Despite the wind and rain making it (in the words of one competitor) a “tough old course”, more than 1,000 age-groupers took part in the British Triathlon Championships at Tri Liverpool yesterday (Sunday 10 August).
With British titles and GB qualification spots for next year’s ETU European Triathlon Championships up for grabs, the event attracted athletes from all over the country, buoyed by some vocal support from the hardy Liverpudlians.
“It was tough with the wind and rain but there was great support and a great atmosphere,” said local athlete James Muscart, racing in the 20-24 category. “On the bike, a couple of the corners felt like you came to a standstill and I felt a bit sorry for spectators standing in the cold, however they kept cheering and were great supporters of all the athletes.”
Meanwhile, in the elite races, British junior Sophie Coldwell nearly pulled off a famous victory over current world number one Gwen Jorgensen, leading her all the way to the final lap, while the elite men’s race later in the day was cancelled due to the worsening conditions.
|1||Ewan Brown||(M) 25-29||1:54:44|
|2||Iain Robertson||(M) 35-39||1:55:37|
|3||Michael Birchmore||(M) 20-24||1:56:13|
|4||Ross Landon||(M) 20-24||1:56:38|
|5||Jamie Hinton||(M) 30-34||1:56:43|
|1||Sarah Lewis||(F) 30-34||2:09:48|
|2||Rachel Hallam||(F) 30-34||2:11:21|
|3||Hazel Smith||(F) 25-29||2:11:53|
|4||Jessica Parry-Williams||(F) 30-34||2:13:38|
|5||Louise Croxson||(F) 35-39||2:17:12|
For full results head here.
(Images: British Triathlon)