The weekend was packed with racing, featuring some of the UK's biggest races. To name a few we had the Jenson Button Trust Triathlon, The London Triathlon, The Outlaw and Castle Howard. Then abroad there was Tiszaujvaros World Cup, Asian Championships, Banyoles ETU European Relay Championships, Bundesliga and many more!
The Jenson Button Trust Triathlon has now established itself as one of the Britain's most popular events, now in its fifth year; it is even better than ever. I am sure it has everything to do with the fact it takes place in my hometown of Derby! The women kicked things off first with Emma Pallant looking for her fourth consecutive win. On the back of some impressive performances over the 70.3 distance she didn't disappoint, she looked in command from the start. Team GB Paralympic guide Nicole Walters was her nearest challenger in 2nd with up and coming U23 British athlete Bronwen Owen in 3rd.
The men finished the days racing, and with a short swim it looked like some of the strong TT riders could challenge the ITU elites. However it was HUUB athlete Ben Dijkstra that turned up the heat on the bike, staying away from the chasing bikers and cruising away on the run, yours truly finished 2nd, with Luke Penny rounding off the podium. After an impressive first heat and a storming bike Jenson Button looked in shape to mix it up with some of the elites, yet in the final he unfortunately suffered a mechanical which put an end to his days racing.
Further down South some of the UK's best athletes alongside some international stars took to the streets of London. Hot favourites heading into the race was 4th place WTS Leeds finisher Adam Bowden and 2012 London Olympian Lucy Hall. Lucy has had some really impressive results over the past couple of seasons, mainly coming from swim-bike breakaways with compatriot Jessica Learmonth. However in Jess's absence Lucy decided to go alone, with Australia's Tamsyn Mona-Vale and British athlete India Lee chasing hard. Eventually the pair caught Lucy on the run with India taking victory, Tamsyn 2nd and Lucy in 3rd.
In the men’s race it ultimately came down to a run race. There was initially a break out of the water driven by Ali Rogers, however, the chase pack rode hard to bring things back together. It appeared it would be a battle between the steeplechase stars Adam Bowden and Mark Buckingham, but unfortunately Bowden succumbed to illness leaving Buckingham to run to victory. Calum Johnson continued his impressive season finishing a close 2nd with a breakthrough performance from Anthony Haynes in 3rd.
Further afield Huub's Lawrence Fanous had a great race at the Asian Continental Championships finishing in 6th position. If it hadn't of been for a mistake in T1 he could have been fighting for a podium! All in all a very busy weekend of racing with many age group and elite athletes competing all around the world!