Les Ammareurs Duathlon

With a number of competitors opting to sit out the fast and furious super sprint duathlon held at Les Ammareurs on Sunday, Jacques McEneaney battled it out with Aivis Kergalvis to secure a fine win in pleasant racing conditions.    45 competitors lined up to take on the 1 mile run, 6 mile bike, 1 mile run, 6 mile bike, 1 mile run format, the third instalment of the Ana Leaf sponsored Duathlon Series held by the Guernsey Triathlon Club.  11 Women made for a competitive event with Megan Chapple taking the spoils having battled with Louise Smith and Alison Gavey.

As always with this race, the first 1 mile run is always negotiated at lightning speed and this was clearly demonstrated by Kergalvis who arrived in T1 after a mere 5 minutes and 3 seconds.  McEneaney was 15 seconds behind with Chris Norman and Dan Armsden in tow.  For the Women, Louise Smith entered T1 in 5.55 with Chapple in 6.13 and Katie Watson in 6.52.  Alison Gavey ran 6.57 for the first run.

Onto the first bike leg and McEneaney ate into Kergalvis lead clocking 17.12 for the 6 mile circuit from transition to Grandes Rocques and back with Kergalvis clocking 17.21.  The second run saw McEneaney hold onto his lead and then increased it on the second bike leg after a quick transition.  The final run saw McEneaney hold onto his lead and he finished in pole position in a time of 53.31, 30 seconds ahead of Kergalvis.  Third went to Jon Osborn in a time of 54.38.

McEneaney said of his win, “Compared to the previous duathlon at the reservoir a fortnight ago the conditions were great. It was a tactical race with the numerous transitions, but Aivis Kergalvis and I had a great battle throughout. It was a lot of fun and I was obviously delighted to hold out for the win”.

Kergalvis was gracious in defeat, “It was great to see the number of people turn up for the race. A massive thanks to all the people that organized and set up the race in the morning.  Race conditions were great.  I had a good first run, but then Jacques caught me on first bike leg and overtook me in T2 and I never caught him after that. He played it tactically well not to changing from run to bike shoes in transitions where he gained 5 seconds or more each time”.

Over to the women and Chapple was pleased she could use the race for transition training as there were 4 changes in total, “It was an Enjoyable race with another good turnout. I felt the race went well with some tough competition from Louise. Interesting having the four transitions that made timing very important”.

Second placed Smith was quick to praise Chapple, “It was an enjoyable event and great practice to learn how to do transitions better, Megan raced really well and it was fun competing against each other”.

Third placed Gavey was pleased to see the number of women racing, “I was really pleased with how my race went and the conditions were so much better than the previous duathlon. It was great to see more women out there competing. The format of this race although challenging, was good as it gave me lot’s of opportunities to practice my transitions. It was an exciting race as I kept swapping places with Sammy (McNaught) and Andrea (Nightingale) and on the final run leg I just managed to get ahead.

Chapple finished in a time of 61.39, Smith in 61.57 and Gavey in 65.13

Adrienne was the only junior who completed a shorted version of the race and finished in a time of 37.02. 

The next event is the Pembroke Duathlon and takes place on 5 March 2017 at 8am.  

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