Weekend Preview 19-20 May

18th May 2018 | Written by Carolyn Reid

Starting off the international racing this weekend is Challenge Lisbon middle distance race on Saturday. Scottish professional triathlete Alice Hector is on the start list to take on the 1,9km, 90km, 21,1km course. Hector has been on fantastic form lately with a third consecutive victory at the Volcano Triathlon in Lanzarote last month and a second-place finish in Challenge Roma, despite the controversial course conditions.

Also competing in Challenge Lisbon is 2017 European Middle Distance champion, Alice Jenkins. Racing in the 25-29 age category, Alice aims to become professional by the end of this year and will be looking to record a good time in this weekend’s race.

For the full event start list, click here.

In Nottingham, the Nottingham Triathlon is a 2018 ETU Sprint Distance Qualifier. The race takes place over a flat, fast course and is the final opportunity for athletes to qualify to take part in the European Championships in Glasgow this August.

For more information on the event, click here.

On Sunday, David McNamee is back in action in IRONMAN 70.3 Barcelona after his exhilarating sprint finish in IRONMAN 70.3 Marbella in April. McNamee will have tough competition again on Sunday with Javier Gomez Noya and Patrick Nilsson just two of the names that he will be competing against for the top spot on the podium!

For the full event start list, click here.

The final BUCS event of the season, the BUCS Standard Championships, takes place in Southport on Sunday with a number of Scottish University athlete’s taking part. The University of Stirling’s Luca Fanottoli, Cameron Richardson and Hannah Howitt are all on the start list alongside Paul Kerr from the University of Edinburgh and Cameron Harris from the University of Dundee.

For the full event start lists, click here.

Also taking place on Sunday is the 2018 & 2019 ITU Sprint Distance Qualifier at Eton Dorney Lake. The Draft legal event takes place at one of the iconic venues of the 2012 Olympic Games and is the first qualification race for age group athlete’s hoping to gain entry to the World Championships in the Gold Coast this year and in Lausanne next year.

For more information on the event, click here.

Back at home, the weekend kicks off in the Borders with the Selkirk Junior Triathlon on Saturday. The race is the second of three junior events in the 2018 Live Borders Series and is set to include over 100 youngsters.

On Sunday, the Selkirk Standard triathlon takes place. Also part of the Live borders triathlon series, it is the only standard distance race in the series. Last year, the race saw 88 competitors between the ages of 18 and 62 take on the course which includes challenging climbs and descents on the bike and a fast, flat run. With over 100 athletes on this year’s start list, it looks to be another fantastic event.

For more information on the Live Borders Series, click here.

In the North, the Aberdeenshire Council Triathlon Series continues with the Peterhead Short, Sprint and Aquabike events. The event is the second of six in the 2018 series and the first one to include an Aquabike race. The short race consists of a 400m swim, 23km cycle and a 3km run while the sprint race has slightly longer distances of 750m, 23km and 5km. The final event, the Aquabike sees competitors swim 750m before completing the race with the same 23km bike course.

For more information on the race and the Aberdeenshire Council Series, click here.

Further North again, the Shetland Novice triathlon takes place. The event is great for beginners or for those getting back into training and racing. Participants will complete a 400m pool based swim, 10km bike and finish with a 2.5km run.

For more information on the race, click here.

 

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