On Saturday 2nd September two teams of triathletes from Loughborough University made the short trip to Nottingham to take part in the inaugural British Triathlon Mixed Relay Cup.
The teams were made up exclusively of members of the Loughborough Triathlon Performance Centre (LTPC), which has been enjoying great success over the past two years.
Teams of four, with two men and two women battled it out over a ‘super, super sprint distance’ triathlon, comprising of a 300m swim in the River Trent followed by a 7.5km bike ride and 1.5km run before handing over to their next team mate.
Leading out the Loughborough team was Sophie Coldwell, the 2017 graduate putting in a great performance to leave the team in the mix for a podium position. Current student Chris Perham was next up, and he was the fastest man on his leg, before handing over to double Commonwealth Games champion Jodie Stimpson.
Stimpson, returning from injury, was third quickest on her leg, to give young Ben Dijkstra, who will commence his studies at Loughborough in a couple of weeks’ time, a fighting chance. A strong swim leg pulled time back on leaders Leeds I, but ultimately he couldn’t close the gap, bringing the team home in a brilliant second place ahead of Team Canada and Team Japan.
Jodie Stimpson who completed Loughborough’s third leg said:
“We are all happy. Unfortunately, we couldn’t come out with a win, but we couldn’t have done anything more, so we are all happy.”
The second Loughborough team made up James Teagle, Barclay Izzard, Olivia Mathias and Sophie Alden also put in a fantastic performance coming ninth out of the 17 elite teams, hot on the heels of Team Australia.
The Loughborough Triathlon Performance Centre is a joint project between British Triathlon and Loughborough University. Triathlon has never been stronger in the East Midlands area, aided by the University’s unique sporting eco-system, which sees a number of sports training alongside each other in truly world class facilities. Loughborough University also played its part in the Mixed Relay Cup in another way, by sponsoring the event.
Full results can be found here: https://resultsbase.net/event/4110/results