Race Report, Parbold Duathlon 2012.. what a difference a week makes!

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.

Thanks to everyone who supported us today, results are available at http://www.epicevents.co.uk and photos can be found at http://www.sportsunday.co.uk

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 😉


  1. #1 by Garry Williams on March 11, 2012 - 9:58 pm

    Just to thankyou for a well organised and enjoyable event. Was my first duathlon think I may be hooked. Apart from a couple of chain problems on first lap of the bike run all went well. Deffo back next year hopeing for a top 50 finish. Regards Garry

  2. #2 by garry avery on March 12, 2012 - 7:51 am

    Thanks to the team for the great event. It was quite an emotional event to get my dad back racing for the first time since his accident and it was really nice to have it recognised. We’ll be back next year and we’re going sub 2 hours! Rgds, Garry Avery

  3. #3 by Paul mellon on March 12, 2012 - 7:46 pm

    As a competitor on th day, if possible could u pass on my regard to th fellow Duathlon that was unfortunate to have a fall on the bile leg. I hope he is ok and back on th bike soon.

    Best wishes

    Paul mellon

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