Weekend Preview 5-6 May4th May 2018 | Written by Carolyn Reid
This weekend gets started in California where the 2018 Scottish National Duathlon Championship runner-up Fraser Cartmell is competing in the Wildflower Triathlon. Posting online this week, Cartmell stated that it is almost a decade since his first appearance in the California race. The event is famous for its festival-like atmosphere, challenging course and stunning scenery which makes it a fantastic race!
Back in Europe, the 2018 ETU Powerman Middle Distance Duathlon European Championships take place in Denmark on Sunday. A number of British Age Group athlete’s will be racing in pursuit of European titles in their respective age categories with Scottish athlete’s Robert Harrison (45-49), David Warner (55-59) and Joanne Clark (40-44) taking part.
The British Universities College and Sport (BUCS) sprint triathlon championships also take place on Sunday in Calne, Wiltshire. The course consists of a pool based swim of 750m, a 20km one lap bike route and a 5km out and back run. There are 50 athletes from four Scottish Universities making the journey South representing the University of Stirling, University of St Andrews, University of Edinburgh and the University of Dundee.
A number of performance squad and Stirling High-Performance centre athletes are set to take part including; Becky Storrie, Hannah Howitt, Julie Nimmo, Ben Jones, Cameron Main, Cameron Richardson, Elliot Lassiter, Fergus Roberts, George Goodwin, Luca Fanottoli and Rory Strachan from the University of Stirling, Cameron Harris from the University of Dundee and Iona Miller from Loughborough University. The group will be the largest ever from Scottish Universities, beating last year’s total of just over 30 athlete’s.
For the full start list and more information on the event, click here.
In the borders, the Hawick sprint and ‘Come and Tri’ races take place on Sunday. The event is the second of this year’s Live Borders series and will hope to follow the success of the Galashiels event last month.
Swimming in the pool at Teviotdale Leisure Centre the sprint course consists of 750m swim, a 20km bike through rolling countryside and a final 4.5km run with some steep climbs. The Come and Tri will cover a slightly shorter distance of 400m, 9.7km and 2km, a perfect race distance for beginners!
On Sunday, the extremely popular Bishopbriggs Triathlon, run by Glasgow Triathlon Club, takes place at the Bishopbriggs Leisuredrome. A pool swim, closed road bike section and canal path run, the event attracts triathletes of all levels and experience.
The event has something for everyone and includes a sprint race, a novice race, and races for TriStar 2, 3 and Youth athletes as well. The sprint comprises a 750m pool swim, 20km bike and 5km run. The novice and youth events cover 400m, 10km, 3km, with the TriStar 2 participants racing 200m, 5km, 2km and the TriStar 3; 300m, 5km, 2km. With over 450 participants signed up across all categories, it looks to be another great event!
Also taking place on Sunday is the Wick Mini Triathlon. The perfect event for beginners, the course comprises 400m pool swim, 10km cycle and a final 3km run and is open to competitors of all abilities that are 14 years or older.
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