November is here, and finally the events volume starts to drop. As people are just starting to have a break from training, or retreat to their Parkruns, turbo trainers and the gym/pool, 12 brave/foolhardy BTS souls toed the early start line at the gruelling Ballbuster Duathlon. As the UK’s first ever “named Storm” Abigail rolled into the country on the 7th November, the 12 got ready for an event encompassing 5 x 8 mile laps of Box Hill in Surrey, in what were actually quite mild but foggy conditions (to start with)
The first run starts in the middle of a muddy field but our brave band were quickly onto the course, negotiating puddles, slippery leaves and a course that lulls you into a false sense of security by being downhill and then flat for the first 6 miles before ramping up for the first long grind up the switchbacks of Box Hill and out onto the bike.
Weather conditions began to deteriorate after about an hour of racing with patches of heavy rain and gusty winds of up to 30mph necessitating cautious riding and unfortunately a few fell foul of both the road and weather conditions and were unable to complete the bike course, thankfully no lasting damage was done.
The closest race of the day came between a current club cycling ace, Ed and the member voted “the runner they’d most like to be like when they grow up” Martyn Parrish with a great first run from Martyn establishing a lead of around 3 minutes, only to be overtaken at about half way on the bike, with Ed heading out onto the second run 3.5 minutes to the good, they wouldn’t meet again until 5 miles into the final run lap, where Martyn’s running prowess held out to cross the line a tiny 5 seconds ahead of a completely spent Ed. Other mentions must got to Gemma Korff, who’s excellent and very consistent run splits earned her a top 30 position overall, swapping places with Kate Jewell a couple of times as 2015 Newcomer of the Year Kate completed her longest race to date. Also to Andrea Taborelli, who increased his chances of selection into the GB long Distance Duathlon team for 2016..
After a successful race the members and their loyal supporters headed to the local American BBQ themed restaurant for a well deserved meat and fries recovery meal wrapped up in their new Hoodies. Full Results
|Name||Age Cat||Cat Pos||Overall||Run 1||T1||Bike||T2||Run 2|
|Martyn Parrish||(M) 35-39||5||3:10:33||0:51:27||0:01:26||1:22:05||0:01:57||0:53:38|
|Ed Nunn||(M) 30-34||10||3:10:38||0:54:43||0:00:55||1:16:55||0:00:59||0:57:06|
|Wayne Clements||(M) 35-39||9||3:20:10||0:55:27||0:01:50||1:24:53||0:01:20||0:56:40|
|Andrea Taborelli||(M) 40-44||26||3:25:16||0:54:36||0:01:09||1:28:41||0:01:14||0:59:30|
|Matt Eckett||(M) 40-44||34||3:32:43||0:59:13||0:01:47||1:23:52||0:01:13||1:06:38|
|Chris Dollimore||(M) 40-44||38||3:39:21||1:05:42||0:01:14||1:23:23||0:01:42||1:07:20|
|Gemma Korff||(F) 30-34||7||3:47:14||1:01:00||0:02:06||1:38:25||0:01:43||1:04:00|
|Kate Jewell||(F) 30-34||8||3:49:32||1:05:43||0:02:16||1:29:44||0:01:26||1:10:23|
|Kevin Spence||(M) 35-39||147||4:29:34||1:12:54||0:04:02||1:42:05||0:02:31||1:28:02|
|Carl Dawson||(M) 30-34||DNF||–||1:00:07||0:02||–||–||–|
|Clara Trant||(F) 30-34||DNF||–||1:07:22||0:02||47:19:00||–||–|
|Joanne Nimmo||(F) 35-39||DNF||–||1:12:58||0:05||–||–||–|
Not content with one hardcore duathlon challenge in November, Ed Nunn also dusted the cobwebs off his Mountain Bike and gave the trail shoes a wipe down to take part in one of Human Race’s winter Duathlon series, The Wildman. Based in Ash Vale, over testing wild and exposed army training grounds, this 10km run, 18km ride, 5km run event is not for the faint hearted. This was a fact highlighted when bitter cold and windy conditions greeted competitors at the start, with icy puddles and strength sapping mud awaiting everyone. Not helped by being more like 10.6km and 19km in the first two sections!
This was enough for fellow BTS Paul Fitzpatrick, who DNF’d after bailing at the end a rather depressing Bike section, but Ed ploughed on with 3 strong legs to finish 17th overall and gain an age group podium with an overall time of 2:15:13. Another (possibly former) member, Andy Sole. also finished with 2:21:56.