Weekend Review 12-13 May

14th May 2018 | Written by Carolyn Reid
Isle of Bute Triathlon

The Tokyo 2020 Olympics qualification process began in Yokohama, Japan this weekend in the ITU World Triathlon Series race. Scottish athlete’s Grant Sheldon and Marc Austin were involved but both had issue’s early on in the race.

Austin took a knock in the water which he struggled to recover from for the remainder of the race, doing well to complete the course. He completed the race in 01:52:16, finishing in 47thplace. Sheldon was also unlucky in the swim where he lost both his goggles and swim hat. He was in a small pack of three coming out of the water which was unable to catch up with the pack of 42 that had formed in front. Sheldon did well to maintain the gap on the bike and put in a strong effort on the run that saw him finish in 18thplace in 01:46:57.

For the full elite male results, click here.

To read more about the women’s results including Non Stanford’s bronze medal, click here.

To read more about the Paratriathlon results, click here.

In England, the St Neots triathlon hosted the age group qualifiers for the 2018 Gold Coast ITU Standard Distance Triathlon World Championships and the 2019 World Championships in Lausanne.

For more information on the event and to view the results, click here.

The Sospan Sprint triathlon took place in Llanelli, Wales this weekend. The race was a part of the British Youth and Junior Super Series and included a number of Scottish performance squad athletes including a number who finished in the top thirty.

In the Female Youth race, Lilly Jane Evans-Haggerty, Isla Britton, Jessica Turnbull, Carrie Banks and Kyra Gibbs were all racing in their first British Super Series super-sprint distance event.

Evans-Haggerty was first out of the water and was quick to form a pack with five other girls, which Britton was unfortunate to miss out on the lead pack. However, she worked well in the second pack, holding the gap to only 45 seconds. Lily had a strong run to take the win over her IRC rival Lizzy Edge while Isla had a great race, finishing in 7thplace.

Heather Barnes, Jessica Turnbull and Carrie Grant were also racing. Heather had a strong finish, recording the second fastest run of the day which saw her run through from 21st to finish in 8th place. Turnbull and Grant both gained great racing experience, finishing in 16th and 23rd respectively.

In the Male Youth race, it was also the first British Super Series experience for Calum Byrne, Daniel SaundersWilliam Taylor and Lewis Anderson.

Saunders performed brilliantly in the swim, exiting the water in first place. However, he lost time in transition one causing him to miss the front pack on the bike and completing the race in 23rdplace. Byrne and Taylor both had solid performances, finishing in 20thand 26threspectively.

The Junior races were always going to be hotly contested events as the results impact selections for both the European Junior Championships and European Junior Cup starts.

In the female race, Sophia Green and Iona Miller exited the water in third and fourth place respectively, while Erin Wallace came out in 11th with all three successfully making it into the front pack on the bike. Miller was, unfortunately, unable to stay with the front pack after the first lap on the bike and found herself losing time to the front. Green attacked from the front midway through the race to build a gap of 20 seconds going into the run. It wasn’t long until Wallace and Issy Morris caught Sophia and were neck and neck by the halfway mark on the run.

Morris was the stronger runner on the day, crossing the line ahead of Wallace who finished in 2nd place. Green, unfortunately, struggled with a stitch, finishing in 11th place while Milller race through to 13thwith an impressive run which was good enough for the third fastest time of the day. All athletes were within 5% of the winning finish time and so will be eligible for European Cup starts.

In the male race, Calum Young was the first Scottish athlete to exit the water. After a good transition, Young comfortably made it into the front pack in 6thplace. Cameron Main and Guy Evans-Haggerty followed in 15th and 16th place, just 28s from the front and only 3s behind the last athlete in the first pack.

Young held his form to finish in 8th place, a fantastic result in his first year as a junior. Strong runs from Main and Evans-Haggerty saw them finish in 10th and 11th places, within 3% of the winner and well inside the cut off for European Cup starts.

Andrew Rolland and Forbes Jackson worked well in the third bike pack to finish 20th and 25th, with Rolland just making it inside the time for European Cup starts.

For full race results, click here.

At home on Saturday was the Glen Affric Duathlon and the Prestwick Spring Aquathlon. In Glen Affric, over 150 athletes lined up on the start line ready to take on the 7.5 mile, 18 mile and 2.5 mile run, bike, run event. Congratulations to John Newsom (02:24:15) and Ruth Mackenzie (02:57:27) who won the men’s and women’s races respectively. The team relay was won by ‘The Strathclyde Exiles’ (02:43:42).

Full race results can be found here.

Over in the West, The Prestwick Spring Aquathlon took place in the beautiful Summer weather! Always a popular race, full results will be available shortly.

Further West, the Isle of Bute Triathlon enjoyed stunning weather for their event. The event saw almost 150 competitors take on the sprint and novice races where they were treated to a tough but rewarding cycle route with stunning views across to the Isle of Arran. The men’s sprint race was won by Lewis Strachan while the women’s event was won by Ayrodynamic’s Lorna Todd.

Full results from the event will be available soon.

The North Berwick Novice Triathlon also took place on Sunday. Over 110 competitors, including 20 teams, took part in the event aimed at beginners to the sport. The men’s race was won by John Young (40:45) while Lisa Macdonald (42:57) was the first woman across the line. The team relay was won by ‘Rocket Speed’ with a fantastic time of 36:07.

Full results from the race can be found here.

Finally, the Borders Triathlete’s Junior Duathlon and the Kirkwall Mini Triathlon also took part on Sunday. The Junior Duathlon at Bowhill included an off-road ride and a trail run for 30 athletes aged between 8 and 16.

For full results from the event, click here.

The Kirkwall Mini Triathlon hosted by Orkney Triathlon Club was also a great success this weekend with a group of 16 athletes’s taking on the race.

Full results from the event can be found here.



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