An incredible five course records were broken at the Chilham Castle Duathlon in Kent last weekend, despite strong winds, heavy downpours and lots of mud.
The sprint duathlon opened the racing with a 5k run/27km bike/2.5km run. Peter Gibson was the first record breaker of the day, finishing the course in 1:21:24, followed by Joel Hodges (1:21:55) and Stuart McCleod (1:23:37).
Hayley Trevelyan broke the women’s sprint-distance record in 1:36:13, followed by Susan Hoskins (1:40:38) and Victoria Strila (1:41:49). The team record was also beaten for the sprint distance by The Protégé (Adrian Hawkins and Michael Farbrace) in 1.29.27.
In the standard-distance race, Victoria Kenny won for the second year in a row, breaking the course record by 2mins with a time of 2.28.19, placing her an incredible fifth for the whole field overall. Christine Costiff (2:42:38) and Margeret Hollamby ((2:51:23) placed second and third respectively.
In the men’s event, Australia’s David Irvine won in 2:20:56, followed by Belgian athlete Stefan Gremmens in 2:23:24. Angus Wilkinson came third in 2:23:54.