The British Triathlon Mixed Relay Cup


The British Triathlon Mixed Relay Cup

Ore Oduba presents live coverage of the inaugural British Triathlon Mixed Relay Cup. Vicky Holland and Alistair Brownlee provide expert analysis.


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Welcome to Nottingham, where we are about to witness something very

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special indeed. For the first time ever, British Triathlon are staging

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the Mixed Relay Cup, a showcase of the best triathletes in the UK, with

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a sprinkling of international top talent. So, the athletes are pumped,

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they are ready to go. The crowds of Nottingham have lined the streets.

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All you have to do is sit back, relax and, for the next two hours or

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so, enjoy the sport of triathlon like you have never seen it before.

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They are ready to go. He's down! That's going to hurt! And explosive

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start. Spectacular! Alistair Brownlee,

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rounding it off in style. Well, it is certainly going to be a

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bit different, but very exciting indeed. How about you, Nottingham?

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Looking absolutely resplendent this afternoon. Welcome, everybody, to

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live coverage of the British Triathlon Mixed Relay Cup. If you

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are new to triathlon, you are in for an absolute treat. For those of you

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familiar with the sport, you will know exactly how eventful mixed

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relay can be. Oh and Matt Gill who better to enjoy it with a familiar

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face, and also the double Olympic champion Alistair Brownlee. This is

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new. Good to see you on this side, as far as we're concerned. But he

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would love to be out here, you had an operation recently? It is great

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to be here, I would love to be racing. But I had an operation on my

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hip, to reattach the hamstring. I have been on crutches and in a leg

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brace for the last month. It is nice to be walking a little bit. It is

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just one small step on a long road to recovery. Long journey for

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recovery. Unfortunately for the organisers your brother Johnny has

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had to pull out as well, ill? He has had a bit of a nightmare year. He

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pulled out of a view different races through illness and injury. It is

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tough. You have to realise that a ten year career catches up on you,

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all of those years can't be perfect. I'm not saying I'm getting old, I am

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saying Johnny is! If he is at home watching, hi. Annie, the sun is out,

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we can see the crowd and the athletes getting ready. It's good to

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be a great day? A really exciting day. The format, it is so fast, it

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happened so quickly. It's great, we have a phenomenal mix of some

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top-class athletes, but really young athletes coming through. The

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international teams have arrived because they don't want to miss out

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because it is an Olympic sport now. Absolutely. There are 68 athletes

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taking to the course, four per team. 13 other teams are dotted around the

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various UK triathlon centres around the country. No Jonny Brownlee,

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which has meant a bit of rejigging of the teams. However, there are

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still a number of faces you will recognise. Today they have stripped

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away their national colours, it is all about representing their region.

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You can expect it to get a little bit competitive.

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It's great having a race like this so close to home. We got a really

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strong team, looking forward to all of the action. A very young and

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rapid team. For a relay, it puts me in good stead. We have a game for

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you, you've got to guess who wrote these tweets.

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That was you! It was a picture of you watching TV! I told you it was

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you! We are a pretty strong team all around. You know, we have strength

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in the run. I think, having that in mind, we are one of the teams to

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watch. I think we are looking forward to an opportunity to take

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down everybody this weekend. Winter riding is great for the pause.

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95 likes, quite low? I think this is Matthew. I think so!

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You had to step into Johnny's shoes, pressure on you to do well? Well, a

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little bit. You don't want to mess up? No. I've never done one before.

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Johnny has already let us down, so... Who knows? You mates to go

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guys were really good mates with team II. This weekend, we aren't.

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When you go to the fancy dress party as yourself. Your dad went as you?

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That's really good, as well. You are going to be racing against your

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girlfriend in Team II, are you out to beat her? Of course! We have an

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empty seat. Aaron has been moved up to the first team. We now have Mark,

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my boyfriend. He has flown in from Canada. It would be really good for

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Team II to beat Team I. I think we are far more evenly matched. We're

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not talking to Aaron at the. Judas! I had no idea that International

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Cast A was a thing. So easy! It's going to make me look like a mad cat

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lady. So the athletes are lining up, they

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are so close we can almost touch them. By complete affiliation, you

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have to go with the Leeds team. Without Johnny, it has levelled the

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playing field? Definitely. On one hand, it is a shame, it makes it

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less likely they will win. On the other hand, it will make for more

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interesting racing. I think the Leeds team I and II are going to be

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quite close. The Australian team and Loughborough are going to be close.

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I think it is going to hinge on what happens in the earlier legs. It will

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be interesting watching. We have a full range of British athletes from

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the juniors, up to the elite. Annie Emmerson, you are picking

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Loughborough? I am. Having chatted with the athletes come I think they

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are dark horses. Well, not dark horses because they are right up

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with the Leeds team. I think Jodie Williams rally them. Ben Dijkstra is

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a phenomenal athlete. -- Jodie is going to really rally them. These

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guys have their own opinions, but it won't just be me firing questions at

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them. Get involved. If you have a question for double Olympic champion

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Alistair Brownlee, use the hashtag and we will fire those questions at

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him. If you are still wondering about the details to come about

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British Triathlon and the Mixed Relay Cup, here is everything you

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need to know. Each mixed relay team is made up of

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four people, two women and two men. The women take the first and third

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legs. They are ready to go! The men take the second and fourth. Every

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team member must do their own mini triathlon. In Nottingham they will

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do a 300 metres swim, a 7.5 kilometre bike and finish off with a

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1500 metre run. Emphatic victory! At the end of each leg, the triathletes

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waiting to start the next like queue up in the relay exchange zone, as

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they prepared to make contact with the incoming team-mate. If it

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happens outside the zone, the team risked disqualification. The next

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team member gets on his way with a short sprint down the river and a

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running dive into the water. Spectacle and a bit of showboating!

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The shorter course and faster racing means small margins for error.

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Penalty box awaits the Germans. There is no such thing as a dead

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cert in this event. It is all over for Great Britain. The winning team

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is the one whose final member crosses the finish line at the

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bottom of the red carpet first. Expect plenty of thrills and spills

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before they get there. The Australians are the champions of the

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world in 2017! So, that is all the details, everything you need to

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know. With a hop, skip and a jumper, I have made it into the commentary

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box with Vicky Holland, bronze-medallist from Rio last year.

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Not competing, another injury, but on the mend. Let's get to strategy,

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it's very different competing individually, compared to competing

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with 18. How does it work? A lot of the team tactics will have been

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decided before the race begins. You often end up putting your strongest

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swimmer for the girls on the first leg, the stronger bikers on the

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third leg. A lot of teams with young athletes involved will try to

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front-load the race. They will put the strongest athletes on legs one

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and two, hoping to stay in as long as possible. There is going to be

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pressure as well. You don't want to let your team down? Especially from

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the more established teams. We have really good youngsters, especially

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the GB Junior team. They have no pressure, they are ready to go and

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take some scalps. Vicky, we are looking forward to hearing from you

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during the race. I will let you get into position. Matt Chilton is

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getting ready to take things away. Thank you, good afternoon. It is the

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inaugural British Triathlon Mixed Relay Cup, on a beautiful day in

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Nottingham. The mixed relay is now part of the Olympic programme and

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will make the Olympic debut in Tokyo 2020. So, the interest and passion

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surrounding the mixed relay is increasing, year on year. Leeds II.

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Big names, Non Stanford, Gordon Benson, Lucy Hall and Mark Buckley

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stepping in at the last minute. The last team that will be presented is

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Leeds I. Georgia Taylor-Brown, Aaron Royle, Jess Learmonth and Tom

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Bishop. They are very much alongside the Canadians and the prerace

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favourites. An Olympic event now, mixed Olympic events have been rare

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in the past. In Rio there were only nine mixed events. In Tokyo there

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will be double that, with new events to include swimming, and athletics.

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And triathlon, of course, which is why we are here today. The Olympic

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bronze-medallist Vicky Holland is alongside me. I am sure you would

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rather be racing, but great to have you here. This could be very good? I

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love the relay, very disappointed not to be out there racing.

