Richard Ebanks and Stuart McLeod headed up to Cheshire for this early season duathlon, where the sprint race was also a qualifier for the Duathlon World Championships. Oulton Park is best known for motor racing, but is now also a regular venue for multi-lap closed road run and cycle races. Both the run and bike for the duathlon are on the race circuit, a super-fast 4.3km route, with two nasty short, sharp kicks about half way round. It was a chilly day for racing, and there was also a vicious headwind on the first climb which reduced some competitors to a crawl. Stuart was first up in the Sprint race, posting 16:03 for the 4.3km run, 35:04 for the five lap cycle (21.5km) and 16:10 for the final, slightly shorter second run. 1:09:05 overall was good enough for 5th place in the 40-44 age category. Richard raced in the Standard distance in the afternoon. Starting with an 8.6km, 2-lap run, Richard posted 41:41, then 1:10:55 for the 38.7km, 9-lap bike, and finishing the final 4.3km run in 21:36. 2:17:42 gave Richard 8th place in the 50-54 age category. Just over the finish line, Erdinger alcohol-free beer were handing out pints - apparently it's an isotonic recovery drink. What more incentive could you need? We highly recommend this race for an early season test, or for anyone thinking about GB qualification on the duathlon team.