Catch up on all of the action from the weekend...
This event saw Adam Bowden occupy the professional male podium for a second consecutive year, this time taking bronze ahead of Magnus Elbaek Ditlev (DNK) and Matt Trautman (RSA). Bowden finished with a time of 03:36:31, beating his gold medal winning time from 2019 by four minutes. He shares the podium with the race winner Bart Aernouts (BEL) and Pieter Heemeryck (BEL).
Morgan Davies had a solid race in Dubai, finishing in 12th place with a time of 03:44:15. Davies was the second out of the water, beginning the race with a 22:37 swim. He also ended the race with an impressive half marathon run time of 01:09:30, faster than any of the athletes in the final top five.
David McNamee also made the top fifteen, crossing the line in 14th place. McNamee raced a consistent swim bike and run to finish with a time of 03:46:23.
Britain’s sole professional female representative, Helen Jenkins had a phenomenal race that resulted in a 4th place finish (04:08:02), an incredible achievement considering this event came after childbirth and a struggle with long-term injury. Jenkins missed out on the podium by less than two minutes in a battle with Danielle Dingman (USA) and Pamella Oliveira (BRA) during the last portion of the race.
British age group athletes also found success in Dubai. Josh Holman (M25-29) and Lottie Lucas (F25-29) were the fastest overall finishers with times of 03:54:57 and 04:23:55 respectively. Tom Ward repeated his 2019 success by taking 1st place in (M40-44). Ward’s time of 03:56:27 saw him become the third fastest overall male from the weekend.
Other podium successes include gold for Clare McCulloch (F40-44), finishing in 04:52:26, 2nd place finishes for Ben Terry (M35-39), M. V. Deventer (F35-39) and Neil McLoughlin (M55-59) and 3rd place finishes for Sophie Kirk (F25-29), Ruth Hills (F30-34), Sioned Taylor (F50-54) and Fiona Brenninkmeijer (F55-59).
Grant Sheldon has begun the year with a top fifteen finish in South Africa. Crossing the line in 58:01, just half a minute off top-ten pace, the Stirling based athlete finished in 14th place and less than three minutes after victor, Max Studer (SUI). Sheldon recorded an impressive 16:44 run, the 6th strongest of the day.
Many Age-Group athletes travelled to Italy last weekend, with Kelley Haniver leaving victorious. Haniver took gold in F40-44, finishing with a time of 55:09. She recorded the fastest run (16:35) and ski (16:53) to set her apart from the competition. In the same race, Joanne Pitten, left the first transition in 3rd place after a strong 18:12 run. She crossed the line after 1:03:24, to take 7th place.
Frances Hooper took 4th place in the F60-64 category, finishing the race with a time of 01:27:12. She began the race strong, recording a 22:08 run that had her enter the T1 in 1st place.
Athletes racing from Great Britain also included, Nicola Don-Wilder (F45-49), who finished in 7th place (01:07:28), Christopher Gouldsmith (M30-34) who finished in 9th place (52:54), and Nicholas Farnell (M60-64) who finished in 16th place after 01:01:13.