And the race is on
23 Aug 2017
Cold and blustery conditions could not dampen the enthusiasm of the College team at the Canterbury Secondary Schools Duathlon Championships, with their hard work earning the school a very respectable 2nd overall.
Year 10 student Kyle Houston won gold in the U14 Boys grade, and Year 12 students Dion Houston and Sean Swanson took silver in the U19 Boys Team race.
Kyle says he likes the challenge of competing as an individual, going all out in the run and taking a more tactical approach during the bike ride. Whereas Dion and Sean prefer to work as a team, relying on their individual strengths in each leg of the race to get them through. Although Dion struggled to keep warm between the first and second run, he says that is all part of a duathlon. “My leg muscles cooled down after the first run, which wasn’t easy, but I like a challenge and the competitive nature of running, and it’s good to push yourself and experience that sort of event.”
The CSS Duathlon Championships was held at Ruapuna on Monday 21 August. All athletes in all age groups, whether in teams or competing as individuals, faced the same 2km run / 10km bike / 2km run course. The College duathletes were Year 9 student Sam Idiens, Year 10 students Jack Drague and Kyle Houston, and Year 12 students Dion Houston and Sean Swanson.