Local triathlete takes duathlon crown to close Barnes Fitness Dinton race season
Reading triathlete Callum Hughes led home a field of more than 120 on a misty but dry morning in the final Barnes Fitness Dinton Pastures multi-sports event of the year.
Organised by Reading-based Barnes Fitness in partnership with Wokingham Borough Council and with Lexus Reading as headline sponsor, the Dinton Duathlon attracted competitors of all abilities — many from well outside the local area — to Dinton Pastures Country Park at the weekend [12 OCTOBER 2014].
The event was open to all abilities and comprised a 5km off-road, flat run through the park, a 20km bike ride on a gently undulating route around Twyford and Hurst, and a second 5km run in the park.
Roadworks in Twyford meant the bike course had to be shortened by around 400m, but this did not affect the course record of 1 hour 11 minutes and 10 seconds that Guildford-based triathlete David Chapman set at the first Dinton Duathlon in November 2013 and then successfully defended in March.
Hughes, an age group triathlete who competes for Pro Bike Fit, finished in 1 hour 11 minutes and 55 seconds, with another local runner, Michael Weeks, from Woodley, taking second place in 1:12:33. They were followed home by 16-year-old Reading Athletics Club rising star Alex Sutton, in 1:13:55.
For the women, Julie Rayfield — winner of the Vet40 title in last November’s race — was first across the line in 1:27:01. Just over two minutes behind the Thames Valley Tri Club athlete came fellow Vet40 Niki Shaw, from Camborne in Cornwall, in 1:29:12, followed by Caroline Smith, from West London, in 1:31:36.
First Vet40 man home was Oliver Parsons, of Hart Road Runners, in 1:19:42, while first Vet50 Grant Beerling, of Sydenham Wheelers, defended the title he won in March by finishing in 1:16:06 and ninth overall. First Vet60 was Martin Weeks, from Minsterley, Shropshire, in 1:37:23. The first non-podium placed Vet40 woman was Felicity Allen, from Newbury, in 1:34:18.
A total of 13 teams also took part, each comprising one or two runners plus a cyclist. Runner Patryk Huczkowski and cyclist Grzegorz Gacek, both from Hayling Island, Hampshire, together recorded 1:13:45 to take first men’s team and top honours overall for Balancept-Biz Poland. The first all-women team were PJS Ladies, and the first mixed team Bikingbears.
Race organiser Ellie Barnes said: “The race was the final fixture for 2014 in our Dinton Pastures Country Park running and multi-sports events programme and we’re delighted it finished on such a high note.
“The weather was kind to us, and we’ve had some great feedback. We’re now busy working with Wokingham Borough Council on our 2015 Dinton Pastures programme, and we look forward to both welcoming back regular competitors and seeing many more new faces on the start line.”
Full results here.
To keep up to date with the Barnes Fitness race calendar, visit the website, call 0118 988 2444, or follow @BarnesFitness on Twitter.
Reading Roadrunners have selected the Barnes Fitness Fairoaks Ten on 26 October as their championship 10-miler for 2014. The race — along with a one-lap five-mile option — starts and finishes at Fairoaks Airport in Chobham in support of Woking Hospice. More information here.