The British Triathlon Under 20’s Festival is set to take place in Leicestershire’s Mallory Park on Sunday 6 September.
The weekend will mark the 2015 British Triathlon Youth and Junior Super Series finale as well as hosting the Inter Regional Championships for Tri Star 2s and 3s.
Athletes will compete over distances varying from a 200m swim, 5.7km bike and 1.4km run for those in Tri Star 2 to a 750m swim, 20.4km bike and 5.1km run undertaken by the elite juniors. After a deep-water start, the incline during the multi-lap bike course on Mallory’s motor racing circuit will challenge them before the fast, flat run circuit.
The Inter Regional Championships will see athletes from twelve regions compete against each other. The ten best performances from each team will count towards the total, which will determine the overall winner.
Racing in the elite youth event, Caitlin Roper will see if she can work her way up the Super Series leader board in the absence of current leader, Imogen Moroney, who has collated two gold and one bronze medal this year. With athletes’ best three performances counting towards their overall standing, a win in Mallory would see Roper take the series title.
The youth male race could see Travis Bramley take centre stage on Sunday. Having already secured the series title by picking up three individual wins in the London Duathlon, Tri Liverpool and London Triathlon, the pressure will be off the 16 year old as he goes for a further gold. Frederick Webb looks to be in line to take second place, but will want to impress this weekend.
The Junior Women’s title is less clear cut, and has the added incentive of securing selection for the Great Britain junior team at the forthcoming ITU World Championships. Sophie Alden currently sits in front thanks to her recent win at the British Championships. However, with 2014 series champion, Kate Waugh in the line-up, the standings could quickly change. With plenty of quality juniors in the field, this will be an exciting race.
European Junior Triathlon bronze medallist, Ben Dijkstra, goes against Sam Dickinson in the junior men’s race, both seeking their third win of the series to take the title. James Teagle will also be looking to perform well and finish in the top three, as well as impressing the Great Britain selectors.
We will be hosting live timing here on the British Triathlon website, allowing you to follow the action throughout the day.
For more information on the British Triathlon Under 20’s Festival, please visit here.