Lucy Charles Smashes It At The Championships In Slovakia
Having won her last two races, Challenge Lisboa and IRONMAN Lanzarote, Lucy Charles extended her winning run to three with a stunning victory at The Championship in Samorin, Slovakia on Saturday.
Lucy took the lead out the 1.9km swim, sponsored by HUUB, in just 23:25 which gave her a 25 seconds lead. Despite falling back to 4th on the bike split she then overtook Annabel Luxford in the final kilometer on the run to finish in 4:13:59 with a 34 seconds margin of victory and a women's-fastest 1:25:10 half marathon run split.
In the Mens race, Richard 'the fish' Varga led out the HUUB swim in 21:31, which gave him a 45 seconds lead on recent St. George IRONMAN 70.3 winner Alistair Brownlee.
On the bike leg, Michael Raelert passed Varga and Brownlee to take an early lead followed soon by Andreas Dreitz with Lionel Sanders and Sebastian Kienle a minute back at the 4 kilometer mark. Brownlee recovered momentum and posted a 2:00:33 bike split to lead the field into T2.
After heading onto the run, Kienle and Sanders quickly overtook Brownlee, who sadly retired, with Sanders hitting the finish line in 3:40:03.
Reece Barclay took the Age Group Championship win finishing 17th overall in a time of 4:08:03.
Sophie Coldwell and Gordon Benson Become British Elite Sprint Champions
At the Blenheim Palace Triathlon, Sophie Coldwell dominated the Womens Elite race and after 8 years in the making, she took the top podium spot with a time of 1:05:51 over a minute faster than her closest contender.
After a very close finish with just a 3 second lead, 2016 Olympian Gordon Benson came out on top in the Mens Elite race with a time of 58:26.
Both of these wins awarded them the title as the British Elite Sprint Triathlon Champions!