ITU World Championships London
|The swim start for the ITU London World Championships 2013|
Exactly one year after the Olympic Games were held in London the iconic triathlon race course was again open. London's busiest roads were closed and athletes from all over the world flew in to compete in Hyde park. With an Aquathlon, an 'open race', an Age Group sprint and Olympic distance triathlon and the Elite races, the excitement in central London grew to fever pitch.
As well as prepping for the race, Chantal had organised the Tri Training Harder Expo stand which stood in pride of place in the indoor expo area. Our aim was to meet new people and tell them about our company but we also wanted to provide a central point for all our athletes to congregate. The highlight for all of us on the stand was seeing old friends again and hearing how the race season had gone for people who came on training holidays with us this year.
|Before opening on day three at the Tri Training Harder expo stand|
|Every day was manic!|
|To keep the kids (and Rosanna) entertained we had a "make your own banner" stand which was great fun!|
|Go Daddy Go|
|From future GB triathletes!|
The Tri Training Harder Expo stand sold last minute race items that our coaches and athletes use and endorse. Race bottles, High5 nutrition and body glide flew off the shelves. However what caused the most excitement was our new range of novelty t-shirts created by Fiona.
It was fantastic to see so many of the Free Tri GB T-shirts we gave away being warn around London
|Give us a flash of your TTH Tri GB t-shirt!|
|Laura and Chantal modelling our t-shirts beautifully|
|Spotted - one of our t-shirts out for a run!|
Race Team athlete Jenny Latham did herself proud winning a silver medal in her age group with a time of 1:59:55. We all cheered as Jenny took the podium at the spectacular Trafalgar square award ceremony, not only had she done a great time but she had been racing (not advisable) with an injury which would have slowed most people down dramatically!
|Silver Meddle winner, Race team athlete Jenny Latham|
Race team athlete Nick Beer who raced the Olympic distance triathlon put in a great performance as his fine form whizzed around the course in 1:52:03.
|Race Team athlete Nick Beer|
Ed Brett raced the Olympic distance and complained of having "no speed" (probably not surprising as his training has been focused on long distance for his up coming Kona race) but despite his excuses his time was an acceptable 2:02:00.
|Ed on the beautiful P5|
|Chantal - snazzy cornering!|
Emma Woolf (coached by Ed) pulled a strong performance out the bag, making impressive improvements on her times at qualifying events with the time of 2:08:20, 12th in her Age category.
Nikki Dorey (coached by Fiona) raced for Ireland and brought with her an impressive support team! Despite battling nerves before the start she flew round the course (Pun intended as she is a pilot!). Having coached Nikki since she came on a training holiday with us, it was great spending time with her and cutting shapes on the dance floor at the after party.
|Nicky racing for Ireland|
Team Isaacs! Adelle and Daniel (coach by Fiona) got cracking times and made an impressive brother sister combo on the race course! We were particularly thrilled with Adelle's performance getting 1:21:36 despite loosing her cycling shoe and doing the bike leg bare foot! Her top tip for racing "Go back and find your shoe!"
|Hannah, Adelle, Danny pre race|
|Laura ready to race|
Highlights of the week:
|Iconic photo of Shirin Gerami, the first woman to represent Iran in triathlon|
|Shirin is an old friend and we are so proud of what she has achieved|
We want to say a huge well done to Chris Goodwin who won Gold racing the Tri6a (mens) category.
Chris is a blind athlete and was guided by former pro Ben Howard. Ben is an old friend of Tri Training Harder's having been based with us in Portugal during his career as a triathlete. Watching Chris and Ben whizz around the race course on wet slippery roads was breath taking and Chris's time of 1:07:53 deserves huge respect.
|Chris Goodwin, winner of Tri6a Paratriathlon category guided by TTH's Ben Howard.|
For the staff, coaches, race team and former training holiday visitors of Tri Training Harder, one of our most celebrated visitors was the one and only Tim Butt. Tim, camp manager and epic cyclist, has not been on the scene for a while due to health issues and seeing him looking so well was awesome! Tim had just got back from cycling in Wales- it was great to hear he is back on his bike!
|Tim Butt visiting the stand|
|The moment the Brownlee Brothers lost|
All in all a week to be remembered. It was wonderful seeing so many familiar faces and making so many new friends.
|Gail, Ben and Ollie - Old friends visiting us on the stand with an unknown bear|
Well done to everyone who raced and to London for another great event despite slippery roads and freezing temperatures!