Arctic One successfully hosted the first ITU Paratriathlon World Cup event to be held in the UK on 28th May 2018, alongside its established Tri and Paratri Festival at Eton Dorney. We welcomed world class athletes from all over the world including the USA, Japan, South Africa and Australia, as well as a very strong GB contingent.
Gold medal winning performances were achieved by Commonwealth Champions, Joe Townsend and Jade Jones, and Paralympic champions, Andy Lewis and Martin Shultz (GER) also won their respective categories. It was a big day for some emerging athletes, including Britain’s Hannah Moore who won PTS4 gold just a year after trying her first paratriathlon after receiving her first blade with support from Arctic One.
Arctic One’s ambassador, Andy Lewis, enjoyed every moment of racing at home. He claimed PTS2 gold ahead of Maurits Morsink (NED) having missed some training this year due to injury. He said: “My little boy and my little girl are here today, and hearing them today has really helped me, because I found that tough today, and probably one of the toughest races I’ve done ever, just because I’ve not raced for a long time.”
Great Britain’s gold medallists were:
PTWC: Jade Jones, Joe Townsend
PTS2: Andy Lewis
PTS3: Ryan Taylor
PTS4: Hannah Moore, Steve Crowley
PTS5: Lauren Steadman
PTVI: Alison Patrick, Dave Ellis
There was not only Elite racing, as there were open races through the day over three distances – Sprint, Super Sprint, ‘Super Duper’ Sprint, open to absolutely everyone. As the triathlon website tri247.com said: “You will struggle to find a more inclusive / barrier-free event, and yesterday we saw athletes of all ages / abilities / sizes and more, all enjoying their day in a relaxed and fun environment.”
If you want to get involved we have another opportunity at our second Tri & Para-Tri Festival year on 28th July 2018 incorporating the British Paratriathlon Championships at Dorney Lake, sponsored by Ottobock and Douglas Bader Foundation. Entries are now open and all abilities are welcome to come along and take part which will all have a relay option. The schedule includes:
Super Duper Sprint – 200m /5km Bike / 1.5km Run (Age 11+)
Super Sprint – 400m Swim/10km Bike/2.5km Run (Age 15+)
Sprint- 750m Swim/20km Bike/5km Run (Age 15+)
Triple Tri – 3 Triathlons in 1 Day! – Super Duper sprint, Super Sprint and Sprint (Age 17+)
Family Run/push – under 8’s are free but must be accompanied by a paying adult.
Entries can be made here