Weekend review 2-3 June4th Jun 2018 | Written by Gemma Simpson
It’s been another jam-packed weekend with lots of international and domestic racing!
Beth Potter was racing at the Cagliari ITU Triathlon World Cup on Saturday. In her first [sprint] race since the Commonwealth Games, Potter fought hard to make up time lost in the bike to finish 24th (1:03:25) recording the 7th fastest run. The race was won by Lisa Perterer from Austria (1:00:13), with Potter’s British Team mates India Lee, Lucy Hall and Olivia Mathias finishing 3rd, 9th and 23rd respectively.
The men’s race was won by Delian Stateff from Italy (54:45) with Britain’s Barclay Izzard and Alex Yee finishing 7th and 8th respectively. For the full results list, click here.
On Sunday, Slovakia hosted The Championship, a flagship event in the Challenge Family Series which carries a larger than usual prize purse, and so attracts an exciting list of athletes. Great Britain’s Lucy Ann Charles too the win with top ten results for Emma Pallant, Kimberley Morrison and Sarah Lewis. Alice Hector, on great form following impressive results at Challenge Roma the Volcano Triathlon, had a fantastic swim to head out of T1 in 6th, but unfortunately had to withdraw after problems 40km into the bike leg. Tweeting after the race Hector said: “Interesting race; can take away some hope, and can’t wait to get back at it ASAP!”
For the full results click here.
Back in the UK, Chester Triathlon Club hosted the Deva triathlon on Sunday. The event included two chances for Age Group athletes to qualify for the 2018 Gold Coast ITU Standard Distance Triathlon World Championships and 2019 ITU Standard Distance Triathlon World Championships. Congratulations to everyone who took part. For full results, click here.
Also on Sunday, Blenheim Palace welcomed elite juniors and seniors for the Bloodwise Blenheim Palace Triathlon. Races are mixed with first-year junior athletes racing in the youth race, and the older juniors taking part in the senior race. The Youth race also doubled as Britain’s Youth Olympic Games qualification race.
Calum Young had an exciting race, exiting the swim in 2nd and narrowly missing a crash on the bike that brought team mate Andrew Rolland down during the 2nd lap and unfortunately out of the race due to injury. Out front, Young had a strong run, only to be out sprinted at the finish by Luke Van-Oudtshoorn who had run through from the 2nd pack. His second place gives Young a start at Banyoles on 7 July (the Youth Olympic Qualifier). Also on the start line was Hamish Armitt who has recently had some time out from racing and had a good race to finish 24th.
In the girls race, Lily Jane Evans-Haggerty elected to swim non wet suit, which was a good choice as she was out of the water with the leader group. Two first year juniors, Freya Thomson and Libby Coleman quickly established a break, and the chase pack consisted of a group of up to 15 girls including Lily, Heather Barnes, Isla Britton and Kate Richardson who had worked hard to bike up to the main chase group. Evans-Haggerty and Barnes battled it out for 3rd place with Evans-Haggerty just taking the bronze. Gold and Silver went to Coleman and Thomson with Barnes in 4th.
Britton ran strongly to achieve 10th place with Richardson 17th, Jessica Turnbull 26th and Emma Calder 40th. Barnes achieving 4th place is enough to get a start in Banyoles on 7 July (the Youth Olympic Qualifier) as Evans-Haggerty is outwith the minimum age. For full results, click here.
In the elite race, Cameron Main had a good swim exiting in 4th but the long transition meant he left T1 in 9th place, and missed by 14 seconds the first pack of 6 riders. The large 2nd pack contained Main, Cameron Harris, Guy-Evans Haggerty and Fergus Roberts and the order of finish was Roberts 6th, Harris 9th, Main 17th (2nd Junior), Evans-Haggerty 19th (3rd Junior) and Luca Fanotolli 21st. The race was won by Iestyn Harrett (58:14). Good racing was also had from Forbes Jackson (5th Junior) and Jonny Jackson (8th Junior).
In the female race, Sophia Green had a good swim to get out of T1 in a group of 3 (with Jenny Manners and Corrie Pollard) and worked together to extended their initial gap of 20 seconds out to 50 seconds by the time they came around into T2. In the chase pack, Becky Storrie put the foot down to run past Green to finish in 5th place, her best result to date, with Green in 7th (1st Junior). Julie Nimmo unfortunately DNF’d after having problems on the bike and Kate Gallagher also DNF’d on the run. Brooke Gilles (East Fife Tri) was 19th (14th senior). For full results click here.
In Scotland on Arran, the Island-2-Island Triathlon Festival took place on Saturday, packed with racing for all including a youth triathlon, as well as middle, standard and sprint distance races. The middle distance was won by Robert Debenham (5:17:43) and Nicole Morgan (5:51:55), the standard won by Dominic Sharkey (2:08:29) and Jemma McNeill (2:15:01) and the sprint distance won by Craig Armour (1:08:23) and Suzie Drummond (1:12:56). For full results, including the TriStars/Youth aquathlon, click here.
On Sunday, The Tri Angus Montrose Triathlon returned for their 5th year of novice and sprint events. The sprint was won by Mark McIntosh (1:06:55) and Michelle Mackay (1:13:44) with the novice event won by Colin Ritchie (51:02) and Ishbel Stuart (1:01:08). Full results are available here.
Moving south to Stirling, the Stirling Triathlon welcomed sprint, novice, GO TRI and TriStar competitors. Well done to everyone who took part. The sprint race was won by John Lenehan (1:04:04) and Keira Gore (1:13:35) with the novice race won by William Taylor (42:55) and Kyra Gibb (50:41). Full results, including GO TRI and TriStar/Youth are available here.
And further south to the borders, the Borders Triathlete’s hosted their Youth Aquathlon. Congratulations to everyone who took part, for full results please click here.
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