The second round of the British Triathlon Super Series took place at North Dock Llanelli over the weekend of 13th & 14th May. Athletes raced across the super-sprint and sprint distance triathlons within the youth, junior and senior categories.
There was a strong Welsh and Performance Centre (NTPCW) contingent competing across all categories.
Josie Hurst was the standout performer in the youth category, finishing 15th overall (12th Youth A), with 9 other Welsh athletes competing across both the Tier 1 and Tier 2 youth categories. On the junior side, Morgan Watts put together his best ever performance, finishing 12th Junior and showing his hard work over the winter paying off.
In the Junior/Senior Female race, Jaz Greaves was the first NTPCW athlete home after leading out of T1, worked well with a small group to stay clear of the field and run to 5th. Jas Cooper produced the joint fastest run time of the day to finish 16th.
In the Tier 1 Senior Open race, Harry Butterworth was the first NTPCW athlete to finish in 4th place in a breakthrough performance. Harry was followed by Dom Coy in 13th who was forced to run through after suffering a mechanical towards the end of the bike. Matt Shipley continued his fine run of form to finish 17th. Next in was Freddie Webb in his first race of the year. Hugo Jinks had a strong swim-bike but unfortunately had to withdraw due to illness.
The final event of the day was the British Paratriathlon Super Series event. Darren Williams (PTWC Open) showed great progress compared to last year to once again finish on the podium in 3rd.
Rhys Jones (PTVI Open) guided by Rhys James also executed a great performance.
Next stop for the British Triathlon Super Series is later this month in Mallory Park on 28th May. Mallory will see junior athletes competing for a spot at the World Junior Triathlon Championships.
Elsewhere over the past couple of weeks, athletes have been competing well internationally. There were three NTPCW athletes racing in the M’Diq African Cup, where Matthew Wright followed up his previous success in Namibia to claim successive podiums in 3rd, followed closely by Iestyn Harrett in 4th and Ollie Turner in 10th. Matt then went on to Sharm-El-Sheikh in Egypt and took his second ever World Triathlon win, and consolidate a fantastic start to the year with a third consecutive podium finish.
Tilly Anema and Ellie White also raced the French Grand Prix in Frejus and were 11th and 15th respectively. After a great performance at the Performance Assessments last month, Liam Edwards was competing in Caorle, Italy at the Europe Triathlon Junior Cup. Liam executed a brilliant performance but was unlucky to be disqualified after incorrect serving of a time penalty in the heats. However, joining his British teammates in the mixed team relay the following day, Liam once again delivered a strong race to help the team to 5th. This past weekend, Josh Lewis took on his highest level competition in long course yet at the Challenge Championship in Slovakia, after strong performances in Lanzarote and Marbella to kick off the season. He had a tough day out, but battled to the finish in 21st. Finally, Malachi Cashmore competed at the Outlaw Half in Nottingham on Saturday, leading the swim out, before a mechanical early on the bike took him out of contention for the win, although he still managed a 9th place finish.