On Saturday 5th May it was time to take on the re-scheduled Osb Events Clumber Park Duathlon. This was one of the two that fell victim to the “Beast from the East” back in March and the weather was certainly alot warmer this time, infact if anything a bit too warm with the temperature nudging 22 degrees!
I was really keen to get things going on the fundraising trail with the Clumber Park Duathlon and get that total up on the Just Giving page. If you follow me on Instagram then you would have seen the 0620, 0817 & finish videos so have a good idea of how the day went.
The race itself was a GB qualifier so the standard of athletes was pretty damn good. As an idea of how good the winner of the “Sprint” race the one I did which is a 5km run, 20km road bike & a 2.5km run came in in 58minutes!! I was well pleased with my time of 1hr 23 which broke down to 25.19 for the first 5km run, 40.53 on the bike then the final run of 13.57. For someone who turns 50 next year I was happy with those times. While out on the course I was attired in my super bright “Combat Stress” vest and got loads of shouts of encouragement and people saying what a great cause I was doing it for which always helps!
A big thank you to my partner Nicola, while I was running & riding she was “enlightening” spectators to the charity and raising the profile. Something I’ve found since I started the fundraising that many people want to support veterans but just haven’t heard of Combat Stress and the great work they do. However, you can rest assured that there’s a part of Nottinghamshire that does now! The bucket collection gleaned £24.96, 80 cents in euros and an old £1 coin!
We go again next weekend in the Holymoorside 10k near Chesterfield. For those that haven’t run this before the first 5k is uphill all the way, levels off for a km then back down you come. Last year I did it in 56 mins so looking for that sort of time again. Here’s a couple more pics from the event and a full gallery will be up soon on the facebook page. If you haven’t donated yet then click here to go through to the Justgiving page.
Thanks for reading and if you’ve got any comments then please leave them below.