Irvine sixth in nationals

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Newmarket Cycling and Triathlon Club’s Gordon Irvine (pictured) proved his strength off the bike to finish 27th overall and sixth in the 35-39 years age group in the British Duathlon Championships.

The club’s only competitor in windy conditions in Clumber Park near Mansfield entered the sprint event, covering 5km run, 20km bike and a final sharp 2.5km finishing run.

The pace was fierce from the gun and Irvine soon found himself in the middle of the pack but his patience however paid off and he soon moved forward in the bunch to 
come in to transition 
and collect his bike in the top 25.

The wind proved to me the greatest challenge of the day, but the Newmarket athlete entered transition for the second time having lost only a handful of places.

His final run saw him finish strongly, passing competitors to finish sixth in his age group and 27th overall.