Weekend Preview 28 June – 1 July29th Jun 2018 | Written by Gemma Simpson
This week’s racing kicked off with the Balbirnie Duathlon on one of the hottest days of the year so far, if not the hottest day!
The race is situated at Balbirnie House and is a popular run-bike-run annual event for local people. This year the event was won by Ewan Taylor from Velocity 44 (1:02:54) and Mel Alexander from Tri Anglia Triathlon Club (1:17:48). Full results are here, well done to everyone who took part.
Today (Friday) IRONKIDS is in town, kicking off with running events for children in Dalkeith Country Park. Tomorrow two more running events will take place in Prestonpans and Edinburgh at the IRONMAN Edinburgh 70.3 event site in Holyrood Park.
It is possible to sign up for IRONKIDS on site. Click here for more information about all three events.
On Sunday the IRONMAN Edinburgh 70.3 will begin with an East Lothian swim at Prestonpan where participants will then travel through Midlothian and Edinburgh City Centre on bike to eventually reach Holyrood Park for the 13.1 mile run. More than 1000 people from across the Globe will take to the start line and participants are looking forward to good conditions forecast for Sunday. You can check out the start list here and good luck to everyone taking part!
Internationally, Cameron Main and Sophia Green (juniors) and Julie Nimmo and Hannah Hewitt (seniors) will be travelling to Holland for the Holten ETU cup on Saturday 30th June. It is possible to live steam from this link here.
Also on Saturday Alison Patrick will race at the Iseo – Franciacorta ITU World Paratriathlon Series and it is billed to be hot, making it even more challenging to win medals! The GB line up is below:
Elite Men: Steve Crowley, Dave Ellis, Andy Lewis, George Peasgood, Ryan Taylor, Joe Townsend
Elite Women: Fran Brown, Claire Cashmore, Hannah Moore, Alison Patrick, Lauren Steadman
Fraser Cartmell will be taking to the start line at Challenge Roth which features a total of $200,000 prize money. The renowned course has been made even faster following athlete feedback, and although records seem somewhat arbitrary given a number of inaccurately measured events recently, Roth was the location of Chrissie Wellington’s stunning world best time of 8hours18:13 in 2011.
There’s a live stream starting from 7:30am UK time on Sunday, which will miss the swim, but joins the athletes on the bike section. Click here for details.
David McNamee will be in action at IRONMAN Austria also on Sunday and will be a hot favourite after his 3rd place at KONA last year, and his recent podium place at IRONMAN Barcelona 70.3 in May.
Beth Potter is set to compete in Poland this weekend as the Super League Qualifying series begins. Age Group and Pro athletes have two chances to qualify for the championship races.
To learn more about the qualification process, please visit the Super League website here.
*We apologise if any names have been accidentally omitted. Please feel free to let us know and we will revise the article.