WITH early clear skies and the promise of a chilly morning’s racing ahead, three Stratford Triathlon Club members hoped for a dry day in deepest Worcestershire as they set off for Sunday’s Peopleton Duathlon.
The event has been running for several years and is a confirmed early season race for the bravest souls. A four-mile run, followed by a relatively flat 18-mile bike ride and then a further two-mile run around the village of Peopleton make for an interesting start to the season.
Phil Groom had a highly successful morning as he beat his 2016 time by nearly six minutes with significant improvement on his run times (33rd, 1:35:48).
Phil just pipped Great Britain age-grouper Fern Hordern who did the club proud by finishing third female home (35th, 1:35.56).
Fern also managed an improved result from her 2016 race, beating her time by more than four minutes.
Duathlon newcomer Rebecca Pridham (64th, 1:56.19) found the second bike loop challenging as the wind was much stronger by this time.
She started the second run with very cold feet but maintained her smile through to the finish line.