Top athletes converge on Sherborne for Powerman UK
AN international multi sport event returned to the streets of Sherborne on Sunday when more than 100 athletes battled it out in the Powerman UK race, which is a World Championship Qualifier for this year’s competition in Zofingen, Switzerland.
Among those taking part were top international duathletes Matt Moorhouse and Esben Kaczmarek.
The race kicked off at 7am with the long course race which saw the athletes tackle a gruelling 10km run, 120km bike and a 20km run.
From the gun Michael Page, took to the front and pushed the pace around the first section of the run course. In the women’s race Catherine Faux followed a similar pattern pushing on ahead with Tracy Cook closely following in second place.
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With the Long Course athletes under way, the attention turned to the Short Course race which consisted of a 10km run, 60km bike and 10km run. In the men's race it promised to be a clash between the UK athletes and the international Powerman athletes.
From the start, the UK’s Matt Moorhouse and the Dane, Esben Kaczmarek, set a blistering pace which the other athletes found hard to match.
The long course athletes were heading back into transition as the short course athletes exited the Terrace playing fields and Michael Page had extended his lead over the other long course athletes and was first out on to the challenging bike course.
In the Short Course race, after the first run Matt Moorhouse (GBR) came in transition area ahead of Esben Kaczmarek ( DEN), closely followed by David Vaughan (IRL) Harry Springall (GBR), Will Newberry (GBR) and Kevin Donagher (GBR).
Matt Moorhouse crossed the line in 2hrs 56min with Kacmarek in 2nd in 3hrs 2 mins and Ireland’s David Vaughan rounding off the top three a further minute back.
The Mayor of Sherborne Dominic Elliot greeted them as they crossed the finishing line and presented them with their medals.
The women’s short course race was dominated by marathon runner Amy Chalk and former professional cyclist Siobhan Horgan from Ireland.
Horgan finished in a time of 3hrs 21 mins, ten minutes ahead of Chalk.
With the Short course race over, attention of the spectators turned back to the Long Course race. Mark Tickle was starting to eat in the lead that Page had built up. He made light work of course and as the sun began to shine he took the lead and powered ahead to come back to transition 2.5minutes ahead of Page, a stunning turnaround.
Leading into the run, Tickle was starting to struggle and he was forced to pull out shortly into the run having been passed by Page.
Page pushed on and showed no signs of slowing down and crossed the line first in a time of 5hrs 33mins, with Andrew Brierley in second and Oliver Perez in third.
The women’s race was dominated by Team Freespeed Athlete Catherine Faux and she turned in some of the quicker times of the day for both genders including a stunning 3hrs 31 bike which was 2nd fastest overall. She crossed the line in 5hrs 47min and 3rd place overall followed by Tracy Cook in 2nd.
Athletes, visitors and the mayor of Sherborne were all very pleased with Powerman Sherborne/UK and are looking forward to next year's Powerman race.
The organisers, Events Crew lead by Richard Wallace and Brent Mitchell did an excellent job and created a new duathlon highlight in the UK.
For more information visit www.powermanuk.com.