Harry Coates of Red Venom, held off a strong challenge from Paul Lowe of Godley Cycles Tri to win the City of Durham 2012 in a time of 1hr 19m 20s. Harry posted a slower run 1 & bike legs than Paul, but quick transitions and the best run 2 time of the day, gave Harry a much deserved victory. Paul finished 20s behind Harry in a time of 1hr 20m 18s and had to settle for second place overall.
Kerry Gowland of NE31 Tri won the women’s race in a time of 1h 37m 13s, over 3 mins ahead of her nearest rival Ellen Tullo of Total Racing.
The sprint distance duathlon (5k off-road run, 26k hilly bike, 5k off-road run) is an established early season starter for both novice and experienced multisport athletes in the North East. This year’s event once again attracted a capacity field who faced a challenging course in cold and windy conditions.
Designed to encourage new veterans to the sport, Durham Tri awarded the “Mike Hall Trophy” to Ian Spencer for the fastest novice veteran of the day. Mike Hall was a founder member of Durham Tri Club and former age group world, European and British Champion. He started triathlon in his late 50s and was a pioneer for the sport in the region encouraging many novices to take part.
Category winners. Team – Nicola Ball team
Senior 20-29: M - Mark Harrison; F- Madeleine Moat
30-39 M Colin Robson; F- Ellen Tullo
Vet 40-49 M: Paul Lowe; F Wendy Bake
50-59 – M. Paul Dunn
60-69 – M: Michael Ludgate
Novice winners – M: Chris Burns F: Sarah Oates
Mike Hall Trophy – 1st O50 novice – Ian Spencer Full RESULTS see HERE
The race was organised by Durham Triathlon Club.