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QE2 Sprint Triathlon report
Posted on: Wednesday 8th June 2011
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Gary Wright report from the QE2 Sprint Championship – ITU World Championship Qualifier, which took place this past weekend.
QE2 Sprint – ITU World Championship Qualifier
June 5th, 2011
Tri Northumberland hosted one of three qualifying events for the 2011 Beijing ITU Sprint Triathlon World Championships at the fantastic QE2 Country Park on Sunday 5TH June. The race also provided the venue for the second of three National ParaTriathlon Ranking Series events for the very first time in the Northeast region.
This is a fantastic venue that almost seems purpose built for triathlon, 17°C temperature clear water with lots of space for mass starts, endless bank sides enabling spectators to view the whole swim, transition within 20m of exiting the water and a fast bike course for competitors to test their wits against what elements the early Northeast summer would choose to give us on the day.
It turned out to be overcast with the toasty 17°C swim providing what comfort there was from the cold air and easterly breeze coming off the North Sea.
Ben Newman (RedVenom.co.uk) led the swim in a swift 09:14 followed by Phil Aiston (Tyne Tri) and a flow of four Youth and Juniors including Fergus Roberts looking to better his 4th place from 2010. The ladies were also dominated by the Youths with Anna Barnes (Total Racing International) exiting the water in 10:28 with Michela Kellet not far behind. In the ParaTri race it was David Cooke (Somerset R.C. Tri) leading the men in an impressive 13:29 and Jane Egan (Fusion Tri) the ladies in 16:13.
There were changes afoot in the bike leg behind Ben Newman who maintained his 1st place into T2. Alan Copland (RedVenom.co.uk) followed by David Barker (Tri Northumberland) made up the top 3 heading out onto the 2 lap run course. The men's race looked like a formality for Newman but unfortunately Ben has been suffering a calf strain and after only a mile had to stop and pull out of the race. This left the door open for Alan Copland to take the win with Barker slipping out of the top 3 due to blistering runs from Colin Stevenson (Borders Triathletes) to take 2nd and Fergus Roberts (RedVenom.co.uk) 3rd on to the podium one place up from last year.
It was local 26 year-old Emma Pearson (Absolute Tri) who came into T2 first and posting the 2nd fastest run was never in danger, finishing in a flying time of 1h13m32s. Natalie Batey, despite being 2 minutes faster than 2010, once again placed 2nd, just 22 seconds in front of Mary-Ann Elkington (Cairns, Australia) who posted the fastest bike split of the day but could not close the gap. After the race the three said they really enjoyed the event, great bike and run course even though Mary-Ann was used with much warmer racing conditions! 24 degrees one day, 14 degrees the next, the joy of British weather!
Steven Judge (Sheffield Tri) dominated the ParaTri men's race with a blistering 40:54 bike and a solid 23:00 minute run to take 1st place. David Cooke (Somerset R.C. Tri) held out for 2nd place thanks to a super swim with Alan Rayment (Lincsquad) rounding off the podium.
Northeast girl Charlotte Ellis (Cleveland Tri) topped the podium in the ladies ParaTri race thanks to an unmatched bike split. Jane Egan (Fusion Tri) just piped Liz Mcternan (Lincoln Tri) to 2nd place following a close race with Fiona Willstead (Hillingdon Tri) back in fourth spot.
Congratulations to everyone who finished today's racing, especially those who can now call themselves "Triathletes" we just know you'll be back for more, it's such a brilliant sport. Thank you to all those who provided some great sprint finishes (yes it does matter!) looking forward to seeing the photographs, which will appear soon here.
For those who wish to qualify, full results have been sent to GB Team Manager, good luck, enjoy Beijing and bring back some medals!
With 6 of 9 possible ParaTri cats racing, comparing results are within respective categories. Jon Riall (BTF Paratri Programme Manager) was absolutely delighted with the event and is looking forward to working with the event team in future.
Congratulations to the lucky winner of the Zone3 Aspire wetsuit, Barry Hays! He will be coming to our weekly Thursday night open water swim training session for a fitting. I am sure he will be showing it off in the lake swimming faster than ever before. Vo2 Max Racing Events are the northeast dealer for Zone3 wetsuits and other racing apparel – for more information contact Zone3@vo2maxraingevents.co.uk to arrange a wetsuit demonstration.
Feedback is pouring in and so far has been great, we're keen to hear from everyone so we can continue to make the events better for you all, please put add your comments via our blog, twitter or Facebook pages.
Many thanks to all the marshals, medics and water safety crew, once again another superb job and you really do make the difference. Thanks also to our sponsors Lumsden & Carroll, Northumbrian Water and Dorset Cereals for all your support.
We look forward to seeing you race at our next event, the Northumberland Sprint and Standard Triathlons on 25/26th June, more information here.
Full results can be found here.
1) Alan Copland – Redvenom.com – 01.03.52
1) Emma Pearson – Absolute Tri – 01.13.32
Para Tri Men
1) Steven Judge – Sheffield Tri – 01.20.11
Para Tri Women
1) Charlotte Ellis – Cleveland Tri – 01.31.57