Collins produces his Sunday best to seal duathlon second win

Neil Collins on the road to victory in Southsea on Sunday. Picture: David Brawn
Neil Collins on the road to victory in Southsea on Sunday. Picture: David Brawn
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Neil Collins made it two wins from two in the Portsmouth Duathlon Series with another strong performance on Sunday.

The Great Britain age-group triathlete swept to his second victory in the popular Southsea event, after also crossing the line first in March.

However, he won’t be in contention for overall series glory.

That prize is up for grabs for athletes who take on all three of Rob Piggott’s Believe & Achieve duathlons.

Collins has built up a good advantage in the standings after two races, but he will be competing in the national championships on the same day as the final event in May.

He is also currently preparing to represent Great Britain in the 40-44 age group at the Triathlon European Championships in July.

Racing in the Portsmouth Duathlon Series has helped the Tri Club Port Solent athlete, from Southsea, get some good, strong competition work early in the season.

On Sunday he completed the 7.5k run, 18.5k cycle and 5k run in a time of 1hr 16min 28sec.

George Little took second place with a 1.19.14 clocking – six seconds ahead of third-placed Andrew Waddington (1.19.20).

Defending series champion Patryk Huczkowski crossed the line fourth (1.19.54).

Collins enjoyed the race and was pleased to see off the challenge from Little, who really impressed on the run sections.

‘It was good. I started the first run fairly strong and then I dropped back into second place,’ said Collins.

‘George Little took the lead and he came in off the run about 20 seconds ahead of me.

‘I knew I was going to have some work to do on the bike.

‘It was an interesting bike. Normally you get a good long tail wind section on the seafront.

‘But there didn’t seem to be anywhere with a good, long push. You had to work for the whole bike leg.

‘I knew I could make up a bit of time on that so I just got my head down.

‘On the second run at the turn point you see people coming towards you. I could see I had a fairly good margin.

‘But George was there and he was still looking strong.

‘So, I thought I’m just going to keep working hard.

‘There’s nothing worse than having that amount of time and then just losing it at the end.

‘You never know if you are going to have the legs in the last mile or so.’

Victoria Hunt was the first lady to finish race two, with a time of 1.36.24.

Emma Jolley chased hard to take second place (1.37.07).

Race three of the series takes place on Sunday, May 10 (8am).

It promises to be a really exciting finish with both the men’s and ladies’ battles remarkably close.

With Collins not competing in race three, Huczkowski is currently in pole position but his time of 2.23.57 is only nine seconds ahead.

Waddington is second (2.24.06) and Little is third (2.24.27).

In the ladies’ race, Hunt leads the way (2.55.17).

But Jolley and Hayley King are right in the mix, with the top three separated by one minute and 33 seconds.

Susan and William Bryan lead the team standings after two races of the series (2.47.31).