Weekend Preview 12-13 May11th May 2018 | Written by Carolyn Reid
In international racing, Commonwealth Games Bronze medallist Marc Austin is back racing in the ITU World Triathlon Yokohama event. Grant Sheldon will also be racing in the Standard Distance event which boasts a talented field of athletes including defending champion and current series lead Mario Mola, Commonwealth champions Henri Shoeman and Norwegians Kristian Blummenfelt and Gustav Iden who took podium positions in Bermuda.
The event signals the beginning of the two-year Olympic qualification period for triathlon where athletes will compete to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The men’s elite race takes place at 04:52 BST. To read a detailed preview of the race, click here.
To view the full start list, click here.
Closer to home we have another standard distance race, the St Neots Triathlon. The race is a qualifying event for the 2018 Gold Coast ITU Standard Distance Triathlon World Championships which are set to take place in September. The event is also the first opportunity for age group athletes to qualify for the 2019 ITU Standard Distance Championships in Lausanne, Switzerland.
For more details on the age group qualification system, click here.
A group of Academy and Performance squad athlete’s make the journey to Llalanelli in Wales this weekend for the Sospan Sprint Triathlon, a British Youth and Junior Super Series race.
Scotland will be well represented at the event with 27 athletes on the start list. Racing in the Female Youth race is: Lily Jane Evans-Haggerty, Isla Britton, Kate Richardson, Heather Barnes, Carrie Banks, Jessica Turnbull, Clare Wallace, Emma Calder and Kyra Gibb. In the Male Youth race is: Daniel Saunders, Hamish Armitt, William Taylor, Callum Byrne, Lewis Anderson and Jack Patton. In the Female Junior race is: Sophia Green, Ailsa MacArthur, Iona Miller, Lauryn Turnbull and Erin Wallace. Finally, in the Male Junior race is: Cameorn Main, Andrew Rolland, Guy Evans-Haggerty, Forbes Jackson, Jonathan Jackson, Calum Young, Josh Hendry and Rory Strachan.
For more information on the British Super Series, click here.
In Scotland, it’s a hectic weekend of racing with six events taking place across the country.
On Saturday, the Glen Affric Duathlon takes place. Set within the Glen Affric Nature Reserve the run, bike, run event is suitable for participants of all levels. The first run is 7.5 miles and takes participants on a hilly route where they will climb a total of 1500ft. They then pick up their bikes for the 18 mile mountain bike section that starts off on tarmac before changing to wide forestry roads. After the challenging run and bike sections, the final 2.5 miles route is flat and twisty route changing from road to cross country. The popular event has attracted over 200 individual entries and 10 team entries.
Also taking place on Saturday is the Prestwick Spring Aquathlon. Run by Ayrodynamic Triathlon Club, the event is open to participants from 8 years old to 16 years old (TriStar Start to Youth) who will swim, run distances according to their age group. The event is set to welcome 100 youngsters who will swim in Prestwick swimming pool and then complete the run section in the surrounding park.
On Sunday, the Isle of Bute Triathlon, run by the Bute Wheelers offers novice and sprint distance races on the beautiful island. The race encourages competitors of all abilities to take part, making it the perfect race for beginners and experienced triathletes alike. The novice event will comprise 400m swim, 13km cycle on roads and finish with a 3km run whilst the sprint participants will swim 750m, cycle 20km and run 5km. Over 150 competitors are set to take part in the two races.
The North Berwick Novice Triathlon is set to include almost 120 individuals and 21 teams. Beginning at North Berwick Sports Centre the 250m, 9km, 4km route is undulating with mainly tarmac surfaces. The event is perfect for families and beginners to the sport.
In the Borders, the Borders Triathlete’s Junior Duathlon takes place at Bowhill. The event includes an off-road ride and a trail run for athletes aged between 8 and 16.
Last but not least is the Kirkwall Mini Triathlon. The race consists of a 400m swim at Pickaquoy Centre swimming pool before heading out on to the 10km undulating cycle course. Finally, the run is a looped 3km course around Peedie Sea.
Good luck to everyone racing this weekend.
*We apologise if any names have been accidentally omitted. Please feel free to let us know and we will revise the article.