Smart duathlon plan pays off for defending champion

Patryk Huczkowski. Picture: Allan Hutchings (14378)
Patryk Huczkowski. Picture: Allan Hutchings (14378)
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The final race of the Portsmouth Duathlon Series went to plan for Patryk Huczkowski as he wrapped up overall victory.

He was joined on top of the podium by Alison Wilson, who completed a hat-trick of victories in the ladies’ event.

Huczkowski knew he had a comfortable advantage going into event three.

It was simply of case of making sure he had no major disasters on the way round to seal victory.

As it was he finished in fourth place, ahead of his main series rival Stephen Barnett.

The top three in the final race – winner Andrew Waddington, second-placed George Little and third-placed Thomas Doran – were not in the shake-up for the series as they hadn’t entered all the events.

Wilson’s highlight was beating Olympic legend Dame Kelly Holmes in race one.

That victory set her up to win the other two events as she dominated the series.

Organiser Rob Piggott praised both Huczkowski, who was also the first series winner last year, and Wilson.

He said: ‘They have consistently been up there at the front.

‘Alison’s crowning glory was beating Dame Kelly Holmes in race one.

‘That put her in position straight away for the series.

‘Patryk is consistent with everything he does.

‘He played a really good game on the third race. He went out and did the 10k and wasn’t feeling very well. So he took some to recover.

‘It was a pleasure to ride alongside him in the final 5k leg of race three – to shield him from the traffic and make sure he was okay.’

Waddington won race two and also finished first in race three as he completed the 10k run, 23k cycle and 5k run in a time of 1hr 38mins 42secs.

He would certainly have been a strong contender for the overall title but he did not enter the first race.

Conditions were tough for the final event, with the infamous Southsea wind making an appearance.

Piggott said: ‘The wind was absolutely horrendous.

‘It was relentless on the bike leg and tough on the out section of the run.

‘Overall, the series was brilliant. It is good for the city. It shows we can put on these sporting events.

‘I’m looking forward to next year.’