Competitors braved the cold weather with a smile for the Active Training World event at Ashridge House.
On Saturday 26 January, Ashridge House estate played host to the first of the seasons Triathlon England national championship events, with many of those on the startline not only eyeing up the 2019 title, but also qualificaton to the Great Britain Age-Group team for the 2020 ETU Standard Distance Duathlon European Championships.
Competitors started with a 10km run on the estate grounds before taking to the surrounding roads on the 44km bike course and then completing the course with a final 5km run lap that finished by Ashridge house.
Victoria Kenny (20-24) clocked a time of 2:20:09 to record the fastest female time of the day in what was her first ever duathlon and said "Coming from a cross country background I really enjoyed the run on the mixed terrain and it made a beautiful yet muddy leg. To take the win was fantastic and made training over Christmas - I ran a half marathon Christmas day - all worthwhile."
Ben Price (35-39) of Kinetic-One Wheels is much more established on the duathlon circuit having represented Great Britain as an elite over the middle distance duathlon at European Championships and took the men's overall race in a time of 2:03:23. Price commented on his race saying "I felt I had a solid race today. Having tried to open up a bit of a lead on run 1 and then extend it further on the bike I knew if I stayed strong from there I could secure the victory. The cycle today was tough but the run around the house and grounds was a really stunning setting, at what was a friendly, well managed and well marshalled event."
Full event results can be found here.
2019 Triathlon England Standard Distance Duathlon Champions
|Age-Group||Female Winner||Male Winner|
|Under 20's||-||Evan Richardson|
|20-24||Victoria Kenny||Jake Keast|
|25-29||Rebecca Pritchard||James Ellis|
|30-34||Stephanie Ede||Daniel Jenkin|
|35-39||Sophie Bubb||Ben Price|
|40-44||Ava Lee||Owen James|
|45-49||Claire Hall||Chris Gibbins|
|50-54||Kate Morris||Chris Nicoll|
|55-59||Jo Gundle||Andy Collins|
Bold = Overall race winner