Christine retains duathlon title

Christine Howard on her way to victory in Gijon.

Christine Howard on her way to victory in Gijon.

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MATLOCK AC’s Christine Howard has retained her World Duathlon title in the 40-45 age group at Gijon in Spain.

As the defending champion, Howard knew a second win in this age group would not be easy, with a field of 35 qualifiers making hers the most competitive age group.

Hot conditions in Gijon favoured more local runners but appeared not to affect the British athletes who came back with the biggest medal haul from the Championships.

Howard led her age group on the first 10km run, aiming to keep some distance between herself and and the European champion Anna Hoervan, who is known for her strong cycling.

Howard then led the bike ride from start to finish, the hilly two-lap course favouring those from areas such as Derbyshire.

After 42 km of tough and hot riding, Howard was then first out on the final 5km run to finish in a final time of 2hrs 9mins, the tenth fastest overall female age group time.

Carsington Duathlon

Matlock AC had more race successes at the Carsington Duathlon, which also hosted the Police Sport UK duathlon championships.

The race involved an initial 5km of running followed by 30 km of cycling, then a final 5km run in the beautiful surrounds of Carsington reservoir.

Winning her first title in the 55-60 age category was Matlock AC’s Jan Forrester, who finished well within two hours.

Competing for Derbyshire police and winning the PSUK ladies race was Christine Howard, finishing in 1hr 32 mins. She also won her age group.

Derbyshire Police’s Karl Webster had a competitive race to finish first PSUK veteran and third overall in the 40-45 age group in a finishing time of 1hr 24mins.