Inaugural Skegness Duathlon won by Louth triathlete

Some of the competitors of the inaugural Skegness Duathlon.
Some of the competitors of the inaugural Skegness Duathlon.

Last weekend saw the inaugural Skegness Duathlon organized and hosted by the Skegness Triathlon Club.

As the temperatures drop at this time of year events typically see the swim part of a triathlon dropped.

This leaves what is called a duathlon, although still having three segments, consisting of a run bike run.

The duathlon began at Fresh Fitness Leisure Centre based on the Richmond Holiday

Park and after a race briefing and a minutes silence in remembrance of those

fallen in past wars, the mass start headed out on a 5km run through the Seacroft

Fields estate.

Marshalls were placed throughout the run and bike courses for the safety of the competitors.

The first run finished back in the transition area at Fresh Fitness, where they mounted their bikes and started out on a two lap, 30km bike course, taking in Gibraltar Point and Croft Marsh Farm.

The weather was just right, although a little damp on the ground, which meant in places the cyclists had to take extra care.

On returning to the transition area, the bikes were exchanged for running shoes once again for a 2.5km run, to complete the duathlon.

The winner was Duncan Warrell from Louth Tri Club, winning in a time of one hour 22 minutes, followed closely by Skegness Triathlon Club’s own Chris Reader, coming in second, with a time of one hour 23 minutes.

The ladies winner was from the Skegness Ladies Cycle Club, coming home in one hour 39 minutes.

Skegness Triathlon Club would like to say a huge thank you to all the marshalls for their help, the competitors for taking part and also to Fresh Fitness for allowing the club to use their venue, Vertigo scaffolding for supplying the bike racking and Croft Marsh Farm for allowing the club to extend the bike route onto their private road.

The club are looking forward to putting on their next event in the early spring.

Visit www.skegnesstri.co.uk if interested in taking part in club activities.