Racing in the British weather can certainly throw up its challenges and the athletes competing in this year’s British Triathlon Super Series experienced that first-hand at the latest event at Mallory Park.
Despite the rain descending on the Leicestershire motor racing circuit soon after the afternoon’s finals had begun, the weather certainly didn’t dampen the competitive racing with the finals following the morning’s heats.
Youth, junior and senior athletes were all racing at Mallory Park, where there was a final opportunity for the athletes competing to earn Super Series points before next month’s British Triathlon Super Series Grand Final in Sunderland (20-21 August).
Along with Super Series points on offer, there was also the added incentive for Youth A and Youth B athletes of securing international selection. The top-three athletes in the A finals guaranteed their selection for September’s European Youth Championships in La Boule, France.
Youth B athlete Oliver Conway secured his third win of this year’s Super Series with victory in the male Youth A and Youth B A final. Brandon Pye finished second and claimed the Youth A win with Youth B athlete Christo Chilton completing the automatic selection spots in third.
Eve Whitaker earned her first maximum points in this year’s Super Series in Youth B by claiming the youth female A final win. Whitaker finished a couple of seconds ahead of Youth B Super Series leader Breese, who continued her streak of not finishing outside the top-two in the Super Series this year.
Lauren Mitchell was third and the first Youth A athlete over the line, picking herself up after crashing on the bike to claim another maximum points and cement her position at the top of the Youth A standings.
Alex Boyer and Seraphina Harris were the winners of the B finals in the youth category.
In the junior and senior races, Daisy Davies and Hamish Reilly both moved to the top of the overall rankings in the British Triathlon Senior Super Series after securing the win in their respective A finals.
Jack Stanton-Stock was second, his highest placing in this year’s Super Series, ahead of Leeds Super Series winner James Chantler-Mayne. There was also a close-fought battle for the remaining top-three places in the women’s final with Tilly Anema crossing the line ahead of Hollie Elliott.
Junior athletes Bethany Cook and Straun Bennet earned maximum points as they finished as the highest-placed juniors with Cook leading the rankings in the Junior Super Series heading into the Grand Final in Sunderland.
In the junior and senior B finals, junior athlete Jess Sails sailed to victory in the female B final, while the male equivalent was won by senior athlete Toby Nisbet.
The day ended with athletes racing in a mixed relay in preparation for the mixed relay event at the British Triathlon Super Series Grand Final in Sunderland on 20-21 August. The Grand Final is the next event for the youth, junior and senior athletes and will also incorporate the British Elite Senior and Junior Triathlon Championships.
Before then, the Paratri Super Series heads to Swansea where there will be a Super Series race before the world’s best compete at Volvo 2022 World Triathlon Para Series Swansea. To find out more about Volvo 2022 WTPS Swansea, the first standalone World Triathlon Para Series race to be held in Britain, visit the event page here.
To find out more about the British Triathlon Super Series, visit the Super Series website here.