Strong Clay grabs win... Silver show from Collins

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Rachel Clay and Neil Collins continued their excellent form with powerful performances in the Portsmouth Triathletes’ Spring Duathlon.

Petersfield’s Clay backed up her win in the first race of Rob Piggott’s Portsmouth series, earlier this month, with another success in the Goodwood-hosted event.

Meanwhile, Collins, from Southsea, picked up a second place this time, to add to his dominant victory in his home race.

Conditions were tough at Goodwood with high winds on Sunday making the 40k bike leg particularly challenging.

Several of the competitors crashed out.

Petersfield’s Clay was the first female finisher, completing the three legs – a 4k run, 40k cycle ride and 8k run, with a time of 2hr 1min 46sec.

Stubbington Green’s Helen Nicholls was second lady (2.04.59) and Demelza Farrer crossed the line third (2.07.56).

Portsmouth Triathletes duo Liz Steward (2.08.15) and Emma Gueterbock (2.09.47) finished fourth and fifth respectively.

James Travers took the overall victory with a time of 1.43.49.

Collins secured second place (1.44.37) and Boe Harper was third (1.44.49).

In July, Collins will compete for Great Britain in the age 40-44 category at the European Triathlon Champs, in Geneva.

Before then he’s hoping to get some more useful training done in his home city with race two of the Portsmouth Duathlon Series taking place on Sunday, April 12.