Taking to the course of the Accenture World Triathlon Mixed Relay Nottingham, the top age-group talent from Britain battled it out on the draft-legal course to be crowned British Triathlon Sprint Distance Champions.
With British Championship titles and Great Britain Age-Group qualification spots on offer for the age-group winners, over 200 British Triathlon members took to the course for the British Sprint Championships. A unique World Series setting on the bank of the River Trent in Nottingham offered age group athletes the chance to race on a draft-legal course.
Due to the persistent rainfall over the past week in the Nottingham area, the Accenture World Triathlon Nottingham races were held as duathlons in a run, bike, run format. The Championship races consisted of a 1.5km (1 lap) run 1, 18.2km (5 laps) bike and 4.5km (3 laps) run two.
The first male finisher to cross the line was Welshman Liam Lloyd (25-29) in a time of 47:05, over 40 seconds clear of second-placed man James Hodgson. Liam said: “With it being a duathlon and having two running parts on the course, I had to push from the very start. There was no rest as I was constantly on the power but it was a thoroughly enjoyable race and it was a great feeling to take the tape.”
In a sprint finish to the line, Scotland’s Kathryn Kennedy (25-29) was the first female finisher and said: “I used to be a 400m runner so I knew if I could stay with the front group until the last 400m, I could sprint to the end. It was actually a fun race. It was hard but I enjoyed it and all my tactics worked out in the end.”
Matt Barnes (40-44) came home as the first finisher in the second male wave with Kelly Gordon winning the 40-44 female age-group category. Richard Bewell pipped Greg Lewis to the line to take the male 55-59 crown with Claire Bloom winning the female 55-59 age-group.
For full results, please visit: https://2019.nottstri.app/
Andy Salmon, Chief Executive Officer, British Triathlon, said:
“The British Championships provide our members with the opportunity to compete against other age group triathletes to be crowned British Champions, and it was great to see some top racing out on the course today. Our strategy is to provide great experiences through swim, bike, run and that is definitely what was on offer to all those who competed here at the Accenture World Triathlon Mixed Relay Nottingham.
Congratulations to all who took part in the British Sprint Championships, and well done to the 2019 British Sprint Champions!”
Jonny Hamp, Accenture World Triathlon Nottingham Event Director, said:
“To be able to host age-group athletes on the same course as the elites, provides them with a unique opportunity to race in the World Series arena. Draft-legal racing is limited here in Britain due to the number of suitable venues, and by making this a draft legal bike section, we were able to set up some great racing out there on the course.
Thank you to all the volunteers and event team for their hard work in putting on a memorable event for all of today’s participants, and to all our event Partners for their support”