The glorious 18th century backdrop of Newby Hall provided the backdrop for the 2014 Triathlon England National Duathlon Championships last weekend.
The event consisted of a two-lap first run leg in the beautiful grounds followed by a three-lap bike loop on closed roads and finshing with a final 5km lap.
The flat but technical course gave way to some competitive racing which produced some outstanding preformances and times.
Many athletes were going for national honours and others were using it as season opener, but there was a palpable surge of excitement at the start-line in front of the glorious eighteenth century backdrop of Newby Hall, Yorkshire.
The action on both the male and female fields came to life on the bike leg and saw some determined performances on the final run.
It proved a great day for the TORQ training club as Alex Lawton was fastest male in a blistering time of 1.57:43 just holding off Julian Lings in an exciting finish.
Alex’s perfomance was backed up by fellow TORQ team-mate and Harrogate resident Eleanor Haresign (35-39), who finished fastest female with a time of 2.12:16.
Overall winner Alex Lawton took the (25-29) English age-group title said: “It was fantastic to win and be an English Champion, as after the bike leg I was in fifth position and did not think I would make the podium, let alone win.”
Eleanor Haresign said: “I have been recently training in Lanzarote for a long-distance triathon and my legs did feel a bit tired going into the race. I have done a triathlon on the circuit last year and was familiar with the technical aspect of the bike section. So, apart from the wind picking up I had a really good bike leg which helped.”
The top two times for Harrogate Tri Club were 22nd Aidan Adams who finihsed 22nd in 2.06.05 and Martin Hilton, who clocked 2.10.16.
Race organiser Mark Livesey of Functional Fitness Events aid: “The event was very successful and it was great to see so many athletes and their families traveling so far to come and do this event for the first time.” at Newby Hall. I would also like to thanks the village of Skelton On Ure for their great support and cooperation for allowing a closed road event to happen.”