Nearly a thousand competitors took part in the IceMan trail running and duathlon event at the Army Training Grounds in Frimley, Surrey last weekend, with Dan Falconer keeping his 100% winning streak in the 16km trail run.
Martin Threakall won the 11km trail run by some margin, crossing the line in 49:31mins – over 2mins ahead of second-placed David Herron. Sophie Coleman won the women’s 11km trail run in a time of 54:41mins, followed by Sophie Horsburgh (55:33) and Heike Godwin (56:11).
The second race of the day was the 16km trail run, with results counting towards the overall Human Race Off-Road Series leaderboard. Falconer crossed the line in 1:05:35, ahead of Ewan Taylor (1:07:40) and Simon Reeves (1:08:03) to become the first Championship winner of the Human Race Off-Road Trail Running and Duathlon Series.
Claire Rogers went into IceMan at the top of the leaderboard after consistent second place finishes at WildMan and MudMan, and this time around she was able to claim the first place finish (1:14:33), making her a strong favourite for victory in the overall Women’s Trail Run Championship. Coming in second was Gemma Farrell (1:18:01), while Rachel Palin took third place in a time of 1:19:24.
Ross Macdonald won the 11km/18km/5km duathlon in a time of 1:57:48, followed by Roger Fowkes (2:00:19) and Alex Dewar (2:03:05), meaning that there is all still to race for in the next event of the series, TrailMan (taking place on 22 February at Eridge Park in Surrey).
Series Leader in the women’s Duathlon Championship, Samantha Aplin (2:26:23) was beaten into fourth place at the IceMan duathlon by series rival Alena Stevens (2:26:25). The winner in the women’s duathlon event was Fay Cripps in a stunning time of 2:14:26, followed by second-placed Rebecca Hoare (2:23:52).