Jeremy McKenzie again showed his dominance during the final round of the BikeFit Marlborough Winter Duathlon Series on Sunday at the Wither Hills Farm circuit.
The long event was contested over a testing 10 kilometre run, 35km cycle, 5km run course out and back from the Wither Hills farm car park on Rifle Range Drive and also ran as the Marlborough Triathlon and Multisport Club champs.
McKenzie bolted from the gun, quickly establishing a lead he never looked like relinquishing, belting out the first 10km in 39.08min.
He hit the bike leg about four minutes in front of Dave Grono with Josh Scott third. By the end of the cycle leg he had maintained that advantage but Scott had overtaken Grono to move up to second overall and that's how it stayed till the finish.
On the final run leg McKenzie extended his lead to eventually finish in a time of 1.58.03 taking out both line honours and the Club Championship award for the second year in succession.
Scott was just over six minutes behind, finishing in 2.04.36 while Grono finished third in 2.06.07.
In the women's section the race was developing into a good contest between the young flyer Annabelle Latz and the more experienced campaigner, Almuth Waechter. Latz finished the first 10km in a very speedy 50.01 but that was the end of the good news as gear failure brought her to a halt on the bike leg. That allowed Waechter to get in front of her.
Fortunately for Latz, fellow Marlborough cyclist Jamie Kidd was watching the race and was able to lend her his bike and with a few alterations she was able to complete the bike leg and begin the chase of Waechter who was four minutes ahead.
The lead proved too great and Waechter went on to win in a time of 2.29.51, Latz finishing just behind in 2.30.37.
The medium duathlon was contested over distances of 5km, 17 km ride and 2.5km run and both junior up and coming athletes won their respective classes. Will Hart finished in 1.08.37. He started the bike second behind experienced campaigner Martyn Crossley but overhauled him on the cycle leg and then powered away in the last run to eventually win by just over a minute.
In the women's section Jess Barnes was never troubled and won all three legs of the race completing the course in 1.10.54.
Winter racing is now concluded and from October athletes should have the option of a full triathlon.
- The Marlborough Express
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