Women turn out in force for duathlon

Last updated 06:47 26/11/2012

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Eighty women contested the Clubs of Marlborough AvantiPlus women's duathlon in Blenheim on Friday evening.

The 800m run, 5.5km cycle, 5km run/walk, 5.5km cycle event was aimed at entry-level athletes and Clubs of Marlborough Fitness Centre manager Andrea Waldron was thrilled with the response to the inaugural event.

She said that all the feedback afterwards was positive and most said they would be back to do it again next year.

Although conditions early in the day suggested heat might be a factor, a cooling southeast breeze provided welcome relief and gave competitors a strong tailwind home over the last cycle stage.

Although no official times were recorded, Kaikoura's Emma Fissenden led from near the start to the finish, with Jo McConnell runner-up and Emma Mills third.

Awhina Te Wake, who featured in last Thursday's event preview, achieved her goal of finishing her first multisport event, coming home around mid field. Jackie Potts won the main sport prize of an Avanti mountainbike.

On January 25 the annual men's Matt Heagney Memorial La-Z-Boy event is held over the same course, from the Clubs of Marlborough along the Taylor River and through the Wither Hills Farm Park and return.

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- The Marlborough Express

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