3 Wight Tri members made the long journey to Leeds to take on the British triathlon standard distance age-group championships at the weekend, which also incorporated the GB age group World Championship qualifier for Canada 2020.
Glyn Jenkins, Liz Dunlop and Jan Fletcher – who are all members of the Isle of Wight Talented Athlete scheme, supported by the Isle of Wight Council and Wightlink – took on the tough course in the hope of getting a qualification place for Canada next year.
The 1500m swim was in Roundhay Park lake – the only part of the course that was flat – and involved 1 lap of the lake. Triathletes then exited the lake and made their way up an incline of 400m to T1 to pick up their bikes. Once the bike was collected they faced another long transition run to the mount line, which was also up a steady incline. Once over the mount line the bike started on an upwards slope making for a challenging mounting which saw many athletes struggle.
The 37km bike ride consisted of 2 laps of the undulating technical course which included some tight turns and tough inclines. With building wind and a large number of competitors the bike course was challenging, but the descents were speedy. On completion of the bike it was back to Roundhay Park and a reverse of the long run back to transition, down the slippery slope.
With the bike racked and trainers on the athletes then had to negotiate an immediate incline out of the park and then complete an undulating 10km run with an additional loop near to the finish. Leeds city centre was lined with spectators creating a great atmosphere.
All 3 Wight Tri triathletes competed well in large age groups and waves. Glyn Jenkins finished 7th in his age category 65-69. Swim 32.24, bike 1.19.50, run 57.11 with an overall time of 3hrs 3mins 1sec. Liz Dunlop finished 9th in her age group 60-64. Swim 28.33, bike 1.22.0, run 54 mins with an overall time of 2hrs 56mins. Jan Fletcher finished in 11th in her age group 40-44 with swim and bike PB’s. Swim 27.19, bike 1.11.43, run 45.37 with an overall time of 2hrs 34mins 17 sec.
As Jan moves up an age group next year she is hoping to have gained automatic qualification for the World Championships in Canada next year, with Liz and Glyn also hoping for qualification, all subject to official GB confirmation.