Jon Greenfield was back on form and back to his winning ways last Sunday at the fourth event in Guernsey Triathlon Club’s winter duathlon series, sponsored by the Ana Leaf Foundation.
The popular Reservoir circuit was home to the race. Based at St Saviour’s Community Centre at the top of Neuf Chemin road, the race featured a hilly run and bike course, which was played out against blue skies and unseasonably warm weather.
The event consisted of two 2.4 mile runs sandwiching a 16 mile, two-lap bike course. Junior competitors took part in a shortened 1 mile run, 8 mile bike, 2.4 mile run course.
Greenfield set out his stall on the first run, closely guarded by Bob Guilbert for the duration of the 2.4 mile lap of the dry, compacted, muddy Reservoir course. Only a few seconds separated the two leading runners coming into the Neuf Chemin climb and approaching the first transition. The fast-improving Tim Andrews was close behind with former island runner Dave Dyke and novice duathlete Jo Ensink slightly distanced.
Josh Thornton narrowly lead Remi Naftel on the short junior run course but once onto the bike Thornton showed where his strength was, never being threatened over the remainder of the race for the junior win. Colette Andrews took the title in the women’s race in a severely depleted female field.
On the two-lap, hilly bike course the close chase between Greenfield and Guilbert continued, with the former slightly extending his lead to about sixty seconds into the second transition.
‘Leading from the front isn’t a position I’ve been in for a while but I felt good so went with it. I’ve used the series to get my fitness back and today’s final race shows it’s going in the right direction,’ said Greenfield.
Andrews and Dyke maintained their respective positions while there was close racing between Sean Murphy and Michael Cotterill who showed bike strength to lead Ensink into T2.
Guilbert was unable to make inroads on Greenfield’s lead on the second lap of the run course and Greenfield finished with just over a minute advantage over the chaser. Andrews completed the top three with Ensink in fourth also taking the novice category win.
‘Jon is coming back to form at just the right time. He led us around the first run and managed to gain a small lead up the hill at the end of the circuit and then showed his strength on the bike to open the lead up.
‘The bike course was good fun with the westerly section proving to be a test with a few hills included. This made it hard going into the second run and I was just trying to hold off Tim who has had a good season and I knew would be going hard to catch me. It is very difficult to know where the other racers are on the run which kept the pace honest throughout,’ said Guilbert.
The Guernsey Triathlon Club now turns its focus to the 2014 Triathlon series, starting with the Novice Triathlon at Beau Sejour on 18 May. Online entry and a novice training plan for new athletes is available online at: www.guernseytriathlon.com