Apparently it's official - or so the news this week would have us believe. Middle age now begins at 55 which is a bit of a bugger as I've already crept past that milestone in the hope that it wouldn't notice me. To be honest I could care less - I meet people half my age who are older and some who are way older that make me feel geriatric. But, with this 'official' tag now hanging round my neck I've decided that I can at least make some sensible decisions. One of those (and I've been making it for years) is that getting wet, cold and miserable isn't a sensible way to spend a day. The thought of riding a bike in the rain - let alone doing a triathlon in weather like we've had this weekend - fails my 'is it sensible' test every time.
It's quite clear that many people don't share the view as I watched hundreds at Dorney Lake doing the Diamond Triathlon while the rest of the crew would have witnessed similarly chilled people at the Virgin Active London Triathlon. One organiser, RaceNewForest, took the sensible route with their Primera New Forest Middle Distance and moved the bike cut off up so sealing the run and preventing yet more folk needing medical attention. I'm sure a bunch would have complained at not being allowed to end their day in a medical tent with hypothermia but once in a while it pays to listen to middle aged people's advice.
With the main international focus on the ITU World Duathlon Championships in Nancy (Elite report | Para report | Age Group report), plus three Ironman 70.3 races - all with marked degrees of GB success - and the domestic attention of the Virgin Active London Triathlon (Elite report) we've herded those off into separate reports so this roundup will just be looking at the domestic scene.
Saturday's racing was centred around just three locations: Llanberis for the Brutal, Colerne Airfield nead Bath for their Multisport Weekend and Dorney Lake for the Steelman standard and 3Quarter distance races. Results for the Bath and Dorney races are all loaded but we aren't expecting anything from the Brutal until later today.
After a pleasant enough day on Saturday it wasn't a case of 'if' but 'when' and anyone who got away without getting soaked did very well indeed. The Primera New Forest Middle Distance is a tough enough event without the added issues of cold and wet so the referee's decision to curtail the race and impose a lock-down on the run will have been a smart one. Ben Howard (Primera TBC) and Henrietta Bostock (Bournemouth Cycleworks) took the wins and results are HERE.
The Kendal Triathlon only have a set of finish times up HERE which list Kie Jackson and Lucy Jones as the winners there.
The long-running Langport Triathlon was won by Lee Pester (Tri UK) and Rachel Clay (Wessex Wizards) and there's a full set of results HERE. The BSLT crew were, as always, well ahead of the pack with their results for Eyemouth with both the sprint and novice online.
One of those club names which has a deeper meaning rather than just being an impossible to type acronym is INTRtri (the first bit stands for I Need To Run) held their race at Aberystwyth's North Beach. It was won byTeam GB athlete Huw Jack Brassington with Helen Marshall taking ninth overall for the women's victory. Full results are HERE and they have sent in a report that we'll get up later today.
Also in Wales, the Neath Valley Triathlon has Dan Whaites and Hayley Griffiths (Celtic Tri) as the victors, full results HERE.
Dorney Lake hosted the last of the Human Race triathlons for the year (although there's still another weekend of racing to come at the venue) with a new event, the Diamond Tri. A full programme of racing from kids Scootathlons (who escaped the rain) through fun and novice distances to sprint and standard was a fitting close-out to the season. The event was linked to the Laureus charity and Daley Thompson was in attendance to start the races and cheer on the racers. Full results are currently all linked to the Human Race site HERE.
The brief report from the MacQueen Bros Mid Argyll Triathlon indicates that while they may have escaped the rain conditions on the bike were 'breezy' - which we'll take as being Scottish for something just short of a full gale! Andrew Mcghee (Glasgow Tri Club) and Hannah Kemlo (Glasgow Tri Club) too the wins and full results are HERE.
The Nearwater St Mawes triathlons definitely didn't escape the weather, the organisers described the conditions as 'challenging' and after a very nasty road accident at an event on the same course earlier this year everyone must have had crossed fingers and toes. All seems to have gone off safely and the individual winners of the standard distance were Sam Ashard and in third place overall, Lena Budd. The sprint winners were Jonas Gummesson and Isabel Steele. At the moment the results are finish times only and we have linked to them HERE.
Added in since the Monday morning roundup are results from the Huntly Standard (HERE) and Sprint (HERE).
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