On Sunday 4th November Bayside Tri Club welcomed over 150 competitors to the start line of the Bayside Autumn Duathlon.
Athletes began to arrive at registration at 06:30 and the transition area soon started to fill up with an array of bikes.
With 19 different athletic clubs represented, including a large contingent from Southampton University Tri and Portsmouth Triathletes and members of the Royal Navy, British Army and Hants Police Clubs as well as local running clubs Gosport Road Runners, Fareham Crusaders and Stubbington Green, we were in for a cracking race. There was also a large number of competitors taking on a Duathlon for the first time and we were delighted that they chose our event to do so.
There was a bit of a breeze and the temperature hovered around the 10 degree mark for most of the morning but it stayed dry at the start / finish area for the duration of the event.
At 08:00 the mass start of the Sprint and Super Sprint distances commenced with competitors making their way along Stokes Bay down the Gosport Golden Mile route. At 1.25km those doing the Super Sprint turned round and headed back to the start with the remainder doing the Sprint distance carrying down the promenade, running a couple of laps of the sports field before also returning to the start / finish line and into transition.
Off they all went on their bikes, heading up to the Cocked Hat pub roundabout and then making their way along the sea front to Stubbington. Those doing the Super Sprint turned at the Red Lion pub roundabout and retraced their route back to the transition area. The Sprint distance competitors continued and picked up the route of the Stubbington 10km road race route. A change in the route for this year and one that resulted in a single lap and minimum disruption from traffic. One incline up Coach Hill in Titchfield may have got a few out of the saddle before a left turn down Posbrook Lane led competitors towards Titchfield Haven and back to the sea front. Unbeknown to event organisers it was raining on this part of the course and competitors got a bit wet. Back along the sea front, past Lee-on-the-Solent, and back to the transition ready for the second run of the day.
Both Super Sprint and Sprint distance competitors ran the same distance they’d run in the first leg. With the wind picking up a little as the morning went on it meant that they had to work harder on the way out before ‘enjoying’ some assistance in the final kilometer or so of the race.
All finishers received a bespoke medal and a Chia Charge flapjack as they crossed the line and there were lots of happy /smiley faces.
Congratulations to our winners:
Sprint: Helen Nicholls and Ollie Hurdle
Super Sprint: Alice Spurr and Chris Buxton
Thank you to the following, without whom we couldn’t host our event
Our sponsors – Alton Sports
Chip timing / bike racking / race numbers – Stu Web Timing
Post race flapjacks – Chia Charge
Technical Officials – British Triathlon
Event Medical cover – Peninsula Medical Services
Race Medals – Runningimp
Post race bacon butties / coffee – Bayside Cabin
Race review – Racecheck.com
Photography / video (available on youtube) – Paul Jeram
The best marshals – Bayside Triathlon Club
Keep Sunday 3rd November 2019 free in your diary for next years race.