Pat Ellerbeck earned automatic qualification for two major international events – thanks to one smart recent performance.

The St Neots Nicetri veteran booked his place at the 2018 World Championships (being held in Denmark in July) and next year's European Championships by finishing third in the M60-64 category of the Anglian Water Standard Duathlon earlier this month.

He completed the 10km run, 40km cycle and 5km run in a total time of 2:22.32.

Only those finishing in the top three of the this event are guaranteed qualification, but a further 20 places in each age group are up for grabs based on results from this race and two others.

Kyle Chesterman agonisingly missed out on automatic qualification when fourth in the M30-34 age bracket in 2:05.18 while Steve Hughes was 19th in the M35-39 category in 2:11.39.

Karl Hiner was forced out of the race by a slow puncture during the cycle.