Triumphant return for Torbay Tri Club members

Dave Brown from Torbay Tri Club

Dave Brown from Torbay Tri Club - Credit: Torbay Tri Club

A third lockdown had little impact on the training for members of Torbay Tri Club who had a triumphant return at the first multisport race of the season.

The Devon Duathlon replaces the popular Dartington Duathlon not only in name, but also a new location at Bicton in East Devon.

The race held by Sportiva Events remained popular despite the new location with many Torbay Tri Club members making the journey for the early morning start in the cold.

Two races were held with the standard distance of 10k run – 42k cycle – 5k run or a sprint version of 5k run – 22k cycle –  2.5k run was held over laps around Woodbury Common with the tough Devon hills testing the athletes.

The Devon Duathlon replaces the popular Dartington Duathlon not only in name, but also a new location at Bicton

The Devon Duathlon replaces the popular Dartington Duathlon not only in name, but also a new location at Bicton in East Devon. - Credit: Torbay Tri Club

Taking the win at the standard distance, Donald Brooks was first home in 2:14:20. Also taking the age group win for female vet 50 was Wendy Urban in 3:02:11. Jon Parkinson also added another podium with 3rd in the male vet 50 in a time of 2:36:51.

1 Donald Brooks 2:14:20, 10 Julian Smith 2:32:39, 20 (3rd Male Vet50) Jon Parkinson 2:36:51, 24 Mark Colombini 2:41:52, 25 Andrew Longthorpe 2:42:04, 33 (1st Female Vet50) Wendy Urban 3:02:11, 52 Grayson Widdicombe 3:04:26, 58 Frank Reay 3:06:15, 63 Simon Loten 3:07:38, 73 Howie Brugge 3:19:57.

A combined team effort of Ian McClean and Julian Bayes also took a third position in the standard relay race in a time of 2:46:01.

Most Read

In the sprint race, Torbay Tri Club took another win courtesy of Jenny Hourigan, who was the first female across the line in 1:31:19.

Additionally, Linda Dabbs took a superb win in the female vet 50 in 1:36:53 finishing several minutes ahead of her next competitor.

Finishing off the podiums for the women was Jo Loten finishing third female vet 50 in 1:43:04.

The ever-consistent Gary Burman also found himself second on the podium for the male vet 40 race in 1:23:06 and a solid ninth position overall.

9 (2nd Male Vet40) Gary Burman 1:23:06, 22 Ian Dabbs 1:30:42, 23 (1st Female) Jenny Hourigan 1:31:19, 34 Emma Jefferys 1:33:50, 157 (1st Female Vet50) Linda Dabbs 1:36:53, 49 (3rd Female Vet50) Jo Loten 1:43:04, 64 Sarah Luxton 1:52:40.

Dave Brown seeks qualifying place

Heading back to Bedford Autodrome for the Sprint Duathlon was Dave Brown seeking out a qualifying place for the GB Age Group team for the 2022 World Championship.

Despite the Autodrome being designed for speed by former F1 driver Jonathan Palmer, it’s located on the site of a World War Two RAF station which is notorious for its winds to test the mettle of all the athletes.

The race was a slightly longer format from 2020 and now incorporates a 5.4km run – 23km cycle – 2.6km run.

Dave finished and excellent 62nd overall 1:16:31 and although qualifications are yet to be confirmed, Dave still has further opportunities in the autumn.

Dave was pleased to be able to race again and happy with his solid performance.