Eric (69) could be off to Australia for the World Duathlon Championships

Eric Winstone qualified for the 2022 World Duathlon Championship in Australia after finishing fourth over 65 in a successful outing at Bedford on Sunday (April 11).

By Barry Warne
Thursday, 15th April 2021, 11:30 am
Eric Winstone
Eric Winstone

Leading until the latter stages of the cycling leg on an old airfield, the 69 year old was caught and passed by three other athletes.

Winstone almost caught the trio in the final running leg, but eventually had to settle for fourth spot.

Bemoaning his luck afterwards the veteran said: “I was first with one bike lap to go and they caught me, but the bike lap was longer than it should have been! Sadly I ran out of tarmac to catch them on last run.”

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Winstone’s splits were:- 5.6km run 25.23; 24km bike 49.30, and 3km run 12.45.


Angela Wallis represented PACTRAC in the Bedford Autodrome Duathlon on Sunday.

The event, held at Thurleigh Airfield, covered the sprint distance of run 3.4 miles, bike 14.4 miles, run 1.6 miles.

The event took place on smooth tarmac with sweeping bends, all flat, fast and traffic free.

Wallis was sixth in her age group in 1:40:15 (30.29, 54.47, 14.59), while Richards finished 15th in his age group in a time of 1:19:33 (23.23, 44.00, 12.10)

Ex-Werrington Jogger, Andy Rawlins, now living in New Zealand and competing with the Olympic Harriers of Wellington, completed a 7.5 mile Xterra trail run in a time of 1:17:52 finishing an excellent 32nd overall.

Andy also competed in the Xterra Festival Bivouac Coastal Trail Triathlon, in Wellington in a time of 4:12:08 (swim one mile, mountain bike 20 miles, run 6.25 miles).

His split times were 28:04,2:34:55, 1:09:09.