Weekend Review 27-28 October29th Oct 2018 | Written by Gemma Simpson
Lesley Paterson XTERRA World Champion!
It was a third World title for Paterson, who last won gold in 2011 and 2012. She attributed her success to consistency of training, which has been lacking during the past five years while she struggled with Lyme Disease and injuries, but in Maui she dominated the race with the fastest bike and run splits to finish in a winning time of 3:29:07.
Speaking post race to XTERRA Planet she said:
“I’ve done a lot of hard work over the summer and a lot of strength training and time at the gym. Instead of being frustrated with the conditions, I was so grateful and happy to be out there. I may have dropped a few f-bombs here and there, but I kept it pretty chill.”
The men’s race was won by Rom Akersun from Costa Rica (2:52:41). In the age group event, Craig Coull from Stirling Triathlon Club / You Can Sport was racing. In what was an extremely muddy course, hampering the efforts on the bike for many, Craig finished in a time of 4:51:36 and 17th in the 20-24 age category.
ETU Middle Distance Triathlon European Championships
After fantastic end of the season weather earlier in the Championships, the Balearic climate took a turn for the worst on Saturday for the ETU European Championships Middle Distance Triathlon and Aquabike events. The skies and sea were being lit up by lightning and the rain was so heavy the bike course was heavily flooded in the hours preceding the event.
Because of the conditions, a decision was taken by the organisers to reduce the bike distance by one lap. One person however who was not hampered by the conditions was Alice Hector who completed the elite race to finish third overall! George Goodwin also racing in the elite field finished 5th, a fantastic achievement.
In the age group event, there was also medal success for Rosemary Haddock who topped the podium in the 30-34 age category and Robert Harrison who won silver in the 45-49 age category.
In the ETU European Aquabike Championships event, there was even more podium success to be had, with gold for Grant Young (65-69), silver for Miriam Rennett (55-59) and bronze for David Reeves (35-39).
You can view our final ETU European Multisport Championships roll of honour here. Congratulations to all 12 medallists!
Well done to everyone who has competed in Age Group racing this year! If you would like to get involved and race for Great Britain, click here to find out more.
Cameron Harris was in action for the final ETU European Triathlon Cup on the season in Funchal, Portugal where he finished 20th (54:29). Full results are here.
And finally, in the Dundee University Aquathlon, well done to race winners Ross Elliott Broomfield (St Andrew’s Unviersity Triathlon Club and Louisa Middleditch (Edinburgh University Triathlon Club) who finished in a time of 28:14 and 32:15 respectively. Full results are here.
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