There was glory for Helen Jenkins and the Brownlee brothers at the final race of the 2010 British Triathlon Super Series in Wales, which saw Jodie Stimpson and Tim Don secure the overall series crowns.
The 2010 British Triathlon Super Series reached its conclusion in the heart of the South Wales valleys yesterday afternoon, with the highlight for the home fans being Helen Jenkins’ victory in the women’s elite race in a time 1:04:35. Jenkins held off a strong challenge from Jodie Stimpson, who finished second on the day but retained her overall series title, and was able to savour the support from her home crowd in her final appearance of the 2010 season. Stimpson finished 35 seconds adrift in second place, with Kerry Lang rounding off the podium in third.
“It feels amazing to win at home, and I loved having the flag,” Jenkins said.
“It was brilliant and lovely to have the home support. Jodie is such a good runner and I knew she would go out fast. I tried to stay with her and then pushed it out. It hurt all the way until I got to the carpet and did some high fives with the crowd.”
Stimpson was thrilled to retain the Super Series title that she won last year, and finished top of the standings after races st Strathclyde Park, Blenheim, Windsor, London and here at Park Bryn Bach.
“Today’s race was great. I won the Super Series last year and I really wanted to come back and defend my title. I knew it was going to be a hard race, with Helen here especially, so I am really chuffed.”
The men’s race also had a bit of a carnival atmosphere surrounding it, with Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee crossing the line together to dead heat in a time of 58:12, with Stuart Hayes 17 seconds behind in third. Tim Don came home in fourth place, which was enough for him to clinch the overall series title for 2010.
“There was a nice crowd here today and it was nice being home and racing in the UK. It’s been a long year and I’m looking forward to to a couple of weeks off and then getting back to my winter training.”
His brother Jonathan added: “It was a nice way to end the season with my brother, I was pleased to cross the line with him as he’s a great athlete. It’s been a good season for him and for both of us. He’s the best in the world. Of course I’d like to catch him as I want to be the best in the world just like everybody else, and to do that I have to beat him. All I can do is go out and train hard with him.”
1 A Brownlee 58:12
1 J Brownlee 58:12
3 S Hayes 58:29
1 H Jenkins 1:04:00
2 J Stimpson 1:04:35
3 K Lang 1:05:15