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Good weekend for Kent based racing team

By sallyrmsmith  |  Posted: February 28, 2013

Gemma Collins

Gemma Collins

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Riders from PMR@Toachim House had a fantastic weekend of

results in an array of disciplines.

 

First to be seen sporting

the yellow and black team colours was Gemma Collins who braved freezing

conditions to take part in Ashford Tri Club's Mountain Bike Duathlon held at

Kingswood, Ashford, on Sunday, 23 February.

 

The nutritiously

challenging event involved the athletes taking on a 3km cross country run, a 14km

off road bike and then repeating the 3km run course for a second time. Gemma,

who is a busy working Mum, set off to a great start, pushing herself to the

limit on the first run.

 

She continued to build upon

a solid start by putting in an absolutely amazing ride on her new Vitus

mountain bike. After this she flew the final run to take first lady and 8th

place overall. Clearly Gemma has a skill of multi-sport and will go far in this

field if she chooses.

 

After the race she said:

'The final leg was tough. I have a lot of admiration for people who regularly

race like this. It was such a fun and well organised event.'

 

Three other PMR@Toachim House riders braving freezing

conditions were Harry Godding, Rhys Clegg and Jez McCann who all rode in the

final series race of the South East Road Race League held at the Cyclopark in

Gravesend.

 

The

event drew in an elite field of riders and made for a hard days racing for the

three fresh back from their winter break. Halfway through the 90 minute race

six riders had broken clear of the field, with Jamie Pine (Pedal Heaven RT)

eventually taking the win ahead of Jake Martin (Kingsnorth International) after

an impressive ride where the two managed to lap the field.

 

Back in the bunch the three

team mates had been unable to make any of the earlier moves but still had hopes

of snatching 7th position. All three riders made attempts to break

away, with some moves looking promising, yet the peleton seemed determined to

take it to a bunch sprint. With this in mind the trio set about organising

themselves; Harry led out the sprint before falling back to 14th

after his efforts whilst Jez and Rhys remained safely tucked out of the wind

until the last moment finishing 9th and 10th

respectively.

 

Rhys summed it up well

saying Not bad for the first race. I'm now buzzing and can't wait to race

again!'

 

For their first race of the

season all of the three young riders should be pleased with their efforts, but

they are ever looking forward and looking to improve as their race fitness

returns over the coming weeks.

Full Results:

 E12:

 1st Jamie Pine Pedal Heaven RT elite

 2nd Jake Martin Kingsnorth International Elite

 3rd Tom Fitzpatrick Strada Sport 1

4th Chris McNamara Pedal

Heaven RT Elite

5th Alan Ridler Pedal

Heaven RT elite

6th Alex Camier Pedal

Heaven RT 2

7th Tim Elverson Pedal

Heaven RT elite

8th Rolandas Razgauskis La

Fuga 2

9th Jez McCann PMR@Toachim

House 2

10th Rhys Clegg PMR@Toachim

House 2

11th Ryan Visser Redhill CC

2

12th Patrick Martin

Wyndymilla 2

13th James Local London

Dynamo 2

14th Harry Godding

PMR@Toachim House 1 U23

15th Philip Murrell

Finsbury Park CC 2

16th Phil Dempsey Aprire

Bicycles RT 2

17th Will Pratt Aprire

Bicycles RT 1

18th Josh Parkin Aprire

Bicycles RT 2J

19th Luke Anderson Wigmore

CC 2

20th

Jason Nind Wigmore CC 2 v

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