A lot was going off this weekend, and there was HUUB podiums left, right and centre…
ITU World Paratriathlon Series
Firstly, HUUB paratriathletes achieved an impressive medal haul in northern Italy at the ITU World Paratriathlon Series. Olympic, World and European Para Tri champ Jetze Plat won the PTWC event in a world-class field, which included all of the Paralympic medallists from Rio. And Commonwealth champ Joe Townsend maintained his 2018 podium streak with bronze.
In the men’s PTS5 category, George Peasgood won his second WPS of the year in a field that included some of the sport’s fastest runners.
There were a few Ironman 70.3 races taking place, and Captain (Matty Trautman) was racing in Finland. Following a terrifying bicycle accident last year and then struggling to recover from his race in South Africa he has been plagued with back problems. Understanding that his body will not be back to its old self he decided to give it ago commenting “I’ll swim and bike and then if we walk, we walk”, but not only did he manage to run – he ran to victory!
HUUB’s Elliot Smales just missed out on the podium in Edinburgh coming in 4th place, having won Ironman Staffordshire a few weeks ago. He commented on Instagram, “Felt a bit flat all day and didn’t get the result I wanted, but let’s move on. Mid season break is coming just in time. Besides, I can’t complain when a day at the office looks like this. Edinburgh 70.3 is spectacular.”
We were rooting for Team Hatch, eight people that have never done a full distance triathlon before racing to raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity in memory of Emma Rose Hatchley. Each of them have put in over 300 hours of training for the event over the last ten months.
Yvonee Van Vlerken raced the event for the 8th time and had won three times, but this time it was a respectable 5th place in a very strong field.
One of the other things happening in the world of HUUB, was the ‘Derby to Skegness Bike Ride’. HUUB gave five people a place on the annual bike ride and for every pound each person raised for Rainbows Hospice via their Just Giving page we’ve matched it in HUUB vouchers for them (capped at £1000 per person). Big up to HUUBster Charlie for saving Deano’s legs by acting as a 60 mile windshield.
HUUB ambassador and friend Helen Jenkins had a sea swim with Penybont SLSC at Ogmore By Sea.