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Unfortunately it is the story of my year. You hit the nail on the head,

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it will be Fast and Furious. In my opinion it is the best event there

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is for spectator watching. Individual, mixed with a bit of guys

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and girls thrown in together, such a good event to watch. Things change

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so quickly. I think people are in for a real treat, and hopefully

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those at home watching as well. Nottingham provides this fantastic

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natural venue for the event. The swim is 300 metres, starting near

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the Suspension Bridge, a rectangular course in the water. The bike is a

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7.5 kilometre race, two laps of 3.75 kilometres each, entirely on the

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Victoria Embankment. The run is a 300-metre affair, crossing the Trent

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Bridge and the Suspension Bridge. The course is flat and fast, with a

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sharp climb over the Suspension Bridge at the end of the run. A

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300-metre swim, a 7.5 kilometre bike, a 1500 metre run. Swimmer,

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bike, run for all four members of the team. It will be female, male,

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female, male. It is all shaping up with some of the biggest names in

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World Triathlon present here in Nottingham. Annie Emmerson has made

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her way to the commentary position. You have been down with the athletes

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as the atmosphere rose in the teams? It is fantastic, they are buzzing.

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Of course, we love the individual racing but there is something really

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special about the mixed relays. The boys and girls are racing together,

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but there is a real team thing, camaraderie is fantastic to see.

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There is a really tribal sort of elements to this, the same way you

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get with football fans supporting their own team, behind their own

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team. I think there is something special about racing for the team of

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the place where Ukraine, where you live or where you are from, as the

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majority of these athletes are doing. -- the place you train. It

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adds something unique. This is known as the Nottingham

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thunderclap, it's the noise that accompanies the introduction of the

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athletes to begin the race, and the first competitors from each of the

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17 teams presented individually down onto the starting pontoon. It will

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be a deepwater start for the first leg. After that they will make the

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handover and there will be a running dive start for legs two, three and

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four but it is a deepwater start which provides its own difficulties

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and technical requirements, Vicky Holland. In elite racing we really

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do a deepwater start, so this is something that a lot of the

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experienced athletes will not have done much of and would have done

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much of this for many years. It is a different type of start, you

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obviously don't get the propulsion half the pontoon that we normally

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see. Instead they will line up with a rope in front of them and they

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won't be able to move beyond that rope until the gun goes and they

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will do a breaststroke eggbeater, leg kick up as it is called waiting

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for the gun to go and it's about who has the fastest kick off the start

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to get themselves ahead of their rivals.

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Now they are swimming in the River Trent, which has some strong

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currents which need to be considered to. It's the third longest river in

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the UK, 185 miles. The source is high up in Staffordshire and flows

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through Stoke-on-Trent, Nottingham, Burton on Trent, Newark on Trent

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before it joins the river Oose and flows into the Humber Estuary. The

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swimmers are having to fight against it ready for the start now. It is a

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four leg mixed triathlon relay, 300 metres swim, 7.5 kilometres on the

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bike, 15 kilometre run to conclude. The first-ever Accenture triathlon

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Mixed Relay Cup is under way in Nottingham. On the first leg you

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need to look out for Sophie Coldwell, she is our likely leader,

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a very strong swimmer. A good all-round athlete now, she has done

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very well to step into the U23 and senior ranks with a fourth place

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this year already at the World Triathlon Series. Her swim pedigree

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is of such a high standard that I think she is our likely natural

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leader. It's interesting the Leeds I and Team II putting Georgia

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Taylor-Brown and Non Stanford putting out their swimmers as the

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first swimmers. It's been an interesting choice. You have to look

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at the Loughborough team won between Dummett versus Leeds Team I and Team

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II, they have put in opposite tactics, Loughborough put in their

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strongest swimmer on the first leg, whereas Leeds have their strongest

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swimmers on the third leg. I guess they have done that because those

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girls are stronger on the bike as well, so they are hoping that if the

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race has started to spread out, or if they find themselves a little bit

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behind they will be able to use those girls and their strength on

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the bike to get back into the race. We must mention Non Stanford, who

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has been out for the best part of the year. The first time back

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racing. This is going to be really tough for her, because it's almost

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like a different engine system needed for this short style of

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racing. Non Stanford is a bit nervous about starting back in,

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getting back in there. With a lot of the Juniors who will be out for some

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blood. It is a really good opportunity for the youngsters to

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mix it with the senior girls, the more established girls, and she

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knows they will be after her. This is a really good race to try and

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sharpen those skills. She is going to be in Rotterdam in two weeks'

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time at the grand final, so just get the little things right, the

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transition skills, technical stuff on the bike, being in a group on the

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bike in the pack, all of those things will be good for her. It is

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Sophie Coldwell who is out at the front swimming the first leg for a

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Loughborough I, she will be joined in the team by Chris Perham, Jodie

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Stimpson, her regular on the World Triathlon Series, and Ben Dijkstra

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from Loughborough. He is a very talented all-rounder. They are

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approaching the end of the first swim. There will be four of these,

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remember, they will exit the water and pick up their bikes for the two

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laps to conclude the 7.5 kilometre bike and 1500 metre run and then the

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changeover. It's going to be action packed here this afternoon. Team

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Japan, 18 years of age, giving Coldwell a run for her money in the

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first leg. She certainly is, she recently won the Asian

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championships, she is a young athlete, only 18 years of age. This

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is probably going to be the best part of the triathlon, the swim,

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she's going to have a hard time on the bike, staying with the likes of

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Sophie Coldwell. The let's wait and see what happens as they begin to

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exit the water. The first swim is just about done. They have to get

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out of the wet suits and get everything done neatly and tidily in

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transition. Sega of Japan, Coldwell of Great Britain, up they come to

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their bikes. All of the bikes are parked there. There are 17 groups of

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four bikes parked together, Japan Loughborough I, GB U23 with Sian

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Rainsley in good shape, kind of going well, Jenny Manners swimming

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and biking and running the first leg for Cardiff, Leeds II, leads one in

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ninth, it is a 7.5 kilometre bike for the first triathletes in this

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Accenture British Triathlon Mixed Relay Cup, they are on their way.

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Sophie Coldwell must work hard in the early stages of the bike to

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manage to stay away from Leeds I and Leeds II, Georgia Taylor-Brown and

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Non Stanford. She went away with the world number one, so she's capable

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of going alone if she wants to. Absolutely, she is in second

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position on the bike so she hasn't had a fantastic transition, still

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has time to make upon our leader. What I noticed through transition

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that was interesting is both the Leeds I and Leeds II swimmers didn't

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have the greatest of swims, Taylor-Brown and Non Stanford are

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distinctly mid-pack, so they have work to do. Felucca Sega from Japan,

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the 18-year-old, glancing over her shoulder, she's had a sensational

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start to her leg in the triathlon but there is a group forming behind

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trying to close her down -- Lukas Hejda. Coldwell has taken Sega in

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her own position, right in front of the grandstand she overtook her,

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beneath the magnificent war memorial, hence the war of -- of

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approval from those in the grandstand. The difficulty for the

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likes of Sophie Coldwell is the athletes she is riding with, she may

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not be that familiar with them. For that reason she doesn't know how

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they will go, should she work with them try and go it alone. We can see

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the chase pack looking ominous in the background. Sophie is a

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phenomenal rider. What I know of Fuka Sega is we all raced against

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her in Chengdu in a World Cup race earlier this year and she made the

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front group as a phenomenal swimmer and she demonstrated today but

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didn't do any work on the bike, she sat at the back and her run is not

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up to scratch, compared to a lot of the girls in the race. Tricky turn,

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we saw one or two of them going down on the bike, familiarisation, so

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they have learned their lessons. The course is dry, there is no water on

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the track and they have come through the first out and back safely and

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up, the first group numbering about a dozen. The next pack is

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approaching the turn. The athletes have talked about the fact that this

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bike circuit is tricky, it's very technical, and it's going to be very

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hard work for some of the less experienced athletes, that's for

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sure. The second pack has joined with different pack. A reasonably

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sized pack, around half the field there. More and more of those girls

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made it into the pack now. That was a joining of the group that includes

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Non Stanford and Georgia Taylor-Brown, so Leeds Team I and

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Team II have made it into the group with Loughborough and it plays into

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the hands of Leeds, they have obviously saved their swim- bike

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specialists for the third leg. That said, Loughborough I have Jodie

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Stimpson and we saw what she's capable of last weekend in

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Stockholm, especially on the bike that she has so worked so hard on

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the summer. I fancy the Canadian team to do well, they are full of

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confidence as well, as you may have seen in the interview prerace. John

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Brown has moved into leadership of the contest, joined by match-up,

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Paula Findlay and Jeremy Briand, four established World Triathlon

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Series races and the Canadians could be a force to be reckoned with this

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afternoon. They certainly could be, Joanna Brown is really coming to

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Heron. In the last two races on the World Triathlon Series, Montreal and

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Edmondson, she finished fourth in both races, massive step up for her,

:24:01.:24:04.

so Joanna Brown is a great threat, she is a great runner, she comes

:24:05.:24:07.

from a running background and in this pack she is well placed to do

:24:08.:24:11.

well in a first leg on the mixed relay is. I think you are right,

:24:12.:24:16.

