Weekend review 28 June – 1 July

2nd Jul 2018 | Written by Gemma Simpson

Last week’s racing kicked off with the Balbirnie Duathlon on one of the hottest days of the year so far, if not the hottest day! The race is situated at Balbirnie House and is a popular run-bike-run annual event for local people.

This year the event was won by Ewan Taylor from Velocity 44 (1:02:54) and Mel Alexander from Tri Anglia Triathlon Club (1:17:48). Full results are here, well done to everyone who took part.

On Friday and Saturday IRONKIDS rolled into town, with three running events for children in Dalkeith Country Park, Preston Links and Edinburgh in celebration of Year of the Young Person. With three events linked to IRONMAN Edinburgh 70.3, this was a first of its kind for IRONKIDS events.  Well done to everyone who took part!

On Sunday close to 1000 athletes from across the globe participated in IRONMAN Edinburgh 70.3 beginning with an East Lothian swim at Preston Links. Participants then travelled through Midlothian and Edinburgh City Centre on bike to eventually reach Holyrood Park for the 13.1 mile run.

The event was won by Yvan Jarrige from France (4:07:31) and for Britain, Fenella Langridge was victorious (4:37:46), her first ever 70.3 win. Nikki Bartlett put up a good fight and despite leading on the bike and into T2, was overtaken during the run to finish a close second place (4:40:55).

In the Age Group field, Hartree JETS triathlete Craig Dale was 4th (4:34:23) and Triathlon Scotland Apprentice Coach Andrew Woodroffe finished 5th overall and first in his age category (25-29).

Elizabeth Richardson was 2nd overall (5:06:05) and 1st in her age category (40-44), Anne Ewing was 3rd overall and 2nd in her age category(30-34), Alice Jenkins 4th and first in her age category (25-29), Jennifer Stewart was 8th and 1st in her age category (35-39) and Eilidh Yates 10th and 4th in her age category (30-34).

Full results are here, well done to everyone who took part and who volunteered!

With Tokyo 2020 just round the corner, athletes are now starting to get ranking points on the board, including Alison Patrick (PTVI-B2) who was racing in Iseo – Franciacorta ITU World Paratriathlon Series (Italy) along with guide Nicole Walters.

In this sprint distance race, Patrick chose to swim non-wetsuit (the only one in her class to do so) and a solid swim and bike saw her have a small lead into T2 over the Spanish athlete Susana Rodriguez. Although Patrick felt she was very hot on the run she kept form to extended her lead and took first place with a winning margin of almost 2 minutes (1:08:23).

The Great Britain team achieved an impressive medal haul in northern Italy, with four gold, four silver and two bronze medals, including victories for Lauren Steadman, George Peasgood and Dave Ellis.  Full results are here.

Cameron Main and Sophia Green (juniors) and Julie Nimmo and Hannah Hewitt (seniors) travelled to Holland for the Holten ETU Cup on Saturday.

In the female junior race, Green was out of the water in 3rd and a group of nine quickly formed, and with good positioning throughout the technical laps in town, Sophia was first into T2, but an issue racking her bike cost her vital seconds. Unfortunately a stitch on the run cost Green a top 10 finish and she finished in 21st.

In the male junior race, Main exited the swim in 17th but after a tough bike, struggled with earlier efforts and the heat to finish 50th.

In the senior race, Julie Nimmo unfortunately took another knock to her injured elbow during the non-wetsuit swim and withdrew 10k into the bike.  Hannah Howitt took an elbow or foot in the ribs and was winded. After getting her composure back she finished the swim but was then unable to continue the race.  Full results are here.


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