News Looking Back at the John Flitch Mountain Bike Duathlon. Looking Back at the John Flitch Mountain Bike Duathlon.


Report by Ian Lockyer
2014-01-15 20:51:28

Looking Back at the John Flitch Mountain Bike Duathlon.

Muddy conditions , huge puddles and five dykes were some of the obstacles that over 70 athletes had to contend with in the John Flitch Mountain Bike Duathlon held on Sunday, 12th January 2014.

In what were energy sapping conditions, each competitor faced a 2.4 mile road run, followed by a nine mile mountain-biking cross-country ending with a 4.5 mile cross-country run in which left many of the entrants drained.

Mark Perkins, Chairman of Thanet Roadrunners AC said, ‘this event has to be toughest race on the Isle of Thanet.  The combination of distance, terrain, ground conditions tested even the most experienced athletes.  It wasn’t uncommon to see runners slipping and cyclists walking with their bikes through exceptionally muddy conditions brought by the very heavy recent rain.

Craig Joy was first past the post on 1hr 35mins, almost two minutes clear of Jon Bond. Rob Parr was third in 1hr 40. As for the ladies, Liz King was first home in 2.26, three minutes ahead of Donna Shalders with Louise Tomlinson third in 2.48. There were 62 individual finishers, and ten dropped out.

Mark Thomas and Richard Lewey combined to head the 11 two person teams to complete, while Nick Rowland Hill, Nicholas Edward Pinkerton Hill and Mark Adelsberg were first of two three person teams.

Four Thanet Roadrunners took part:-





Christopher Brenchley



John Dickerson



Peter Gough



Ed Heardman


Mark Perkins, said, ‘Many congratulations to all the runners and riders.   Thanks to race director, Phil Kinnill and the team, our hardy team of marshals as well as our race supporters - TMS Property Services, RAYNET and the Margate Ambulance services. We hope to see many of you again next year, or at one of our other races later in the year!’

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