A Race against the Dying of the Light – Knowsley, Parbold and Bedford

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In what could well have been the last weekend of racing for 2020, two local events and one a little further afield brought the winter (and possibly summer) season to a close. At the Knowsley 10k Diane Taktak and friends took on one of the “emerging classics” as the Knowsley area becomes increasingly popular as a place to race, although whether this trend will survive the coming months and years is anyone’s guess. In the event Diane finished with a smile on her face and a time of 1:04:44 which was easily good enough to finish in the top 600.

The Parbold Duathlon just about managed to survive the incoming lock down and as has so often been the case in the past, Gez Roberts led the way for the club on his green Giant Propel bought from Thatto Cycles. His time of 1:37:54 put him 13th overall and fourth in his category. Making a welcome return to the fold was Mark Livingston who not only made the top 20, but won a thrilling battle with his closest rival to pull away on the final run stage and win the V50 category. Indeed, he also overtook Kevin Dudley whose skill set was more suited to the bike course, but Kevin’s top 25 overall placing was still an excellent result. Will Bardin was involved in one of the more amusing episodes of the race when he drafted a Citroën while running (out of T2) but in any case he still went home happy as he finished in a time of 2:02:09. Meanwhile Peter Leadbeater was the club’s sole representative at the Bedford Autodrome Spring Duathlon. Held under metaphorically black clouds it was hardly a race day to stir the soul, or so it seemed. However Peter still put on an outstanding performance in what effectively amounted to a national standard race as he finished the 5k/19k/2.5k draft legal event in a little over 70 minutes, with a particularly impressive bike split, to place fourth in his age group.

Club membership for the 2020/21 season is now open. As per the outcome of the recent committee meeting it is not priced at £15 for seniors and £5 for juniors. Please note that the club training sessions have been suspended until further notice. The committee and coaching team at St Helens Tri wish to encourage everyone to continue with their exercise as long as it is conducted solo and within safe parameters; with the likely wipe out of the remaining 2020 races now is not the time to push the limits for upcoming major events but rather to enjoy the great outdoors and appreciate the joys and benefits sport brings to all of us.

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