Ammareurs Super-Duathlon 2014


Well done to all competitors in our weather affected Ammareurs Super-Duathlon. 

Ana Leaf winter duathlon series. Race 2

 The second race of the Guernsey Triathlon / Ana Leaf winter duathlon series took place on Sunday 2nd February 2014 with the annual Les Ammareurs super-duathlon.

 The event start at 8.00am coincided with the 8.10am high spring tide and some challenging squally showers made for interesting conditions for even the hardiest of winter competitors. A number of new competitors made this their first ever duathlon, enduring a proper ‘baptism of fire’ to the sport and are now looking to build towards the clubs longer events, Novice and summer triathlons.

 The event format of 1 mile run, 6 mile bike, 1 mile run, 6 mile run, 1 mile run means that transition time between the disciplines and choice of footwear and helmet make a huge difference. The first and second runs were both out from Ammareurs to Chouet and back, the final run out towards Sandy Hook and back, all on the coast paths. 

 Each bike ride took in the West coast between Ammareurs and Grandes Rocques, fortunately for all this was the only section of West coast road largely unaffected by the major coastal flooding which led to Cobo, Vazon, Perelle and Rocquaine coast all being closed to traffic for safety reasons on the day.

 Starting in dry but windy conditions a fast group of runners consisting James Travers, Tim Andrews, Jon Osborne and Alvis Kergalvis got a gap on the chase pack within the first mile. With some runners choosing to also cycle in running shoes positions quickly changed during and after transition 1. Riders took to the West coast towards Grande Rocques into a biting head wind and were also slowed by a small section of shallow flooded road at the Passee junction. Travers maintained his lead but was never far from the improving Andrews with Richard Stapely and Dave Dyke also chasing hard.

 Juniors over 14 / under 16 competed on the same distance course with a three leg run / bike / run format. Josh Thornton never looking seriously challenged by the other  juniors to take the win from Joanna Stapely who showed great strength on the bike leg to leave Remi Naftel content with third place.

 Near horizontal and stingingly cold driven rain and increasing sea spray was the order of the second run section with the roads much wetter for the as the triathletes headed out for the second bike lap.

 Andrews said afterwards It was brilliant to see so many new members at the start of the race as the waves crashed over the Chouet headland. In a re-run of the weather and results from Granite Man, Jim (James Travers) was always in a class of his own but I kept him in my sights. We flew back to transition thanks to the strong tail wind although on the second lap my legs were on fire. After a few minutes of jelly legs on the last lap, I felt strong and closed up on Jim slightly by the end. I've changed my training to shorter higher intensity work and reduced the sugar in my diet and am delighted to see some results coming through.’

 Taking part in her second Triathlon club event determined Para-Triathlete Sarah Whitchurch competed on an adapted course of 1 mile run (racing wheelchair) on a road circuit of similar distance to the able bodied athletes, the same (hand-) bike course to Grande Rocques and back with a second 1 mile run, to finish in a time of 2 hours and 34 minutes.

 The only able bodied female duathlete to compete was Mandy Mortimer, taking the win by default as others were sidelined by injury, illness or the weather conditions.

 On a fast drying course Travers showed his continued strength and consistency on the last run to take the event win by 20 seconds from Andrews with Jon Osborne as well deserved third place 2 minutes further back.

 Club President Mark Naftel concluded by praised his hardworking committee, timekeepers, volunteers and spectators ‘It is very pleasing to see a small number of juniors, a para-triathlete and so many new faces competing alongside our regular members, lets hope the weather is kinder to us later in the year’.

 The next race in the Ana Leaf Duathlon series is in three weeks time, Sunday 23rd February based at Pembroke. 3 mile run, 20 mile bike, 3 mile run. Shortened course available for juniors 14 – 16 years and para-athletes.

 Online entries are now being accepted for the club’s Novice Triathlon in May with a basic training plan on the website.




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