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Welcome to British Duathlon - the website that is dedicated to supporting the continued development of the sport of Duathlon and Triathlon in Britain. Our aim is to raise the profile of Britain's most popular multisports (see News for details), to encourage participation and improve performance.

If you are a beginner to multisport we can assist you in making the transition from novice to experienced athlete, whatever your background or current ability, and, if you are a seasoned Age Group athlete, we can support your continued progress by providing a range of services:

From handy tips, running drills, bike handling skills, nutritional guidance and training plans to open water swimming skills, transition training and training camps, we provide dedicated coaching and detailed race preparation for everybody.

Staffed by competitive athletes and an experienced and qualified coach, whatever your needs, please just ask and we will endeavour to support your requirements! For more details please see Coaching.

Natural running form

Recently, we have run a series of very successful natural running form clinics. By improving your running form, you can become a more efficient runner.

For more information, visit our website at www.naturalrunningform.co.uk.

Or read our blog for latest news and updates:

Natural running form blog

12th May 2014 | Streamz Global

Very interested in the new product, just on the market - You Streamz Active - which aims to reduce recovery time and inflammation to promote muscle healing. Early indications are that I am recovering quite well after Powerman UK yesterday.

For more information, visit www.streamz-global.com.

11th May 2014 | Powerman UK, Sherborne

Dame Kelly Holmes and Jon CowellFantastic racing on Sunday. It was great to meet Dame Kelly Holmes and to compete in the sprint distance duathlon with her. I'm pleased with my second place after a difficult winter and looking forward to the World Championships in Spain (standard distance) and Zofingen (long distance).

Congratulations to Michael Buglass, one year after joining our coaching programme, he returned to Sherborne to blitz his previous time and finish in the top ten.

19th November 2013 | 12 hours on a treadmill

Jon CowellOn Tuesday 19th November at West Herts College, Watford, Jon broke the Guinness World Record for the greatest distance run on a treadmill in 12 hours. He ran 102.08km; the previous record stood at 101.4km.

Jon's students raced him in relay style (also on treadmills) in an attempt to break the record for the greatest distance run (outdoors) in 12 hours. Unfortunately they missed the record but still managed to run in excess of 130km collectively.

Between them, Jon and the students raised over 7,000 for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

Qualification at Althorp Sprint Duathlon

At Althorp Duathlon today, Jon Cowell qualified for the 2014 European Sprint Duathlon Championships. Jon came 3rd in the 50-54 category in a time of 1:15:40. His splits were: Run1 19:35, T1 0:40, Bike 34:59, T2 0:41, Run2 19:48.

Benny Vansteelant Memorial, Torhout, Belgium

Michael BuglassJust a few weeks after his first duathlon, Michael Buglass was racing again, this time in the draft-legal Benny Vansteelant Memorial race in Torhout, Belgium. He finished 26th in 58:32; his splits were: Run1 17:00, T1 0:38, Bike 28:54, T2 0:39, Run2 11:21.

The race in 2013 was over distances of 4.8km (run 1), 20km (bike) and 2.8km (run 2). Jon Cowell came 3rd in his category in 58:42. His splits were: Run1 16:44, T1 0:41, Bike 29:43, T2 0:38, Run2 10:56.

Triathlon Championships, Hyde Park, London

Sue WalkerOur European Duathlon Champion and silver medallist in the Worlds, had another great result at the Triathlon Championships in Hyde Park London. In the Open Sprint event, Sue Walker came second in the 40-44 category (750 swim, 20km bike, 5km run) in 1:22:23. Sue's splits were: swim 16:00, T1 3:40, bike 39:09, T2 3:50, run 19:45.

Duathlon rookie at the inaugural Powerman UK

Michael BuglassOn 11th August, Powerman put on their first event in the UK in Sherborne, Dorset, offering both short and long course races. Among the short course competitors was Michael Buglass, racing his very first duathlon. Michael managed a very creditable 17th place and came 8th in his category. "I had a blast!", said Michael, "and the best part was getting to the start line without being injured". Michael began adapting to a more natural style of running in March, when he signed up for a series of coaching services with Jon.

