Off to the Rockingham Race Circuit in Corby for this year’s Elite Duathlon Championships to defend my title. The course was the same as last year, but the conditions weren’t, with warm weather and sunshine replaced by heavy rain and strong winds, forecast to intensify through the course of the day.
The race format was a 5km run, followed by a 20km bike, over five laps, and a 2.5km run to finish. The race circuit course was pretty flat, but with plenty of twists and turns including four hairpins. There were around a dozen athletes in the PT4 class, most of whom I had raced before, but with a few new faces. I figured that the strongest guy in the field would be Joe Allen, a former GB 1500m runner, who had won the race in 2013. Knowing that I wouldn’t be able to keep pace with him over the first 5km I calculated that I needed to catch him before the end of the third lap on the bike and to build enough of a lead that I could hold him off on the final run.