Llyr ApGeraint-Roberts flew the flag for North Wales last Sunday when he competed in the Ely Duathlon and claimed 3rd place in his age category.
The event, held near Cambridge in England, which contrary to Wales, allowed entrants to enjoy a live performance in both cycling and running activities, meant an early 8 am start for the talented athlete and high-calibre rugby union referee.
It included two 5k runs and lengthy bike race totalling 36, which Llyr completed in an excellent time of 1 hour 25 mins 50 seconds.
The NWRRC runner explained it was very windy on the day, and that his multiple efforts demanded extreme concentration.
He said: “It was something different for me today, but I was happy with my overall performance and transition. I finished 16th out of 150 entrants and came 3rd in my 45-54 age cat.”
And he added: “I was pleased with my runs – 17 mins 58 seconds for my first effort and in 10th place, and 18 mins 33 seconds for my second run and 8th place.”
Llyr also confirmed that both of his runs were in fact quicker than the overall event winner, but admitted he lost seven minutes on his bike, saying he had to really concentrate between 20-25k into a strong headwind, and pledged to train a bit differently on his bike for next time.