First Manvers, now the world

TEAM Manvers Triathlon Club star Kath Branklin qualified for the World and European Duathlon championships with a brilliant performance at Clumber Park near Worksop.

The 49-year-old took on the classic duathlon distance of a 10km run, 40km cycle and 5km run in cold and damp conditions and flourished.

Branklin, from Elsecar, completed the initial run in 47m54s before cycling the 40km in 1h26m and running the final 5km in 25m20s.

Other Team Manvers competitors took part in the sprint distance event which involved the same disciplines over half the distance.

Wath based Belgian Joachim Proot came in quickest of the group with a 21m48s run, 38m41s cycle and 11m40s run.

Ian Pugsley returned with a 23m3s run, 37m36s cycle and 12m4s run while newcomer Chris Whitehead completed with a 23m42s run, 40m12s cycle and 12m31s run. Members of the group travelled into the Peak District from the Grindleford Gallop last Saturday which sees a tasking 22 mile trail run, climbing around 1100 metres.

Gary Ridgeway completed the course in 3h36m, Paul Bennington 3h42m and Mark Benton 4h05m.