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Duathlon challenge for March Athletic Club runners

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For their May club challenge, March Athletic Club runners were taken out of their comfort zone and asked to run off the back of a cycle ride, much as they would have to do in a duathlon.

The Pals with Pedals challenge saw 18 runners pair up into nine teams to run a total of 20k per team.

Each runner had to take it in turns to cycle with their team mate while that person ran, with each person in the team running either a 10k or two 5ks to reach the 20k run total.

For some runners it was the first time they had been on a cycle in many years and that proved to be the most challenging part of the event.

Overall winners of the challenge were Andy Cole and Toni Alcaraz, who ran their 20k in a superb 1:17:46.

Fastest 5k run went to Andy Cole in 18:55 and fastest 10k went to Toni Alcaraz in 39:32.

Three runners managed a 10k pb: Barry Head (43:49) who was in the second place team with Kanina O’Neil, Joanne Anderson Wenn (50:57) and Deb Watts (1:00:09).

The event was the first outing for new member Jodie Mottram, who ran with dad Jason and she ran a total of 10k for the first time ever.

20k results: 1 Andy Cole & Toni Alcaraz 1:17:46; 2 Kanina O’Neil & Barry Head 1:25:05; 3 Geraldine Larham & Andrew Larham 1:27:29; 4 Jon Long & Dean Markillie 1:31:31; 5 Tina Burbridge Lambert & Serge Lambert 1:45:32; 6 Sue Ward & Jo Anderson Wenn 1:51:14; 7 Mark Darlow & Dawn Veal 2:06:06; 8 Jodie Mottram & Jason Mottram 2:06:07; 9 David Watts & Deb Watts 2:10:49.

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