Chris and Steve, retail advisors in our Berghaus Metrocentre store have been living for adventure by competing in the Kielder Duathlon, a superb off road event based in Kielder Forest Park, Northumberland. Here is Steve’s second blog installment on the event.
Race 2 in our 4 race series started early and cold the temperature was -7.5 degrees C by the time we reached the edges of Kielder forest. Even in the car down jackets were a must and our thermal baselayers were essential…
On the way icy roads turned into snowy roads and after saving a stranded sheep (good deed for the day) the snowy glow of kielder greeted us once steves rally skills had got us to the castle… it was finally time to register and get warmed up
The cold conditions made for a fairly slow start to the first run up to the summit of deadwater fell. The slippy conditions underfoot took a little bit of getting used to . a relentless climb on forest road to the summit was followed by a technical downhill scramble through icy bogs and ankle breaking heather, once rejoining forest track the pace quickened and I finished well to pass the baton on to steve for the bike section
After passing over to steve he roade out of transition 1 like a man possessed. A big challengd in an event like this is keeping warm in betwwen runs and my asgard hybrid hydrodown jacket came in very useful for the quick 1hr 13 minutes it took steve to complete the challenging 24k route
The second run was a much flatter and less technical route with the pressure of keeping 3rd place in the back of my mind I didn’t want to let anyone pass me so I had to keep my pace up while being mindful of burning out. After a lung burningly cold 6k I crossed the line to give team berghaus metro a very respectable 3rd place finish adding to our 7th place form the first round at Whinlatter…
With a 4 month wait for the next race in the series (grizedale) we are well placed for a strong overall finish… bring on the winter training!
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