Retained my title from 2011 at the British Elite Duathlon Championships.
The race at Loughborough on Sunday was a tough call, having missed almost 10 days training after returning from South America with a viral infection.
On a beautiful sunny day I led the men on the 5km run recording the fastest split of 15.08, just ahead of training partner Matt Gunby and a talented junior, Richard Horton of Bournemouth Jubilee Wheelers.
Gunby and I managed to break away from Horton and the chasing group in the early stages of the 8-lap 20km bike ride, extending our lead to 50 seconds. The chasing group eventually started working effectively and in the last two laps reduced the deficit, which came down to 10 seconds as they reached T2. I completing the bike course in 30.14 and sprinted out of transition quickly opening a lead of 9 seconds on Gumby, maintaining this to the finish line and recording the fastest split for the 2.5km lap of 8.02 and a total time of 54.08, winning the title for the second successive year, ahead of silver medallist Gumby 54.21 and third placed Lawrence Fanous (54.37). Holton took the gold medal in the Junior Men’s race with a time of 54.27.