Age-groupers secure final qualification for Worlds
This weekend saw the final qualification events, the Dambuster Triathlon and the Ffit Conway Triathlon, for Great Britain Age-Group athletes to secure automatic qualification for the ITU Triathlon World Championships in Cozume, Mexico
In the Olympic distance triathlon at The Dambuster’s triathlon at Rutland Water William Cowen (Jackpot Racing), was the overall winner, just 16 seconds clear of David Bartlett (Cycleogic.co.uk). Separated by just two seconds in the swim, David gained around 30 seconds over the rolling bike course, before William managed to reverse the positions with a 34:41 run split, which was the fourth fastest of the day. Third overall was Ashley Hurdman (Huub TFN RT) who overcame a two-minute swim deficit with an exceptional bike performance and strong run, to finish just 15 seconds slower than David. All three won their respective categories.
Claire Hann (Bikescience) was the overall winner in the women’s field. Starting with the fastest swim time of the day, she ended with the fastest run too – and came very close to making it a clean sweep on the bike. Only Emma Dreary, (Stortford Tri), who took second overall was able to go just a few seconds quicker on the bike than Claire.
Becky Schofield (Physio Resolutions) completed the podium with a strong performance across all three disciplines. As with the men, all three also won their respective age-group races in the process.
On Sunday the Ffit Conway Triathlon hosted the final, draft-legal sprint distance Cozumel qualifier in North Wales, courtesy of Xtra Mile Events.
In the women’s Jacqui Phillips (TRIKS) was able to show the youngsters a thing or two by taking the win and first place in the 45-49 category. A long-time member of the Great Britain team, Jacqui will be hoping to add Gold in Cozumel to a CV., which already counts European and World Championship medals into double figures over Triathlon, Duathlon and Aquathlon events.
For the men, it was a youngster, Benjamin Baugh (Linc Squad) who won the 15-19 category and overall hounours by almost one minute from Grant Bateman (Hillingdon Triathletes). James Hodgson completed the podium, with all three athletes taking first place in their respective age-groups.
ITU Qualifier 2016 (Standard Distance) 1.5km / 42km / 10km
1st – William Cowen (Jackpot Racing) – 1:58:21
2nd – David Bartlett (Cycleogic.co.uk) – 1:58:37
3rd – Ashley Hurdman (Huub TFN RT) – 1:58:52
1st – Claire Hann (Bikescience) – 2:15:11
2nd – Emma Dreary (Stortford Tri) – 2:18:01
3rd – Becky Schofield (Physio Resolutions) – 2:20:48
Ffit Conwy Llandudno Sea Triathlon
ITU Qualifier 2016 (Draft-Legal, Sprint Distance) 750m / 19km / 5km
1st – Benjamin Baugh (Linc Squad) – 1:02:49
2nd – Grant Bateman (Hillingdon Triathletes) – 1:03:43
3rd – James Hodgson – 1:06:05
1st – Jacqui Phillips (TRIKS) – 1:12:37
2nd – Blythe Fourie (Racepace) – 1:13:19
3rd – Ashia Fenwick (University of Bath) – 1:14:02