Golden day for champ Carl on his first try

Carl Avery.
Carl Avery.

A Seahouses man has been crowned age-group sprint duathlon world champion at his first major event representing Great Britain.

As reported in the Gazette last month, Carl Avery and Steve Patterson, both from the seaside village, were representing Team GB for the first time at the 2014 Pontevedra ITU Duathlon World Championships in Spain over the weekend.

And despite it being his debut at this level, Carl won gold in the 25-29 age group in the sprint duathlon.

The event, which took place on Sunday, consisted of a 5k run, made up of two 2.5k laps around the city centre, followed by a 20k bike ride before a final 2.5k run.

Carl finished nearly a minute ahead of his nearest rival, a Spaniard, in 58.47, and was one of only four in his category to break the hour mark.

He ran the first section in 15.22, then took 32.31 for the bike leg and 8.11 for the final run.

His efforts mean that he has qualified for next year’s world championships, which take place even further fromnorth Northumberland – in Adelaide, Australia.

Meanwhile, Steve, competing in the 35-39 age group, came 27th out of 47 competitors in his category in a time of 1.05.56.

The pair were able to compete in the event thanks to a major fund-raising effort in Seahouses to support their travel and other expenses.

Through a coffee-morning event, a raffle, a sweepstake and more in the village, £3,000 was raised to get Steve and Carl to the event.