template_copy.jpgThe Oulton Park Autumn Duathlon, an ETU European Championship Qualifier, took place on the famous motor racing circuit on Sunday 5th October 2014 and saw a total of 625 athletes cross the finish line.  

Oulton Park is of the country's finest motor racing circuits and is becoming recognized as a top Duathlon venue, it offers many unique features including a traffic free race track, super smooth tarmac, transition in the pits and a banked hairpin, which all make for great racing.

 The event featured a sprint as well as a standard distance race, both open to elite, amateur and novice racers. The standard distance race incorporated a 8.6 km run (2 laps) followed by an exhilarating 38.8 km cycle (9 laps) and a final run lap of 4.3 km, totalling 51.6 km. Sprint distance competitors started with a 4.3 km run (1 lap), followed by a 21.6 km cycle (5 laps) and a final run lap of 4.3 km, covering a total distance of 30.1 km.

 Luke Pollard of RAF Tri Club was dominating the standard distance field by clocking the fastest time on the bike and both run legs and he defended his title in a time of 01:42:35. Runner up David Thomas crossed the finish line in 01:44:34 and Ian Roberts (Champion Systems) took third place in 01:46:39. Louella O'Herlihy of Zoom Tri Club secured the women’s title in 02:02:19, ahead of Jenni Muston who finished in 02:03:57, 7 seconds ahead of third placed Briony Martin.

 In the sprint distance race Ian Lawton, a regular on the Xtra Mile Events scene, claimed the win in a time of 01:00:25. Lewis Eccleston (Astley & Tyldesley Road Runners) came second in 01:00:43, ahead of Djalil Baiou (TFN Tri Club) who crossed the finish line in 01:01:55. The women’s field saw Katy Youle-Grayling and Ellie Gosling (Tri2O) battle it out for the title, with Youle-Grayling finishing 10 seconds ahead of Gosling in a time of 01:12:34. Kirsty Vogan took third place in 01:14:03.

ERDINGER Alkoholfrei had a tent at the finish line, to hand out ice cold samples of the isotonic recovery drink to finishing duathletes. They also helped overall winners to celebrate in style by presenting them with 3 liters of ERFINGER Alkoholfrei on the podium. It was a popular addition to the race and contributed to the great atmosphere.

 Results (provisional):

Oulton Park Standard Distance Duathlon

05/10/2014, Oulton Park Motor Racing Track, Cheshire

(8.6km run / 38.8km cycle / 4.3km run)

 MEN

1)     Luke Pollard (RAF Tri Club), 01:42:35

2)     David Thomas, 01:44:34

3)     Ian Roberts (Champion Systems), 01:46:39

 WOMEN

1)     Louella O'Herlihy (Zoom Tri Club), 02:02:19

2)     Jenni Muston, 02:03:57

3)     Briony Martin, 02:04:04

 Oulton Park Sprint Distance Duathlon

05/10/2014, Oulton Park Motor Racing Track, Cheshire

(4.3km run / 21.6km cycle / 4.3km run).

 MEN

1)     Ian Lawton, 01:00:25

2)     Lewis Eccleston (Astley & Tyldesley Road Runners), 01:00:43

3)     Djalil Baiou (TFN Tri Club), 01:01:55

 WOMEN

1)     Katy Youle-Grayling, 01:12:34

2)     Ellie Gosling (Tri2O), 01:12:44

3)     Kirsty Vogan, 01:14:03

 The full results are available on http://xtramileevents.com/results/2014/

Race Director Simon Hillcommented: “The Oulton Park Autumn Duathlon, which was a qualifier for ETU European Championship, attracted a large number of athletes and we saw lots of excellent performances on the track. There was a great atmosphere at the finish line, with many athletes celebrating their achievement and the end of their season. We are proud to give them the opportunity to finish their season on a high at such a fantastic venue.

 “A big thank you goes to everyone who has been supporting us this season and to all the athletes who signed up to Xtra Mile Events. I would also like to thank the Oulton Park track staff, Xtra Mile Events Crew, Northwich Air Cadets, BTF Race Officials, Manchester Medical Services and Cheshire Constabulary for their help with staging this event, in addition to all the other support groups.”

 Sponsors of the Oulton Park Autumn Duathlon 2014 included ERDINGER Alkoholfrei, Edinburgh Bicycle Co-operative (Official Bicycle Retail Partner), Starley Bikes (Official Specialist Bike Brand), Clif Bar (Official Sports Nutrition Partner), Zone3 (Official Wetsuit Partner), Aftershokz (Official Headphone Partner) and Athlete Matters (Official Physio and Rehab Partner).

 We have a sneak preview of some early dates for the diary for the 2015 season: (entries open mid October).Oulton Park Half Marathon - 8th March 2015, Oulton Park Spring Duathlon - 15th March 2015 ITU Standard Distance Duathlon World, Championship QualifierOulton Park Autumn Duathlon - 4th October 2015 Triathlon England - National Championships. 

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