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Next Duathlon Race: Duathlon series is over for 2004, Triathlons commence on the 9th May 2004.

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28 April 2004
FINAL RACE IN THE 2004 DUATHLON SERIES


RESULTS & PHOTOS

All of the top race contenders turned up for this last race in the Duathlon calendar as they knew that the places for the top three athletes was open for anyone to take.

The short course 3/15/3 started an hour earlier than in previous months, as the temperatures are beginning to climb, so we wanted to be finished before the sun got too high in the sky. The long course athletes 10/40/5, we're 3 in total, and set off at the same time, well all except Smudge, who seemed more interest in getting his picture taken.

Daz Sharpe knew he had the Long Course title, so after beating his PB during the Small States race, he set himself the task of beating the Long Course record held by Mat Stephenson. Unfortunately the conditions were not in his favour and he had to settle for winning the series instead.

We've all had a good season, and put some personal bests on our schedules. Once we'd completed the race, trophies were handed out to the league leaders and runners up, this was completed quite quickly, as some wanted to get over to the Anogyra 10km road race. Obviously they hadn't tried hard enough in the Duathlon, if they had energy left.

That's us all warmed up now for the long Triathlon series ahead of us, let's have a good turn out against the Army Triathlon Association team on the 9th May 2004.

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27 April 2004
Waiting for final placing

Sorry, but the final report and the results for the last race of the season are taking a while to finalise. Although trophies were handed out after the last race, other commitments (especially the preparations for the TRI-STARS) have unavoidably delayed the publication of results and photos.

I'll send out a quick note to all when they're in. Meanwhile use some of the interesting links for training help.

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28 March 2004
DUATHLON SERIES HOTS UP -

RESULTS

Summer has arrived, or so it seemed on Sunday morning as Triathletes lined up for the start of race 3 in the K1 Triathlon Club Duathlon League.† The turnout proved that at least 25 people had remembered to put their clocks forward!† Also lining up alongside club members were 6 Triathletes from North Nicosia.

As the race got underway, there were no surprises as Daz Sharpe raced away to take the lead with Steve Basson hot on his heels.†

Daz continued to lead the long course whilst Steve was first back into transition leading the short course.† Steve Eaton in his last race before being posted limped along with a muscle pull, but then came into his own with the fastest bike split of the day to take over the lead.† Unfortunately, his injury prevented him from running at his potential and was overhauled again by Steve Basson who continued to win the menís short course.† In the ladies event, Sarah

Bryan held a marginal lead over Anthea Sharpe with yours truly almost 2mins adrift.† Although cycling strongly, it was not enough to catch the improving Anthea, who opened the lead back up on the 2nd run and kept me in 2nd place.

Daz remained untouchable in the long course and took the win almost 10mins clear of his nearest rivals.† The closest race of the day was between Smudge Smith and Nige Bostock.† Only seconds separated the two throughout, but it was the stronger running Smudge who finally took 2nd by a mere 8 seconds over Nige.

There is just one more race in the Duathlon series on Sun 25th April, starting at the earlier time of 0900hrs (Registration 0800hrs).

29 February 2004
2nd Race of the season - Results
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If race 1 was notable for itís turnout and warm weather then Race 2 outshone it on both accounts. Not only was the field larger it was also a much stronger group of athletes with some notable successes for newcomers.

The menís long course (5/20/5) was again a cat and mouse affair with Daz Sharpe being the mouse and the other 8 men the cats, giving chase but never getting very close.† Smudge Smith ran through the field in run 1 to gain 2nd place, which he never lost.† He was chased all the way by Hugh Gibb a visitor to the island who cycled from Aphrodite Hills to gain 3rd spot!! In the ladies race Kathy Sherlock another visitor from Aphrodite Hills used her running speed to overcome Susanna Roughtons excellent bike ride.

In the menís short course Steve Bason took and early lead in run 1only to be caught by Steve Eatonís speeding bike. Steve put nearly 2min30sec on Bason who ran well in the final leg but couldnít catch the RAF cyclist. Behind them Mark Wagstaff (injury free for once) got better the longer the race went and climbed from 7th to 3rd. Kev Flint put in the second fastest bike split but couldnít hold on during the final run.

