Great day – great course.
Featured image – Hogan Ward was the winner of the kids micro race, narrowly ahead of Oliver Lock and Kurt Ward.
Eleven kids took part in the micro race over 600m/1.3km/600m and then 56 competitors raced over the short medium and long course.
Here’s the results.
Here’s the photos by Janice Coyle
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Hayden Squance and Carol Cooper were the winners of the long course at the first race of the Shoe Clinic Brooks Duathlon Series at Rabbit Island on Sunday.
This year marks the 14th since the Nelson Tri Club series began in 2005. For the first time, the event has departed from the run, bike run, format, introducing shorter multi-circuit courses and a choice of short, medium and long races.
On the first run over the tough, undulating 1.6km circuit, Squance and 14-year-old Luke Clatworthy made a break on the field, while Cooper chased after 16-year-old Mikayla Wright.
On the early laps it was hard to separate those doing the three-stage, five stage and seven-stage events, but things became clearer after the second run, when short-course athletes peeled off into the finish shute.
Adam Clatworthy was first to cross the line in 33min 26sec, followed by Jane Martin (34.46), Adam’s twin Joseph (35.06) and Jane’s daughter Lucy (35.21).
After a further bike and run section, Luke Clatworthy (53.09) strode to a clear victory in the medium distance race over Brendon Crequer (59.11) and Josh Barber (1.01.40).
Megan Coltman (1.03.27) took the women’s win in this section ahead of Miriam Clark (1.06.35) and Hannah Price (1.09.48), with Hannah’s mother Karen close behind in 1.09.48.
Squance led the field on through a sixth and seventh stage, eventually winning the long event in 1.11.58 from Chris Sharland (1.16.21), Matt Newberry (1.17.34) and Stu Hodgkiss (1.17.37).
Carol Cooper showed she’s well on the comeback trail, winning the women’s section in 1.29.44 from Mikayla Wright (1.31.52) and Carolyn Squance (1.35.38).
A micro race for 5-12-year-olds sparked enthusiastic competition with Hogan Ward (9min 13sec) sprinting to a good lead from Oliver Lock (9.17) and Curt Ward (9.23). Milla Anticiel (12.06) was the first girl, narrowly ahead of Ra Sharp (12.13). Entry to this race is free, with parents welcome to accompany their children to give moral support and guidance.
Race two in the series takes place at Rabbit Island on Sunday May 6.