Big shock for Little as he lands Portsmouth Duathlon crown

Left to right: Patryk Huczkowski, George Little and Andrew Waddington. Picture: David Brawn
Left to right: Patryk Huczkowski, George Little and Andrew Waddington. Picture: David Brawn
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IN A thrilling finish to the Portsmouth Duathlon Series it was George Little who took the victory.

The Fife Athletics Club athlete, who is based in Portsmouth with The Royal Navy, came into the third and final event in third place.

He had a deficit of 30 seconds to make up on defending double champion Patryk Huczkowski, with second-placed Andrew Waddington also right in the mix.

Jonty Robinson, who was not in series contention having not competed in the previous events, took the victory in Southsea on Sunday.

He recorded a superb time of 1hr 35min 50sec for the 10k run, 24k bike and 5k run course.

Little finished second in 1.36.58 and that gave him a series total of 4.01.25.

Huczkowski battled all the way to finish the final race in fourth.

His time of 1.38.30 made his total 4.02.27 for second place overall, just four seconds ahead of Waddington who took third in race three (1.38.25) for a total time of (4.02.31).

Neither could match Little, though, as he powered clear on the running legs to win the popular event, organised by Rob Piggott.

Little said: ‘I’m quite surprised. It’s a bit of a shock because it’s such a strong field.

‘It’s nice that it’s so competitive. I wasn’t feeling great on the last run. I came into a bit of cramp on the bike but I managed to just hold on for the last run.

‘Rob has done an excellent job with this and all the other events he runs here. They have a strong team who make it possible and make it safe on the roads.

‘Portsmouth is very lucky to have events like this.’

Defending champion Huczkowski was pleased with his own display and praised Little’s performance.

He said: ‘Overall I am improving as an athlete. That is the most important thing for me.

‘It’s nice to win but the better man won the series. George is improving on the bike and flying on the run.

‘This was the most competitive and the most enjoyable series so far.’

Waddington, from Portchester, secured first place in the 40-49 age category to with his third overall.

He said: ‘Last year I did two of the races and I won them both.

‘I would have liked to have done better this time but I’ve been beaten by two younger guys so it’s not too bad. I was first vet so that’s a consolation.’

Emma Jolley (4.56.33) saw off Victoria Hunt (4.56.38) and Hayley King (5.00.18) in another great series battle.

Jolley finished second lady in race three with a time of 1.59.43, with Hunt third (2.01.21).

Sam Aplin was first on Sunday (1.46.19).

Meanwhile, Paul Davoile won the shorter final race (5k run, 24k bike, 5k run) with 1.20.23, while Julian Porter won the shorter series (4.45.54).