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New Zealander wins world’s largest Duathlon in Richmond Park
Posted on: Tuesday 14th September 2010
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New Zealander Adam Milne, 23, took first place in the world’s largest run-bike-run event, the London Duathlon, held today, Sunday 12 September, in a traffic-free Richmond Park, London.
The Multisport athlete, whose Christchurch home was damaged in last week’s earthquake, completed the 10km run, 20km cycle, 5 km run in 1 hour 28 minutes and declared: “I left just before the earthquake and have got no home to go back to, but this has been one of the best Duathlons ever.”
Fastest woman was Vicky Gill, 30, from Walthamstow, who trains with the Thames Turbo club in nearby Hampton and came to Richmond fresh from winning her age group at the World Duathlon Championships in Edinburgh last week. She said “It was a privilege to ride on a closed road with no cars, only deer,” she said.
Julien Lhomme, 31, from Oxford and Nick Shasha, 36, from Walthamstow took second and third places in the men’s race, having taken third and fourth last year. Maidenhead’s Corinne Abraham, 32, took second place in the women’s race and local Barnes triathlete champion Tamsin Lewis, 31, took third place.
New for 2010 was the Ultra, a long distance test of endurance of 20km run, 80km bike ride and 10km run, won by David Vaughan, 30, from Hertford. World and European Duathlon champion in 2008, David completed the course, the longest he’s ever done, in 4 hours, 1 minute. He said he’ll be back next year to beat 4 hours. Fastest woman in the Ultra category was Connery Ellis.
Local Richmond competitor Declan Doyle, 37 took second place and Dafydd Hollis 28, from Wokingham took third in the gruelling Ultra race, having completed the course in 4 hours 7 minutes and 4 hours 17 minutes respectively.
Over 3,000 people entered either individually or in teams for the London Duathlon, raising tens of thousands of pounds for their favourite charities in a traffic-free Richmond Park, the largest open space in London.
Kevin Stewart of organisers Mass Participation Events said: “We were delighted with the success of the Ultra distance, new for 2010, both in terms of numbers of participants and also in terms of the feedback that it was fantastic to race that distance in stunning Richmond Park. Winner David Vaughan laid down an impressive 4 hour, 1 minute time marker and we’ll be looking for an athlete to beat that 4 hour mark next year.”
“And with all the other athletes achieving their own goals, it shows why the London Duathlon has grown to be the biggest run : bike : run race in the world and has the potential to grow further, bringing new athletes into racing,” Kevin added.