Canada are a to definitely watch. Joanna Brown is strongest athlete in

:24:17.:24:21.

that team at the moment with the two fourth-place is recently on the

:24:22.:24:24.

World Series. She has also had a couple of podiums on the World Cup

:24:25.:24:27.

series this year already as well. She is definitely somebody to watch.

:24:28.:24:32.

Sophia Green of sterling has picked up a ten second penalty, no word as

:24:33.:24:39.

to what that is for but SN second penalty for her. If you have

:24:40.:24:51.

questions for Alistair Brownlee command Vicky Holland, get the

:24:52.:24:55.

questions in using #BBC triathlon and we will try and get through as

:24:56.:24:58.

many of them as we can with Ore Oduba Bowe after the race. Some of

:24:59.:25:04.

the athletes asking for some of the other athletes to come through. They

:25:05.:25:07.

don't want to be caught from behind by the chasing pack. This looks like

:25:08.:25:13.

it is Non Stanford, great to see her racing. We talked about the fact she

:25:14.:25:16.

has not raced all year but this will be hard work for her but she is such

:25:17.:25:23.

a champion, 2012 U23 champion, 2013 senior champion and fourth in the

:25:24.:25:27.

Olympics, great athlete, great to see her back racing. Non Stanford

:25:28.:25:30.

will not be afraid to work this hard, won't be afraid to take her

:25:31.:25:34.

turns and make it as hard as she wants to come it won't matter that

:25:35.:25:41.

it is sapping her own legs, she needs to get the cobwebs blown out

:25:42.:25:44.

ahead of the race in two weeks' time in Rotterdam. 11 teams together at

:25:45.:25:47.

the front, Georgia Taylor-Brown representing Leeds I, Non Stanford

:25:48.:25:53.

for Leeds II Sophie Coldwell from Loughborough, one of the big names.

:25:54.:25:58.

Somebody else taking it up now and injecting pace into the race. That

:25:59.:26:02.

is Team Bath at the front that I'm excited to see, that's my team these

:26:03.:26:07.

days. If I was able to race I would be in there now so I'm excited to

:26:08.:26:13.

see them mixing it up. Megan McDonald from team that from

:26:14.:26:17.

Leamington spa, at the front in the British Triathlon Mixed Relay Cup.

:26:18.:26:21.

We have talked about the fact the mixed relays is now in the Olympics,

:26:22.:26:26.

it will be in Tokyo 2020, such exciting news fools of the great

:26:27.:26:28.

thing about Nottingham and the mixed relay is here are it is giving the

:26:29.:26:34.

athletes a great chance to race with some of their heroes. It is a great

:26:35.:26:38.

thing they are coming at a race with some of the senior athletes and as

:26:39.:26:42.

we have said before, some of them fancy themselves over the shorter

:26:43.:26:46.

distances. They do race these shorter differences more often and

:26:47.:26:49.

frequently than the senior athletes, so I think there will be some strong

:26:50.:26:54.

performances from the youngsters. Serious move happening from Joanna

:26:55.:26:57.

Brown, the 24-year-old Canadian has moved into the front, past the war

:26:58.:27:01.

memorial and the packed grandstands. 11 teams together. Eyesore Non

:27:02.:27:11.

Stanford really take it on around the U-turn. She accelerated. It was

:27:12.:27:14.

her and Georgia Taylor-Brown and Sophie Coldwell that really started

:27:15.:27:19.

to make a bit of a gap before the Canadian Joanna Brown brought the

:27:20.:27:22.

rest of the pack back on. We heard about the penalty for Sofia Green,

:27:23.:27:27.

it was for kit outside the box. When you come into transition at the end

:27:28.:27:31.

of the swim you must make sure your wet suit and goggles go into the box

:27:32.:27:35.

and that didn't happen for the team and hence the penalty, that's the

:27:36.:27:39.

reason why they have that stop-go penalty which they will take later

:27:40.:27:41.

but I don't think they were ever going to be in serious contention.

:27:42.:27:45.

The difficulty for some of the younger athletes is their brains

:27:46.:27:49.

will be working so fast and some of them will be out of their depths and

:27:50.:27:52.

they are not used to be strict rules that the ITU set and we know that

:27:53.:27:56.

you need all of your comment inside the box on the bikes and we have

:27:57.:28:00.

seen it quite often on the series. It happens to the best of us in the

:28:01.:28:04.

senior ranks and Sofia is one of the younger athletes so she won't be as

:28:05.:28:08.

used to doing that as some of the more experienced athletes. I'm sure

:28:09.:28:11.

she will not make that mistake to many more times. Joanna Brown

:28:12.:28:15.

forcing the pace for Canada, shall handover after her run to mash up

:28:16.:28:19.

who will hand onto multiple triathlon series winner Paula

:28:20.:28:26.

Findlay. Jimmy Briand will be running the anchor leg for Canada,

:28:27.:28:31.

the most dumb least experienced of the four, so their weakest athlete

:28:32.:28:35.

is going last. We will see if that gamble pays off or comes back to

:28:36.:28:40.

bite. What we know about Chris Perham who is going to take over

:28:41.:28:42.

from Sophie Coldwell? He is the young athlete who will be coming

:28:43.:28:48.

through when Sophie hangs up her bike. We know he is a strong run

:28:49.:28:53.

about what we know about him? He is a pretty good all-round athlete,

:28:54.:28:56.

Chris. Somebody who has developed well over the last couple of years.

:28:57.:29:01.

He was in the World Junior Championships in Edmonton in 2014

:29:02.:29:06.

when he came 15th, sorry, 2015 where he came 14th, in Chicago he raced as

:29:07.:29:13.

an U23, 2015 and he was 20th. He has some good results behind him now,

:29:14.:29:17.

becoming a more established senior athlete, so he will round off what

:29:18.:29:20.

is already a strong team for Loughborough.

:29:21.:29:25.

So, the brakes on for the next turn. One or two of them got a little

:29:26.:29:32.

close to the Nottingham banners and the metal railings. It is a little

:29:33.:29:36.

bit wider wrap that turn than at the other end of the course, which is

:29:37.:29:40.

much tighter. Now they start to think about the conclusion of the

:29:41.:29:43.

run, 7.5 kilometres. The last leg will be a 1500 metre run, a single

:29:44.:29:48.

lap which takes them to both sides of the river. They cross the

:29:49.:29:52.

Suspension Bridge and the River Trent. There is a really tough climb

:29:53.:30:02.

to concluded. Going really nicely, Joanna Brown from Canada. She just

:30:03.:30:07.

gave a nudge to say, come on, Non, come through. But she said, I'm OK,

:30:08.:30:15.

thanks! I think it is a good position for Non. You can see the

:30:16.:30:19.

straps on her shoes are already and am. Being in second position when

:30:20.:30:23.

you want to take off your shoes is a good position, it means you can

:30:24.:30:26.

search through and get into the best possible position for transition. It

:30:27.:30:30.

has been overcast for the first 12 minutes of the triathlon, but the

:30:31.:30:34.

sun is beating down. They are happy to be under the shade of the trees

:30:35.:30:39.

in the Victoria Embankment Park area in Nottingham. Coming towards the

:30:40.:30:42.

end of the bike. Joanna Brown, number four, swimming, biting and

:30:43.:30:49.

running the first leg for Canada. Non Stanford, Georgia Taylor-Brown,

:30:50.:30:54.

Fuka Sega, first out of the water for Japan. Sophie Coldwell, a lot of

:30:55.:30:58.

established triathlon names in there as they prepare for the arrival.

:30:59.:31:04.

Brown, glancing over her shoulder. You need to be clear of trouble, but

:31:05.:31:09.

not too far away, everything is deficient in transition. They call

:31:10.:31:11.

the transition the fourth discipline because it is practised and again.

:31:12.:31:21.

Brown, resting on top of her shoes. That gives Non Stanford opportunity

:31:22.:31:24.

to burst through. She wants to be first at the best man. Non Stanford

:31:25.:31:30.

for Leeds. She is first into transition, former world champion.

:31:31.:31:40.

She hands over to Gordon Benson, Brown needs to get into transition.

:31:41.:31:45.

She can't let Stanford make the most of that lead. Fuka Sega, struggling.

:31:46.:31:55.

