Catch up on the top British racing at home and abroad from the bank holiday weekend!
Sam Dickinson and Grant Sheldon made it a double podium for Great Britain in Czech city of Karlovy Vary on Sunday afternoon. The afternoon heat set the race up to be an intense affair. The British athletes were in the large lead group for the majority of the race, with athletes looking to conserve energy and race in a pack.
Sheldon pushed the run, dropping most of the group, before Dickinson broke away on the final lap to take the tape ahead of van Edgom of the Netherlands in second. Calum Johnson finished ninth to make three Brits in the top ten, with Gordon Benson (21st) and Morgan Davies (DNF) also donning the GB trisuit.
Beth Potter was the sole British interest in the women’s race on Sunday morning. Finishing 11th last year, Potter came through a competitive race to claim a top ten finish this time round. Crossing the line in 8th, a great run saw her post the fastest run time of the race (00:35:16). Czech athlete Vendula Frintova took gold in front of her home crowd, with Gorman (USA) and Pohle (GER) completing the podium.
View the full results from Karlovy Vary here.
An ever popular event, the penultimate Triathlon England Championship of the year took place at Holme Pierrepont, Nottinghamshire, with clubs from across the country making the trip. Stunning weather over the bank holiday provided the setting for some exciting racing in the affectionately termed ‘organised chaos’ of this well established race.
Race Hub Triathlon Club posted the fastest time of the day, finishing their race in 02:53:22, taking the Triathlon England National Race Team Relay Championship title. The fastest female time was from the Royal Air Force, racing in the Senior Club competition. Their four athletes finished in a combined time of 03:30:01.
Full results are available here.
Alastair Brownlee claimed his second IRONMAN victory in Ireland, crossing the line 10 minutes ahead of 2018 winner Elliot Smales. Brownlee and Smales were joined on the podium by Adam Bowden, to see a British clean sweep for the men’s medals.
Completing the course in 04:00:34, Brownlee dominated the race throughout to secure an impressive victory ahead of the IRONMAN World Championships in October.
There was more success in the women’s race with Nikki Bartlett and Lucy Hall making it a GBR one-two, with Lisa Roberts of the USA rounding off the podium. Making her pro debut at this distance, Hall was impressive throughout the race, however a strong run from Bartlett saw her claim the top place on the podium in 04:46:44.
Full results from Ireland are available here.
Emma Pallant continued the theme of IRONMAN British gold by finishing first in France on Saturday. A strong run saw her chase down the leaders and take the lead to cross the line just under two minutes ahead of McCauley of the USA. The 70.3 World Championship takes place in Nice in two weeks’ time, with Pallants French victories in 2019 (she also won the 70.3 in Pays d’Aix) putting her in good form.
In the men’s race, David McNamee finished second behind Le Berre of France. McNamee led out of the water, before Le Berre took the lead on the bike. The run saw the Brit battle back, completing his half marathon in one hour and eight minutes, but it wasn’t quite enough to overthrow the Frenchman in front of the local crowd. Kit Walker of Great Britain claimed 15th place in 04:18:55.
View all the results from Vichy here.