We are proud to announce that two of our OCs, Austin Hall (2005-2015) and Charlie Holt (2007-2016), competed in the 2019 ITU World Duathlon Championships which took place in Spain at the end of April. They both had successful races with Austin finishing 10th and Charlie finishing 6th in their category, Age Group 20-24. See below the race reports from both of them:
Austin: "It was always going to be a tough race with a bike course which didn't suit my ability as it was hilly, which meant I knew gaps were going to open and the field would be split. I had a really good solid first run leading the chase group of 7 people, including Charlie, into the first transition. Out on the bike course we had a good working pack and made up time on the lead group. I made a mistake by getting caught behind a couple of people who were struggling after I took a turn on the front which caused me to fall off the back of the group. Unfortunately I couldn't get back on but caught a US athlete and we worked together for the rest of the bike, coming into transition about a minute behind the leaders and 45s behind Charlie. Difficult second run as I was suffering with tight calves after the bike but held on in a pack of 4 until the finish. Unfortunately made another positioning error on the 'dead' turn before the finish line resulting in being at the back of the sprint for the line. Overall 10th position with just 0.5s between myself and 7th and 30s behind Charlie.
Looking forward to improving throughout the season and resuming the rivalry between myself and Charlie at the 2020 World Duathlon Championships in Holland."
Charlie: "After running a PB for the first 5km run, I placed nicely in the chase group on the bike and did a lot of work with one other British athlete to bridge the gap to the lead group, which we managed to do prior to the halfway ‘turn-point’, however on the last incline my earlier efforts began to take their toll and I was dropping back off the lead group. I continued the rest of the bike with the lead group in sight working with a New Zealand athlete to stay in contact. Onto the 2nd 2.5km run was just a case of getting around at a consistent pace, as there was a gap between myself and the chasers behind.
After an extremely tactical and hard-fought race setting a new 5km PB on a hilly run course and new Power PB on a hilly bike course, I finished 6th and was the 2nd Brit in my age category, meaning automatic pre-qualification for World Sprint Duathlon Champs in Netherlands 2020."