British athletes lock out Ironman Staffordshire 70.3 podiums, whilst the AJ Bell World Triathlon Leeds celebrates success at elite and grassroots level.
Georgia Taylor-Brown climbed up to the top step of the podium having achieved an emphatic first World Series win in her home city, as teammate Jess Learmonth clinched her third international medal of 2019 at the AJ Bell World Triathlon Leeds. Strong results from across the womens saw five of the six Brits finish in the top ten, with Non Stanford coming home in 5th, Vicky Holland 7th and Sophie Coldwell in 9th. Jodie Stimpson made a positive return to the start line following injury to come home in 15th place.
Tom Bishop finished as Great Britain’s highest finisher in the men's race, taking 13th place after a solid all-round performance, whilst Alex Yee clawed his way back through the field, but the gap proved too much to close and he came home 15th. Despite strong swim and bike legs, both Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee experienced difficulties on the run and finished down the field.
The event weekend also celebrated triathlon at all levels with TriStar, Youth and Junior Super Series, GO TRI and the British Standard Distance Age-Group Championships races giving several thousand participants their very own blu carpet moment. Entries for next year have now opened, with an exlusive price for limited number of early entries at https://leeds.triathlon.org/2020/.
A long list of British athletes lined up in the pro field for Ironman Staffordshire 70.3 this weekend and it proved to be a successful weekend with the top four places in each race being a battle among those competing on home soil.
Last years champions in Emma Pallant (2nd Female) and Elliot Smales (3rd Male) both podiumed again but had to relinquish their crown to Lucy Charles-Barclay and George Goodwin who both finished around three and a half minutes quicker than their nearest rival in their respective races.
Top 4 Women: Lucy Charles-Barclay (1st), Emma Pallant (2nd), Katrina Rye (3rd), Chloe Cook (4th)
Top 4 Men: George Goodwin (1st), Will Clarke (2nd), Elliot Smales (3rd), Thomas Davis (4th)
Jack Willis was the sole British athlete competing at the continetal cup in Ukraine this weekend. The Leeds Triathlon Centre based athlete finished just over a minute down on winner Callum McClusky (AUS) to come home in 21st place among a large field.