Weekend Review 9-10 June

11th Jun 2018 | Written by Carolyn Reid

It’s been a hectic weekend with lots of racing in the UK and abroad.

On Thursday, Nottingham hosted the Accenture World Triathlon Mixed Relay, the first qualification event for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Great Britain’s Mixed Relay team delighted the large crowds by winning silver behind Team USA while the French team completed the podium.

For the full race report, click here.

The racing then moved to Leeds on Sunday for the AJ Bell World Triathlon Leeds race. The event saw a full weekend of racing with the world’s biggest GO TRI event and the British Super Series races taking place in Saturday and the World Triathlon Series race on Sunday.

Scottish performance athletes were racing in the British Super Series with a number performing very well. In the female youth super sprint race, Isla Britton exited the water in 8thplace with only a 20-second deficit from the lead athlete. Britton rode through to 2ndon the bike and recorded the second fastest run of the day leaving her in 2ndplace behind Barbara de Konig who led from the start. Jessica Turnbull finished 10th, Kate Richardson 12thand Kyra Gibb 13th. The race was also great experience for Mia Padmanabhan (29th) and Sarah Fyfe (44th) who were racing in their first British Super Series races.

In the male youth race, Daniel Saunders exited the water in 2nd with Hamish Armitt only 20 seconds behind in 25th place. Armitt had a great transition which saw him begin the bike in 11th place and followed this up by also recording the fastest bike split of the day, putting him in the front pack. He then held his run position to finish in 7th place. Also racing was William Taylor 18th, Calum Byrne 26thJack Patton 29th. Unfortunately, Saunders had to pull out of the race due to illness and Lewis Anderson had a crash which caused a mechanical issue with his bike preventing his from completing the race.

In the junior female race, Kate Gallagher exited the water in 14th, but fought hard to make it into the front pack. Unfortunately, an issue with her chain caused her to lose touch with the leaders, falling back into 5th place on the bike, 30 seconds behind the leader. She then recorded the second fastest run of the day to finish in 3rd place. Also racing was Ailsa MacArthur who finished 20th.

In the junior male race, Marcus Day led out of the water building up a 30 second lead in the initial stages of the bike. He was caught by a chase group including Calum YoungForbes Jackson and Luke Williams, with Jonny Jackson riding in the second pack. Young produced another strong run finishing in 2nd place, his first British Super Series podium. Johnny Jackson finished in 8th, Forbes Jackson 10th, Williams 15th and Neil Hepburn 34th.

For full British Super Series results, click here.

In the World Triathlon Series race on Sunday, Marc Austin and Grant Sheldon were racing in a strong field. Sheldon was unfortunate in the swim writing on Instagram after the race,

“Decided to pull out yesterday. Had a tough moment round one of the buoys when my goggle came down and covered my mouth so I couldn’t breathe. Stopped to collect myself. I got going again but race was gone and no way back. Gutted to miss an opportunity racing at home. Crowds were pretty special in transition but I couldn’t continue with the race, I wouldn’t have done myself justice.”

Austin exited the water in 32nd place and was in the main group when the race came together. He completed the race in 25th place overall which was good enough to increase his WTS ranking to 43rd. The race was won by Richard Murray while Vicky Holland ran away with the gold in the women’s race.

For full WTS results, click here.

Also taking place in Leeds was the British Standard Championships. Congratulations to all athletes who took part, full results will follow.

In the Netherlands, Fergus Roberts and Cameron Harris were racing in the ETU European Cup in Weert. Roberts exited the swim with just over a minute gap from the front pack which he was able to close on the bike. Moving onto the run, Roberts was just 50 seconds behind the lead pair and was able to run through to finish in 4thplace, his best ETU cup result to date. Harris exited the water in 47th, just ahead of Roberts, finishing the race in 19thplace and gaining good experience over the standard distance.

For full race results, click here.

Also taking place this weekend was IRONMAN 70.3 Staffordshire which included some fantastic results for Scottish athletes. In the women’s pro race, Nikki Bartlett finished in a fantastic second place just two weeks after her bronze medal in IRONMAN Lanzarote. In the men’s pro race, Winning Students scholar George Goodwin continued his run of impressive performances also finishing in 2nd place while Fraser Cartmell finished in 6th. Finally, Apprentice coach Andrew Woodroffe had a brilliant race which saw him finish third in his 25-29 age group.

For full race results, click here.

This year’s Scottish Duathlon Championship winner Debbie Greig was racing in Challenge Geraardsbergen this weekend. She finished as the 6th female pro.

For full race results, click here.

Back in Scotland, all the action was on Sunday with the Fife Properties Lochore Triathlon Festival and the Wick Sprint Triathlon.

In Fife, almost 300 competitors took part in the Standard, Sprint and TriStars aquathlon. The men’s standard distance race was won by Juniors Jonathan Jackson (02:01:37) and Forbes Jackson (02:01:39) who despite racing in Leeds on Saturday, were still able to win the race by over 4 minutes. The women’s race was won by Kirsty Obrien (02:16:40). The sprint race was won by Euan Godon (01:02:57) and Elizabeth Richardson (01:10:27).

For full race results including TriStar results, click here.

Results from the Wick Sprint Triathlon will be available soon.

Congratulations to everyone who was racing this weekend!


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