Weekend Review 23-24 June25th Jun 2018 | Written by Carolyn Reid
On Sunday, it was a beautiful day in Cardiff for the British Elite Championships and age group races. The age group racing included the final 2018 ITU Sprint Distance Qualifier as well as the chance to qualify for the 2019 Lausanne ITU Sprint Distance Triathlon World Championships.
In the men’s elite race, Fergus Roberts had a fantastic race which saw him finish in third place! Roberts and Development squad member Cameron Harris exited the water just 20 seconds behind the lead group of athlete’s. Roberts put in an exceptional effort in the first kilometre of the bike which saw him close the gap to the front pack while Harris stayed with the chase pack who stayed within 40 seconds of the leaders. Roberts had a strong run which saw him race head to head with James Teagle to be beaten to the silver medal by just 5 seconds. Harris lead the second pack into the run but was unfortunate to struggle with a stitch on the run, finishing in 12thplace.
In the women’s race, Iona Miller and Winning Students Scholar Hannah Howitt swam well to make it into the first pack on the bike while Julie Nimmo made it into the second pack just 30 seconds behind. Miller had a good run which saw her finish in 7th while Howitt and Nimmo finished in 15th and 18th.
Full results can be found here.
Another ITU qualification race took place this weekend at Leeds Castle in Kent. Age Group athletes competed in the Leeds Castle Triathlon for the final chance to qualify for the 2019 ITU Lausanne ITU Standard Distance Triathlon World Championships.
For race results, click here.
In Aberdeenshire, Knockburn Loch hosted the Fleet Feet Sprint, Super Sprint and Junior Triathlon. Over 120 adults and almost 80 youngsters took part in the racing on a beautiful summers day. The Super Sprint race which consisted of a 400m open water swim, 20km bike and 2.5km run was won by Super Veteran Dan Evans (Moray Firth Triathlon Club) and U20 Mia Padmanabhan (Glasgow Triathlon Club). The sprint race was won by U20 Luke Williams with Dundee University Triathlon Club’s Molly Redford winning the female race.
For full race results click here.
Further South, the Live Active Leisure Strathearn Junior Aquathlon returned for the third year. Starting at Strathearn Community Campus the event was open for TriStar Starts up to Youth where participants completed a pool swim, followed by a run route in the surrounding campus. Well done to all everyone that competed!
Results will be available here soon.
Also taking place was the popular GRC Fauldhouse Triathlon. Open to individuals and a small number of relay teams, the sprint distance event began with a pool based 750m swim, followed by a 14.5km hilly cycle route on roads around Fauldhouse, before finishing with a two-lap 5.5km run route on public paths around the nearby forest. The race was won by Jonathan Jackson (Edinburgh #3) with Forbes Jackson just 2 minutes behind in second place while Fusion Triathlon Club’s Erin Mcilveen winning the women’s race just 10 seconds ahead of teammate Kathryn Griffin.
Full results can be found here.
Finally, the comeback story of the year occurred this weekend when Tim Don won IRONMAN 70.3 Costa Rica. The race marked Don’s comeback from a bike crash in which he suffered a broken neck, just days before he was set to race in the IRONMAN World Championships in Kona. This Sunday’s win is a massive milestone in his bid to race in this year’s championships in October.
To read more about the race, click here.
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