Non Stanford is joined by Georgia Taylor-Brown on the way out of

:31:56.:31:59.

transition. Our two favourites for the race, Leeds II and Leeds I are

:32:00.:32:07.

doing really well. Nice to see Non so smooth. She hasn't had the

:32:08.:32:10.

opportunity to race and do the speedy transitions. I would give

:32:11.:32:15.

that 110 out of ten. She did it with a lot of pressure, a lot of people

:32:16.:32:19.

around her. There is no room for slip-ups at this level, this fast

:32:20.:32:22.

and the is. She had to do every thing smoothly and she did that. The

:32:23.:32:29.

only girl in front of her is Kate Waugh, the current European junior

:32:30.:32:36.

champion. Renowned for her running strength. Yes, she is 18 years of

:32:37.:32:41.

age and from Gateshead and she is running shoulder to shoulder with

:32:42.:32:44.

the former world champion, Non Stanford. These two has stolen two

:32:45.:32:48.

or three seconds over the next best. It will be adjusting to see, even

:32:49.:32:54.

though Non does not have race fitness, how happy she is to sit

:32:55.:32:58.

with a young junior athlete. We can see her starting to pump the arms

:32:59.:33:03.

and pull forward. Non is renowned as being a front runner, she likes to

:33:04.:33:09.

be in the front, with a pack or off the front of the race. Not surprised

:33:10.:33:16.

to see her stepping in front of Kate Waugh. It will be great experience

:33:17.:33:20.

for her. She needs to stick onto her shoulder as well she can, it will

:33:21.:33:24.

really help her development, running with the stars. Both Loughborough

:33:25.:33:29.

teams are involved Olivia Matthaus is a local girl from

:33:30.:33:35.

Nottinghamshire. The River Trent flows through her hometown. She

:33:36.:33:39.

feels very much at home a Stanford tries to stretch their lead. There

:33:40.:33:43.

are four others within striking distance as they cross the bridge.

:33:44.:33:47.

That his Georgia Taylor-Brown, running on the outside of the

:33:48.:33:51.

chasing pack. I would not be surprised to see her bridging onto

:33:52.:33:53.

those front two, maybe even bringing the front two with her. She is

:33:54.:34:01.

probably the strongest in the race of pure run pedigree. I am not too

:34:02.:34:04.

surprised to see her closing the gap down. Joanna Brown, this is usually

:34:05.:34:15.

her strength, the run. But she was in Stockholm just six days ago. The

:34:16.:34:19.

Canadian athlete struggling a little bit on the run, which is usually her

:34:20.:34:23.

strength. Non Stanford pushing on and breaking away. As you rightly

:34:24.:34:27.

said, I can just see Georgia Taylor-Brown, I think I can take her

:34:28.:34:31.

out. She is coming through into second place. The 23-year-old from

:34:32.:34:36.

Manchester moving past Kate Waugh and into second position. She has

:34:37.:34:42.

her eyes on Non Stanford ahead of her. Coldwell is about to go past

:34:43.:34:51.

past Kate Waugh of. Georgia is renowned for her ability

:34:52.:35:05.

to pick up the pace as she goes through the race. She doesn't start

:35:06.:35:08.

too fast and he is but she seems to wind it up. We are seeing that

:35:09.:35:12.

again, with her stretching that lead as they come towards the end of the

:35:13.:35:17.

run. It always requires a bit of discipline. It is easy to go hell

:35:18.:35:20.

for leather out of transition. Georgia is really pulling away, a

:35:21.:35:26.

big Apple forming. Georgia Taylor-Brown will come ironically,

:35:27.:35:30.

hand over to Non Stanford's boyfriend, Aaron Royle. Georgia

:35:31.:35:35.

Taylor-Brown will hand over to Aaron Royle, Non Stanford will hand over

:35:36.:35:39.

to Gordon Benson for Leeds II. That will happen shortly. After 19 and a

:35:40.:35:46.

quarter minutes of the British Triathlon Mixed Relay Cup, the first

:35:47.:35:50.

event of its kind to be held in the country, the first leg will conclude

:35:51.:35:57.

shortly. They have a stiff climb, almost when you thought you were out

:35:58.:36:00.

of energy. Uphill across the Suspension Bridge. These are

:36:01.:36:04.

spectacular pictures from on high. Beautiful scenery that we have

:36:05.:36:09.

today, a really good setting. The course as well, for spectators here,

:36:10.:36:13.

they can say virtually all of it. You never really lose sight of the

:36:14.:36:17.

athletes for too long. Not only is it a great spectator event at home

:36:18.:36:21.

on television, you can see the athletes virtually the whole time.

:36:22.:36:25.

It makes such good viewing. It really does. A 1500 metre runner

:36:26.:36:31.

coming to a conclusion just now. Georgia Taylor-Brown is going to

:36:32.:36:35.

hand over to Aaron Royle. They are lined up in their wet suits ready

:36:36.:36:41.

for stage two. Taylor-Brown, Aaron Royle on his way, down the steep

:36:42.:36:44.

ramp and ready for the flying start. Let's pick him up, the Australian,

:36:45.:36:49.

out into the Trent. Not the best dive he has never performed! He will

:36:50.:36:55.

not want to see that again in the replay, but he has a decent lead.

:36:56.:37:00.

Aaron Royle on his way for Leeds I. Being a strong swimmer, he will

:37:01.:37:03.

probably take this out so they can't get to them. Let's go down to

:37:04.:37:08.

Riverside and join Ore with Alistair Brownlee.

:37:09.:37:13.

Thank you, yes, we have just taken our position by the changeover. It

:37:14.:37:22.

is frenetic, isn't it? For the guys here waiting, they have got to wait

:37:23.:37:25.

a patient game, they can't go before they are tagged. Yes, you have to

:37:26.:37:36.

make sure you handover between two lines, bits of tape on the ground.

:37:37.:37:40.

You can get disqualified for handing over at the wrong time. Like in an

:37:41.:37:47.

athletics really. I have that in the Commonwealth is. It's important to

:37:48.:37:52.

get that right. Looking for Georgia Taylor-Brown and Non Stanford. You

:37:53.:37:55.

just said to Gordon Benson as he was lining up, race clever. Why? Georgia

:37:56.:38:03.

had a great leg. Physically, she is really talented. We have a position

:38:04.:38:12.

now where the Leeds Team I, with Aaron who is a great swimmer, and

:38:13.:38:18.

Gordon, behind a Canadian, he could work to bring him back, but he could

:38:19.:38:21.

also be in a powerful position on his own, allowing other people to do

:38:22.:38:26.

the work and then trying to get to Aaron to push the race on. If that

:38:27.:38:33.

happens, and Leeds I and II are on their own at the front, that is the

:38:34.:38:38.

perfect scenario, which you can do with some clever tactics. Still

:38:39.:38:41.

Leeds through and through! More strategy to watch.

:38:42.:38:45.

Thank you, Ore. Aaron Royle leads for Leeds I. Gordon Benson for Leeds

:38:46.:39:02.

II is further down the course. Chris Perham has been given a decent

:39:03.:39:10.

position. Adam Bowden, the 35-year-old veteran, he is doing the

:39:11.:39:14.

second leg for Cardiff. Marc Austin for Stirling I is in the water

:39:15.:39:19.

somewhere, having been given a changeover from Iona Miller. The

:39:20.:39:22.

17-year-old from Glasgow. Marc Austin with work to do. We are

:39:23.:39:30.

alongside the race leader, it is Leeds I, with Aaron Royle swimming

:39:31.:39:33.

towards the conclusion of his 300-metre stretch. We got a couple

:39:34.:39:37.

of splits with the bottom team, never 17, it is Team Stirling II.

:39:38.:39:47.

Lost quite a bit of time. The top seven teams are within 27 seconds of

:39:48.:39:51.

each other. With the mixed relays, what we have learned previously is

:39:52.:39:55.

that a lot can happen. You think a team has broken away, but Aaron

:39:56.:39:58.

Royle is out there on his owner doesn't have anyone to work with.

:39:59.:40:02.

There is a little group of talented athletes ten seconds behind him now.

:40:03.:40:08.

The Stirling time is affected by the fact they has to take the penalty,

:40:09.:40:13.

Sofia Green did not get her equipment into the box at the end of

:40:14.:40:20.

the first transition. Aaron Royle, the Australian, swimming, biking and

:40:21.:40:24.

running for Leeds I. Approaching transition now. He has kept his lead

:40:25.:40:29.

intact. The next couple are not too far behind. Those were the four

:40:30.:40:37.

Leeds bikes. He has to get out of his wet suit and get all of his

:40:38.:40:45.

equipment in the box. Leeds I, followed by Canada. GB under 23 are

:40:46.:40:52.

having a great race. They are with Calum Johnson, swimming, biking and

:40:53.:40:57.

running the second leg. Leeds I with Aaron Royle, leading them out of

:40:58.:41:01.

transition. He begins his 7.5 kilometre bike ride. I just saw the

:41:02.:41:06.

