Duathlon athlete cracks barrier
McPherson safely grabs first sub-4-hour time since 2001
Matamata athlete Kieran McPherson was the first person competing in the Coast duathlon solo to go under the four hour time mark since 2001.
He completed the 100km duathlon, consisting of a run, bike, run, in 3 hours 53 minutes.
The event takes place every year along the East Coast of the North Island on November 3.
The first leg of the race was a 14km run from Gisborne to Tatapouri. The flat to undulating terrain enabled McPherson to establish a three minute lead by the end of the leg.
His mum and dad were on hand to cheer him on and helped him to keep a good lead for most of the bike leg. Once he got off the bike he could barely stand, he said.
His description of the race downplays the huge challenge it would be to most mere mortals.
He described the last running leg as ‘‘only 10km to go’.
The teams, with their
fresh legs, had an obvious advantage over McPherson but he held them out as long as he could.
He was passed on the last kilometre when his body was on survival mode and quickly shutting down.
He said he made it to the finish line and collapsed.
Despite not being the first per- son home, he had the fastest solo time and was crowned the Coast champion.
His time was a huge feat considering the whole race was into a head wind, he said.
The event was the former New Zealand long distance duathlon champs and attracts a field of well over 1000 athletes.