London Duathlon 2013 – Crossing The Line
The transition area was filled with everything from the latest time trial machines to folding bikes (yes, really!), with skinsuits, Lycra and baggy shorts all on show. Throw in an event village lined with vocal supporters and it all added up to a fun atmosphere. It seemed as though the emphasis was on challenging yourself rather than annihilating the competition, with many athletes taking part to raise money for official charity partner Macmillan Cancer Support . After some fairly strict pre-race literature landed on my doorstep, I was expecting a more formal setup. As a duathlon newbie this was contributing to my nerves a bit (What if I get disqualified in transition? was one of my main worries) but I neednt have panicked. The event village was full of helpful staff to point you in the right direction, with local shop Bikelab on hand to help with pre-race checks (wheels and tyres, brakes, gears and frame, plus the drop test) and any last-minute maintenance issues. Out on the course the routes were all well signposted, and friendly marshals were there at every turn to offer encouragement or instruction. The closed roads were a treat, and the beautiful if sodden surroundings a welcome distraction when the pain really kicked in. Crossing the finish line, the Move Clinics massage tent looked particularly appealing! As for my results, I finished the 5K/11K/5K route 1:17:36, with splits all within the 24min mark (my transitions could have used a little work, at 00:02:42 and 00:01:20). That put me fifth out of 146 women competing in the Super Sprint. I honestly hadnt given any thought to where I might place, and was just hoping to get round without my dodgy knee giving way, so Im chuffed to bits with my time. In fact, I reckon its a decent PB to try to beat in next years event! If you fancy a multisport challenge for next year, or taking up running to boost your winter fitness, enter the 2014 London Duathlon online now .
Hes remembered for his appearance at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, where he accepted the Olympic flag from the Chinese during the closing ceremony where his blond bowl cut first caught the attention of the Chinese audience. STORY:Eddie Izzard Confirms Plan to Run for London Mayor in 2020 His remarks to the students of Peking University, regarding Harry Potter and the series import regarding future U.K.-China relations, are below: And if you want one final proof of how fast the world is changing, the cultural interpenetration between Britain and China, let me ask you a question, brilliant students of Peking University. Who in English literature is the most famous student? Who is the most famous student in contemporary British writing, would you say? I will give you a clue — he sometimes has a wand… Harry Potter. Where does the train go from which Harry Potter has to catch to go to his school? King’s Cross, absolutely right, which is where? London. Where does Harry Potter buy his uniform and his wand and stuff like that and his books? I think it’s in Diagon Alley which is in London. Where is the location of the Ministry of Magic? London.