There was plenty of British success stories both abroad and on home soil over the weekend.
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Alistair Brownlee picked up his fourth ever European Championship title in Weert, as Britain’s Beth Potter claimed her first international standard distance honours of her career.
Following a solid swim, Alistair led a hard-working bike pack of seven. Despite losing a few seconds in T2, Brownlee quickly returned to the front and was soon heading up a four-man breakaway. Stamping his authority over the field, Brownlee push ahead; creating a 12-second gap by the end of lap one, which only increased as the race progressed. Eventual silver medallist, Joao Pereira clocked comfortably the quickest run leg of the day to claw back much needed time after falling behind with the chase bike pack, however it wasn’t enough to catch the Brit who crossed the line 22 seconds clear. Barclay Izzard was the next best of the Brits; finishing fifth following a solid all-round performance. Calum Johnson was 24th, with Ben Dijkstra in 38th place.
In the Women’s race, former international track athlete, Potter struck gold the day previous; claiming her first international triathlon title since making the switch to the sport in 2017. She exited the water alongside compatriots Olivia Mathias and Sophie Alden; all within the top ten at this stage. A large bike pack formed, led by Mathias, which remained fairly stable throughout the 40km duration and come T2, the chase group were over 90 seconds back.
Once out onto the run, Potter had the race in her hands. The 2016 Olympic 10,000m athlete clocked by far the swiftest split on two feet to take the tape nearly a minute ahead of Sandra Dodet of France. Mathias was eighth after being caught on the run by a number of fast-finishing chasers. Former Paratriathlon Guide, Jenny Manners finished 19th, with Sophie Alden in 22nd place.
Elsewhere Great Britain’s junior squad secured a silver medal in the European Mixed Relay race as the seniors finish sixth on the final day of championships. The junior quartet, comprising Erin Wallace, Calum Young, Libby Coleman and Oliver Makinson finished nine seconds behind Germany, who went one better than their 2018 result to take the 2019 ETU Triathlon European Junior Mixed Relay title.
The Great Britain Age-Group Team once again was out in full force picking up a total of 30 medals, including seven gold at the 2019 European standard distance championships. Of the seven British golds, Oliver Crossley (M25-29) retained his 2018 title, whilst William Grace (M20-24) and Claire Danson (F30-34) upgraded their silver and bronze medals respectively from from Tartu.
|Gold (7)||William Grace (M20-24), Charlotte Bell (F25-29), Oliver Crossley (M25-29), Claire Danson (F30-34), Gwen Kinsey (F45-49), Anita Howe (F50-54), Sue Bathgate (F70-74)|
|Silver (10)||Rosie Weston (F20-24), Mimi Charlton (F25-29), Edward Castro (M30-34), Rachel Wiseman (F35-39), Paul James (M45-49), Linda Russell-Bond (F60-64), Sally Kidson (F65-69), Christopher Owens (M65-69), Hilary Stevenson (F75-79), Vernon Thomas (M75-79)|
|Ben Schott (MU20), Hannah Mattinson (F20-24), Dan Elliot (M20-24), Lucy Davies (F25-29), Rebecca Goodwin (F30-34), Daniel Jenkin (M30-34), Rebecca Vermeer (F35-39), Alexandra Knowles (F55-59), Richard Bewell (M55-59), Penny Rother (F60-64), Lesley Kernaghan (F65-69), Peggy Crome (F75-79), Nigel Dimmock (M75-79)|
Samorin, situated in Slovakia and on the Danube river, played host to Challenge Family – The Championship.
The Women’s Pro race was dominated by Lucy Charles-Barclay. The British athlete set a new course record in Slovakia, crossing the line in 4:00:25 to take a third consecutive win in Slovakia. Caroline Livesey just missed out on a top ten finish by finishing 11th.
David McNamee and Adam Bowden both finished in the top ten in the Pro Men’s race with David coming home in ninth and Adam tenth. Thomas Davis finished 13th, with Joe Skipper 16th. Andy Lewis (PTS2) finished in a time of 5:16:04.
The latest round of the 2019 Triathlon England National Championships took place at the weekend at the Deva Triathlon, Chester with over 400 athletes overall completing the Middle Distance Triathlon. 2019 was the fourth year the Deva Middle Distance Triathlon was held with the first one having took place in 2016.
Tony Cullen and Erica Booth topped the overall men's and women's podium respectively as 19 new national champions were crowned.
The third of seven races as part of the 2019 British Triathlon Youth & Junior Super Series took place at the Blenheim Palace Triathlon.
In an exciting finish in the Men’s Elite race, Harry Leleu finished ahead of Luke Pollard by five seconds to take victory. Hannah Roberts finished on the top step of the podium in the Women’s Super Sprint race and completed the course in a time of 54:52.
In the Junior races Fynn Batkin and Rosie Allen took the tape to add maximum points to their series tally, whilst Hamish Reilly and Bethany Cook stepped onto the top of the podium in the Youth races.
Chantal Cummings just missed out on a place on the podium at IRONMAN Kraichgau coming home fourth in a race won by Frederiksen Helle of Denmark.