The British Triathlon Grand Final on Saturday 11 September saw the final standings in the British Triathlon Youth and Junior, Senior and Para Super Series’ decided, as well as the Inter-Regional Champions crowned at Mallory Park in Leicestershire.
The Youth and Junior Super Series saw athletes compete in male and female categories depending on their age group. The series started with parallel aquathlons in Lochore and Bowood before moving onto the Performance Assessment Weekend.
Three triathlon events followed at Hetton, Mallory Park and The British Triathlon Grand Final which also took place at Mallory, with the final race worth points and a quarter compared to the other events in the series.
The Youth A female winner of the overall series was Antonia Jubb, with Alex Robin the male winner. In the Youth B category, Beth Cook took the series victory for the females and Struan Bennet taking the male win. In the Junior category, Lizzy Edge and Dominic Coy were the victors.
On winning the Youth A female series, Cook commented: “It’s been a good series, lots of ups and downs and a few niggles here and there but it’s been really nice to be able to race with my friends again after last year.
“I think that’s what counts, showing up to every race and being able to, most importantly, enjoy it. Just being able to race with my friends and have fun has just made all the races that much better.”
The Senior Super Series comprised three events: Hetton and the two races at Mallory Park. All three race results went towards their overall total, with Freddie Webb, Morgan West and Reuben Trotter the top three in the men’s senior series and Tilly Anema, Katie Rodda and Iona Miller the top three in the women’s series.
Webb said on his series victory: “Bit surprised, bit relieved. It’s been a hard season, good to get back racing after a rubbish year last year.
“It’s hard to get consistency in triathlon I think. If you can start to produce the results then you can start to do really well. It’s good to get back out there and race again in a competitive field like the British Super Series.”
The 2021 Para Super Series comprised two events, with 40 athletes taking part across the series. However, only those who had raced at both were eligible for the overall series positions.
The first event was the British Paratriathlon Championships at Dorney Lake, with the Grand Final the second and, for the first time in a national paratriathlon series, prize money was awarded to the overall series winners with PTVI guides also receiving a share of the prize money.
Across the different classifications, the series winners were: Chris Feeley (male PTWC), Tom Carus (male PTS3) Leigh Bland (male PTS4), Tammy Pullen (female PTS4), Michael Salisbury (male PTS5), Oscar Kelly (male PTVI) and Katie Crowhurst (female PTVI).
PTVI athletes were each guided by a variety of athletes through the races and this is why guide names are not given against each athlete. Guide athletes will each be receiving a share of the award that the athletes they guided won.
Barrett, female PTS4 champion, said of the series: “Tough in places due to lack of build up in training but I’m hoping I’ve done enough to get me through it.
“Next, I’m planning for next year but I’ve got the London, the Paris and the Manchester marathons to raise money for my paediatric ED department. I work in paediatric emergency so I’ll be raising money for them to build back our department. So I’ve got that and then I’ll be planning for next year and the series next year.”
Also taking place at the event was the Inter-Regional Championships (IRCs). With the final team scores totalled up, the top three teams in the 2021 IRCs were: South West (bronze), South East (silver) and North East (gold).
North East Team Manager, Ian Simon, commented on the region’s victory: “I think they’re all going to be delighted, it’s been a long time since the North East won. The guys have just done brilliantly.
“It’s brilliant for them. It’s a step up from the local races and it gives them something to aspire to as they’ll stay and watch a bit of the older guys racing, and again it’s role models that they see. Whether you go home with medals, which is nice, or not, they’ll all be buzzing on the way home.”
The full results for the IRCs were: North East, South East, South West, East, Scotland, South Central, Wales, Jersey, Yorkshire, London, North West, East Midlands, West Midlands.