It has been a successful few days for our Welsh athletes with some great performances at the 2023 BUCS and World Triathlon Multisport Championships Ibiza, let's recap:
The 2023 British University and College Sport (BUCS) Sprint Triathlon took place at Westonbirt House, Gloucester and comprised of a 400m pool swim, 22km individual bike and a 5km mixed terrain run. There were 12 athletes from the Welsh Performance Centre (NTPCW) representing both Cardiff University and Cardiff Met.
The men kicked off the racing as Cardiff University secured a team silver behind Loughborough. The team was made up of Dom Coy who finished 8th, Harry Butterworth in 11th and Matt Shipley just behind in 12th place. The final NTPCW representative from Cardiff University was Robbie Gibson in his first race of the season.
The Cardiff Met men also made it onto the podium as they took 3rd place by just 0.3 seconds after nearly 3 hours of racing. The three athletes who scored for the team were Malachi Cashmore who finished 7th , Iestyn Harrett in 17th and Hugo Jinx finishing in 20th. There were also strong results for Rhys James and Charles Walker rounding off the Cardiff Met men.
All the NTPCW women were there representing Cardiff Met as Tilly Anema took an individual 2nd. Aoibh Clarke produced the fastest bike split of the day to finish 14th and was closely followed Jasmine Cooper who was 15th. This was enough for the Cardiff Met women to take a team silver medal.
The final event of the day was the first ever mixed team relay at BUCS Sprint with athletes racing over a 150m swim, 7km bike and 1.6km run. NTPCW athletes Tilly Anema, Jasmine Cooper, Hugo Jinx and Malachi Cashmore were representing Cardiff Met. Everyone on the team raced as hard as they could and coming into the last leg there was 65 seconds to make up, Malachi Cashmore produced a phenomenal final leg to close the gap to within 7 seconds as the team took an impressive silver. BUCS Sprint is one of 4 BUCS multi-sport events across the year with the next one BUCS Standard 24th June.
It’s been an exciting few days with the 2023 World Triathlon Multisport Championships in Ibiza kicking off on Saturday 29th of April. It has been an extremely successful event for many GB athletes. And we’ve been celebrating every Welsh win as they come in.
It started with the Duathlon Championships on Saturday. There were some incredible performances from our Welsh athletes with Peter Norman winning the 85-89 Open AG category and Bethan Jones coming third in the 25-29 Female AG category.
Another two medals were awarded to our Welsh athletes during the Standard Duathlon on the Sunday. Johnathan Price won gold in the 18-19 Open AG category and Caitlin Peers got third in the 25-29 Female AG category.
Victoria Cole also took home the gold medal in the Aquathlon 40-44 Female AG on the 1st of May at sunny Ibiza.
Finally, more good news came in yesterday (Wednesday 3rd May) as we celebrated even more Welsh triumphs in the 2023 World Triathlon Cross Duathlon Championship. Colin Hunt got the gold medal in the 70-74 Open AG category and Claire Walters won third in the 35-39 Female AG category.
Congratulations to all of our Welsh athletes for their incredible performances! We’re looking forward to updating members on any more Welsh wins as they come in over the next few days.