British title for Gainsborough’s Jordan Skelly at Clumber

Jordan Skelly
Jordan Skelly

A local athlete followed his second place finish in the Gainsborough 10k race, with a British duathlon title at Clumber Park.

Jordan Skelly won the British Duathlon National gold medal in the 20 to 24 age group, marking his duathlon debut in style.

The duathlon was a standard distance race, including a 10k run, 40k bike leg and finish with a 5k run.

A breezy and cool morning greeted the competitors meaning the longest straight on the bike leg would be testing into a headwind.

Skelly was feeling good ahead of the race, however, and this showed in his first run.

He told the Standard: “I was confident in how early season running preparations had gone after the early indicator at Gainsborough 10k, I set out on the opening 10k in a strong but comfortable 35.31.”

“That placed me strongly in the field in the opening discipline.”

Despite the windy conditions, riders’ time splits were still coming in reasonably strong.

Skelly brought his bike across the line in 1 hour 30 minutes and 33 seconds.

He said: “The undulating course, favouring my bike strengths, saw me drop a few positions but still place highly in the field.”

It was on the last leg of the national event that allowed Skelly to shine however.

The Gainsborough Strider went in pursuit of the athletes ahead of him and clawed back a handful of positions, running the forth fastest 5k in the 400-strong field.

He came home in a time of 17.43.

Competitors then had a long wait to find out who had British titles or podium positions after a issue with the event timing system.

But soon athletes were summoned to the podium, and Skelly discovered he had landed his first British title, winning gold in his age group.

“I was surprised at coming first in my age group having not raced a competitive duathlon before,” he said.

“Going into the race I didn’t know what to expect in terms of if I would manage a podium position.”

“But after feeling strong at Gainsborough 10k I knew there could be a good chance of finishing high.”

The 22-year-old is currently on a Mallorca Tri Camp and will contest the British Sprint Triathlon Championships in St Neots in May.