After convincingly prevailing against top contenders Alexandra Tondeur and Charlotte McShane, Great Britain’s Jacqueline Slack was declared the 2010 GE Strathclyde Park ITU Triathlon European Cup Championship. Both contenders came in second and third respectively.
Slack outdone herself by clocking a 02:05:54 time finish taking the win. She came with the chase pack out of the water unnoticed until she put on her running shoes and took the lead. “I’m amazed to be honest, I didn’t expect to come out and win.” She said she was looking somewhere to be in the top five or three. “Either would have been great so early in this season, I’m delighted.” The swim was great and the conditions were fantastic, she added, “The bike was tough and the run was really hard because of the heat and the hills.”
In the final ranking of the 2009 British Triathlon Super Series, she ranked tenth. Winning today’s race, the first of the five in the British Triathlon Super Series gave her an early lead over the rest in the field. For sure, she is on to improving her performance this year and confidently said, “This is such an amazing start to the series for me and I now can’t wait for the next event in Blenheim.”
Alexandra Tondeur of Belgium took the second place with 02:06:56 and confided, “It feels very good today and I’m thrilled with the result because I’ve had a bad week and I’ve been really tired. It was a beautiful course but hard on the legs, especially on the bike with all the hills.” She was happy to be in second place and saw better prospects ahead to the rest of the series.
Taking the third place was Charlotte McShane of Scotland with a time finish of 02:07:53. She is competing for Australia and likewise very happy to be on third. She said, “I had a few problems during the race, I got a stop start penalty in the transition for a silly mistake but definitely happy with how it all ended.” She felt the course was punishing and took its toll on her while negotiating the sharp little hills.
Kristy McWilliam of Scotland put on a tremendous swim and was first out of the water. However, the bike and the run wore her down finishing in 02:21:25, putting her in the 12th position. “I learned how to suffer today I honestly hated every second of that run. I swam amazingly, it went really well, it just didn’t happen for the rest of the race,” she said.
In the men’s field, Ritchie Nicholls of Great Britain put David McNamee, a fellow Briton at bay and bagged the win in 1:50:34 while McNamee came in 17 seconds later to take the second spot. The third place went to Bryan Keane of Ireland who finished in 1:51:03.
The ITU Triathlon European Cup maintains the holding of events that give athletes the chance to garner points for ITU ranking and overall standing.