Race Report: The BUCS Duathlon Championships
Created On: 24 November 2011
Last weekend (20th November) Castle Combe hosted the
British University and College Sports (BUCS) Duathlon
Championships. Athletes raced over a 2 mile run, 10 mile bike
and then finished with a final 2 mile run on the racing
The BUCS Duathlon has increased in size year on year, with over
300 students taking part last weekend.
In the Men's race, an early lead was established by Saint Mary's
athlete Andy Rooke who entered T1 with a 25 second advantage over a
chasing pack of six. However, Rooke's lead was short lived, as the
lead pack quickly caught and passed him on the first lap of five on
A lead group of six formed on the first lap including Luke
Watson of Loughborough University, Alex Matchett of Bristol
University and Rhys Davey of Leeds Metropolitan University. The
lead pack worked well together and shared the workload in an
"ironman style" pack keeping a seven meter gap between each
On the third lap the lead pack was joined by last year's third
place finisher Lee Calderon of UEA who took on the lead
responsibilities for the remainder of the bike. Calderon lead out
of T2 with Matchett and Watson right on his heels. However, with
the fast pace set by Watson and Matchett, they caught Calderon 400m
into the run. The race for gold was now between Pembrokeshire boys
Watson and Matchett. Watson put in multiple surges through the
2mile run but Matchett was not easily dropped. With 600m to go
Watson put in one final effort. The elastic finally snapped,
allowing Watson to get a gap over Matchett and take the Men's 2011
Upon winning the BUCS title Watson commented,
"I'm really pleased with the result; it was a tough race
against some strong guys and I'm delighted to come away with the
win. It's a great start to the winter, and an excellent result for
Upon congratulating Matchett with an impressive BUCS debut, he
"I had no idea what to expect going into the race as
it's so early in the season"...
"Overall, fantastic to get a Pembrokeshire 1-2, brilliantly
organised event as usual from DB Max."
In the Women's race, last year's BUCS Duathlon Champion Lois
Rosindale of Leeds Metropolitan University was the favourite having
come off a very successful 2011 season.
Rosindale took out the first run and lead the way into T1
alongside Amy Jesset of Newcastle University. The pair held a 20
second lead over Georgia Bell of St Mary's University College with
Vicky Johnston of Loughborough University and Liz Burrows of Leeds
Metropolitan University a further 20 seconds down.
With a smooth T1 Rosindale was first onto the racing circuit to
tackle the 10mile flat bike.
Johnston took advantage of the non-drafting bike and worked hard
to crawl back 20 seconds from leader Rosindale and establish
herself into second position coming into T2. Johnston was closely
followed by Sophie Saller of Oxford University who had also put in
a strong cycle.
Rosindale rounded off the race with the fastest Women's run
split of the day which ensured she successfully defended her title
With a strong second run, Johnston, in her first year at
Loughborough University, made an impressive debut claiming second
place with Saller of Oxford University taking third.
In the team categories with Luke Watson leading the way,
Loughborough University claimed the Men's team title ahead of
Birmingham in second and Durham University in third.
In the Women's category Lois Rosindale's dominating performance
helped Leeds Metropolitan University to take the top position with
Durham University in second and Loughborough University in
The Paul Weston Trophy is won by the overall winners of the
competition based upon the three top men and women scorers from
each University. With only two minutes between first and second the
Paul Weston Trophy was won by Loughborough University for the
second year running.
1. Luke Watson, Loughborough University
2. Alex Matchett, Bristol University
3. Sam Wade, UWIC
1. Lois Rosindale, Leeds Metropolitan University
2. Vicky Johnston, Loughborough University
3. Sophia Saller, Oxford University
1. Loughborough University
2. Birmingham University
3. Durham University
1. Leeds Metropolitan University
2. Durham University
3. Loughborough University
Paul Weston Trophy (combined times of three men
and three ladies):
Photo courtesy of Doug Hall: www.tridougie.com