Multisport: Record tumbles again in duathlon

By Grant Harding

The women's long course record was lowered for the second time this season at the fourth Friendly Dental VLK Duathlon.

Naomi Fergusson (open grade), who has been concentrating on professional half-ironman events, shaved 1min 1sec off the previous Revolution Bikes Duathlon (4.5km run, 22km cycle, 4.5km run) record with a time of 1hr 16min.

Bridget Lodge set the previous mark last month.

Fergusson's achievement last weekend, followed a fifth placing (4:35:08) in the Ironman Yeppoon 70.3 (half-ironman) event in Queensland the previous Sunday.

The men's division was won by New Zealand elite men's specialised cyclocross champion, Napier's Gary Hall (open) in 1:10:35.

Next home were Vet 1 athletes, Taupo's Matt Webber and Luke Williams.

The Horley's Duathlon (4.5km run, 22km cycle, 2km run) was taken out by Mark Lane (Vet 1) in 1:09:09, with Rachel Bate (open) first in the women's division in 1:17:42.

It was a family affair in the Peak Fitness and Health Duathlon (2km run, 11km cycle, 2km run) with Greg Morgan (Vet 1) taking out line honours in a sizzling time of 38:54, while his wife, Lynne (Vet 1), was first woman home in 43:29.

The last race in the series is on September 23, just a fortnight before the main duathlon event of the winter, the Shoe Clinic 3 Rivers Festival of Duathlons which will also act as the Hawke's Bay Multisport Club's Winter Duathlon Championships.

Hawke's Bay triathlete Ali Hollington has continued her astonishing run of results with age-group victory at the recent World Long Distance Championships in Spain.

Competing in the 45-49 category, Hollington finished the 4km swim, 120km cycle, 30km run event in 6hr 55min 44sec.

Currently based in Britain, she will return to New Zealand for the World Age-Group Triathlon Championships.

Jeanette Cooper of Sport Hawke's Bay has been appointed the manager of the New Zealand Triathlon team for the World Cup ITU event in Auckland in October, while Bike New Zealand's local regional co-ordinator Vicki Butterworth is currently in Austria managing the New Zealand mountain bike team.

Butterworth is leading the 25-strong New Zealand team who are tackling either the downhill course in Leogang until Sunday, or the cross country course in Saalfelden next week.

Hawke's Bay's top downhill riders Brook MacDonald and George Brannigan are in the team, although being professionals their individual teams look after them.

Cooper, the Special Projects team leader at Sport Hawke's Bay, will manage the day-to-day preparation for more than 450 New Zealand competitors, including 34 from Hawke's Bay.

About 2500 competitors from more than 40 countries are expected to race.

- Hawkes Bay Today

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