European Duathlon Champion wins Silver at the Worlds

Sue Walker on the podiumHaving won her category at the European Duathlon championships in Horst (Netherlands) in April, Sue Walker went on to become silver medallist at the World Championships in Ottawa, Canada, missing out on another gold by less than 10 seconds. Sue had a great race and was "very chuffed" with her result.

A World Indoor Iron Distance Record for JC!

JC completed the event in a new world record (ratified by Guinness) of 8 hours 24 minutes 47.69 seconds.

Row 3,860m 15:56
T1 00:30
Bike 180.25km 3.54:11
T2 02:28
Run 42.2km 4.11:42

A relay team of students from West Herts College completed their challenge soon after.

JC would like to thank all those who sponsored him for the charity Help For Heroes and especially all those who supported him on the day. Most importantly, a huge cheer goes out to the students of 06592B who made the event happen!

Despite the overall success, the day was not completely without incident. Technical issues arose with one of the two computers used to record the bike distance and the treadmill decided that it needed a breather every hour and wanted to power down. Fortunately the strong support team were able to successfully record and overcome these issues and thanks go to this team and to the invigilators - Anna Higgins, Scott Isaacs and Stuart McGowan - who gave up their day to support this event.

More details of the event and the charity may be found at

http://www.justgiving.com/Indoor-Iron-Distance-Triathlon

Sue Walker wins London Duathlon!

Congratulations to Sue Walker who won the London Duathlon in a time of 1.45:45, nearly 2 minutes ahead of the second placed lady! This is great form to carry in to the World Duathlon Championships in Gijon, Spain this weekend.

Success of sorts at the Costa-to-Costa 130 mile challenge.

A very wet and tiring day in the saddle at the Costa-to-Costa 130 miles bike ride from Whitehaven to Sunderland in aid of Help For Heroes. The full story is here http://www.britishduathlon.org/costa-to-costa/p6.html

Bronze Medal for Abi at the Worlds

Once again Abi and her colleagues have done us proud by winning a Bronze Medal at the World Dragon Boat Racing Champs in Florida.

Abi off to World Championships in Florida!

Good luck to Abi and the GB mixed crew at the World Dragon Boat Racing Championships in Tampa Bay, Florida from 3rd - 6th August 2011.

You can following the action on tv here: http://www.dragonboatworld.tv/

Team Bike + Run 1st and 2nd at Hellrider Off-road Duathlon

More details on this fantastic event.

A mixed start to 2011

After an operation in the Autumn, it was always going to be touch and go to be ready for this year's Duathlon season. Sitting out the early races and qualifiers was tempered by being able to watch the action at Clumber Park and knowing that I had pre-qualified for the European Duathlon Championships at Limerick as a result of my 2nd place in the 2010 National Duathlon Series.

We enjoyed our visit to Limerick but it really came too soon and I recorded my first voluntary DNF ever.

The subsequent calf injury has dragged on but it has allowed for an increase of mountain bike activity which led to an excellent 2nd placed team at the Hellrider 8 hour off-road Duathlon.

Akrotiri K1 Triathlon Club

Great to hear that the club is still going strong. I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Cyprus and in particular the freedom we had to help this sport grow - I wish things were that easy today.

The following link to the news reports I wrote for The Lion which was the local newspaper for the first 3 rounds of the 1991 Akrotiri K1 Duathlon Series.

A second set of news reports are now available.

World Duathlon Championships, Edinburgh 2010

Congratulations to Juliette Minter from Olney Multisport who took Gold and is a Duathlon World Champion! She led from the off, posting the fastest splits and winning by 5 minutes! This really is a superb performance from Juliette who has progressed very well this year and made a great training companion on the track and during the brick sessions.