GB Juniors, just a little bit off the pack. He is a really talented

:41:07.:41:14.

athlete, but I think this front group might be too strong for him.

:41:15.:41:20.

Aaron Royle, happy to be on his own, making the first tight turn, as he

:41:21.:41:24.

tries to stretch his lead. He had a little look down the road to see

:41:25.:41:27.

where the next placed triathletes are. It is either the Canadian or

:41:28.:41:37.

Japan. Ryousuke Maeda for Japan, doing the second leg for the

:41:38.:41:42.

Japanese team. Roaring now, heading to the war memorial for Australia's

:41:43.:41:49.

Aaron Royle. Taking position for Team Leeds I. We saw him coming

:41:50.:41:53.

through the commentary box and he is absolutely flying. He's not taking

:41:54.:41:58.

any prisoners and has stolen a march through transition. He is used to

:41:59.:42:01.

doing that thing, having been in many breakaway packs with Alistair

:42:02.:42:04.

and Johnny over the years, he's very used to coming out of the swimming

:42:05.:42:07.

and getting straight into the riding without holding up waiting for

:42:08.:42:10.

anybody. The other three lads seem to have taken a moment to get into

:42:11.:42:13.

the riding. Like this, so fast and the time. Of course, 7.5

:42:14.:42:27.

kilometres, he can hang on for that. He's not thinking I've got 40, he's

:42:28.:42:30.

only got 7.5 minutes. What are we looking at for 7.5 kilometres? About

:42:31.:42:39.

ten. So we have Gordon Benson, the other Leeds athlete. Mash-up, and

:42:40.:42:44.

that is Chris Perham. We have our favourites.

:42:45.:42:48.

Out of the saddle, trying to get extra acceleration, as Aaron Royle

:42:49.:42:55.

heads back to the start finish line. This has been a sensational

:42:56.:42:59.

performance so far. He was given a narrow lead, but he stretched it

:43:00.:43:04.

magnificently, Vicky Holland? On the swimmer, it wasn't that much of a

:43:05.:43:07.

surprise. Matthew Sharpe, who led the rest of them through, he

:43:08.:43:12.

recently won the World Championships, he is a very strong

:43:13.:43:17.

swimmer and runner. Not surprised to see him maintaining that gap through

:43:18.:43:22.

the swim. Aaron has really gone for it, he is not waiting for those guys

:43:23.:43:31.

to catch up. There is no Leeds tactics, it is Leeds I for

:43:32.:43:36.

themselves. I'm not too impressed with the way they are working with

:43:37.:43:40.

each other. They should literally be pulling through and then the next

:43:41.:43:43.

athlete pulling through to keep the train really rolling. They are not

:43:44.:43:49.

really working together. Even getting the visual on Arran, he is

:43:50.:43:52.

definitely moving faster than they are at a three, and they should be

:43:53.:43:58.

able to bring him back a little bit. If they do, they will gain that

:43:59.:44:04.

ground back. He could see the distance he has gathered. The others

:44:05.:44:08.

are heading in the opposite direction. He can add a couple of

:44:09.:44:13.

more seconds to the official lead. Aaron Royle, in sensational form.

:44:14.:44:18.

Swimming, biking and running for Leeds I. Set up well by Georgia

:44:19.:44:21.

Taylor-Brown, absolutely shattered after the end of her effort. The

:44:22.:44:25.

23-year-old from Manchester was lying on her back, gulping in lungs

:44:26.:44:36.

of oxygen. Aaron Brown is capitalising on the lead and going

:44:37.:44:39.

further and further away. I think Aaron is starting to feel quite at

:44:40.:44:44.

home. He has been spending a lot of time in Leeds with his girlfriend,

:44:45.:44:48.

Non Stanford. He moved at the beginning of the year, they spent

:44:49.:44:52.

some time in Australia as well. Best of both worlds, having a home on the

:44:53.:44:58.

Gold Coast, and then also having a home in Leeds. They make the most of

:44:59.:45:00.

having both environments. Match-up in the middle, the

:45:01.:45:07.

Canadian, he is an established triathlon World Series competitor.

:45:08.:45:15.

Alongside the Brownlee Brothers, a very decent triathlete, the utility

:45:16.:45:19.

rider to help the Brownlee Brothers. They got gold and silver in Rio. The

:45:20.:45:26.

man who we know less about is Chris Perham, just 22 years of age, he is

:45:27.:45:30.

from Portland in Dorset and he is currently in a share of second

:45:31.:45:35.

position. It is this man, Aaron Royle, who leads. Really impressed

:45:36.:45:40.

with his performance, a former world U23 champion, he won in the same

:45:41.:45:48.

year as Non Stanford, don't know if that is connected to what happened

:45:49.:45:52.

subsequently. He is also a phenomenal swim bike and has a

:45:53.:45:56.

decent run. He had a few injuries this season so started the season

:45:57.:46:00.

late but he's looking in fantastic form. Aaron has been improving race

:46:01.:46:04.

on race, he started the season late, injury knocked him back. Also with

:46:05.:46:08.

the change of environment and training setup, it takes time to get

:46:09.:46:12.

used to that, to train a different way, and he's doing a lot more

:46:13.:46:15.

volume. I'm not surprised to see him getting a little more used to it

:46:16.:46:23.

now. He was neither in Stockholm last week. Ore Oduba is with former

:46:24.:46:29.

world champion Non Stanford. Non Stanford, fresh from your super

:46:30.:46:34.

Sprint, how does it feel running down the bank? The swim and the bike

:46:35.:46:38.

was fine, I went off on the ride and felt controlled but I haven't done

:46:39.:46:40.

much running so it definitely caught up with me, and Georgia came past

:46:41.:46:46.

and I had to hang on with what I had. It was really good fun and it

:46:47.:46:49.

is over within the blink of an eye sown -- no time to think. Non

:46:50.:46:56.

Stanford catching her breath, back with her boyfriend Aaron Royle who

:46:57.:47:01.

leads this competition. The pace he is putting in on the bike was

:47:02.:47:03.

quicker than we have seen from Gordon Benson, match-up and Chris

:47:04.:47:08.

Perham. I caught a glimpse of the chasing group of three, Benson is

:47:09.:47:13.

cruising in without putting in too much effort -- Matt Sharp. Royle has

:47:14.:47:18.

done all of this work on his own and still has a 1500 metre runner to

:47:19.:47:22.

come, Vicky Holland, can he maintain the lead during the run? Aaron is a

:47:23.:47:27.

classy runner and I think he can. As I said, he is improving week, his

:47:28.:47:34.

form is getting better and better, these guys may have conserved a bit

:47:35.:47:38.

more energy if they were more savvy. Maybeme I have that bit extra when

:47:39.:47:42.

it comes to the run. Aaron has a decent gap now so I think he will

:47:43.:47:46.

hold on. Looking down the list to see who he has got in his team, he

:47:47.:47:58.

has John Bishop, the runner-up to Javier Gomez. Leeds I have given

:47:59.:48:05.

themselves a massive lead halfway through this leg and it is courtesy

:48:06.:48:11.

of a superb effort from Aaron Royle. Georgia Taylor-Brown had a fantastic

:48:12.:48:16.

leg as well but this Leeds I team that were the favourites going into

:48:17.:48:19.

this race are really holding their own and showing they are just a

:48:20.:48:23.

little bit better than the rest. It is no coincidence they were ranked

:48:24.:48:27.

number one. They were the number one because of the calibre of the

:48:28.:48:30.

athletes in the team. It is shelling already. I look at it as if Aaron

:48:31.:48:37.

can hold onto this gap, passing on to Jess Learmonth, she is the best

:48:38.:48:41.

swim bike are possibly in the whole sport so handing over to her I don't

:48:42.:48:45.

think she will get caught, especially after that silver in

:48:46.:48:47.

