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The weekend roundup... abridged
Posted by: John Levison
Posted on: Monday 13th June 2016


Tags  Cairns  |  Staffordshire  |  Windsor Triathlon  |  WTS Leeds


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Well that really was a BIG weekend for racing generally - in the UK and around the world.

Having been based up in Leeds and working all day, every day, since Friday at the World Triathlon Leeds here's an (abridged) roundup of just a few of the many major stories of the weekend.

Columbia Threadneedle World Triathlon Leeds

Two fantastic (and different) Elite races yesterday featuring two highly impressive winners in Alistair Brownlee and Gwen Jorgensen. You can see the full reports on these links:

ELITE MEN | ELITE LADIES

While the Elite races ended with the fairytale ending of the two local heroes on top of the podium, the logistics of two significantly separated transition areas and thousands of Age-Group athletes racing on Sunday morning proved to be too much for the baggage transport plans, leaving many frustrated and very unhappy with their experience with many bags not being returned to Leeds City Centre as planned. Being stranded in Leeds City Centre, cold, hungry, damp and with no money or method of communication will do that to you. A significant re-think will be needed for future years and British Triathlon have posted this statement from CEO Jack Buckner.

Huge respect to the army of volunteers who worked so hard under such difficult conditions.

Triathlon England - National Aquathlon Championships

Held on the Saturday of the Columbia Threadneedle World Triathlon Leeds weekend in Roundhay Park, first cross the line in the TE Aquathlon Champs were Maddie Dillon and Richard Allen. With Maddie a Kiwi (I believe, over for the race as a training partner of Andrea Hewitt who was racing on Sunday), the first English Championship finisher for the women was Michelle Wilcox.

Full results HERE.

A LOT of Ironman races across the weekend...

Did the purchase by IRONMAN of the Lagardere portfolio of events - including Leeds - impact the operations in Yorkshire? I don't know the answer to that one, but there were a LOT of M-Dot races going on all over the world:

IRONMAN Asia-Pacific Champs - Cairns

Great Britain's Jodie Swallow bounced back after a broken elbow from a crash at Ironman South Africa after a swim-bike domination left her with a huge lead at T2 which she held on to during the finish - leaving it all out there, collapsing at the finish. One very tough lady.

1st Jodie Swallow (GBR) - 9:06:18
2nd Linsey Corbin (USA) - 9:12:50
3rd Sarah Crowley (AUS) - 9:19:56

1st Timothy Van Berkel (AUS) - 8:15:05
2nd David Dellow (AUS) - 8:19:13
3rd Pete Jacobs (AUS) - 8:28:28

And the 70.3's...

70.3 Staffordshire

The big focus in the UK was the second edition of the Staffordshire event, won last year by Javier Gomez and Lucy Gossage. Javier was in Leeds this time around (fourth), but Lucy Gossage finished the day on top once again (4:33:21) ahead of Kimberley Morrison (4:35:47) and Nikki Bartlett (4:37:31) in an all British female podium.

South Africa's Matt Trautman (previously a winner at Ironman Wales) was the men's champion, ahead of an great second place for Harry Wiltshire (4:02:51) and Markus Thomschke (GER) in 4:03:00.

More on that one HERE.

70.3 Italy (Pescara)

Ruedi Wild and Olympic Champion Nicola Spirig made it a Swiss double in Pescara - Wild by two minutes, Spirig by... 23! I'll have more to write on this one shortly...

70.3 Boulder

Joe Gambles (AUS) clearly thinks of this race as his own. Having won in 2011 / 12 / 13 and 14 he added number five this past weekend. Ellie Sathouse (AUS) was the sprint finish winner in the women's event over Jeanni Seymour (USA).

70.3 Eagleman (USA)

Cody Beals (CAN) and Carrie Lester (AUS) were clear winners in Maryland. More HERE.

70.3 Victoria (Canada)

Taylor Reid and Heather Wurtele headed what were Canadian podium sweeps in Victoria, with Heather's husband Trevor just missing out on a 'win-double' for the Wurtele's by 46 seconds, almost claiming back on the run what he had lost to Reid on the bike. More HERE.

Back in the UK...

The Windsor Triathlon is a long running favourite of the UK scene, and the 2016 saw wins for the Team Dillon pairing of Stuart Hayes and World Duathlon Champion Emma Pallant. Last year's winner, Sarah Lewis, took second place in the women's race with Emma Dreary (Stortford Tri) in third. The men's podium was completed by Thomas Davis and David Bartlett.

More race updates and reports coming soon, but in the mean time...

CLICK HERE FOR LOTS MORE WEEKEND RESULTS


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