Congrats also to Henry Catchpole who finished a solid 43rd in his category after a difficult season which has severely restricted his running. My season came to an unceremonious end with a DQ for wearing calf guards. After an unsuccessful appeal to the Competition Jury, I have now appealed to the ITU Executive Board. More details here.

A Clean Sweep of Medals for Abi at European Champs!

Huge congratulations to Abi Bromfield and the rest of the Great Britain Premier Ladies Dragon Boat Team - The Slayers - who won a clean sweep of Gold Medals at the European Championships in Amsterdam on 13 - 15 August over 200m, 500m and 2,000m distances!

To see how close the racing was, go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MmnvY9aq5XY&NR=1

GB Slayers add the 200m European Title

More success for the GB Premier Women Dragon Boat Team as they added the 200m European title to the 2,000m they won yesterday. Two Gold medals in two days - awesome! Just the 500m to come on Sunday afternoon - can they do a hat-trick?

Twitter updates here: http://twitter.com/GBPremWomenDB

Race results here:
http://www.edbf.org/enc2010/

Best wishes to Abi and the girls for the final day.

GB Premier Women Dragon Boat Team are European Champions!

Congratulations to the GB Premier Women Dragon Boat Team who won the European Gold Medal over 2,000m in Amsterdam this evening. They are currently enjoying a thoroughly deserved medal ceremony!

Abi racing at the 2010 European Dragon Boat Championships

Our best wishes go to Abi Bromfield and the rest of the crew of the GB Premier Women Dragon Boat Racing Team as they compete at the European Championships.

First up is the 2,000m at 6pm on Friday 13th August. You can follow the action on twitter https://twitter.com/GBPremWomenDB

Phil wins the European Title

Phil Holland, from Olney Multisport, took his first European Duathlon title in Nancy France, winning his category in the ETU European Duathlon Championships after coming off the bike in 3rd. And for the German who was briely in the lead? For him, the race was over!

JC settles for 9th at Nancy

1 week after running the London Marathon in 2.59:00 was never going to be the best time to find short course racing form but I am pleased with my 9th place finish on tired legs!

Please note the compression socks. Now banned by the ITU, I had to gain authorisation to race wearing them and must provide a doctor's letter to support my case!

British Duathlon get The Buzz!

After a brief meeting with Kate Wallace, owner of Natural Fitness Limited, at Multisport Distribution last autumn, Sarah and I took away a few samples of The Buzz - an oat based energy bar - and mightily impressed we have been! On early tests on long rides the bar proved to be easy to eat and digest and it made such an impact that it has replaced our former energy bar and we offer it out to our coached athletes and attendees on British Duathlon training camps. See www.getbuzzing.co.uk for more details.

British Duathlon Training Camps - Ladies Required!

Our weekends are now filling fast with Training Camp bookings, pre race B&B bookings and both Individual Fitness Assessments and Strength and Conditioning training.

Whenever we take a booking, however, we try our best to ensure that we maximise the opportunity for every athlete that visits us. We are therefore keen to ensure that where ever possible, Training Camp attendees double up to share the cost. It's a more efficient use of our time and we share the savings with our customers.

We currently have a couple of ladies who have been through or are about to go through the initial Fitness Assessments with British Duathlon but are looking for a training partner for their summer camp. If you are keen to participate and just need a gentle nudge then this is a good opportunity to sign up. We will endeavour to pair you with someone of similar ability and, with new found knowledge, ability and friends you will be able to achieve your athletic aspirations.

A mixed bunch at recent Training Camps and Pre Race B&B

A cross section of athletes have been through the doors of Thursby in recent weeks.

Former AG World Long Distance Duathlon Champion, Stuart McGowan, paid us his regular visit as he prepares for his usual gruelling round of duathlon and triathlon challenges.


We welcomed Chris Taylor for a Pre Race B&B before the Big-Cow Emberton Duathlon where, in finishing 5th, he qualified in his AG for this year's World Duathlon Championships in Edinburgh in September.

