Unexpected win inspires athlete
Lauren Tye, who had never raced in a duathlon before, won the Under 16 National Duathlon in Taupo earlier this month.
The Matamata 15 year old attends St Peter’s School in Cambridge and entered with cyclist, Emma Porritt.
Lauren ran the first 4km leg of the race, followed by Emma who biked 16km before Lauren finished with a 2.5km run.
‘‘I have never entered a duathlon before but when Emma asked me to join her in the nationals I said I would do it.
‘‘ I am really surprised we won – but I am very pleased.’’
The pair completed the course in 58 minutes and crossed the finish line 12 minutes ahead of the next competitors.
Lauren said she had done a lot of crosscountry running in the past and preferred the long distance running.
‘‘ The coach said he was going to put my name down again after I won,’’ she said.
‘‘I think I will stick at it and I would like to do a marathon or triathlon in the future.
Lauren is also an experienced polocrosse rider and has represented New Zealand over the past two years at the State Polocrosse Championship in Australia where they compete against teams from around the world.
She has been riding since she was about five and it is a family thing. ‘‘It has been a very fam- ily sport. Dad plays and granddad is still playing at 70,’’ she said.
‘‘I want to keep going with polocrosse as well and try to make the intermediate team which is for under 21 year olds. This team has the chance to go to the world cup every four years and play against the top eight teams in the world.’’
First time win: Lauren Tye won the Under 16 National Duathlon title with her team-mate Emma Porritt.