Ana Leaf Duathlon Series 2017: Race 1 Corbiere

RACE REPORT: Corbiere Duathlon,

Sunday 19 February,

5km Run, 20km Bike and 2.5km Run


It was a dry morning, the temperature a balmy 9 Degrees and 52 athletes, a very good turnout.  There were many new faces and some keen ladies who having undertaken the Try-a-Tri in 2016 returned for another year of multi-sport, in particular, Natalie Harris, Lesley Noel, Mel Le Cheminant and Karen Bull are all becoming regulars.  It was also good to see cyclists Andy Horsfall, Kat Guillemot and Jason Wyatt showing they can run well too.

On the first run Nick Saunders and Dave Holmes took the pace on, as they came into transition only 4 seconds separated the two.

Dave was fastest out of T1.  A couple of places behind were the Kennedys (father and son), Jack was first back on the run.  Most people took the correct course, however a group of five or six including the Race Committee’s very own Alex Forster altered it slightly and then realizing their mistake self penalized as only a former army captain could.  Please can all competitors including those who think they know the course, listen carefully during the briefing – do not rely on your fellow competitors to get the course right!

On the bike Nick retook and then stretched his lead over Dave and was first into T2.  A very good bike ride from Mark Syvret moved him up some places and the Kennedys were still neck and neck.  Mike Osborne also posted a top 10 bike time and then pushed Tim Ridgeway all the way to the finish line.

On the second run Dave had the fastest run time with Simon (our President) second, even with Dave’s fast time he could not catch Nick.

Of the three juniors who took part Jack Kennedy was 7th, Peter Holmes 11th and William Atkinson 20th which shows how strong our junior section is, well done boys.

The first female was Joanne Gorrod with husband (another Nick) close behind.  It was good to see a former Committee member taking up the sport again, nice one Darren.

Big congratulations to all competitors who finished and a big thank to all my marshals (Demri Mitchel, Toby Edwards, Sarah Mutimer, Sarah Corcoran, Colin Hidrio, Della Roderick, Nick Thorne, Emma Speller, Dale Quenault, Stephen Hargreaves and my wife Fiona), also Normandy Rescue, the Parish of St Brelades, the Race Committee and last but not least our club’s sponsors: Ana Leaf.

See you in three weeks’ time for Durrell on Sunday 12 March.


Dougie Smith

Race Director (Corbiere)
Race Committee Member – Jersey Triathlon Club



1st       Nick Saunders             1.05.51

2nd      Dave Holmes               1.06.12

3rd       Mark Syvret                1.07.56



1st       Joanne Gorrod            1.11.24

2nd      Katie Silva                   1.14.52

3rd       Holly Andrews             1.21.53



1st       Jack Kennedy               1.09.14

2nd      Peter Holmes              1.11.53

3rd       William Atkinson         1.16.29