Stockholm last weekend. I have spoken to her in the last day or so

:48:48.:48:52.

and she is tired and finds that the race hit her harder than she

:48:53.:48:56.

expected, and also coming down from altitude can put you into a slump,

:48:57.:49:01.

just being really heavy and tired. She's not

:49:02.:49:13.

feeling at her best but you know she is going to get up for this and be

:49:14.:49:18.

excited because it is the relay. She said at the beginning she has never

:49:19.:49:21.

done a relay before so it is something she has been keen to do

:49:22.:49:24.

and being out front I think she will deliver for the team. It might be a

:49:25.:49:27.

shock to the system for Jess who got second place in Stockholm just under

:49:28.:49:30.

a week ago, on a very tough course so we expect jest to be a little

:49:31.:49:33.

tired but the racing is really short and it is as much to do with your

:49:34.:49:36.

body as it is with your mind over this short distance today. Yeah,

:49:37.:49:39.

when you have to back up into the relay sometimes your body feels a

:49:40.:49:41.

bit tired but you find something else. It's for the team. There is a

:49:42.:49:44.

sort of tribal aspect to it where you really want to perform for your

:49:45.:49:46.

team-mates, the people you train with and live with on a day-to-day

:49:47.:49:50.

basis. I think even the athletes who are a bit tired, some of them raced

:49:51.:49:54.

in Stockholm and some of the Juniors raised on Monday at the World Junior

:49:55.:50:00.

Championships qualifying so some of them Havret raced even more recently

:50:01.:50:04.

than the guys in Stockholm. With the chasing group under the shade of the

:50:05.:50:08.

trees alongside the River Trent, everything looks splendid in

:50:09.:50:11.

Nottingham city centre this afternoon. Aaron Royle is heading in

:50:12.:50:17.

the opposite direction. He had a chance to see the guys sharing

:50:18.:50:20.

second position, the team members of Leeds II and Loughborough I, and

:50:21.:50:28.

Canada but it is Royle who will shortly hang up his bike and set

:50:29.:50:33.

sail on his 1500 metre run to conclude. A single lap takes him to

:50:34.:50:37.

both sides of the River Trent over the two bridges, and he is preparing

:50:38.:50:41.

for the arrival in transition now. He doesn't have to rush, his lead is

:50:42.:50:45.

significant, it's been strengthened ever since he set out on his 7.5

:50:46.:50:51.

kilometre bike. He arrives at the dismount line now, steps off,

:50:52.:50:55.

perfect timing for Aaron Royle command of the soft carpet

:50:56.:51:00.

underfoot, looks for his position in transition, the next three are at

:51:01.:51:03.

the dismount line in the background of that shot now but there is no

:51:04.:51:08.

need for Aaron Royle to panic. He can get his shoes on, leave his

:51:09.:51:12.

helmet behind, while the others have yet to park their bikes he is away,

:51:13.:51:18.

Aaron Royle strikes out on his 1500 metre single lap on the run to

:51:19.:51:24.

conclude the second leg for Leeds I. Leeds I, 34 minutes and 20 seconds.

:51:25.:51:33.

Leeds II 12 seconds down, Canada and Loughborough in the same timing

:51:34.:51:37.

sequence, leaving transition with GB Juniors next in line. Well, I was

:51:38.:51:43.

going to say that I think Aaron may have lost a couple of seconds in the

:51:44.:51:49.

closing kilometre or so, those final three have maybe brought him back in

:51:50.:51:53.

a little and they do have quality runners, Matthew Sharpe is a good

:51:54.:51:57.

runner, Chris Perham raced for GB U23 and Junior and Gordon Benson,

:51:58.:52:02.

who is an Olympian, all three of those guys can run. Chris Perham has

:52:03.:52:07.

a good running pedigree, he races really well over cross-country, he

:52:08.:52:10.

has an fast times over five kilometres and three kilometres,

:52:11.:52:13.

young athlete, very inexperienced but finds himself in a really good

:52:14.:52:17.

position, and Aaron Royle striding out, hasn't quite found his running

:52:18.:52:25.

lakes this year but I think he should hold his own over the 1500

:52:26.:52:27.

metres, pretty short, what are we looking at? Around four minutes. 4.5

:52:28.:52:31.

seconds is the lead for Aaron Royle. Ore Oduba has found himself at a

:52:32.:52:34.

wedding. I really am going to crash this

:52:35.:52:38.

wedding. It is not what you expect at a triathlon race, some of the

:52:39.:52:41.

best runners and riders in the world going along the River Trent, and

:52:42.:52:46.

then we find Lauren and John. First things first, congratulations. Thank

:52:47.:52:53.

you. Thank you. I am glad you didn't leave a glass of champagne for me!

:52:54.:52:57.

What a lovely day for a wedding. It is beautiful. Stunning. Did you

:52:58.:53:04.

expect BBC sport? Did you expect a triathlon racing past year on the

:53:05.:53:12.

day? Not so much, a nice shock and a logistical nightmare but it's great.

:53:13.:53:16.

And when they told you that BBC sport would come and crash your

:53:17.:53:22.

wedding, John, you said? I love it. That is the right answer, we have

:53:23.:53:25.

kept you for too long. Your family is here taking every single selfie.

:53:26.:53:31.

Let's get a good one, shall we? There we go. That's the official

:53:32.:53:35.

one. Back to you. We have a party to enjoy... I mean a race.

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Congratulations from the commentary box to the new Mr and Mrs McCann it.

:53:41.:53:44.

The race has changed complexion because Gordon Benson has struck the

:53:45.:53:48.

front of the British Triathlon Mixed Relay Cup, Aaron Royle's leap

:53:49.:53:55.

disintegrated in the early stages of the 1.5 kilometre run, Matthew

:53:56.:53:59.

Sharpe of Canada and Perin is not far behind. Chris Perham from

:54:00.:54:03.

Portland in Dorset where it, racing for Loughborough I giving a really

:54:04.:54:06.

good account of himself, and now it is Gordon Benson leading the way.

:54:07.:54:11.

Great to see Gordon running really well now as they approach the

:54:12.:54:19.

changeover Park. Next in line we have Lucy Hall, so that's going to

:54:20.:54:22.

be interesting on the swim because we know she is a great swimmer and

:54:23.:54:27.

has a great bike leg. Matthew Sharpe from Canada hanging onto the heels

:54:28.:54:30.

of Gordon Benson. I am looking forward to Jess Learmonth versus

:54:31.:54:35.

Lucy Hall over the swim, that could be good. As it looks it will be Jess

:54:36.:54:40.

chasing down Lucy. For a while it looked like it would be the other

:54:41.:54:44.

way around, as Gordon has had such a great run and Aaron has struggled a

:54:45.:54:47.

little. I wouldn't be surprised if that was the effort he put in to go

:54:48.:54:52.

solo on the bike, whereas these three boys were working together,

:54:53.:54:55.

Aaron was on his own. Gordon has capitalised on that and taking

:54:56.:54:58.

advantage. Milliwatt Alistair was saying, some good tactics from him.

:54:59.:55:03.

Let's not forget that Chris Perham from Loughborough I will hand over

:55:04.:55:08.

to Nono Boban Jodie Stimpson, the 28-year-old regular on the World

:55:09.:55:10.

Triathlon Series, just recently returning from injury and she loves

:55:11.:55:13.

triathlon and competing. We will have Learmonth, Hall, Paula Findlay,

:55:14.:55:20.

multiple World Triathlon Series winner for Canada and Jodie Stimpson

:55:21.:55:23.

going head-to-head in the next stage. Aaron Royle has lost a little

:55:24.:55:29.

bit of time, which is a little dangerous for Leeds I, we didn't

:55:30.:55:33.

expect him to lose so much time as we approach transition now. Here we

:55:34.:55:38.

go, hands raised, Lucy Hall raising her hand, she is tagged by Gordon

:55:39.:55:42.

Benson and it is a sprint finish down the pontoon towards the water.

:55:43.:55:47.

Lucy Hall is on her way, chased along the carpet by Paula Findlay,

:55:48.:55:51.

who will stop and dive. Lucy Hall wanted to make sure that was clean

:55:52.:55:55.

and she is on her way. Jess Learmonth goes into the water. We

:55:56.:55:59.

wait for Jodie Stimpson who I think will be the fourth in, Jodie

:56:00.:56:02.

Stimpson away. It was the other way round, it was Stimpson and then

:56:03.:56:08.

Learmonth. Paula Findlay will try and hang onto Lucy's coat-tails,

:56:09.:56:11.

Lucy being such a classy swimmer, she had just the best in the sport,

:56:12.:56:16.

so she needs to keep on her coat tails. Joe Dean is making inroads

:56:17.:56:22.

here onto Paula Findlay's feet. Not surprised, Jody Swan phenomenally

:56:23.:56:24.

well in Stockholm and has worked hard on that this year throughout

:56:25.:56:28.

her injury and it is paying off, she is caught at the Canadian already --

:56:29.:56:39.

