The annual Hereford Duathlon was due place on Sunday April 5th. Due to the Coronavirus pandemic the event was cancelled in March with all competitors were given a full refund or the option to defer their entry to the 2021 event.
The club is run entirely by volunteers and the annual duathlon and triathlon are the highlights of the year.
Understandably, they all felt deflated as the weekend for the race approached, so Darren Gibbons came up with the great idea of holding the race virtually, within the daily exercise guidelines and then donating some money to a fund for local NHS workers.
The competitors could choose between a 4.6 mile or 2.2 mile run to start with, then a 17 mile bike and then another 2.2 mile run to finish with. The event was open to club members only as the didn’t want to encourage people to break the guidelines.
People completed the distances in a variety of ways including using cycle turbo trainers, treadmills and rowing machines at home. Some did the run distances as walks and some did the distances over a number of days.
They hoped to raise £500, but they doubled that!