile, Heather has entered a Spanish Gran prix starting in Benidorm on 17/4/16…any excuse to eclipse Judith Chalmers!