Sunday 21 April was the Sprint Duathlon at Talkin Tarn. The race consisted of a 5k run, 20k cycle then a 2.5k run. I was asked to take part in the race by Lucy Metcalf on behalf of the Carlisle Castle Rotary Club to help raise funds for the Calvert Trust, a charity dedicated to enabling people with disabilities to benefit from outdoor activities in the Lake District.
After registering and setting the bikes up in the transition area of the race I headed to the start line for the first running phase. Feeling a little fragile from the night before it is safe to say that I did not get off to the best of starts with the first section of the race a nice lengthy hill climb.
The second section of the race was biking a 20k loop heading towards Castle Carrock, around by Carlatton Mill, back towards Castle Carrock and heading back to the Transition area at Talkin Tarn ready for the final 2.5k run.
The final section was one lap of the tarn, which luckily was extremely flat as my legs had turned to lead from the cycling. I finished the race in a modest 1 hour and 26 minutes.
It was a great morning, with plenty of people to cheering participants around the course and a great atmosphere from fellow competitors. I managed to raise over £150 for the Calvert Trust and look forward to competing again next year.