An upset in the women's race saw the Sharpe family make it a day to remember. This time it was Dazsí better half Anthea who chased Sarah Bryan through run leg 1 to overtake her on the bike. Not surprisingly, the bike leg saw Bev Childs climb into the lead spot going into the final run. Here Antheas recent hard miles paid dividends as she ran down, and past, Bev for an excellent victory. More consistent running from Sarah saw her gain 3rd spot.

The club would like to thank Bev for setting the course, and Daz for his work on the bikes. A huge thanks also to Ian Urquhart for giving up his own time to time keep so accurately, and finally well done to all those who took part Ö.see you all in March.

20 February 2004
1st Race of the season - Results
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K1sí first Duathlon of the year saw an excellent turnout who as a reward were blessed with perfect conditions.† The warm, sunny morning with slight winds promised a not too uncomfortable return to racing, (lets face it run/bike /run events are always uncomfortable!!).† Bev had set most of the course the day before (let down by a certain committee member who will remain namelessÖ.Mortimer!!) and the early arrivals helped put the finishing touches ready for the off. ( A big up to Daz Sharpe for getting the bikes out and ready).

Registration, and club admin, was handled gamely by Ian and June Urquhart and then it was time for the race brief and the final oiling of bikes or legs (not speaking for myself here!). Bev must have been confident of her running post Gate2Gate as she added an extra 500m to each run leg Ö.because of mud she said but we know better.

At just after 10:00 the hooter went and 12 men and 7 ladies set off on the first run leg (except Smudge who seemed a little surprised by it all !).† As expected Daz Sharpe took an early lead never to be seen again. Nige Bostock and Paul Brooks (down from the Hoplite Club) chased hard on the first leg with Smudge making his way through the field once heíd woken up. In the ladies race Sarah Bryan ran a storming first leg to give herself a 1:30 lead over Bev and Anna Bower.

Out on the bike for the 15 km out and back and Daz extended his 40sec lead to over 3min with the fastest bike split of the day. The second group of Smudge, Nige Bostock and Paul Brooks were† only around 7 km into the leg when they were joined by Steve Eaton† with the second fastest split of the day. All four came in within 20secs of each other with Smudge ahead and a cheeky speed transition by Nige B saw him away in third.

Sarah's† lead was soon whittled away but Bev (on her new bike I might add!) but she still managed to hold off Anna Bower to enter transition 2 in second 1:30 down on Bev but with a 50sec cushion. Susanna Roughton also had an excellent ride with 26min for the 15 km.

With a 3min lead Daz was never going to be challenged today and again put in the fastest 2nd run split to come home in under 45min with over 4mins to the next man. That next man was Smudge Smith who must have looking over his shoulder all the way as Nige B slowly gained time. Luckily for Smudge the line came just in time with Nige only 8secs behind.

But itís not all about winning but taking part and challenging yourself. Well done to Frank Morse in his first event (as a vet !!), to Dan Preece who† put in 2 excellent runs and continues to improve and to Gaz Davies who thinks that Rugby the day before is an excellent warm up ( your barking even for a Sunderland fan). Well done to Anthea Wagstaff and Wendy Lashley.

Finally a big ĎTHANK YOUí to Ian and June Urquhart who gave up there free time to act as time keepers and the fruits of there labours can be enjoyed and analysed by all on the results page.

9 January 2004
1st Race of the season re-scheduled

Due to on-Island commitments of many of the Club members, the First Race of the season has been put back to the 8th February 2004.†

This means that the K1 Triathlon Club will hold two races in February now, not forgetting all of the Club members that will be out on the 1st February to compete in the "Gate2Gate" (Episkopi Gymnasium to Akrotiri Gymnasium), if you haven't already done so, get your names to who's coordinating the teams for us.

For those of you wondering about the 'Hoplite' races, I'm reliably informed that their new OIC wants to hold them at weekends, possibly the 2nd weekend of the month. I'm still waiting for their race schedule.

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26th November 2003
2004 Season commences in January

Just when you thought it was safe; in just a few weeks time the New Year bring New Challenges. Will you be up for them?

The K1 Triathlon Club gives you the opportunity to test your metal, and lose those pounds acquired during the festive season.

Come on down for the Duathlon, if you don't get hooked by the race atmosphere, I guarantee you'll be impressed with the camaraderie of your fellow athletes.

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