Tim Don cruised to an impressive victory at the GE Strathclyde Park Triathlon today (Sunday 22 May), continuing a hot streak of form that has seen the Londoner take the tape at Seoul and Port Elizabeth in recent months.
Don (33) came out of the water in third place (behind Aaron Harris and junior athlete Gordon Benson) but benefitted from a super smooth transition, entering the bike leg in pole position. From that point on the chasing pack couldn’t keep up with the experienced Don, who quickly opened up a devastating lead and finished in an impressive time of 58:02:10.
Speaking at the finish line a delighted Don said: “I’m just so glad it wasn’t as cold as it could have been. Yesterday the weather wasn’t so good but when the sun’s out I really enjoy it. I wanted to have a really hard hit out there today, so I just put my head down and no one came with me.”
Meanwhile, Helen Jenkins became the 2011 GE Strathclyde Park Triathlon Women’s Champion after beating off strong competition from elite junior Lucy Hall and last year’s British Triathlon Super Series Champion Jodie Stimpson to secure a deserved victory.
Jenkins and Hall worked well together on the bike leg opening up a commanding lead over the rest of the field. However it was in the run that Jenkins showed her class, effortlessly pulling away from the tiring Hall and finishing in a time of 1:02:28, some two minutes ahead of the junior from Leicestershire.
A delighted Jenkins, third overall in the British Triathlon Super Series last year, said: “That was a tough day, I’ve got a lot of respect for all the competitors today, it was so cold and windy. I knew Lucy Hall was a really fast swimmer so I tried to get close to her halfway through the swim. We worked together on the bike and because she’s a lot better technically than I am, I tried to get on her wheel for the technical sections. It really helped having her there! ”
The GE Strathclyde Park Triathlon is the first race of this year’s British Triathlon Super Series with both Helen Jenkins and Tim Don establishing an early leads over the rest of their fields as they bids to be crowned 2011 Super Series Champion.
The race, now in its third year at Strathclyde Country Park, attracted athletes from mainland Europe, Australia and Barbados as well as a strong contingent from the UK. The event also included the second race of the British Triathlon Youth and Junior Super Series, and a mass participation event that enabled more than 200 amateur triathletes the opportunity to achieve their own personal triathlon challenge.
Elite competitors will now look ahead to the GE Blenheim Triathlon, the second event of the Super Series, on 4 June. After Blenheim the Series heads to the Toshiba Windsor Triathlon (12 June), the GE Canary Wharf Triathlon (30 June) and finally the Virgin Active London Triathlon (30 July).
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