Around a year ago a new triathlon racing team was dreamt up over a few pints in a Yorkshire pub. Called Jackpot Racing, its founders wanted athletes aiming to “compete rather than complete”.
Early success included a silver medal for Jonny McLean at the European Sprint Championships in Kitzbühel, and elite brothers Tom and David Bishop racked up podium places at the Lough Cutra, Blenheim and the Jenson Button Triathlon.
Colin Hill and Chris Brown represented Jackpot Racing at the Ironman 70.3 Worlds in Mont-Tremblant, Canada, just just one week after Mika Brown raced for Team GB at the World Sprint Championships in Edmonton.
The team are not just sprinters and standard distance athletes: Tom Van Rossum posted a fast 9:38:50 at Ironman Sweden, and Matt Wilson broke the 12 hour barrier in his first long distance race with 11:34:55 at the same race. Eddie Howarth came sixth sixth overall at the Bala Middle Distance race, and finished Ironman Zurich in 10:09:18.
Other top age groupers racing this year in the team’s blue, black and white kit included Jenni Muston – who started her season with a win at the Oulton Park Standard Duathlon and went on to win the Leeds Triathlon in September – and Andrew Whitely, who finished second at the Ripon Triathlon then won the Buttermere Triathlon.
There are currently 23 athletes in the squad, with plans to add more elites and age-groupers for 2015. We’ll be keeping a close on their progress next race season…
Did you battle against the new Jackpot Racing this season? Let us know in the comments!