Bernice Randall has been a regular visitor this year as she prepares to improve her PB at the Virgin London Marathon. This talented runner looks set to improve upon her injury tainted 3.32:54 from last year. Bernice sought a more structured and progressive plan than she used in 2009 with regular Fitness Assessments and specific Strength and Conditioning training. The training has paid off with her resting heart rate falling from 49/53 to 41 since January!

We have also received our first potential GB Dragon Boat team member in Abi Bromfield. This former mountain biker and rower is adapting her range of talents in an effort to make the GB Mixed Team. It takes me back to my Dragon Boat experience for Sport Aid in 1986! Thankfully sport science and training methods have come a long way since then!

The duathlon season is underway!

The season is underway with early success on both the coaching and competitive front.

Olney Multisport duathletes have worn the new kit in action for the first time and, as a result, Jon Cowell will be joined by Phil Holland and Juliette Minter at the World Duathlon Championships in Edinburgh this autumn.

Phil and Juliette secured their places at the National Duathlon Championships at Clumber Park on Saturday 6th March after strong displays from both. Henry Catchpole was less fortunate and will have to try again at qualification later in the National Series.

Training with Olney Multisport continues at a pace with Dave McDougall and Juliette Minter pushing hard, particularly on track night at Stantonbury on Mondays.

British Duathlon coaching in 2010 is also progressing well with an exciting mixture of duathletes, triathletes, Virgin London Marathon runners and a potential Dragon Boat racer now on the books!

The first transition training has also taken place along with a number of successful early season Fitness Assessments. Keep watching the website for further news and please book your training camp early - the year is quickly filling up!

Happy New Year!

A Happy New Year to all Duathletes and Triathletes!

After a manic Christmas of catching up with friends and family - and doing some occasional training - Sarah and I have now started planning our camp dates, B&B race dates and racing schedule for 2010.

Provisional camp dates are as follows:

Camp 1 15 - 17 Jan
Camp 2 12 - 14 Feb - pre National Championships
Camp 3 19 - 21 Mar
Camp 4 6 - 9 Apr
Camp 5 16 - 18 Apr
Camp 6 14 - 16 May
Camp 7 11 - 13 June

Book early as we are already taking enquiries. We intend to add on to our Ladies only training camps and beginners only training camps too. If you would like to benefit from training with others then please let us know and we'll try to team you up with someone of similar ability.

We will also be running our usual B&B service to coincide with Big-Cow races this year and are already taking bookings so please let us know ASAP if you would like a room 2 minutes from the start line!

At British Duathlon we aim to be as flexible as possible so please do not hesitate to contact us with your individual requirements.

Best wishes for the coming season.

JC + Sarah

2009 A Year of Success for British Duathlon

Despite the early setback of crashing in the Rimini training camp, overall 2009 ended in success with many achievements including the following:

JC lines up with fellow camp attendees Ros Viner, Stuart McGowan and good friend Danielle Stewart - all victorious in their respective categories at the 2009 National Duathlon Series! JC was also runner up in the National Duathlon League 2009.



Novice Duathlete Camp Success

We are also delighted to announce that a novice duathlete camp of 2009 featuring John H and Jon P successfully completed their target race - the New Forest Duathlon. See how they got on here

And Finally!

And finally, the final round of the National Duathlon Series, the Oulton Park Duathlon, saw Olney Multisport bag the team prize - the final win of a long but highly successful 2009!

A summer of recovery

That little spill in Rimini in April took a bit more out of me than I had initially thought. It has therefore been a long slog this summer trying to regain some degree of form and stamina before the PowerMan Zofingen 2009 Long Distance Duathlon World Championships.

My thanks go to Michelle Parsons for acting as training buddy and Phil P and Sarah for their wholehearted support before during and after the event. All in all, a good day at the office.

