The ETU Middle Distance Triathlon European Championships concludes the debut European Multisport Festival
Having started a week previously in Santa Eulalia, the inaugural Ibiza ETU Multisport European Championships Festival concluded on Saturday in Eivissa. The final races of a busy week were the European Championship events for Middle Distance Triathlon and Aquabike.
The events were impacted by storms and floods in the area, the race start having to be delayed and a decision taken by the organisers to reduce the 90km bike leg from two laps to one, plus challenging conditions for the athletes.
The shorter distances ensured even closer racing in the Elite events, with the British trio of Alice Hector, Suzie Richards and Sarah Lewis starting the run in fifth, sixth and seventh respectively. Belgium’s Alexandra Tondeur added a strong run to the fastest bike split to take Elite Women’s Gold, but Lewis was the fastest over the half marathon and pulled herself back up to the Silver medal position, with Hector finishing less than a minute behind for Bronze.
Lewis thus improved one position from her Bronze last year in Herning, Denmark, while Hector’s Bronze came 11 years after winning the same medal in this championship in Brasschaat, Belgium.
Italy’s Giulio Molinari dominated on the bike and held strong on the run to secure his third ETU Middle Distance Championship in five years, with the young British pair of George Goodwin and Thomas Davis finishing fifth and sixth respectively, Davis having lead the feel out of the water.
The British Age-Group team finished the week on high, with 27 medals (Middle Distance) and 40 medals in the inaugural edition of the European Aquabike Championships.
The fastest Middle Distance Brits, Will Russell (25-29) and Deborah Coyle (40-44) both contributed towards the nine Gold medals in that discipline. Similarly in the Aquabike, the fastest British athletes, Paul Edmonds (35-39) and Brittany Tate (25-29), were both among the 14 Brits who topped the podium in the Swim-Bike event. Brittany was also the fastest female athlete across all Age-Group categories.
In total over 1,100 British Age-Group athletes raced across the seven disciplines held in Ibiza. The next Multisport European Championships will be held in Transilvania, Romania from 29th June to 7th July 2019.
Ibiza ETU Middle Distance Triathlon European Championships, Saturday 27th October 2018 (1.9km - 46km – 21.1km)
2nd – Sarah Lewis (GBR) – 3:14:21
3rd – Alice Hector (GBR) – 3:15:05
7th – Suzie Richards (GBR) – 3:25:03
5th – George Goodwin (GBR) – 2:53:13
6th – Thomas Davis (GBR) – 2:56:56
GREAT BRITAIN AGE-GROUP MEDALS (27)
Gold Medals (9)
FEMALE: Dionne Allen 25-29, Rosemary Haddock 30-34, Victoria Randall 35-39, Deborah Coyle 40-44, Alison Crellin 55-59, Margaret Sills 65-69
MALE: Will Russell 25-29, Richard Shephard 35-39, Richard File 70-74
Silver Medals (9)
FEMALE: Jemima Cooper 20-24, Beth Wilmot 40-44, Gwen Bevan 50-54, Jane Bell 60-64
MALE: William Kirk 20-24, Robert Harrison 45-49, Wayne Thursting 50-54, Mark Davis 55-59, Alexander Heron 70-74
Bronze Medals (9)
FEMALE: Vicki Dibdin 35-39, Samantha Lake 40-44, Louella O’Herlihy 45-49, Ceri Cook 50-54, Diane Hier 55-59
MALE: Tim Hurst 35-39 Male, Pete Eggleston 50-54, Michael Morrow 60-64, Steve Bulman 65-69
Ibiza ETU Aquabike European Championships, Saturday 27th October 2018 (1.9km - 46km)
GREAT BRITAIN AGE-GROUP MEDALS (40)
Gold Medals (14)
FEMALE: Emily Burton 18-19, Alex Clay 20-24, Brittany Tate 25-29, Jennie Stemp 30-34, Amy Pritchard 40-44, Sarah Kelman 45-49, Melissa Dowell 50-54, Jeannie Fry 55-59, Julia Hodkinson 60-64, Liz Ball 65-69
MALE: Paul Edmonds 35-39, Trevor Back 50-54, Grant Young 65-69, Michael Smallwood 70-74
Silver Medals (13)
FEMALE: Raya Hubbell 30-34, Lucy Richardson 35-39, Jen Lande 40-44, Jennifer Astall 45-49, Maria Powell 50-54, Miriam Rennet 55-59, Joanna Lewis 60-64
MALE: Callum McPartlin 25-29, Stuart Mackay 30-34, Neil Dighton 40-44, Adrian Wilkins 50-54, Anthony Hall 60-64,Ted Hamilton 65-69
Bronze Medals (13)
FEMALE: Laura Brown 30-34, Lydia Adelin 35-39, Kate Sandford 40-44, Nicola Stevenson 45-49, Bee Furber 50-54, Cathy Booth 60-64
MALE: Ben Kent 20-24, Jamie Platts 25-29, David Reeves 35-39, Dan Clapton 40-44, Sean Collins 45-49, Andy Hayes 50-54, Colin Watkins 65-69