Mr Consistent on course for repeat duathlon victory

Andrew Waddington won the duathlon second race. Picture: Allan Hutchings

Andrew Waddington won the duathlon second race. Picture: Allan Hutchings

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Patryk Huczkowski is closing in on a successful defence of his Portsmouth Duathlon title.

Mr Consistent leads the way in the race for series glory after two strong performances.

He finished third on Sunday, backing up his second place in the opener last month.

His total time for the two events is more than seven minutes better than his nearest challenger – Stephen Barnett.

Huczkowski won the series last year and he’s on course to achieve another success.

Organiser Rob Piggott believes the Portsmouth athlete will complete his victory in the third and final race on Sunday, May 11.

However, he’ll have to deal with a different challenge as the competitors must cross to Hayling Island on the ferry from Eastney, before tackling a more tricky cycle leg than in previous races.

Piggott joked: ‘Patryk just has to get across the ferry safely, really.

‘He’s on course to win again. He’s a very good athlete who likes triathlons and duathlons. That’s his strong point.

‘The first time I came across him he was doing my ghost race.

‘I was on the lead bike and he was chasing me across the bridge at Hilsea in his skeleton suit.

Race two started with a 7.5k loop in the dazzling sunshine, up and around the promenade in Southsea before heading down to Old Portsmouth and back.

The second stage of the race was a 15k cycle heading out to Eastney, then returning with two laps around Southsea Common, before the competitors completed a 5k run to finish.

Winner Andrew Waddington completed the course in a great time of 1hr 13mins 39secs.

Simon Johnson was second (1.13.55) and Huczkowski finished third (1.14.58).

Waddington and Johnson did not take part in race one, therefore don’t feature in the overall standings.

Alison Wilson was first lady again as she completed her second victory (1.22.52).

She has nearly a nine-minute lead going into race three and should be set to seal the title.

Meanwhile, Team Believe and Achieve – Dawn Hughes and Rory Bevis – were the fastest team to complete the course (1.21.07).

Some competitors were given time penalties for not completing the full bike course.

But overall the duathlon was a big success again.

Piggott, who raises money for the RNLI through a series of races in Portsmouth, believes the duathlon is becoming increasingly well recognised.

He was happy with the run route changes, enforced due to the closure of South Parade Pier.

Piggott said: ‘The changes to the course worked well – it was nice for everyone to run back past the start.

‘We made the best of what we had.

‘I was very impressed with it all. I have a good team together and they understand what is needed.

‘We had awesome weather again.

‘People really enjoyed the atmosphere and the feedback overall was good.’

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