Hard-working Simpson breaks duathlon course record

John W Simpson powers his way to the duathlon course record. Click on image to enlarge.

Six athletes lined up on Sunday for the last training duathlon of this series. Conditions were near perfect although there was a steady southerly breeze to hamper the return cycle. The 2.1 mile run, 13.5 mile cycle and 2.1 mile run has been the same course throughout the winter and the chance of a personal best time was certainly achievable.

It was John W Simpson who set off at a fast pace, but he was surprised to see Andrew Hughson snapping at his heels not far away. After a very quick transition, Simpson set off on his wife’s bike, determined to put a month of hard work to good use. This paid dividends as when he came into transition for the second run, he wasn’t just on for a PB, there was the course record to chase.

It looked tight coming round the last corner but Simpson dug in extremely deep to power his way to the line, breaking Andrew Grant’s record by 12 seconds to finish in 1hr 6:48.

Whatever Hughson had for his breakfast certainly helped as he also finished strong to take over seven minutes off his previous PB, showing that the hard work over the winter has really paid off for him.

Other finishers were Campbell Watt (PB), Andrea Holmes, Tommy Dedman and Tim Ash (PB).

The Triathlon Club would also like to announce that the Shetland Duathlon Championships in aid of the Bell’s Brae ASN Dept will take place on the 25th April at Tingwall Hall. Please register by 10am.

Participants can enter on the day but spaces are limited, so to avoid disappointment please go to www.shetlandtriclub.terapad.com for an entry form and further information.


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