Michelle P in fine form at IMA

What a performance from Mrs P at IMA - 1st LV40 in 10.13:49

It's not often we get excited about triathlons, obviously (!), but this is one to shout about!

It certainly caused a distraction whilst coaching at today's Duathlon Training Camp!

Ladies Training Camp

British Duathlon are holding a ladies only training camp on 31st July - 2nd August and have a space left. If you are interested then please contact us!

Latest News - European Duathlon Champs, Budapest

Still feeling the after effects of the crash, completion was my sole aim at Budapest and hopefully without too much discomfort. I was still struggling to change gear and operate the brake at the dead turns but the vibrations through my hand was the worst part. A touch of cramp in T2 also hampered progress, but, otherwise I am reasonably happy with the race finishing 13th in 2.07:38.

Great results for Olney Multisport's other representitives - Phil Holland finishing 6th in a new Club Record 1.58:43 and Henry Catchpole 15th in 2.04:49.

A fantastic debut for elite duathlete Kat Grimmett finishing 8th behind winner Cat Morrison and a whole host of other medal winners made the trip a great success. Special mention for British Duathlon's star pupil Stuart McGowan who added European Duathlon Gold to his collection! As ever, however, it was a fantastic week spent catching up with all our friends in the Duathlon World.

Next stop - PowerMan Zofingen!

Rimini Crash

A successful training camp in Rimini organised by Phil and Michelle Parsons saw some excellent cycling, running and even swim training with some of the countries most talented muti sport athletes. The first day saw the group tackling the Mini 9 Colli (155km + 2,600m height gain with the 18% Barbotto and the 13k 12% to Pugliano Junction) and the second day the Raffaello Tour (100km + 1,200m height with the 10km Urbino). On Day 4 we took on the 125km Cippo with the final 7km climb hitting 20% and the day's total a further 2,600m of height gain. Not bad going on a TT bike! Sadly, disaster struck late on the descent with five of us crashing. Our thanks to Team MK who were sweeping up behind for their assistance and our best wishes go to Kev and Dunc on their continued recovery. Further details on the accident are posted here:

http://www.tri247.com/article_5177_A+lucky+escape.html?region_id=&category=

The photo shows us at the 1,423m summit before a chilly descent.

An outstanding day of action at the National Duathlon Championships today - 5 April 2009 - superbly hosted by Big Cow at Emberton Country Park.

The race was won by Adam Bowden in an outstanding 1 hour 51 minutes and 12 seconds closely followed by Matt Moorhouse in 1.52:09 and Lee Piercy in 1.53:29.

A very relaxed Kat Grimmett followed up her Clumber Park success by taking the ladies National Title in 2.05:10. She apparently smiled at everyone today and engaged me in conversation just as we were entering T1! Being unable to reply I was pleased to catch up with her briefly after the race and make my response!

Kat was followed by Loretta Sollars in 2.07:31 and our other always cheerful friend, Danielle Stewart in 2.11:27. Good to see Danielle back competing again after her injury.

Kat is seen here just short of T1 having overtaken yours truly. Pictures of Adam and Kat again by kind permission of race photographer Martin Archer.

Of the usual Olney Multisport crew it was a mixed day with Phil Holland missing the start but still posting the 7th fastest 10k split of 32:51 and, alongside Henry Catchpole, qualifying for Budapest. Yours truly posted a course pb but was unable to make the two minute improvement I wanted on the bike course but Oli Wright improved on his last year's time by over 2 minutes.

Juliette Minter posted an impressive set of figures - including Olney Runners and Olney Multisport records and both she and Toni Heap performed their rehearsed transitions admirably!

Sadly Dave McDougal was ill and Peter Humphries punctured. Ros Viner (pictured) performed impressively on an injured calf muscle and Stuart McGowan won his category for the 2nd time.

There was apparently a lot of drafting - as the photos have proven - but thankfully the draft busters and the referee did their duties, the weather was perfect and Big-Cow justified their position as hosts for the third time! You can read about my race here.

