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Sun 14th April 2013: Cambridge Duathlon
Sunday 14th April, Trudy Avis was the sole Hadleigh Hare to participate in the Cambridge Duathlon. The early season race doubled up as
a qualifier for the World Duathlon Championships so the standard was high and there was lots of shiny carbon in the transition area.
There were 380 athletes competing which were split into 4 waves, The females were the first competitors to set off.
The race started with a 7.5km run around the village of Bottisham which included one small ascent; otherwise the course was flat with
the last mile on grass around the school field.
Into transition and out for the just over 40km bike leg which was 2.5 laps and included two compulsory foot down. Again the route was
mostly flat with a few drags but in the Cambridgeshire countryside hills are not the enemy, the wind is and there was a constant
crosswind for most of the race which zapped energy levels.
Once again into transition and a repeat of the first 7.5k run to finish off, which was a lot harder the second time around. Water,
banana and a much deserved medal was presented to all finishers.
4th in age group
Sat 9th March 2013: Dambuster Duathlon
Hares aren't defeated by Dambuster Duathlon
Saturday 9th March 2013 and the Hares were hoping for a warm spring day, instead they arrive at Rutland Water to a temperature of
4 degrees with a damp murky atmosphere. Not the ideal conditions for their 1st Duathlon of the year. With training hard during the
winter months with doing turbo sessions up to 2 hours twice a week they were hoping this would be enough to give them a strong bike
The race was a British Championship age group qualifier with 800 athletes registered so the Hares were up against a very strong field
of competitors. There were 6 Hares racing ( 4 individually and 2 as a relay). The first leg was a 10km run around the lake and then a
double loop of the dam. The run section was mainly flat but was psychologically challenging as you could see the competition for most
of the course. Then came the bike a slightly long 42km route around the spectacular Rutland scenery, it was a testing undulating
course known as the Rutland Ripple which was suited to strong bikers. After a testing bike the final 5km run was a straight out and
back affair which lead the Hares back over familiar ground. They couldn't get lost on this course but they definitely got very tired.
|Clare O Neil
|Relay Deb Stewart/Sara Taylor-Balls
|Racing for RAF Triathlon Penny Grayson
The Triathlon Season for me by Elizabeth Stewart
I will tell you my top tips and how I feel before
during and after. But before I start I would like to tell you about
Triathlons. At the first Triathlon you do, it can be nerve-racking.
Anyone would be but we all have to start somewhere. This was my
first full season in the league. I started off as just a single
sport - swimming, cycling and running all separate events. My school
used to do a triathlon each year from tri star starts to youths.
I didn’t realize that there were more events elsewhere.
This is how I feel before a Triathlon. I feel nervous, scared, excited
but I know that these are natural, otherwise I wouldn’t do it. It
would be boring. On your first Triathlon you might not do very well
but you have beaten everybody who didn’t turn up. I came last in
my first couple of races in my half season. So in a way I didn’t
Here are some tips of mine
1. Have a bright towel.
Reason: If you have a light blue towel or plain towel than most
people will have one like it. I usually have a pooh bear towel,
Flintstones or a heart spotted towel and no one has had one like
2. Do warm up properly.
Reason: If you don’t warm up than you won’t be able to perform at
3. Don’t eat anything before a race unless it has half an hour before.
Reason: This one is quite simple. You will get a stitch.
4. Be prepared.
Reason: If you are not prepared than you will be stressed out the
night before. Then you won’t be able to sleep and you will then
be tired. Then you won’t be able to do that well.
Reason: When you get into the pool or lake or wherever you’re swimming.
Think where your stuff is in transition.
6. Get a good place in transition.
The best place is at the end. Get there early so you get a place
at the end. Reason: If you are near the middle then you might go
passed it. Then you will waste time and you will drop several places.
Reason: if you don’t train then you won’t be able to do well.
Reason: if you say you can’t then you won’t but if you say you can
then you will be able to do it.
9. No good saying you’ll do it but never do then you won’t ever
Reason: who is going to going to get fitter the person who says
they will do it or the person who does it. Answer the person who
10. Be prepared
Reason: you don’t know what the weather is going to be like.
Those where my top tips. The triathlon season for me was fun, nerve-wracking,
exiting but you do have to face disappointment like I did at Framingham
but the most important thing is to focus on the good parts of it
and everything happens for a reason. I finished 12 in the eastern
region league. This was my first full season and first in the league.
Good luck for your triathlons.
Elizabeth (12 years old)