A duathlon for all to get to grips with

Coasters took part in the duathlon.
Coasters took part in the duathlon.

On a warm but breezy morning, 16 people took part in the third Go Tri duathlon, organised by Skegness Triathlon Club.

The event, based at Fresh Fitness, consisted of a one-mile run to the Eco centre, a 6.2-mile bike ride to Gibraltar Nature reserve and back to the transition area for the last one-mile run to the finish line.

The event attracted both absolute beginners and experienced triathletes, who used the event as a training session.

It was a very friendly and low-key event, but still had marshalls along the course and a qualified England Triathlon coach on hand for tips and advice.

Six members of the Skegness Coasters Running Club participated in the duathlon.

Coasters taking part included Craig Tarrant (32:00), Neil Mitchell (32:10), David Freeman (38:14), Andy Wilkinson (38:57) and Claire Parker (47:43).

Skegness Coaster Julie Hawkesford was the first woman to finish in a time of 39 mins 15 secs.

After much running experience, Julie fancied a new challenge so decided to give a duathlon a go.

She said: “It was tough, but on reflection I really enjoyed it and would love to do it again.

“The support from spectators and marshals was spot on.

“The event was well organised – a real credit to Skegness Tri Club.”

The club’s next duathlon is to be held on Sunday, September 25, involving a 5km run, 18km bike and 2.5km run.

To enter the Skegness Go Tri events go to www.entrycentral.com and type Skegness in the search bar.

For more details on Skegness Triathlon Club, visit their website at www.skegnesstri.co.uk

Skegness Coasters cater for all abilities and meet every Tuesday at The Welcome Inn at 6.30pm.