Race is on to seal Portsmouth Duathlon Series success

Patryk Huczkowski powering ahead. Picture: Mick Young (160470-02)

Patryk Huczkowski powering ahead. Picture: Mick Young (160470-02)

Lachlan Wellington. Picture: Habibur Rahman

Opening night for the Lakeside 5k Series

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THE race for success is set to go down to the wire tomorrow.

Multiple Portsmouth Duathlon Series champion Patryk Huczkowski is in contention to regain the title.

Hayley King has had a good first two races in the duathlon. Picture: Allan Hutchings (160410-932)

Hayley King has had a good first two races in the duathlon. Picture: Allan Hutchings (160410-932)

He won it in 2013 and 2014 but was second in 2015.

Huczkowski is well positioned this year after two third places finishes and he has improved his times as well.

Andrew Mitchell looks to be his big rival after finishing second in race one and fourth in race two.

The likes of Jahan Hunter, Andy Wheeler and Piotr Meller have all been strong and could push for a podium spot.

In the ladies’ series Hayley King, of Portsmouth Triathletes, has been in excellent form with a second place in race two and a victory in race three.

The defending ladies’ champion Emma Jolley has improved her times this year after working on her cycling.

She has recorded two third place finishes in the April and May races but will definitely enjoy the longer run tomorrow where she can make up time on her rivals.

The race is sold out and starts from Speaker’s Corner, Southsea (8am).

Competitors will tackle a 10k run, with a 24k bike ride, and a 5k run.

There is also an option to do two 5k runs, instead of the 10k.

Meanwhile, Neil Collins, who finished first in race one and second in race two, turns his attention back to triathlon tomorrow.

He will be looking to secure a trip to Mexico for the standard-distance race at the World Championships in September.

The Southsea triathlete will be in St Neots racing the Great Britain qualifier.

Also in action there will be Rory Bryan, who lives in Southsea, and races for the Royal Navy Tri.

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