The Vitruvian Triathlon sees championship medals won once again at Rutland Water
Hosted for many years now by Pacesetter Events, the Vitruvian Triathlon is one of the longest-standing and most respected middle distance events on the U.K. triathlon calendar. Venue in 2016 to the Triathlon England Championships, for 2017 the race once again had the title of British Triathlon Middle Distance Championship. Added prestige guaranteed a top quality field of athletes to the venue, based at Rutland Water.
George Goodwin (Zoot) dominated the men’s race. Only three seconds off of the pace of the leading swim time of Joe Banns, George then added a race-best time over the two-lap, 85km bike course (2:01:50), to build a significant lead at T2, before completing his great day with a 1:13:20 run time. His efforts earned a winning margin of over 13 minutes.
Third earlier this season at the British Universities and Colleges Sport Sprint Distance Championships before adding Gold over the Standard Distance, George has recently also won Middle Distance events at Cholmondeley Castle and Chateau de Chantilly in France. Still in the 19-24 category, look out for more successes from George Goodwin, over the next few years.
Second place overall – and in the 19-24 category – was James Phillips (Les Stables Tri Camps), who finished four minutes ahead of Paul Lunn (PACTRAC), who was just six seconds quicker than 35-39 winner, Simon George (Lincoln Tri Club / Giant Lincoln).
The women’s championship for 2017 went to Alice Jenkins (Hartree Jets). Winner of European and World Championship Gold in 2016 over the Standard Distance, the current British Triathlon Female Age-Group Triathlete of the Year turned her attentions to the longer distances this year, winning ETU Challenge Middle Distance Triathlon European Championship Gold in Herning, Denmark.
The opening 1.9km swim saw Alice form part of a leading trio alongside Vicky Johnston (Arragons Cumbrian Tri Club) and Steph Banns. Vicky set the pace on the bike, leaving Alice three minutes in arrears starting the run. After losing five minutes in the swim, Elaine Garvican (Tri Training Harder Race Team), was only four minutes further behind after the second fastest bike split of the day had brought her right back into contention with just the run remaining.
While Johnston would fall back on the run to finish ninth overall, Jenkins moved into the lead with a solid 1:27:04 time to take the overall win and the 25-29 Gold medal. While making up some time on the run, Garvican finished second overall exactly three minutes behind to win the 35-39 division, with Kerry Mcgawley (Ostersund Tri), in third.