Huczkowski hoping to continue duathlon dominance

Stuart Burgess, from sponsors Aces, presents the 2014 series trophy to Patryk Huczkowski, right. Picture: Ian Burnett
Stuart Burgess, from sponsors Aces, presents the 2014 series trophy to Patryk Huczkowski, right. Picture: Ian Burnett
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Double champion Patryk Huczkowski is hoping his dominance of the Portsmouth Duathlon Series will continue for the foreseeable future.

Success this year followed up his victory in the maiden series in 2013.

Huczkowski found this year’s summer series tougher, with increasingly strong fields ensuring hot competition for the top places in each of the three races.

The appearance of Dame Kelly Holmes, who competed in race one this year, also helped raise the profile of the event put on by Rob Piggott.

Huczkowski said: ‘I’m still quite new to duathlon.

‘So it was a bit of an experiment in the first year.

‘This year I was a bit more experienced.

‘It is becoming more and more difficult each year.

‘There are more people coming, looking to perform well.

‘I presume next year is going to be much tougher, so I’m going to have to train harder!

‘Every single race there was at least one or two guys to chase, or chasing me.

‘That makes it more enjoyable.

As winner of series one and two, Huczkowski could complete a memorable hat-trick if he wins the 2015 event as well.

He added: ‘That would be brilliant. Absolutely.

‘I’m pleased with what I have achieved and am looking forward to the third one now.

‘It is all for fun. That is the main aim.

‘But if I am able to win it, it will be brilliant.’

Piggott puts on a wide range of different events across in Portsmouth.

He has the Southsea Pirates – Pieces of Eight race coming up next on Sunday, October 5, and then the new Portsmouth Big City Adventure Challenge on Sunday, October 12.

Huczkowski is a regular entrant in the Believe & Achieve events and believes they are great for Portsmouth.

He said: ‘So many events done by one person, it is amazing.

‘The quality of them – including the Portsmouth half marathon and marathon, and obviously the duathlons, is really, really good.’

The Portsmouth Duathlon Series is sponsored by Aces for 2015.

See the website fitprorob.biz/ for more information about upcoming events.

– DAVID BRAWN