Duathletes take their chance to qualify for Gijon

Action from this weekend's Oulton Park Duathlon

The Oulton Park Duathlon took place on Sunday 3 April at the Oulton Park Race Track, with competitors all aiming to book their place in the GE Great Britain Age Group Team for the 2011 Gijon ITU Sprint and Standard Distance Duathlon World Championships on 24/25 September 2011.
 
The race track welcomed the biggest ever field to take part in the Oulton Park Duathlon, with a fast closed circuit providing the perfect spectacle for an exciting race in front of an expectant crowd.
 
Matt Moorhouse delivered an outstanding performance to take the win, putting in a phenomenal bike leg that saw him establish a substantial lead over the rest of the field. Matt grew his advantage on the run to finish in a time of 1:41.03, over four minutes ahead of his nearest rival.
 
Hywel Davies finished in second place with a time of 1:45.44, with Richard Wilder in third with 1:46.28.
 
In the women’s race, Amy Forshaw also produced a strong performance to finish top of the podium in a time of 1:57.46. Rachael Elliott finished as runner-up with a time of 1:59.06, with Donna Edmondson-Booker in third with 02:04.39.
 
?GE Great Britain Age Group Team manager for the 2011 Gijon ITU Duathlon World Championships, Jez Cox was delighted with the racing commenting: "It was great to see some new faces successfully taking their chance to qualify today alongside some determined duathletes to make it happen at the final qualifier at Cambridge in two weeks time.
 
“The high standard and record field size reflects the way that duathlon has continued to grow these last few years and circuits like this allow the event to flourish in its purest form. I’ve been blown away by people’s determination to make it into the GE Great Britain Age Group Team today and I’m confident in saying that the same determination will see us returning from Gijon with a big haul of medals."
 
The Oulton Park Duathlon was the third of four qualifiers for the 2011 Gijon ITU Sprint and Standard Distance Duathlon World Championships with the final opportunity now at Cambridge Duathlon on 17 April.
 
The event was organised by xtramileevents, with more information available on www.xtramileevents.com.
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