Castle Coombe Race Circuit hosted this year's BUCS Duathlon Championships for another year, organised by DBMax race events. The race conditions were good with a wind and the slight hill offering the competitors a challenge on the course.
The Duathlon event, which consists of a 2 mile (1 lap) run, 10 mile (5 laps) bike and 2 mile (1 lap) run, has become an increasingly popular event since it began in 2010. This year saw the biggest field with total competitors starting the race with 569 athletes, 391 of them men and 178 women. Amongst these athletes were 5 Cardiff Metropolitan University men and 3 women.
The men's race was first off and Liam Lloyd from the University of Leeds set the pace heading into transition by about 15 seconds. Liam stayed in 1st place for the rest of the afternoon and extended his lead to around 30 seconds at the end of the race. An incredible effort from the 2014 Welsh Commonwealth Games athlete. The race for the other podium spots was much closer with a lot of quality athletes coming into the transition and the top 10 included Cardiff Met students Sam Wade and Deri Stewart. Ieuan Cooke and Kieran John followed closely and were amongst the main bunch heading into the first transition, and Adam Jones putting in a consistent performance was also well inside the top half of the field.
During the bike stage of the race Sam Wade set a strong early pace and came off the bike leg in 5th position. Notable rides also came from first year students Ieuan Cooke and Deri Stewart who show great promise for the coming years as well as Kieran John and Adam Jones who both knocked over a minute off their bike times from last year. The future is looking bright for Cardiff Met with this group of athletes.
In the final stage of the race Sam Wade completed an excellent run overtaking a couple of competitors and secured a bronze medal. This was Sam's 4th bronze medal in consecutive years- an excellent achievement for the Cardiff Met student. Alex Matcheet from Bristol University had a strong race to win the silver medal behind Liam Lloyd.
The women's athletes were racing in their first ever Duathlon, and in doing so did Cardiff Met very proud. Hannah Thompson, Jasmine Bowyer and Natalie Taylor had good races, showed a lot of dedication and learnt from the experience. They are all looking forward to more events and the triathlon season next year.
|1||Liam Lloyd (University of Leeds)||Sophia Saller (Oxford University)|
|2||Alex Matchett (Bristol University)||Chloe Cook (Leeds Beckett University)|
|3||Sam Wade (Cardiff Metropolitan University)||Grace France (Bristol University)|
| ||Men's Team||Women's Team|
|1||University of Leeds||University of Leeds|
|2||Loughborough University||University of Birmingham|
|3||Leeds Beckett University||Leeds Beckett University|
| ||Cardiff Metropolitan University - 6th||Cardiff Metropolitan University – 29th|
Pictures kindly provided by The Triathlon Shop, Bristol.