Jess Learmonth

Jess is a European, Commonwealth and World Triathlon Series medal winner based at the Leeds Triathlon Centre.

Jess has won an ETU European title (2017), a Commonwealth silver in both Mixed Relay and Elite Women races (2018), as well as multiple World Triathlon Series medals including silver at the 2019 Grand Final Lausanne.

Jess’ first year in triathlon was in 2012. Since then, she has gone from strength-to-strength as she began to compete in triathlons across the world. However, she has stayed close to her routes, being based in her hometown of Leeds and working with her coach Ray Butters.

Swimming is a key strength for Jess, having won a National Championships freestyle medal whilst competing for the City of Leeds Swimming Club. The Leeds United fan formally played golf at Wetherby Golf Club and football for Leeds United Ladies Academy before switching to triathlon. Her first experience of the sport was a charity mini-tri, but her dad was already into the sport at that point so she was well aware of it.

Jess was added to the World-Class Performance Squad in 2015. In a short space of time, she made a big impact on the sport with her ability to lead out the swim and grow a lead during the bike section. She is often in small breakaway groups on the bike, a strategy which has helped her win global medals at world, European and Commonwealth events.

She made significant improvements to her running during the 2017 season, which saw her win the ETU European title and secure two ITU World Triathlon Series podium finishes (Stockholm and Rotterdam).

Major Results

Date Event Position
31st Aug 2019 2019 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Lausanne 2nd
18th Aug 2019 2019 ITU World Triathlon Mixed Relay Series Tokyo 2nd
15th Aug 2019 2019 Tokyo ITU World Triathlon Olympic Qualification Event DSQ
7th Jul 2019 2019 Hamburg ITU Triathlon Mixed Relay World Championships 10th
29th Jun 2019 2019 Groupe Copley World Triathlon Montreal 3rd
9th Jun 2019 2019 AJ Bell World Triathlon Leeds 3rd
18th May 2019 2019 ITU World Triathlon Yokohama 6th
27th Apr 2019 2019 MS Amlin World Triathlon Bermuda 2nd
8th Mar 2019 2019 Daman World Triathlon Abu Dhabi 3rd
15th Sep 2018 2018 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Gold Coast 11th
25th Aug 2018 2018 ITU World Triathlon Montreal 8th
9th Aug 2018 2018 Glasgow ETU Triathlon European Championships 2nd
28th Jul 2018 2018 ITU World Triathlon Mixed Relay Series Edmonton 6th
27th Jul 2018 2018 ITU World Triathlon Edmonton 4th
14th Jul 2018 2018 ITU World Triathlon Hamburg 14th
10th Jun 2018 2018 ITU World Triathlon Leeds 8th
7th Apr 2018 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games 2nd
5th Apr 2018 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games 2nd
2nd Mar 2018 2018 ITU World Triathlon Abu Dhabi 2nd
16th Sep 2017 2017 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Rotterdam 3rd
26th Aug 2017 2017 ITU World Triathlon Stockholm 2nd
15th Jul 2017 2017 ITU World Triathlon Hamburg 17th
16th Jun 2017 2017 Kitzbühel ETU Triathlon European Championships 1st
11th Jun 2017 2017 ITU World Triathlon Leeds 6th
13th May 2017 2017 ITU World Triathlon Yokohama 8th
7th May 2017 2017 Chengdu ITU Triathlon World Cup 11th
7th May 2017 2017 Chengdu ITU Triathlon World Cup 11th
6th May 2017 2017 Chengdu ITU Triathlon World Cup 2nd
26th Mar 2017 2017 Gran Canaria ETU Triathlon European Cup 1st
11th Feb 2017 2017 Cape Town ITU Triathlon World Cup 2nd
15th Oct 2016 2016 Alanya ETU Final Triathlon European Cup DNF
17th Sep 2016 2016 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Cozumel 30th
4th Sep 2016 2016 ITU World Triathlon Edmonton 24th
2nd Jul 2016 2016 Holten ETU Sprint Triathlon Premium European Cup 8th
26th Jun 2016 2016 Châteauroux ETU Sprint Triathlon European Championships 2nd
12th Jun 2016 2016 ITU World Triathlon Leeds 10th
28th May 2016 2016 Lisbon ETU Triathlon European Championships 20th
2nd Apr 2016 2016 Quarteira ETU Triathlon European Cup 1st
22nd Aug 2015 2015 ITU World Triathlon Stockholm DNF
26th Jul 2015 2015 GBR Sprint Triathlon National Championships 3rd
11th Jul 2015 2015 Geneva ETU Triathlon European Championships 11th
11th Apr 2015 2015 ITU World Triathlon Gold Coast 30th
29th Mar 2015 2015 ITU World Triathlon Auckland DNF
22nd Mar 2015 2015 New Plymouth ITU Triathlon World Cup 30th
21st Sep 2014 2014 Madrid ETU Triathlon European Cup Final 3rd
20th Jul 2014 2014 Geneva ETU Triathlon European Cup 8th
4th May 2014 2014 Antalya ETU Triathlon European Cup 17th
12th Apr 2014 2014 Quarteira ETU Triathlon European Cup 13th

Jess represented Team England at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in April, winning a silver medal in both the individual and mixed relay event at her first major multi-sport games. During the same year, Jess secured a European Championship silver medal at Glasgow and finished 5th overall in the World Series after a consistent season.

Jess enjoyed a number of successes in 2019 with a second-place finish in Bermuda and third-place finishes in Leeds and Montreal. However, her greatest achievement of the year was a silver medal in the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final at Lausanne. Jess also secured a silver medal in the Mixed Relay Series with a 2nd place finish at Tokyo.

A member of a sporting family, Jess' brother-in-law competed in the 3000m steeplechase at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, finishing sixth.

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