This weekend, Britain’s top age-group talent are set for a nail-biting day of competition, as the Columbia Threadneedle World Triathlon Leeds hosts its first ever British Championships.
Triathletes in their thousands will start their campaigns on Sunday morning (11 June), swimming 1500m through Waterloo Lake, just as the elite stars will do later that day. Once on two wheels, athletes will complete the 2-lap bike course, different to that of 2016. They will travel through Moortown and into Headingly, before turning back and returning to Roundhay. From here, athletes will face a 10km run into the heart of the city, finishing on the iconic blue carpet in Millennium Square.
Samantha Rose was third woman over the line in 2016, topping the W25-29 category in the process. She sets off again this weekend and will be hoping for a similar performance to ensure she bags a British title. Second in the M50-54 category in 2016, Tim Ashelford also returns to the start line in hope of going one better on Sunday.
But that’s not all. Sunday will also welcome those seeking a shorter distance and will take on the sprint. What it lacks in distance, it makes up for in atmosphere as athletes make their way to the same finish line, cheered on by the crowd. The sprint and standard distance relays also get underway for those competing as a trio.
As an added incentive, the standard distance race also plays host to the Great Britain Age-Group Team qualifier for the 2018 ITU Standard Distance Triathlon World Championships. For more info, visit here.
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