Staff Tackle Kielder Duathlon: 1

Chris and Steve, retail advisors in our Berghaus Metrocentre store have been living for adventure by competing in the Kielder Duathlon, a superb off road event based in Kielder Forest Park, Northumberland. Here  is Steve’s blog on the event.

A few weeks ago looking ahead at the dark nights and miserable weather both Chris and I decided we needed something to focus on, something to work towards over the winter months. Chris being a runner and myself a cyclist we opted to hunt for something along these lines.  20 minutes later we had found and entered a Duathlon series.

The series is organized by “High Terrain Events” and consists of 4 races all within driving distance for us both. We decided to enter these races as a team event, the run bike run format meaning relay style, one team member will power out the first run, passing over to the second member on the bike, after the bike the first member will then run one final time to complete the race.

So here’s how we’ve got on so far:

Round 1 Whinlatter 6.5k trail run, 18k bike, 5.5k trail run

It was an exciting day ahead but we were both pretty nervous I reckon, neither of us are exactly specialists in this field. I don’t usually race XC so I felt a little out of my depth and Chris hadn’t really experienced much trail/fell running so he didn’t know what to expect either.

At the start of the day things were looking great, the weather was fantastic and the atmosphere amongst the competitor’s was very relaxed, slightly daunting though as everyone looked so professional and race ready.

Chris had a little drama that morning as his car broke down on route, but luckily he arrived just in time, panic over!! As he pulled into the car park with a big eager grin on his face, it was clear to see that boy was ready to roll. I only wish I had been in the car with him so I could of seen the Panic in his eyes, I’m sure his girlfriend had a right laugh!!

BOOM!!! Chris is on the start line. Lots of cheering and within no time at all, he’s off running at a rate of knots into the trees.

Both of his runs went very well putting in a time of 40.46 on the first and an awesome time of 36.02 on the second. This was excellent considering just how hard the route actually was, plus the fact he’d never done anything like it before. As he came into the mid transition point he looked fast and strong and just before I set off on the ride I asked him how he’d got on, he muttered something along the lines off “I’m good, but that was bloody hard”. It must have been horrible knowing he had to do it all again in just over an hour’s time!!

The bike side of things went great too before I knew it I was ripping down the first decent. By the First big hill I had warmed up nicely but wasn’t feeling as strong as I’d liked to have, a few too many cakes going my way lately!! The course was amazing fun, a lot of big climbs and then mid-way around we were treated to a killer descent which made it all worthwhile.

I dug deep and got round the course in 1hrs and 11mins which to be honest I was surprised with. At one point I thought I was going to be sick which is never pleasant, especially as lately I’ve been drinking large quantities of condensed beetroot in a bid to get the most out of my usually cake fuelled body! Nice.

So we ended up finishing the race in 4th place in our category which we were both really pleased with. All in all we had an awesome day competing, It wouldn’t of mattered where we had finished really, 4th place was just an added bonus.

If anyone else out there is also looking for a winter challenge we highly recommend giving one of these events ago, I’m sure you’ll love it. We’re already looking forward to round 2..

We’d also like to give a shout to a fellow Berghaus companion’s Footwear Designer Jenni Campbell and Retail Trainer Angela Coates who also took part in the team event. Angela had a lot of trouble mechanically which should have written off their race, but she battled on to the finish and still managed to put in an awesome time. This was backed up by Jenni who pushed hard and gave two great performances finishing both runs in excellent time. They finished up in 2nd place in the women’s category just a few minutes behind the winners.   Go Berghaus!!!!!!!!!!

Read part 2 of our blog here.

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