It was a busy weekend for middle and long distance athletes. British elites scored podium finishes, including Joe Skipper's European Long Distance title in the Netherlands.
Skipper wins European long distance title
Joe Skipper was the only British elite entry at the ETU Challenge Long Distance Triathlon European Championships in the Netherlands. He was victorious over the 3.8km swim, 180km bike and 42.2km run, thanks to a 2:41:05 marathon run finish.
Norwich based Skipper is a former national record holder over this distance and was delighted to be crowned European Champion, thanks to a 2:41 marathon run to claim the title.
1. Joe Skipper, GBR, 7:59:39
2. Viktor Zyemtsev, UKR, 8:03:14
3. Jaroslav Kovacic, SLO, 8:05:40
Full results, including Age Group athletes HERE.
Pallant & Don on World 70.3 Championship podium
Emma Pallant finished second to Daniella Ryf at the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championships, arguably the best result of her career to date. Racing in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Pallant finished in 4hours 18:36minutes.
Defending champion, Holly Lawrence didn’t finish. The Welsh woman, who is based in California commented that she ‘didn’t have anything from the start.’
1. Daniela Ryf, SUI, 4:11:59
2. Emma Pallant, GBR, 4:18:36
3. Laura Philipp, GER, 4:19:40
Tim Don continued his very good season with third in the men’s race, a result that the three-time Olympian was delighted with. Javier Gomez (ESP) was the hot favourite and won the race after passing Ben Kanute (USA) on the run.
1. Javier Gomez (ESP), 3:49:45
2. Ben Kanute (USA), 3:51:07
3. Tim Don (GBR), 3:52:00
Complete results, including Age Group HERE.
Gossage wins in Tenby
Lucy Gossage won Ironman Wales for the second time as wet and windy conditions hit Tenby. She finished in a time of 10hours 11:20 after having been on shift all week as an oncology doctor in Nottingham. Phil Graves was second in the men’s race, just two minutes down on the winner, Cameron Wurf of Australia.