Posted: 1 March 2017

150 athletes from as far afield as Durham and Liverpool have taken part in the Rother Valley Series #1 Duathlon in support of Help for Heroes.

Organised by Retford-based TLS Events, the event saw first timers as well as seasoned athletes compete side-by-side to complete the run, bike, run course over sprint and standard distances of 5km, 24.5km, 2.5km and 10km, 40km and 5km respectively.

Matthew Nelson, Tri Camp TFN Race Team was first male and Fionn Kerry, Holmfirth Harriers, first female in the sprint race with Liam Walker, University of Sheffield Triathlon taking the top spot for men in the standard distance and Naomi Keira Wright, Manchester Triathlon Club, coming top amongst the women.

Up and coming duathletes also took part in four separate TriStar events, aimed specifically at youngsters aged from 8-14 and covering shorter distances in the vicinity of Rother Valley Country Park.

The TriStars Start (age 8) race was won by Joshua Sundin and Annabelle Taylor. TriStar 1 (age 9-10) winners were Emma Poulston Mersey Tri and William Brown, Absolute Tri. TriStar 2 (age 11-12) saw Alex Poulston, Mersey Tri and Emma Forsyth triumph with Ethan Roberts-Cutts and Hannah Lonsdale taking first place in the TriStar 3 (age 13-14) race.

Explains Caroline Sheppard, events manager for TLS Events: “We were delighted with the response from everyone who took part in the Rother Valley Series #1 Duathlon in support of Help for Heroes – feedback was overwhelmingly positive.

“From start to finish, every competitor I spoke with told me just how much they had enjoyed taking part in the event and how they were looking forward to taking part in the next race in the series the #2 Triathlon on Sunday 4th June.”

First-time participant, Craig Tomlinson commented: “My first duathlon! Loved it. Great venue and could not fault the organisation.”

Another athlete, Samantha Jensen-Martin, said on Facebook: “Thank you for a amazing event. It was well organised and thank you to all marshalls and everyone behind the scenes. I really did enjoy the race and hope I will be at another event soon.”

Concludes Caroline: “On behalf of everyone at TLS Events, I’d like to thank all the competitors, their supporters and everyone who helped to make the duathlon such a huge success. Bring on the #2 Triathlon!”