Stuart Hayes based in Loughborough and Birmingham's Jodie Stimpson put in strong performances at the Mazda London Triathlon on Sunday to be crowned British Triathlon Super Series Champions.
Stimpson, 20, entered the race with the Championship already secured having won at the Mazda Blenheim Triathlon, Nokia Windsor Triathlon and the Parc Bryn Bach Elite Triathlon and ended the Series finishing 8th in the final event of the British Triathlon Super Series on London Docklands. Being the competitor she is she was slightly disappointed with her finishing time:
"It feels really good to win the Series -- three wins in the five race Series is a great achievement but I was really looking for another podium finish so I am little disappointed. We didn't chase well on the bike stage, my group seemed happy for fifth position and then when it came to the run I was hampered by a stitch. But I have raced well so far this season which is still only halfway through and we have the [Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship Series London] Hyde Park event in a few weeks which will be an amazing experience."
Stuart Hayes arrived in London in fourth place in the Series with Aaron Harris topping the leaderboard but previous wins at the Nokia Windsor Triathlon and Mazda Blenheim Triathlon meant a superb third place finish was enough to see him crowned champion.
Triathletes are required to complete in three of five qualifying races to be eligible to win the overall Series, with points awarded based on their finishing position.
Will Clarke won the men's race with Australia's Courtney Atkinson taking the silver medal. World Champion Helen Jenkins was victorious in the women's race while the silver medal went to Liz Blatchford and Jodie Swallow took the bronze medal.
The British Triathlon Super Series creates a world class environment for domestic and international competitors, providing a high profile shop window for Triathlon in the UK. The Series aims to raise awareness and encourage participation in the country's fastest growing sport in the build up to London 2012.
About British Triathlon
British Triathlon is the National Governing Body for Triathlon, Duathlon and Aquathlon in Great Britain, responsible for leading growth and performance of the sport. At international level Great Britain boasts a strong squad of world ranked elite triathletes who regularly achieve international success and has some outstanding young talent emerging from its youth programmes. There are over 700 triathlon events conducted in Great Britain each year including the renowned Mazda London Triathlon and British Triathlon Elite Series which attracts athletes from all over the world. British Triathlon aims to promote excellence in our sport, and create opportunities for everyone to achieve their personal triathlon challenges. (www.britishtriathlon.org)