National Duathlon Championships 2016 – Stockton on Tees, 24 April
It was a fantastic venue alongside the Tees Barrage with both bike and run courses crisscrossing the River Tees on some iconic bridges. The weather was cold and windy which affected the 6 lap bike course most as the 5k run course was generally sheltered along the river side.
The first 10k run was two laps of the course which wiggled in and out of old wharves now occupied by impressive new commercial buildings. The twisty nature of the course meant that it was easy to see your rivals and that was even easier on the 6 lap bike course which had dozens of roundabouts and dead turns in the 40kms.
The technical bike course meant a lot of overtaking with hugely varying speeds.
The final run was a single 5k lap on which most competitors were running a lot slower than the first run!
I was happy to win the M65 National title for the final time by over 3 minutes.
The full and National results are at
2016 European Sprint Duathlon Championships – Kalkar, Germany, 16 April
The unusual venue for the European Duathlon Championships was an amusement park built in an ex-nuclear power plant alongside the Rhine near Kalkar, Germany.
Mick Anglim of NFCC won the M65 title in the Sprint Duathlon over a 5k run, 20k bike and 2.5k final run.
The 2.5k run course zigzagged through the theme park and out onto the banks of the Rhine to a hairpin turn. At the end of the first two laps Mick overtook two Germans to lead into transition.
The convoluted transition area was inside a huge hangar and Mick gambled on using his running shoes on the bike to speed up both transitions. That meant he was only second fastest on the windy, out and back bike course but gained him 45 seconds advantage to lead onto the final one lap run. Mick again set the fastest M65 run time to win by 58 seconds in 1hr 11mins.
Mick said ‘that was arguably one of my closest and best GB performances as it’s my final year in M65. It also qualifies me for the 2017 European Sprint Duathlon at M70.’
<http://www.trihard.co.uk/results/stockton-duathlon-results?df=1>Hat trick of M65 British Duathlon titles 03 April
Mick Anglim of NFCC has won a 3rd consecutive M65 British Duathlon Champion title in his final year in the Age Group. The event was held in Windsor Great Park on a cold but dry morning with over 200 Sprint competitors starting only 3 minutes before the 500+ Championship contenders. The first run was 10.5k with the final third off-road through the scenic but muddy woods and fields of the estate.
Due to the huge number of competitors the transition area resembled a cross country course with many having to stop to clear mud from close clearance frames. The cycle leg was 4 laps of a narrow, undulating and twisty 10k loop with over 700 cyclists for the first two laps. With a massive disparity in cycling speed there were several collisions including Eastleigh’s Sam Aplin who had her wheel broken and had to withdraw.
The final 5k run was up and down the ‘Long Mile’ with the impressive backdrop of Windsor Castle.
There was a novel experience for some of the slower cyclists who had to stop to allow the Royal cavalcade to cross the course on their way to church!
Mick won his 4th and last M65 title by over 4 minutes in 2hrs 34mins and qualified to represent Great Britain in the 2017 European and World Championships.
Full results for the Championship and Sprint races can be found at:
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