Gold for Joe Skipper, Katrina Matthews, James Teagle and Ruth Astle as Brits dominate long and middle distance racing over the weekend.
Bolton welcomed spectacular long distance action as two Brits topped the podium in this domestic 140.6-mile race. Joe Skipper was victorious for the men, crossing the line in 08:42:59, whilst Katrina Matthews surged to a convincing win when she took the tape after 09:40:01 and secured gold with more than a twenty-minute advantage.
The men’s podium was completed by French duo, Sam Laidlow and Leon Chevalier, who finished with just seconds between each other. This came after a mixed race for British men that saw strong performances from Elliot Smales and Adam Bowden conclude in 4th and 5th place finishers respectively, whilst both Tom Davis and Tim Don retired from the race on the bike section.
Despite the large time advantage, Skipper was chasing Laidlow out of the swim and onto the bike course. It wasn’t until late in the marathon run when Skipper made a decisive move and passed the Frenchmen before carving a nine-minute advantage and crossing the line with a 02:41:45 run time.
The women’s pro podium was dominated by British talent, as Matthews was joined by Nikki Bartlett in 2nd place and Chantal Cummings in 3rd. Matthews lead from the off, approaching T1 ahead of Bartlett before pushing further ahead on the bike and completing the race on top as she crossed the line following a 03:06:39 marathon run.
Outlaw Half Holkham
James Teagle rose to victory in Norfolk’s PTO men’s race where he topped the podium with a time of 03:52:13. Teagle was joined on the podium minutes later by compatriots Kieran Lindars and Sam Wade.
Teagle recorded a 01:14:44 run that enabled him to not only secure gold but also set a new Half Holkham course record in the process. William Draper took 4th place, James Scott-Farrington placed 5th, whilst 6th and 7th place were occupied by Reece Barclay and Will Munday respectively and 8th place was taken by Chris Standidge. Jack Willis finished 9th and Sam Proctor rounded out the top ten.
Another fantastic performance in the PTO women’s race took place as Ruth Astle cruised to an 04:20:27 victory. She stuck close to Kimberly Morrison on the swim and bike before bursting ahead on the final discipline. Astle was followed across the line twelve minutes later by Morrison before Claire Weller completed the podium. Henny Tarasewicz was the next woman to cross the line, taking 4th place with a time of 04:49:51.
The two British representatives at IRONMAN Lanzarote fought hard to achieve top-five finishes, with Laura Siddall reaching the podium with a 2nd place finish and Simone Mitchell crossing the line ahead of Russia’s Maria Gosteva to claim 4th. After narrowly missing out on the podium at Challenge St. Polten, Siddall continued her return to great racing form, running an 03:07:32 marathon and finishing less than a minute behind the race winner, Michelle Vesterby (DEN).
2021 Europe Triathlon Duathlon Championships Targu Mures
Jimmy Kershaw was the highest finishing British male in the elite race at the European Duathlon Championships. Kershaw finished in 6th place, whilst his compatriots Reece Ashfield, Jack Shayler and Morgan Gallimore finished in 7th, 10th and 14th amongst the U23 athletes across the line respectively.
In the women’s race, Claudia Kelsall claimed a top-ten finish whilst Nicole Allan’s race ended in disqualification.
IRONMAN 70.3 Andorra
David McNamee was Britain’s sole representative in Andorra and finished in 13th place with a time of 04:39:15. McNamee crossed the line less than five minutes off of the top ten after the race was won by France’s Clément Mignon.
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IRONMAN 70.3 Les Sables D'olonne-Vendee
Age group action took place in Vendee, France. You can view the results below.
IRONMAN 70.3 Finland
More age group racing took place in Lahit, Finland over the weekend, find the results below.