Athletes dominate duathlon
Published 14 Aug 2012 14:00 0 Comments
RACE WINNER: David Henderson.
GREENOCK Harriers' David Henderson and Rhonda White were dominant in winning the third race in Danny's 2012 Duathlon Series, in what was the largest turnout to date in the event.
No doubt the 17 competitors were inspired by recent British cycling and athletics success.
David is clearly getting back to full fitness after a long lay-off. He led from the start with his opening 5km and was never challenged as he eventually went clear by four minutes after the 20km cycle and final 5k run.
Much closer was the contest for 2nd and 3rd places between Andrew White and Kevan McCartney, who were nip and tuck all the way.
McCartney actually held the lead going in to the final transition, but a slicker change-over saw White emerge in front by three seconds.
Although Kevan was quickest in the first 5k, it was a dramatic change of fortune in the final stage where Andrew powered away.
Kevan can take the consolation of recording the fastest bike stage and a new personal best for the course by almost three minutes.
It wasn't as straightforward for Rhonda White as she had to twice come from behind.
First, after trailing Jane MacLean in the opening run, she passed her early on the bike stage - but it was short lived as Kirsten Arthur flew by to burst into the lead.
But Rhonda remained confident and soon re-established herself at the front on the run, bettering her previous quickest time by one minute.
There were excellent performances all round with the biggest improvements coming from Alan O'Rourke and Boyd McKenzie. Thanks to Alex Hunter for time-keeping.
Results: David Henderson 69.37, Andrew White 73.26, Kevan McCartney 74.11, Alan O'Rourke 76.38, Richard Davidson 78.29, Colin Campbell 80.07, Jim Cuffe 85.58, Boyd McKenzie 89.05, Rhonda White 92.48, Kirsten Arthur 94.52, Jane MacLean 97.47, Liz McAuslan 98.41.
Run/Bike Only: Mick Harrington 63.32, Ronnie Campbell 68.17, Katie McAuslan 89.00.
Run Only: Steven Campbell 16.37, 17.50, Fiona Cushnaghan 24.11.
This article appeared in Greenock Telegraph 14 Aug 12