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Trigold delivers British Elite Duathlon Champion
Posted on: Monday 28th March 2011
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Trigold athlete, Mark Buckingham delivered an impressive victory last weekend (27 March) in the 2011 British Elite Duathlon Championships that took place at Prestwold Airfield in Loughborough.
Mark's win was the second year in a row that an athlete from the trigold programme, which is solely funded by Barrie Wells, has won the event following Katie Ingram's podium topping performance in last year's elite women's race.
“I was really impressed with Todd Leckie who had a great race and once again showed he is in outstanding form and definitely one to watch this season. This is my first title since joining the trigold programme and is a huge milestone for me. It was especially rewarding winning in Loughborough in front of all the world class British Triathlon staff and athletes who I train with on a daily basis.”
Todd Leckie continued his strong start to the season finishing in second place after recording a blistering second run split to finish just three seconds behind Mark in a time of 53.36. Phil Wylie finished in third with a time of 53.43.
In the women's race, there was another three-second difference between first and second with Non Stanford winning in 1:01.05, followed by Gillian Saunders in 1:01.08. Eimear Mullan continued her outstanding duathlon form this season, adding a third placed finish (1:01.27) in the elite race to her British Age Group Duathlon crown won at the Clumber Classic in March.
The event also marked the start of the British Triathlon Youth and Junior Super Series, with Sky Draper delivering another winning performance in the female Youth race recording a finishing time of 31.06. Sophie Coldwell finished in second place in 31.33 and Ellie Walton finished third in 33.03. All three athletes are members of British Triathlon's Olympic Talent Squad, giving a sneak preview to another competitive Super Series ahead in 2011.
In the male Youth race, Miles Burton came first in 29.24, Finlay Rae second in 29.29 and George Goodwin in 29.58.
In the female Junior race, Lucy Hall clinched victory in 1:02.32, an impressive time that also saw her finish fifth overall. George Schwiening finished second 1:03.11 and Maddie Winzer moved up from the Youth category to record a 1:03.21.
In the male Junior race, Matthew Wright finished first in 54.06, with last year's Youth Super Series winner Gordon Benson, successfully making the step up to Junior level finishing in second with a time of 55.47. Third place went to Rhys Park, with a time of 55.51.