Europe’s best athletes came together in August to compete an exciting new multi-sport event; the European Championships. This is an exciting new multi-sport event bringing together some of the continent’s leading sports including the existing European Championships for Athletics, Aquatics, Cycling, Gymnastics, Rowing and Triathlon as well as a new Golf Team Championships.
The European Championships will be staged every 4 years as a new highlight on the global sporting calendar, elevating the status of European Champions during an 11-day celebration of world-class sport.
As well as Elite competitions, the Triathlon competition also included the Age-Group European Championships, a competition open to the best triathletes in each five year age-group from 16 to 84. In this competition we [Forth Edge] Sponsored Hartree JETS and their 15 qualified athletes. The JETS squad was set up in 2014 by Joel Enoch, as a place for professionally minded amateurs to train in a set-up that mimics elite training groups as closely as possible. Since then, the JETS has proved to be a massive success. With coaching from Joel, athletes have won Scottish, British, European and World Championship age-group titles and during 2017 and 2018, the 20 athletes in the JETS squad have racked up over 130 podium finishes!
Of the 15 who had qualified for Glasgow 2018, 13 took to the start-line and all competed to the best of their ability, doing themselves, the JETS and Great Britain proud.
Alice Loudon finished 7th in her first GB championships, out-doing her qualifying position by around 20 places! Squad coach Scott Findlay finished 12th despite a focus on longer course racing in 2018 and Mike Goddard raced superbly to finish 6th in the 65-69 age group despite being one of the oldest in the group. Scott Robertson and Gill Hislop both raced very well to finish 10th, with Wanda-Jane Field (also her first GB outing) in 22nd place. Two weeks before a full Ironman race Martin Gore showed his class with a 14th place finish and Rachel Fagan capped a good year with 11th in her age group. Jo Philip’s bike prowess saw her finish in 12th and Coach Joel Enoch returned to international competition after a five-year break with an 8th place. Liz Richardson raced days after an 9hr endurance Tri in France to finish 4th, as did the current World Triathlon Champion Craig Dale while Keira Gore managed to finish 2nd in the 30-34 age group, with one of the fastest runs of the day overall.
This huge level of achievement is testament to the dedication, discipline, motivation and ability of these athletes, who have all excelled at their sport while juggling family life and careers. “None of this would be possible without our sponsors and commercial partners and we are very grateful to get to work with great brands like Forth who have helped us ensure that we are in the best shape possible for the races that count. Many thanks to them for their support – without them, half the squad would have low iron and high Cortisol levels and we wouldn’t know!!”