Multisport: Osborne leaves rivals gasping

By Grant Harding

If racing in the first event of the Hawke's Bay Multisports Club's winter calendar is an indication, it's going to be a hot build-up to the world triathlon championships in Auckland in October.

It might be called the Friendly Dental VLK (Very Low Key) Series, but Luke Osborne was nothing but competitive in the Revolution Bikes Duathlon (4.5km run/22km cycle/4.5km run) on Sunday.

Racing in the open grade, the 28-year-old led by a minute after the first run, and extended that lead on the cycle and second run to come home almost six minutes ahead of his nearest opposition.

His time of one hour, seven minutes and 42 seconds was equal to the second fastest time ever recorded in this event.

Professional triathlete Guy Crawford is the only man to go faster - 1:07:02.

Making Osborne's victory and time more meritorious was the fact that he had come third the day before in Ramblers A Grade cycle race, and the duathlon was raced in windy conditions.

Naomi Fergusson (Open) was first female home in 1:17:18, ahead of Annika Edmondson (Open) who did, however, provide an unusual highlight.

Her engagement to Dave Johnson (Open), who came third in the men's race, was announced to the club before the starter's gun.

In the Horley's Duathlon (4.5km run/22km cycle/2km run), Bruce Lochhead (Vet 2) showed his class to record the fastest overall time of 1:02:27. That was more than seven minutes ahead of the next best competitor, Mark Lane (Vet 1), who is warming up for the Wellington Half-Marathon next month.

Ann Robottom (Vet 2) was the fastest woman in 1:18:44.

Taking out the men's division in the Peak Fitness Duathlon (2km run/11km cycle/2km run) was the experienced Mark Riddell (Vet 2) in 38:34, while Brittny O'Hanlon (Junior) was first woman home in 43:08. More than 40 athletes, including many newcomers took part.

It's no surprise that winners on the day - Fergusson, Lochhead, Robottom and Riddell - will all compete in the world triathlon championships later this year.

The next event is on June 24.

- Hawkes Bay Today

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