AJ Bell London Triathlon and Kayak Safety by James Duffy
It was an awesome but exhausting weekend in London for four intrepid members of Liverpool Canoe Club at the AJ Bell London Triathlon. Dave R, John W, Pete McC and Jim D were part of the safety team. Some 9,400 competitors took to the London Docklands to swim, bike and run the iconic route in temperatures of 30 Celsius with a water temperature of 24.2.
1st. Simon Lessing 1.48:17
2nd. Richard Allen 1.50:42
3rd. Richard Jones 1.50:54
4th. Stuart Hayes 1.51:09
5th. Craig Ball 1.51:25
1st. Loretta Sellars 2.06:30
2nd. Jess Harrison 2.08:49
3rd. Metaja Simic 2.10:15
4th. Ceris Gilfillan 2.10:45
5th. Heather Williams 2.12:04
There were four different distances available from Super-Sprint, Sprint, Olympic and Olympic Plus, as well as the variety of wave types from team-relay, age-group, youth, mixed, male and female only waves.
Attracting first timers, seasoned amateur triathletes, charity fundraisers, celebrities and elites, London Triathlon still draws huge interest from athletes and spectators alike.
Competition for places at the event was high as ever, particularly following the relocation of the ITU World Triathlon from London to Leeds, making the London Triathlon the capital’s only major triathlon in 2018.
The four members of Liverpool Canoe Club formed part of the safety kayak team of forty kayakers and the full safety team of lifeguards, rib crew and kayakers came to over 65.