Weekend review 19-22 July23rd Jul 2018 | Written by Gemma Simpson
Last weekend’s racing began with the Tartu ETU Triathlon European Championships taking place in Estonia from Thursday until Sunday!
The first Scottish athlete in action in Tartu on Thursday was Alison Patrick. Racing with guide Hannah Drewett in the PTVI category, the pair took GOLD and the European Championship title! Jack Peasgood (who is currently training in Stirling) was guide for Dave Ellis who also took Gold in the PTVI category.
Next up on Friday was Erin Wallace who was competing in the Junior Women’s event. After a fantastic race where she was 5th overall, Wallace secured an automatic qualification for the GB team for World Junior Triathlon Championships. Pauline Landron (FRA) won the race in 1:00:25. Wallace also competed in the Junior Mixed Team Relay Championships and finished in 6thplace.
Beth Potter and Grant Sheldon raced in the senior events and finished in 19thplace and 40thplace respectively. It was Potter’s first vest for GBR. Richard Varga (SVK) won the men’s event in 53:07 and GBR’s Sophie Caldwell won the women’s race in 58:32. Sheldon will next be in action in Canada at the ITU World Triathlon Series Edmonton next weekend.
The British Age-Group team was also out in force and dominated the Standard Distance Championships!
Despite a busy summer season, almost 300 British Age-Group athletes travelled and produced some exceptional performances, collecting a staggering total of 51 medals, 19 of which were Gold. The stand out performance was undoubtedly Alison MacKenzie who won the women’s race overall with the fastest bike and run splits of the day! The medal winners from Scotland were:
18-19 Jonathan Jackson (Edinburgh #3)
30-34 Alison MacKenzie (Fusion Triathlon Club)
60-64 Penny Rother (Edinburgh RC)
18-19 Forbes Jackson (Edinburgh #3)
60-64 Alexander Graham Whyte (Triathlon Inverness)
Well done to everyone who took part! Full results for the event can be found here.
Back in the UK, it was the Hetton Lyons Super Saturday Triathlon, a British Triathlon Super Series event. The event includes Youth and Junior individual races as well as a Mixed Relay event. A number of Triathlon Scotland Academy and Performance squad athletes as well as IRC athletes were on the start list to compete in the individual, open and relay events.
The Youth race in Hetton was also a qualification race for the UK School Games and European Youth Championships. For more information on selection policies for these events, check the links above. Selection results will be announced shortly.
The Junior race was for 2nd and 3rd year juniors and because the field was not large, the youngsters raced twice against the same people (e.g. no heats). This was a great opportunity to try different race strategies against the same people.
Junior Female results
1st Sophia Green, 2nd Iona Miller, 10th Kate Gallagher, 22nd Ailsa McArthur
2nd Sophia Green, 4th Kate Gallagher, 8th Iona Miller, 23rd Ailsa McArthur
Junior Male results
22nd Luke Williams
In the Youth race (including 1st Year Juniors), selection for European Youth Championships and the UK School Games was up for grabs. The event comprised 2 heats, with the best 12 from each heat and then the next 4 fastest finishers from across both heats included.
In the Youth Males, Calum Young, Andrew Rolland and Hamish Armitt and William Taylor went through to the final. Daniel Saunders missed out as he unfortunately crashed in his heat.
In the A Final the race came together with one big pack, Andrew Rolland took the lead with 1km to go in a group of four but finished eventually in 5th and just missed out on European Youth selection. Calum Young was 7th, Hamish Armitt 16thand William Taylor 29th.
In the B Final, Daniel Saunders was 3rd, Jack Patton 4th, Kyle Howie 17th and Calum Byrne 23rd.
In the Youth Females, Kate Richardson and Jessica Turnbull went comfortably through to the finals. Clare Wallace and Carrie Banks also qualified. Lily-Jane Evans-Haggerty punctured in her heat while in the lead group, and DNF’d, but successfully appealed and was added to the A final.
In the A Final a group of seven got away which included Evans-Haggerty who was first out of the swim, with the main chase group including Banks, Turnbull and Richardson. Evans-Haggerty went on to have a great run (and the fastest run split of the day) to take the win. Banks exited T2 towards the front of the group and held onto 9th for a great result, with Turnbull 20th and Richardson 23rd.
The open TriStar 2 and 3 races heralded the following podium results
TS2 Girls – 1st – Melissa Turnbull – Fusion Triathlon Club
TS2 Boys – 3rd – Oliver Patton – Fusion Triathlon Club
TS3 Girls – 3rd – Anya Maclean – Fusion Triathlon Club
TS3 Boys – 1st – Struan Bennet – Unattached
The final results of the day were won in the Mixed Team Relays. The Youth / Juniors best team result was 8th position for Kate Richardson, Daniel Saunders, Sophia Green and Maurice Calton Seal (41:01). The race was won by 4LifeTri (40:21).
The IRC teams however had a whopper of a day in the mixed team relay open races, taking 1, 2 and 3 place respectively! Well done to all competing and in particular to the teams on the podium
- TS2 G: Melissa Turnbull – Fusion Triathlon Club
- TS2 B: Fraser Donaldson – Glasgow Triathlon Club
- TS3 G: Anya Maclean – Fusion Triathlon Club
- TS 3 B: Cameron MacMillan – Unattached
- Coryn Maclean – Fusion Triathlon Club
- Oliver Patton – Fusion Triathlon Club
- Sam Glass – Edinburgh #3
- Anna Hedley – East Fife Triathlon Club
- Mirren Stewart – Grangemouth Triathlon Club
- Alex Robin – Fusion Triathlon Club
- Ruby Methven – East Fife Triathlon Club
- Fergus Currie – Fusion Triathlon Club
- Amiya Patel – Glasgow Triathlon Club
- Innes McDonald – ERC
- Johanna Mackenzie – Unattached
- Struan Bennet – Unattached
Full results from Hetton can be found here.
In Scotland, the popular Gullane Beach Standard Distance Triathlon returned, alongside the Inverurie Novice and Sprint Triathlons.
Gullane was won by Craig Dale (2:16:39) and Elizabeth Richardson (2:29:06) respectively, both from Hartree JETS.
The Inverurie Novice Triathlon was won by David Walls (unattached) in 59:52 and Moira Harkins (unattached) in 1:05:41. The sprint event was won by David Ferris (unattached) 1:23:00 and Michelle Mackay (Monifieth Triathlon Club) in 1:28:52.
Down to Forfar, and Tri Angus social enterprise, launched their second event for the Angus area, the Forfar Triathlon. The novice race was won by Craig Bell (unattached) 52:38 and Elaine Banks (57:54). The sprint race was won by Gary Milne (unattached) 1:10:38 and Gillian Hislop (Pentland Triathletes / Hartree JETS) 1:15:16.
And finally, our popular GO TRI beginners open water sessions continued at Pinkston Watersports Centre, with the second taking place on Sunday.
A third session has been added for Friday 7 September at 6pm. To sign up, click here.
*We apologise if any names or results have been accidentally omitted. Please feel free to let us know and we will revise the article.