No, I didn’t, but Cathy Jogblog did, in the wind and rain, go Cathy! I have, however, agreed to get myself over to Richmond Park next year for the 2014 London Duathlon, really! I can hardly complain that I don’t have long enough to train, and maybe I can somehow get a better bike in that time, but I think this is a goal that could take my training in some interesting directions (and moving into another discipline means a whole new world of apparel geekiness).
Here is some text about what happened on Sunday, when determined run-bike-runners battled some horrid weather to achieve their race goal:
15 September 2013, London UK: Over 3,000 runners and cyclists gathered today in the stunning surroundings of Richmond Park to put their cycling and running abilities to the test at the 2013 London Duathlon – the world’s largest event of its kind.
From 8:30am, athletes of all levels and abilities took to the roads of Richmond Park to tackle one of the five sold out run-bike-run challenges, either the Ultra distance (20K run, 77K cycle, 10K run), Classic (10K run, 44K cycle, 5K run), Classic Relay (10K run, 44K cycle, 5K run) Sprint (10K run, 22K cycle, 5K run) or the Super Sprint (5K run, 11K cycle, 5K run) ideal for beginners.
To ensure duathletes were in tip top condition, returning race partner RG Active were helping competitors get race ready with ability-specific training programmes and training sessions in Richmond Park, as well as other venues across London. Also supporting athletes was Totally Bikes (www.totally-bikes.com) specialist bike hire firm, which offered bikes for hire to fit all race budgets.
As the race began, whistles and cheers from spectators filled the air and Official Charity Partner, Macmillan Cancer Support cheered on its dedicated athletes from the sidelines.
To celebrate their achievement every athlete received a medal and goody bag featuring a snood from Official Sportswear Partner, Crewroom (www.crewroom.biz).
Following the excitement of the race, duathletes and spectators tucked in to hot food and drink in the Event Village. The Village played host to a range of experts including Bikelab (www.bikelab.biz) to solve any last minute bike maintenance issues and Move Clinics (www.moveclinics.com) which provided complimentary massages for finishers to banish post-race niggles.
Athletes could also commemorate their success with official merchandise from Crewroom’s dedicated stand.
London Duathlon was supported by Official Media Partner, Dennis Publishing (www.dennis.co.uk).
NOTE! This year’s event SOLD OUT, so make sure you book your place for 2014 here: http://www.londonduathlon.com