Jodie Swan. What is it about Lucy Hall's struck? There is lots of

:56:40.:56:43.

flapping going on but she is just cruising through the water. You

:56:44.:56:47.

watch it and think she is not just trying but she has very good

:56:48.:56:51.

technique and good shoulder range, shoulder mobility, without getting

:56:52.:56:54.

too technical. Into something she means she can catch hold of more

:56:55.:56:58.

water with every stroke and she uses it to such great ability. She really

:56:59.:57:04.

does stretch out on the swings. Loss of the other swimmers you see with a

:57:05.:57:07.

higher cadence who have what we consider more of a triathlon open

:57:08.:57:16.

water style stroke where you are not letting too much wave come in to

:57:17.:57:19.

disrupt what you are doing. But Lucy doesn't seem to need to do that

:57:20.:57:21.

because her stroke is so efficient and shoulder mobility so good. 41

:57:22.:57:26.

minutes since this British Triathlon Mixed Relay Cup began. We have Jess

:57:27.:57:33.

Learmonth, Lucy Hall, Paula Findlay, Jodie Stimpson battling it out for

:57:34.:57:39.

the top four places. They will exit the water and head towards their

:57:40.:57:43.

bikes with two lapse of 7.5 kilometres each. It looks like the

:57:44.:57:49.

three behind have grouped together and that will make it a little bit

:57:50.:57:55.

hard for Lucy Hall, I think. Jodie Stimpson in there, Jess Learmonth,

:57:56.:57:58.

no surprise she has caught back-up, we know she is such a strong

:57:59.:58:05.

swimmer. Paula Findlay as well from Canada. You mentioned back there she

:58:06.:58:08.

has won five World Triathlon Series events but in the last couple of

:58:09.:58:12.

years suffered lots of injuries. She is not quite the athlete she was but

:58:13.:58:15.

she is improving as the months go by. Lucy Hall was an Olympian in

:58:16.:58:22.

London 2012, she raced as part of the British team. Known as one of

:58:23.:58:26.

the strong list swimmers on the World Series. She is stretching her

:58:27.:58:33.

lead. The others are battling it out for second position. That group of

:58:34.:58:36.

three could work well on the bike when they pick them up shortly.

:58:37.:58:43.

Vicky Holland has gone down Riverside to join Ore Oduba, and I

:58:44.:58:46.

am delighted to say she has been replaced in the commentary booth by

:58:47.:58:50.

the double Olympic champion Alistair Brownlee. Good afternoon and well,

:58:51.:58:54.

long. Good afternoon, how are you doing? Good. What you make of the

:58:55.:59:00.

relay so far? Fantastic action packed, unpredictable, we are seeing

:59:01.:59:02.

real action and I don't think anyone would have predicted the teams to be

:59:03.:59:09.

winning at this point. It is a great position. For the fans watching to

:59:10.:59:12.

be so uncertain I don't think you could ask for more. What did you

:59:13.:59:17.

make of Aaron Royle's tactics on the bike? He did what he had to do and

:59:18.:59:21.

Leeds's tactic was great, I listen to the commentary and Aaron did

:59:22.:59:25.

exactly the right thing, he had to go for it. Gordon did the right

:59:26.:59:28.

thing, had to sit at the back of the group and do no work, that was a

:59:29.:59:32.

specific Leeds tactic between the teams and this is Lucy out of the

:59:33.:59:36.

water but Ike spec to catch her in the first few kilometres on the

:59:37.:59:40.

bike. Lucy Hall multitasking on her way up the carpet. She will arrive

:59:41.:59:47.

at her bike shortly. We could see an interesting by Klich developer with

:59:48.:59:51.

some of the big names in world triathlon taking part. Lucy Hall

:59:52.:59:54.

arrives at her bike, Jess Learmonth will not be too far behind, Jodie

:59:55.:59:58.

Stimpson and Paula Findlay in the group as well. They might not be too

:59:59.:00:01.

far apart by the time they leave transition. Leeds II and Leeds I,

:00:02.:00:09.

Canada and Loughborough I. The four main contenders as it stands, in

:00:10.:00:14.

search of the three available medals this afternoon. Lucy Hall getting

:00:15.:00:17.

her feet on her pedals and away she goes on lap one. This part of the

:00:18.:00:21.

race is so crucial and it is what you and your brother do so well.

:00:22.:00:24.

Looking at the girls, they've got to start working hard, you cannot lose

:00:25.:00:28.

any time. Especially when the field is this small, only talking about

:00:29.:00:34.

two or three in a grip, there is a real opportunity to split. What I

:00:35.:00:38.

was looking for, in the case of Leeds they want a gap going into the

:00:39.:00:42.

last leg to give them the best chance of winning the race so they

:00:43.:00:46.

are not racing against Loughborough's athlete. Jess had a

:00:47.:00:49.

great opportunity to do it there and they were spread out coming over the

:00:50.:00:52.

transition with Lucy coming up the road and because she didn't have the

:00:53.:00:57.

clean transition she lost the opportunity. She is still a greater

:00:58.:01:00.

really athlete and strong across all three sports but that five seconds

:01:01.:01:03.

in transition potentially could have been a turning point.

:01:04.:01:08.

Interesting, Lucy Hall still hasn't bothered to complete putting her

:01:09.:01:14.

shoes on. She is trying to get some speed up and maintain and

:01:15.:01:17.

consolidate the lead. The other three micro behind her are working

:01:18.:01:21.

together, with Stimson drafting at the back. Then it is Jess Learmonth,

:01:22.:01:32.

and then another experienced athlete in the shape of Paula Findlay. How

:01:33.:01:38.

quickly do you expect them to catch her? It's interesting, the smart

:01:39.:01:44.

thing would be for Jess to do nothing, said that the back of these

:01:45.:01:47.

three, let them tire out and then have a go at catching Lucy, so there

:01:48.:01:51.

are two micro elite athletes in front. But there is no benefit for

:01:52.:01:58.

Jess to do any work and catch Lucy, if you are looking at the big

:01:59.:02:01.

picture of a Leeds team winning. What I noticed in the men's race,

:02:02.:02:05.

with the three athletes trying to chase down Aaron, they did not

:02:06.:02:08.

connect well, there were not working well. Three athletes like that, you

:02:09.:02:12.

should be on the front for no more than five seconds. When it is only

:02:13.:02:16.

three, you'd need to do 20 or 30 seconds at least, if you are only

:02:17.:02:19.

doing five at a time, you are resting for ten seconds. The reason

:02:20.:02:25.

they were not connecting was because Adam Bowden was doing the right

:02:26.:02:28.

thing, he was sitting at the last of the three men and not coming

:02:29.:02:31.

through, which disrupts the line. You see Johnny and me yelling at

:02:32.:02:35.

people in races, try to get people to consistently do the same thing,

:02:36.:02:38.

so you know where you are, try to go as fast as you can. The three girls

:02:39.:02:44.

behind should be working 20 seconds or 30 seconds maximum, then dropping

:02:45.:02:50.

back? I would say so, then a minute or so of rest to give yourself time

:02:51.:02:57.

to recover. Lucy Hall, leading the British Triathlon Mixed Relay Cup,

:02:58.:03:02.

for Leeds II. Then a group of three closing her down quickly. Slowing,

:03:03.:03:12.

allowing Findlay, Jess Learmonth to come through. It would have been a

:03:13.:03:19.

great opportunity. A textbook opportunity to split the field.

:03:20.:03:24.

Another really small thing that could be a turning point in the

:03:25.:03:27.

whole race. But now there is no real reason for any of these four to

:03:28.:03:31.

work. You know, the guys behind are the best part of a minute behind

:03:32.:03:35.

these four, a decent amount of time. The threats are all in this group of

:03:36.:03:42.

four. It's an interesting stand off. The chase group includes GB Juniors,

:03:43.:03:48.

they were the next best, with Lizzie Hood, the 19-year-old from Dorset,

:03:49.:03:54.

swimming, biking and riding stage 34 GB Juniors. We will keep an eye on

:03:55.:03:58.

her progress. Now this group, as Alistair Brownlee has pointed out,

:03:59.:04:01.

they don't really need to do much. Just keep together as a quartet

:04:02.:04:06.

prepare for the 1500 metre run, where we might see some fireworks.

:04:07.:04:12.

Definitely. I think the clear best runner is Jodie, we don't know what

:04:13.:04:21.

kind of shape she is in. Running over 1500 metres can be different to

:04:22.:04:25.

running over ten kilometres. That's one of the things about the relay,

:04:26.:04:28.

always unpredictable. The other point is that Jess has been on great

:04:29.:04:32.

form. Like I said before, as an all-round athlete, she is one of the

:04:33.:04:39.

best out there. Over a short run, I really would not put much money on

:04:40.:04:43.

there being much difference between Jodie and Jess. These four athletes

:04:44.:04:51.

were racing in Stockholm last weekend, only six days ago. There's

:04:52.:04:54.

a good chance that Jess is tired, because it was a big race for her.

