Catch up on all of the action from the weekend…
The Spanish coastal city of Punta Umbria was host for the ETU Duathlon European Championships over the weekend. British athletes were in attendance across a variety of racing categories, competing in both sprint and standard distance events.
Alistair Brownlee reached the podium in the elite men’s race. The two-time Olympic gold medallist can add this duathlon medal to his varied collection from over the last few years.
After Mark Buckingham (GBR) pushed hard to stretch the field over the bike leg, Brownlee managed to keep podium pace for the final run (00:07:03) and finished with an overall time of 00:52:21, just nine seconds away from 1st place, Benjamin Choquert (FRA).
Buckingham finished in 8th place after a strong initial run and bike. He entered the first transition in a tight pack of around 10 athletes who all completed the first run in around 00:13:30. He then pushed hard on the 20km bike course and recorded the fastest time of the day (00:31:01).
The final 2.5km run was powered-through by the eventual podium finishers in an impressive seven minutes, seeing Buckingham hold out for a top-ten finish.
Beth Potter took her place on the podium after taking the silver medal in the elite women’s race. Potter finished just nine seconds behind the victor, Lisa Perterer (AUT), and over a minute ahead of 3rd place Jocelyn Daniely Brea Abreu (ESP).
Potter and Brea Abreu entered the first transition side by side, before Potter broke away on the bike leg, completing it in 00:34:18. Potter maintained a steady pace for the final 2.5km run to take the silver medal.
Nicole Allan finished with a time of 01:06:04 to finish 17th, whilst Madeleine Henderson placed 5th in the U23s, after crossing the line in 01:08:31.
Paraduathlon races also took place at the championships and Rhys Jones took home a silver medal in the PTVI Men’s race. He crossed the line in 01:02:10, an agonising one second behind 2nd place, Rafael Cabello Sanchez (ESP).
The Great Britain Age-Group Team enjoyed a very successful championships, taking home a total of 67 medals, including 21 gold, 22 silver and 24 bronze across both sprint and standard distance races. Claire Hall was a double winner over the weekend, taking the gold medals across both sprint and standard distance in the F45-49 category.
Joe Skipper raced to a monumental victory in Taupo over the weekend. The IRONMAN Florida winner put on an impressive display, completing the cycle leg in just 04:13:02.
Skipper knew that it would take a special performance to take home the gold, as his previous IRONMAN New Zealand outing in 2018 saw him beaten to the victory by a course record finish from Terenzo Bozzone (07:59:57).
This year Skipper dug deep and took the gold medal in an incredible time of 07:54:17, setting yet another record and leaving behind 2nd and 3rd place, Mike Phillips (NZL) and Braden Currie (NZL), who trailed Skipper by seven and ten minutes respectively.
A number of age group athletes took part in the half-distance IRONMAN in Taupo. Charles Legget took gold in the M30-34 category. He beat out New Zealanders, Matthew Brown and Adam Bailey with a time of 04:14:10. Georgina Thornton also reached the podium in Taupo, crossing the line in 2nd place with a time of 04:55:34.