2017 Duchenne UK Triathlon Race Report
19th September 2017
Four new course records were set at the Duchenne UK ‘season finale’ Triathlon on Sunday 17th September. The ideal way to finish the year at Dorney Lake, the event saw over 700 participants of all ages and abilities taking on a range of distances on the fast, flat course.
Early birds arriving in the event village could grab their breakfast samples from FUEL10K as well as SiS GO Isotonic Energy gels from registration as they picked up their race packs. Nutrition partner Science in Sport also offered their GO Electrolyte drink on the course, as well as REGO Recovery sachets at the finish line to help fuel participants throughout the event.
The first event of the day was the Scootathlon, kicking off the feel-good fun with four to eight years completing a scoot, bike, run around the course. The perfect way for youngsters to get involved, there were smiles all round as they passed under the finishing archway to claim their medals, as many mums and dads went on to do later that morning.
The popular Duathlon saw the start of the adult distances, followed by Olympic male and female waves. The first over the line in the Duathlon was Kristian Williams (1:06:46), with Helen White completing the course as first lady (1:12:58).
In the Olympic distance, David Kettle took the win in 2:13:38, ahead of Zain Hirani and Shane Antill. There were some fantastic performances in the female wave, with both the 2017 Dorney Lake run and swim records smashed by Hayley Manning (40:58) and Jenny Mcgeever (21:59) respectively, winning themselves a new Zone3 wetsuit and pair of running shoes. The first over the line was Esther Wiley in 2:35:51.
The Sprint waves also included some record breaking times, with Rich Sumpter taking the win ahead of Niall Caley and Michael Marzetti, as well as setting a new run (17:36) and overall Sprint record (1:02:00).
As the day progressed the distances got shorter with Novice and First Timer triathletes tackling their triathlon challenges. The Novice wave was won by Sam Hill (39:31) with Millie Williscroft (42:33) first female across the line.
The First Timers wave offered beginners the chance to give triathlon a go, with a huge sense of achievement from participants as they crossed the finish line. There were many smiles and hugs from the new triathletes as they claimed their medals, and refuelled with a well-deserved Erdinger Alkoholfrei! Taking the top spots were Nick Humphreys (27:08) and Rowena Price (33:40).
The final wave of the day was the Kids Triathlon for youngsters aged over 11, who completed a shorter 200m swim, 5.3km bike and 1.8km run. Speeding round the course, Liam Budd (21:19) and Naomi Harris (22:47) were first male and female across the line.
As well as a hugely successful event for those triathletes taking part, the day also saw many participants raising money for charity partner Duchenne UK to fund and accelerate treatments and find a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.
Those lucky enough to find a green star on their rack in transition, also won a Fuel10k breakfast bundle and some Enertor footbeds, the popular insoles worn by Olympic legend Usain Bolt.