British athletes line up for European Championships


The European Championships kick off on 25 September in Valencia with British teams competing across paratriathlon, triathlon and Age-Group races.

Tokyo 2020 Paralympic silver and bronze medallists George Peasgood and Claire Cashmore (both PTS5) are heading to Spain to get back into competitive action after a few weeks break following the Paralympic Games.

Peasgood and Cashmore will be joined by Alison Peasgood (PTVI, guided by Brooke Gillies), Fran Brown (PTS2), Dave Ellis (PTVI, guided by Luke Pollard) and Michael Taylor (PTS4) who also competed at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

In the elite triathlon race, European Mixed Relay champion Sian Rainsley will be returning to action after a busy summer that also saw her finish fifth in her second World Triathlon Championship Series race in Hamburg.

Joining Rainsley in the women’s race is Kate Waugh who finished in ninth place in her World Triathlon Championship Series debut in Hamburg, Sophie Green and Sophie Alden.

The men’s race will see Grant Sheldon, Harry Leleu, Cameron Main and Jack Willis taking to the start line, facing up against Olympic bronze medallist Dorian Coninx (France) and double Olympian Jelle Geens (Belgium).

Completing the line-up for the paratriathletes are Oscar Kelly, Rhys Jones (both PTVI, guided by Charlie Harding and Jamie Price), Josh Landmann (PTWC) and Finley Jakes (PTS4). 

For multi-Paralympic medallist George Peasgood, it’s the first time he returns to triathlon racing having finished the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics with the cycling team.

“Racing is something we all love doing, and I am excited to get back to a start line again after a short break,” Peasgood said. “Tokyo was an incredible experience for me. To race as I did in the triathlon was just what I’d hoped for and to back it up in cycling was fantastic.

“Coming home from Tokyo has meant I could have some time off to recover ahead of the 2022 season. I’ve had an opportunity to see friends and family and my old triathlon club.

“It is another strong line up in the PTS5 category which makes it an exciting race. I am looking forward to taking on Martin [Schulz] again. Let’s see what happens on race day.”

Rainsley is looking forward to getting back into action in back-to-back races.

“I’ve headed straight from Hamburg to Valencia so I’m going to use the confidence from my result last weekend for this race,” Rainsley said. “I’m excited to toe the line in my first senior Olympic distance European Championships with a strong British team around me. We’re ready to give it our best shot and enjoy ourselves.”

Valencia will also see 159 Age Group athletes compete in the standard distance race, 207 in the sprint team with 14 athletes competing in both races. This is one of the biggest Age Group teams representing Great Britain since the Covid-19 Pandemic hit. 

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