The BUCS Duathlon is the first big race of the year for EUTriC and a firm favourite among our members due to the great atmosphere and size of the event. The course consists of a 2-mile run, followed by 5 laps of the track by bike (10 miles) and then another 2-mile run to finish. For many of our members this was not only their first competing in a multi-discipline event, but also representing the University of Exeter. The day was a huge success with our athletes producing some exceptional times, with our new members proving themselves great new assets to the club and many of our returning members achieving personal bests!
The sun shone down all day at Castle Combe on 18 November and despite the wind on the track it was ideal weather conditions, although a bit chilly for the supporters! This year, we had a huge 33 athletes competing with members in the elite men, elite women and mixed waves.
In the Elite men’s wave Exeter was represented by 9 athletes. Overall the boys raced exceptionally well, and Alistair, Jake, Seamus and Jack all managed to finish in under 50 minutes. Jack in particular put in a stellar performance finishing 33rd overall with an impressive time 44:57.8.
All our competing girls were in the elite women’s wave which featured. A special mention goes out to our new member Hannah who was our fastest girl, placing 31st in her category with an amazing time of 53:26.4! It was also the first time competing in a multi-discipline event for a few of the girls and they rose to the challenge producing excellent times!
Lastly, we had 14 athletes racing in the Mixed Wave. Well done to Bertie Kingsley who showed great potential placing 3rd in the mixed wave with an impressive time of 47:59.8, an amazing achievement especially considering this was his first-time racing in a multi-discipline event!
Here are some of our members’ experiences of the day in their own words:
Issy Defillion: ‘It was a brilliant day out with the club, everyone was so supportive of each other. Crossing the line and celebrating finishing with my friends was a really great experience.’
Seamus Sheard: ‘I beat Loughborough in a sprint finish’
Sophie McCormack: ‘It was a really fun day with everyone. I loved how super supportive everyone was and there was a great team vibe, and great cakes haha [thanks Kate Milsom]’