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Odlo Coed y Brenin Trail Duathlon

First Year Event Sees 250 Brave Challenging and Beautiful Conditions

Very Successful Debut at Odlo Coed y Brenin Trail Duathlon

The below via Always Aim High Events

Challenging weather conditions and chilly temperatures greeted duathletes at Coed y Brenin Forest Park on Sunday 12th November for the first ever Odlo Coed y Brenin Trail Duathlon.

Kicking off the proceedings on the cold Sunday morning was the full distance race. Consisting of a 28km mountain bike course along the famous ‘Tarw Du’ section, and sandwiched by a 9km and 5km trail/fell run with some tough technical sections, this was a course for experienced off roaders.

photo provided by sportpictures.cymru.

In the men’s full distance race, Doug Hall emerged victorious ahead of Dylan Lewis and Dafydd Hollis after battling both the tough terrain and weather conditions. Less than five minutes separated the top three.

The women’s race was similarly closely fought, but Sarah Willhoit took first place ahead of GOG Triathlon’s Rhian Roxburgh and Rosemary Byde.

Following an hour later, the sprint course was made up of a shortened 15km lap of the same ‘Tarw Du’ course, with a 5km and 1.8km run on either side. Tom Nesham capped off an incredibly impressive 2017 Always Aim High season by adding the men’s sprint race win to the Pedalcover Slateman sprint race earlier in the year. Tom crossed the line a full ten minutes ahead of second placed Rob Kerr in an astounding time of 01.08.48. Gwynedd Jones rounded off the top three.

The women’s sprint race was a much closer affair with Nicole Walters of T3 Triathlon claiming first place ahead of Kim Baptista. Always Aim High Adventure Triathlon Series legend Suzie Richards was third on her return from injury which hampered much of her year.

Coed y Brenin Duathlon
Men’s Full Distance Winner Doug Hall -photo provided by sportpictures.cymru.

A spokesperson for Always Aim High, organisers of the duathlon said: “The first ever Odlo Coed y Brenin Trail Duathlon was hugely well received by everyone who took part. Competitors particularly praised the challenging nature of the course and the incredibly friendly atmosphere in the event village at Coed y Brenin Forest Park.”

“We’d like to thank Natural Resources Wales and Coed y Brenin for warmly welcoming us on their trails, and brand new headline sponsors Odlo who have agreed to continue the partnership with Always Aim High Events through to 2019 and beyond.”

“We’d also like to thank all the marshals along the way, our races simply wouldn’t happen without their tireless dedication and enthusiasm”.

Full race timings for the Odlo Coed y Brenin Duathlon can be found at tdleventservices.co.uk. Race photography was provided by sportpictures.cymru.

The 2018 Odlo Coed y Brenin Duathlon will be a Welsh Triathlon National Championship race – entries will open very soon.

For more information on 2018’s race, visit alwaysaimhighevents.com.


Selected 2017 Odlo Coed y Brenin Duathlon

Men’s Sprint Duathlon:

1. Tomos Nesham 01.08.48

2. Rob Kerr 01.20.13

3. Gwynedd Jones 01.22.45

Women’s Sprint Duathlon:

1. Nicole Walters 01.20.59

2. Kim Baptista 01.21.48

3. Suzie Richards 01.27.49


Men’s Full Duathlon:

1. Doug Hall 02.20.45

2. Dylan Lewis 02.23.55

3. Dafydd Hollis 02.24.03

Women’s Full Duathlon:

1. Sarah Willhoit 02.42.32

2. Rhian Roxburgh 02.44.25

3. Rosemary Byde 02.50.15

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Jimmy became a freelance writer in 2000 while competing and covering the ITU Winter Triathlon World Championship. Since that time Jimmy has been head editor at two magazines, been published in numerous publications within the endurance sport, recreation, and travel segments.
Currently Jimmy is competing professionally in off-road multisport. In his spare time Jimmy passionately follows Formula 1, Moto GP, and is an avid cook.

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