Weekend Review 10-11 March12th Mar 2018 | Written by Gemma Simpson
It’s been a fantastic weekend for Beth Potter who took to the start line of the Mooloolaba ITU Triathlon World Cup on Saturday, alongside Grant Sheldon.
The sprint distance event was the final race in preparation for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in April and wasn’t without it’s challenges, particularly in the swim, with a huge swell on Mooloolaba Beach hampering the efforts of Sheldon. With a struggle to get out past the break and then into a strong position on the bike he finished in 29th place.
Potter however had a strong race. Having exited the water in the top third of the field, she keeping her head down in the cycle and then used her running strength to power through 10 places in the field to finish in 8th position.
Back home, the first aquathlon of the year took place in Glasgow. Hosted by Glasgow University Triathlon Club, the aquathlon included both a sprint distance race as well as a short GO TRI aquathlon introductory race at Bellahouston Park.
With over 100 participants signed up to race across the two distances (750m / 5km and 400m/2.5km), it was a great event, with Kiera Gore from Edinburgh Triathletes / Hartree JETS winning the female race (31:33 ) , and winning the male race was Swaid Worms from Aberdeen University (27:28). Full results of the event are here.
The 2018 ITU Sprint Distance Duathlon Qualifier (Draft Legal) Bedford Autodrome Duathlons saw Scottish age group athlete George Black win 1st place in his age category (75-79).
Finally for the weekend, congratulations to all athletes who travelled to participate in the Loughbrough Cross Challenge. Triathlon Scotland Academy squad member Lily-Jane Evans-Haggerty was 2nd (U15) which was enough to give her the overall title in the British Athletics Cross Challenge series!
2017 IRC Team member Anna Hedley was 3rd (U15) and 3rd overall in the series, and Anya McLean and Kate Richardson (both U15) were 4th and 26th respectively, with both making the top 10 in the series overall. For the boys, Triathlon Scotland Academy squad member Jack Patton had a good race to finish 6th in Loughborough (U15). Full results from Loughborough are available here.
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