The weather was a vast improvement on last weekend, the daffodils were in bloom and tri-suits were the order of the day at Parbold Duathlon 2012. The pace at the front of the opening run was hot, with John Fletcher stretching the field whilst many competitors seemed to take it easy and enjoy the sunshine, after all, there was the best smile competition to take into account..
Onto the bikes and the fast movers were Phil Ellison who sliced his way through the field into second place by T2 and Maddy Winzer who headed the ladies into T2 and continued to show a clean pair of heels all the way to the finish line, ahead of Anne Thomas and Rachel Borland. Mark Roberts was a clear winner in the men’s event, Phil Ellison held on for 2nd and Mark Tickle came through the line in 3rd position.
Story of the event was Kevin Avery, 68 this year. Only 12 months ago he found himself in intensive care after being struck by a car whilst cycling. Much rehab got him back walking, then cycling and today he raced parbold with his son Garry and completed the course in 2 hours 18 minutes, having tackled the hill 3 times.
Our next event is Horwich Triathlon on Sunday May 6th. It’s a classic event and one of the oldest in the North West, if you enjoyed the challenge of Parbold Hill, you’ll love the run to Rivington Pike. To read more and enter GO HERE
On a final note, the best smile? Wayne Booth from Team Pie according to the marshals.. they are easily charmed