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Dickinson, Coldwell take Student Champs honours
Posted by: John Levison
Posted on: Tuesday 3rd May 2016

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Did Sam Dickinson and Sophie Coldwell win Britain's most competitive (domestic) race of the season on Sunday?

The British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) Sprint Triathlon Championships may lack a memorably catchy and marketable title - but once again the 'student' champs provides evidence that it may well be the most competitive triathlon on the UK domestic calendar. The future is bright - and right now, looks very fast too based on these speedy, primarily Junior and Under-23 athletes.

It was a Leeds double in terms of team honours, male and female, with Loughborough taking twin Silver; the Bronze medals going to Leeds Beckett (Carnegie) for the men and Oxford for the women.

Take a look at the depth of standard below, in the men's race in particular, where just 90 seconds separates the top ten finishers. Among those who didn't even make that top ten were Liam Lloyd (current British Senior Standard Distance Champion and Welsh Commonwealth Games athlete) in 11th, James Teagle (World Junior Elite Aquathlon Bronze in 2013) in 14th and Luke Penney, 16th, who finished third overall at the Blenheim Elite three years back. All of those athletes (and there are others of proven international talent I could have mentioned as well), finished well within 60 seconds of a top ten finish too. Fantastic to see all of these talented guys racing together at the same event, creating some truly competitive racing.

Individual titles went to Sam Dickinson (Leeds) and Sophie Coldwell (Loughborough). Sam won the British Triathlon Youth and Junior Super Series in 2015, including individual wins at Tri Liverpool, London Triathlon and the BTF Under-20's Festival, while Sophie won the British Sprint Distance Elite Championships at Tri Liverpool last year at Senior level after multiple British Junior Championship victories. As with the men's race, there were plenty of familiar names with international experience in the women's top ten too.

Speaking of her race, Sophie Coldwell said:

"It was great to start my season at BUCS, as was my first race in 10 months after I had to have hip surgery, so to come away with a win was a great bonus. It's such a good event especially as you get to race not only as an individual but a team as well - it was really good for Loughborough to come away with two team medals as well."

BUCS Sprint Triathlon Championships, Sunday 1st May 2016
750m (pool) / 20km / 5km (Non-drafting)
St Marys School, Calne, Wiltshire

Pos Men Women
1st Sam Dickinson (Leeds) 1:04:12 Sophie Coldwell (Loughborough) 1:12:01
2nd Gordon Benson (Leeds) 1:04:28 Hannah Drewett (Leeds) 1:13:40
3rd Richard Horton (Loughborough) 1:04:38 Sian Rainsley (Carnegie) 1:14:56
4th Callum Johnson (Carnegie) 1:04:44 Harmonie Waterman (Leeds) 1:15:10
5th Samuel Wade (Cardiff Met) 1:05:00 Julie Nimmo (Stirling) 1:15:25
6th Fergus Roberts (Stirling) 1:05:05 Mary Hodgson (Leeds) 1:15:56
7th Jack Willis (Leeds) 1:05:09 Elle Twentyman (Bath) 1:15:57
8th George Goodwin (Stirling) 1:05:18 Alex Clay (Loughborough) 1:16:50
9th Chris Perham (Loughborough) 1:05:38 Grace Hobbs (Leeds) 1:16:59
10th Tom Davis (Loughborough) 1:05:41 Renee Haver (Oxford) 1:17:14


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