News

Congrats to all those who took part in the Clumber Classic National Duathlon Series Race on Saturday 7th March. A highly competitive event saw Matt Moorhouse pip Lee Piercy to the mens title and a fast running Kat Grimmett beat Emma Dews to the ladies. Meanwhile it is no coincidence that the three attendees of the 1st British Duathlon Training Camp all won their categories - Stuart McGowan, Ros Viner and, of course, JC. Race splits and postions here: News


First British Duathlon training camp of 2009 sees former World Duathlon Champ Stu McGowan and European Duathlon Silver Medallist Ros Viner put through their paces! More details here: News


A first victory of the year for JC at Round 1 of the Big Cow Winter Duathlon Series! News

We are now introducing ladies only and beginners training camps for triathlon and duathlon. Please see training camps or contact us for further details.


Photograph by kind permission of Martin Archer.

Training camps and race weekend B&B

Thursby is our home and the home of British Duathlon! Come and spend a weekend in the country for the price of a weekend in the country with a mass of training and guidance thrown in! We can accommodate a range of people - from singles or pairs to groups and even your non training partner.

We are ideally situated in Emberton, the location of the 2009 National Duathlon Championships, and for all the Big Cow events held in Emberton Park and Milton Keynes including:

  • The Winter and Summer Duathlon Series
  • The legendary 'Cowman' race Half Ironman
  • The 2 day Trifest including the National Sprint Triathlon Championships 2009.


Read all about our training camps here.

National Duathlon Championships

Are you prepared for the National Duathlon Championships?

On 5th April 2009, Emberton Country Park hosts the National Duathlon Championships once more, courtesy of Big Cow.

Now is your opportunity to get ahead of the opposition by training on the race course! Find out about training camps here.

For entry details please see: www.big-cow.com/public/race.aspx?id=645

Coming soon

  • A review of the 2008 Duathlon season and a look forward to 2009.
  • Britain's top Age Group duathletes in 2008.
  • Feedback and photos from the 2008 World Duathlon Championships in Rimini.

Who are you racing against?

See the profile on Ros Viner, triple Triathlon and Duathlon champion ...and read about her interview which took place on 3 Jan 09!


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Natural running form

12th May 2014 | Streamz Global

11th May 2014 | Powerman UK, Sherborne

19th November 2013 | 12 hours on a treadmill

Qualification at Althorp Sprint Duathlon

Benny Vansteelant Memorial, Torhout, Belgium

Triathlon Championships, Hyde Park, London

Duathlon rookie at the inaugural Powerman UK

European Duathlon Champion wins Silver at the Worlds

A World Indoor Iron Distance Record for JC!

Sue Walker wins London Duathlon!

Success of sorts at the Costa-to-Costa 130 mile challenge.

Bronze Medal for Abi at the Worlds

Abi off to World Championships in Florida!

Team Bike + Run 1st and 2nd at Hellrider Off-road Duathlon

A mixed start to 2011

Akrotiri K1 Triathlon Club

World Duathlon Championships, Edinburgh 2010

A Clean Sweep of Medals for Abi at European Champs!

GB Slayers add the 200m European Title

GB Premier Women Dragon Boat Team are European Champions!

Abi racing at the 2010 European Dragon Boat Championships

Phil wins the European Title

JC settles for 9th at Nancy

British Duathlon get The Buzz!

British Duathlon Training Camps - Ladies Required!

A mixed bunch at recent Training Camps and Pre Race B&B

The duathlon season is underway!

Happy New Year!

2009 A Year of Success for British Duathlon

Novice Duathlete Camp Success

And Finally!

A summer of recovery

Michelle P in fine form at IMA

Ladies Training Camp

Latest News - European Duathlon Champs, Budapest

Rimini Crash

News

Training camps and race weekend B&B

National Duathlon Championships

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Who are you racing against?