South African National Duathlon Championships 2018
On Sunday 1st July, the South African National Duathlon Championships were held at Midmar Dam. Winning the standard distance men’s race was 20-year-old Matthew Greer in a time of 1:55:58 (10km run, 40km cycle, 5km run). “My race went phenomenally, I pretty much went out as hard as I could from the gun and kept my lead.” Greer describes the course as being hilly and the weather conditions on the morning were fairly windy. The hilly bike course suited Greer, who maintained his lead into the second run. Although Greer will not be competing in the Duathlon World Championships this year, he is focusing on the Midlands Mandela Day triathlon, which is held at the same Midmar venue as SA duathlon championships. “My next focus will be the on the African cup in Namibia in November but I also I hope to have more opportunities to race overseas next year.” Second over the line was Donovan Geldenhuys in a time of 1:58:27 and rounding off the podium was Terence Lowe with a time of 1:59:59.
The ladies’ standard distance race saw first time duathlete Eulali Gouws finish 1st in a time of 2:12:33 and an amazing 11th overall position. “I couldn’t have asked for a better day out. A hilly run meant I could push on the uphills to try and get away from some of the girls. On the bike the wind started picking up later in the da. It’s not a flat bike course and I think climbing the big hill towards Midmar four times really got to some athletes. The last 5km of the run you just push through mentally and know the race is almost finished.” Gouws used the race as part of her training program in preparation for the 70.3 World Championships in Port Elizabeth in September, after which she is heading to Kona to compete in the Ironman World Championships. The silver medal was awarded to Elisa Gianchino who finished in a time of 2:20:39. Taking bronze was Alisa Botha in a time of 2:24:57.