June 6, 2021
British Champions Crowned At Aj Bell 2021 World Triathlon Leeds
Sunday 6 June saw AJ Bell 2021 World Triathlon Leeds host the British Standard Distance Triathlon Championships, crowning national champions across the age categories. Find out who finished in the podium positions for each age category here.
The first British Championship took place this weekend with participants swim, bike and running in and around Roundhay Park. Competitors took to the course on Sunday morning to compete in five-year age categories, providing British Triathlon Home Nation members with the opportunity to become national champion.
On an overcast day in Leeds, the course encompassed much of the same of the elite action in the World Triathlon Championship Series, reaching the same finish line outside Mansion House.
Following their single loop, 1,500m swim, the championship competitors cycled 36.2km and ran 10km, with the two-lap, bike course leading them out of the park on closed roads and back before they transitioned onto the run, being cheered by friends and family who had registered for the limited-capacity, spectator places for the day to the finish.
As well as the British Championships, British Triathlon members who had registered were also eligible to use the race to try and qualify for the 2022 World Triathlon Standard Distance Triathlon Championships for the Great Britain Age-Group Team.
One participant competing in the championship and qualifier wave was Ben Murphy (M25-29): “This is my first big event back after quite a long time without racing, it’s been about two years since my last big race and I was really excited to get back and race again.
“I’ve qualified a couple of times before, not currently as fit as I was when I qualified back then but just put my name in in case I had a great race. It feels really good to be out on the course, knowing that you’re up against other top athletes from the UK, a really nice environment.”
Also competing as part of the championship was Elizabeth Stewart, saying: “Obviously it’s a really popular event and it was a lovely cycle route and whilst the hills on the run were quite difficult it was quite a nice route.
“It’s lovely to be back to normal, it’s absolutely incredible because my last race was in 2019. You had so much support going out on the bike route, you had all the locals out of their houses, it was brilliant and I really recommend anyone doing this race.”
Andy Salmon, British Triathlon CEO, said: “Well done to everyone taking part in the British Championships today, especially to those who won their age group to become national champion.
“Having the championships as part of the AJ Bell 2021 World Triathlon Leeds programme provides a great setting for the top age group athletes in the country to compete, bringing them together as part of the festival of triathlon that sees Roundhay Park become the focal point for the world of triathlon.”