Haverhill’s inaugural duathlon proves a hit

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Duathletes joined their multisport cousins triathletes, as Haverhill’s premier race returned with an inaugural duathlon added for the town, with 176 people competing across the two events.

HaverTri - the Adams Harrison Triathlon - returned following a successful 2015 debut, with 151 people competing across the sprint and (400m swim, 22km cycle, 5km run) and sprint+ distances (600m swim, 45km cycle, 10k run).

Ben Caisy won the sprint in one hour, six minutes and four seconds, and Mathilde Paula was first to cross the line in the Sprint+ in 2:09:05.

HaverDua duathlon saw 25 athletes compete in Sprint (5km run, 22km cycle, 3km run) and Sprint+ distances (10km run, 45km cycle, 5km run) available, with Chris Potter first in the sprint in 1:09:47, and Mark Jones first to cross the line in the Sprint+ in 2:36:11.

Race director, Jack Tappin said: “Thanks to all those who took part - our sponsors, our marshals, who volunteered their time to enable us to deliver this event, and of course the athletes.

“It’s great to see so many people competing in Haverhill and to realise the town is capable of supporting premier athletics events.

“I hope this enthusiasm for competing continues and we see such large numbers joining us for HaverHalf - the JMP Furniture Solutions Half Marathon - in three weeks. We’re keen to hear your feedback too so we can continue to offer an improved athletics experience going forward.

“I look forward to seeing you at the start line next time.”

Jenny Carpenter, a partner with HaverTri sponsors, Adams Harrison Solicitors, said: “I was pleased to hear from colleagues that the event went well.

“Our teams enjoyed the event, and as a firm we enjoyed getting involved with this community event.”

Haverhill mayor, Betty McLatchy, who presented trophies to all of the winners, addressed the athletes, saying: “Thank you all for coming to Haverhill and taking part in this event - it’s great to see so many of you here, and congratulations on your achievement.

She went on to add: “I’d also like to thank Jack and the team in delivering another successful major athletics event in Haverhill.”