The end of September brought some pretty stormy conditions to race in at the Oulton Park Duathlon and the Kirkby Milers 10 in Knowsley, but several notable results gave St Helens Tri some good cheer ahead of the BeUrBest Rainford 10k. In keeping with the ultra theme, one late result from last week came from Stephen Webb who ran the Ladybower 50 miler and was in the top 10 from the beginning, rising to 8th at the 20 mile mark into a position he would never relinquish. He even made a late bid for seventh but ultimately came up a little short, however it was still an amazing result, arguably the best “under the radar performance of the season.
James Nairn has been one of the club’s most impressive improvers over the course of 2019; while others have grabbed the headlines, he has always been in position to spring a surprise on a race format he knows well and at the draft legal Oulton Park duathlon hosted by OP Events, he was in his element. For those not familiar with the rulebook, draft legal essentially means you are allowed to draft others, and road bikes only allowed (no clip-on tri bars allowed and restrictions on wheels are also enforced) James was right into the thick of things, recording a first run lap of under 17 minutes. His bike time was 37:10, good on a time trial bike but excellent without the benefit of an aero optimised position, and he put in one final strong shift on the last run lap to finish in a time of 1:15:10, good enough for 13th overall and a well deserved third in his age group. The Kirkby Milers 10 results are still very much incomplete at the time of writing due to an electrical storm which afflicted the timing system but Ian Wright was delighted to lead the club at Knowsley Safari Park, his time of 1:12:03 being less than a minute adrift of the time he set in much more favourable conditions last year, setting himself and the club up nicely for their second blue riband event of the autumn, the Rainford 10k, for which entries close on Thursday at midnight.