Jolley good show from Portsmouth Duathlon Series champion Emma

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Champion Emma Jolley is looking forward to returning to defend her Portsmouth Duathlon crown next year.

The Southsea athlete made a superb debut as her consistently strong performances over the three races proved decisive for overall series victory.

Left to right: George Little, Emma Jolley, Victoria Hunt and Patryk Huczkowski. Picture: David Brawn

Left to right: George Little, Emma Jolley, Victoria Hunt and Patryk Huczkowski. Picture: David Brawn

It was a battle that went right down to the wire between the top two ladies, Jolley and Victoria Hunt, in Rob Piggott’s popular event.

Jolley finished five seconds ahead with an overall series time of 4hr 56min 33sec.

The men’s race was just as exciting with George Little turning the tables in race three to take the overall title with a time of 4.01.25 – 62 seconds ahead of defending champion Patryk Huczkowski.

The atmosphere was great between all the competitors and for Jolley it was a glorious debut.

She said: ‘I really enjoyed it. I entered it as something a bit different.

‘I went in with no expectations for myself. It was just to see how I would get on and to try something a little bit different.

‘It was really friendly and social among all the other competitors, male and female, and I really enjoyed the whole atmosphere.

‘The event was really well set out and organised and generally I enjoyed the whole thing.

‘I’m really pleased to win and very shocked as well.

‘I had never done a duathlon before so I’m really shocked to have done as well as I did and to obviously end up winning the whole thing.’

Jolley regularly takes part in the Southsea parkrun 5k events on the seafront every Saturday and she enjoyed adding the cycling into the mix.

Along with the impressive trophy, part of the prize for the winners is entry into the series for next year.

Jolley, who lives in Southsea, is keen to return and defend her title.

Jolley added: ‘I enjoyed the cycling. It’s nice to add something a bit more than just running the whole time.

‘I think I probably need to get a better bike. My bike is quite old.

‘Definitely, I can work on my cycling times a little bit more.

‘I have got to come back for the next one now anyway, so I have got to keep it going for at least another year now.

‘This is the biggest trophy I have won, ever, I think.’

Jolley believes the series will benefit her training and her work as a fitness instructor.

She said: ‘It’s certainly boosted my confidence. After having children you get out of touch with training a bit.

‘It has given me the push to keep going at a bit more of a competitive level for a bit longer now.

‘As a fitness instructor it’s good to have experience of that to share with other people. Especially with cycling and running being so accessible for everybody as well.’