Weekend Review 19-20 May

21st May 2018 | Written by Carolyn Reid
Photo Credit: Live Borders

This weekend, the racing started in Lisbon with Challenge Lisboa. Scottish Age Group athlete Alice Jenkins was in action and came away with a fantastic third place finish in the senior women’s category. Jenkins completed the race in 04:41:32, behind British athlete Sophie Kirk (04:32:09) who finished in first place and Austrian Nathalie Alexander (04:36:16) in second.

Full results from the Challenge race can be found here.

Alice Hector was also on the start list for the Lisbon event, however, her plans changed in preparation for the Challenge Championship event in June and she was instead racing in the Purple Patch 10K Series in Stockley Park. Hector was the first female across the line and was 6th place overall in 36:53, with almost a 10-minute gap from the second-place female! She also shaved almost a minute off the course record which has stood for 10 years, a fantastic weekend result!

For full results from the race, click here.

In England, the Nottingham Triathlon took place on Saturday. The race was a 2018 ETU Sprint Distance Qualifier and was the final chance for athletes to qualify for the European Championships being held at Strathclyde Park in August.

For full results from the Nottingham Sprint Triathlon, click here.

David McNamee was back in action this weekend in IRONMAN 70.3 Barcelona with some tough competition! Javier Gomez Noya lead the race from the start, leaving McNamee and Bart Aernouts to form a two-man chase pack early on the bike in an attempt to reduce the Spaniards lead. Despite successfully reducing the gap to only 40 seconds by the end of the demanding bike course, Gomez was just too good and put together a fantastic run that saw him cross the line in first place in 04:01:39.

McNamee wasn’t far behind, also producing a fantastic run split that saw him finish the race in second place in 04:04:46, his best result of 2018 so far! Aeronauts followed McNamee across the line, suffering slightly from his hard attacks on the bike, completing the race in 04:06:40.

For full IRONMAN 70.3 Barcelona results, click here.

The final BUCS event of the season, the BUCS Standard Championships, took place in Southport on Sunday with four Scottish University athletes making it into the top ten!

In the men’s race, Luca Fanotolli (University of Stirling) and Paul Kerr (University of Edinburgh) had the top Scottish results, finishing in 6th and 7th place respectively. Cameron Harris (University of Dundee) also performed well, finishing in 9th place. In the Women’s race, Winning Students scholar Hannah Howitt (University of Stirling) had a great race after coming back from an injury, finishing in a strong 6thplace.

For full BUCS Championship results, click here.

Also taking place on Sunday was the Eton Sprints Weekend, a 2018 & 2019 ITU Sprint Distance Qualifier. The race was first qualification race for age group athlete’s hoping to gain entry to the World Championships in the Gold Coast in August and in Lausanne in 2019.

For full race results, click here.

Apprentice coach Andrew Woodroffe was also involved in the racing this weekend with a last-minute decision to take part in the Grafman Middle Distance Triathlon. Woodroffe finished the race in third place overall and first place in his 25-29 age category, recording an excellent time of 4:14:15. Not bad for a last-minute entry!

For full results from the race, click here.

Back at home, the weekend started in the Borders with the Selkirk Junior triathlon on Saturday. The event included over 55 youngsters who raced over varying distances depending on their age group. The event went brilliantly and set the stage well for Sunday when the Selkirk Standard Triathlon took place.

The Selkirk event is the only standard distance race in the Live Borders Series, comprising of a 1500m swim, 38.8km cycle and a 10km run. Despite the increase in distance, there were two familiar faces across the line first in the men’s race! Craig Dale (02:04:47) and John Lenehan (02:07:30) finished in first and second place respectively for the third time in the 2018 series, followed by Ruben Villalain (02:11:32) in third place.

In the women’s race, Anne Ewing was first across the line with a fantastic time of 02:22:53, which was good enough for her to finish in sixth place overall. The podium was completed by Lynne Mckerlie (02:28:33) in second place and Shona Bathgate (02:36:12) in third.

Full results from both the Junior and Standard events can be found here.

Moving North, the Aberdeenshire council triathlon series continued in Peterhead with three races; a short race, sprint distance race and an Aquabike. Over 120 competitors took on the three races, battling through Sunday’s windy conditions!

The Short race was won by Liam Perks (IronKouKou, 01:05:45) and Claire Murphy (Three Peaks Triathlete’s, 01:11:51). In the Sprint race, Junior Luke Williams (01:03:45) was the first male across the line in an impressive time while Coralie Arthur (01:13:45) won the women’s race. Finally, the first Aquabike race of the series was won by East Fife Triathlon Club’s David Reeves (50:24), with Veteran Nicola Moir (58:30) the first female to finish!

For full results from the Aberdeenshire races, click here.

Also taking place on Sunday was the Shetland Novice Triathlon. It was a tough day on the exposed Sandwick course for the 18 competitors as they had to battle through the windy conditions on the bike and the run. However, spirits were high and everyone had a great time, praising the brilliant efforts of the organisers and volunteers. The overall male and female winners were Scott Riise (00:41:24) and Emma Morris (00:42:52).

Full results can be found here.



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