National Duathlon Champion 2012 and World Silver medallist 2011 Anna Turvey once again dominated the female race finishing in 1:21:10 with Manchester Tri’s Sarah Rose in second closely followed by Joyce Mark. The fastest bike saw Turvey take the lead onto the run and with the fastest run too, saw her comfortably over the line first. Mark put herself in contention with the second fastest bike split but it was Rose who put together a great bike and run to take second place from Mark. A bright future in store for first U20 Robyn Waugh, with the fastest swim and second fastest run saw her take fourth overall and victory in the U20 age group.
Racing was absolutely terrific and the leading places across the age groups and overall was changing until the last moments of the race. The 750m swim in the 18 degree lake was fast, with U20 Daniel Johnson, Ryton Tri first out the water, followed by PhilAiston, Tyne Tri a few seconds later. The chase group containing Wilson, Jones, Wylie, Downes and also Robyn Waugh, the first female, closely following the lead pair.
A quick transition saw them out onto the 24Km bike course and with very little wind, turned out to be very fast. It was David Barker, Tri Northumberland, who started to make his move through the field, and entered T2 with a commanding lead. Would it be enough? The chasing pack of Oguona (who posted second fastest bike split of 36:24 to arrive with the lead chase group) Walker and Wilson are known for their running ability. Despite Oguona posting the second fastest run split for 6km it just wasn’t enough and Barker was comfortable in victory, his patience in training paying off with a very well deserved first place. Garry Walker just missed out finishing in third place and Junior Daniel Johnson, despite the fastest swim and run, just missed out on the overall medals finishing in fourth – what a great racing future this likeable young lad has.
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