:04:55.:04:58.

Jodie, the fact she has been out for a long time, she could be tired.

:04:59.:05:02.

Jodi probably go slightly better in the first part of the ten kilometres

:05:03.:05:06.

than in the second part, especially when she is not very fit. We will

:05:07.:05:12.

see, I am not sure the Stockholm factor is that much of a factor. Six

:05:13.:05:16.

or seven days, I found that I raced better the second weekend, you have

:05:17.:05:19.

effectively had five days of proper rest and you don't normally do that.

:05:20.:05:23.

It affects different athletes differently. We will see. But it was

:05:24.:05:27.

a big race for Jess. She could be really tired from it or she could be

:05:28.:05:32.

really positive and upbeat, have sky-high confidence. Looking ahead,

:05:33.:05:37.

Jess Learmonth, that we have just been talking about, will hand over

:05:38.:05:40.

to Tom Bishop, the 26-year-old from Derby. He will swim, bike and run

:05:41.:05:47.

the final stage for Leeds I. Lucy Hall, passing to Mark Buckingham, a

:05:48.:05:50.

late entry into the race. Highly experienced, he has been doing some

:05:51.:05:55.

long-distance triathlon. He will swim, bike and run the final stage

:05:56.:06:02.

for Leeds I. Passing on to Ben Dijkstra, 18 years of age, he has

:06:03.:06:07.

lots of talent. We are excited about seeing him the last mind for -- we

:06:08.:06:16.

are excited about seeing him. The last man for Canada, we will see

:06:17.:06:24.

what he has to offer. These four have still got to finish their

:06:25.:06:29.

biking and run their 1500 metres before we can start thinking about

:06:30.:06:32.

that. Is there any point on this course where you think it might be

:06:33.:06:34.

worthwhile trying to have a go and give yourself ten seconds coming

:06:35.:06:41.

into the swim or handing over? Or is it not worth losing the energy? We

:06:42.:06:45.

saw the effect of having to ride on your own in terms of Aaron, he had

:06:46.:06:52.

to commit completely to that and it cost him his run. There is always

:06:53.:06:56.

positives and negatives. For me, it is probably too late. You have three

:06:57.:07:00.

kilometres to go. The girls behind have pretty much stopped pedalling.

:07:01.:07:07.

The energy used is not worth the reward. It is either that first

:07:08.:07:13.

kilometre out of transition when you have the opportunity, or when there

:07:14.:07:15.

is something that happens in the race, where the group comes

:07:16.:07:19.

together, there is a catch up. If you were going to do it, you do a

:07:20.:07:23.

corner or a turn, but for me it would be too late. Do you ever look

:07:24.:07:26.

at some of the races and think, it is frustrating, what they are doing

:07:27.:07:30.

coming out of transition. You and Johnny do it so well. You see people

:07:31.:07:35.

fumbling, do you think, do you not practice this? I don't watch a love

:07:36.:07:40.

of racing, but it is frustrating. What I tell people is that it is

:07:41.:07:44.

swimming, cycling, running and transitions. It is the whole thing.

:07:45.:07:48.

It is worth practising and tried to be as good as you come across that.

:07:49.:07:52.

Good tactics, Jess having a go and Lucy sitting up to try to create the

:07:53.:07:55.

gap. That is the kind of thing they should be doing, with the advantage

:07:56.:08:00.

of having two people in the group. If you have questions for Alistair

:08:01.:08:04.

Brownlee or Vicky Holland, get them in using the hashtag #bbctriathlon.

:08:05.:08:11.

We will catch up with them and Ore after the race. Almost 52 minutes

:08:12.:08:17.

since the British Triathlon Mixed Relay Cup began in Nottingham. No

:08:18.:08:24.

real change. The quartet of Leeds I, Leeds II, Loughborough I and Canada

:08:25.:08:29.

remaining intact at the front of the field. They were the four teams that

:08:30.:08:32.

we thought would be up there and they are very tightly bunched at the

:08:33.:08:36.

moment. This is the chase group, I don't know if you are picking

:08:37.:08:41.

anybody out? Looking at the splits, even see the gap back from the four

:08:42.:08:45.

at the front, to the chasing group, 50 odd seconds with Japan, and then

:08:46.:08:51.

a minute with a few of them catching up. The gaps are opening up, as you

:08:52.:08:55.

would expect at this point in a relay. So, you can fairly

:08:56.:09:00.

confidently say that outside of the first four the rest of the teams out

:09:01.:09:04.

of the race for the moment. GB Juniors with Lizzie Hood, the GB

:09:05.:09:11.

under 23s with Sarah Hodgson, 22-year-old, swimming, biking and

:09:12.:09:14.

running the third leg. But the medals look likely to be going the

:09:15.:09:19.

way of this group of four. The lead group, well into their second lap on

:09:20.:09:25.

the bike with a 1500 metre run to come. This is legs three of the

:09:26.:09:30.

inaugural Accenture British Triathlon Mixed Relay Cup. We have

:09:31.:09:34.

had lots to enjoy so far. We still have the final leg from Tom Bishop,

:09:35.:09:47.

Mark Buckingham, Jeremy Bremont. Paula Findlay thinks the pace might

:09:48.:09:52.

be sluggish, so try to move it along. It is about getting into the

:09:53.:09:57.

right position now. It is. One of the real old school things is being

:09:58.:10:05.

in the front of transition. Over Olympic distance, I'm not sure how

:10:06.:10:10.

important that is. You are running ten kilometres, wasting a bit of

:10:11.:10:14.

energy, it is not worth it. As long as you catch that five seconds up

:10:15.:10:18.

slowly, and don't try to do it in the first 400 metres, it does not

:10:19.:10:22.

cost you too much. Relay is very different. 1500 metres, five seconds

:10:23.:10:26.

makes a great deal of difference. But there are only four of you, so

:10:27.:10:31.

the split to be one two seconds maximum, between the first and

:10:32.:10:35.

second athlete. Jostling for position. Some are starting to

:10:36.:10:45.

remove their feet from their shoes and resting them on top. You don't

:10:46.:10:48.

want to be getting tangled up with the other triathletes coming at this

:10:49.:10:50.

stage, as Alistair pointed out. It is all about swim, bike, run and

:10:51.:10:53.

transitions. We all know how important it can be. Leeds I, Leeds

:10:54.:11:02.

II, Loughborough I and Canada, locked together. Who is going to be

:11:03.:11:06.

first to ride? A stumble for Lucy Hall. Findlay arrives at her parking

:11:07.:11:18.

position first. No panic from Jodie Stimson, and she is away? Yes, great

:11:19.:11:24.

transitions, very solid, composed competitor. She proved it there.

:11:25.:11:29.

Lucy stumbling has cost her a bit. I would expect Jess and Jodie to run

:11:30.:11:35.

here. You are never quite sure what you're going to get. She was a

:11:36.:11:40.

fantastic athlete, going back a few years ago now. 2010, 20 11. We

:11:41.:11:45.

haven't quite seeing the same since then. She seems to be slowly getting

:11:46.:11:51.

back to where she was. Jess this on fantastically. She knows it is only

:11:52.:11:55.

one mile. If there is anything Jess is good that it is going all in, and

:11:56.:12:02.

that is what she's doing. No sign of fatigue from Jessica Lee a month,

:12:03.:12:05.

from Tadcaster. What an athlete she has been. Find a way of seeing her

:12:06.:12:14.

interview, she is full of humour, concern and success. It was a great

:12:15.:12:18.

interview after her second position in Stockholm. Jodie Stimpson is in

:12:19.:12:26.

third position. Lucy Hall has lost four five seconds and she is further

:12:27.:12:30.

down the embankment fourth position. Jess Learmonth stretches her lead.

:12:31.:12:40.

Susie dot Lucy Hall has lost a bit of time? She went quite hard. She

:12:41.:12:49.

would say as much of anybody that the running is not a strong point.

:12:50.:12:56.

Jess, similar. Great swimmer and biker, but has improved her run.

:12:57.:13:00.

Good on her. She is doing well. All Findlay seems to be hanging in well.

:13:01.:13:07.

On top of the bridge, one of the rises. Lets go Riverside and join

:13:08.:13:11.

Ore with Vicky Holland. We are enjoying the race alongside

:13:12.:13:19.

some of the friends and family. If you want to find these guys, the

:13:20.:13:28.

family Stimpson here. We have just seen Jess Learmonth leading things

:13:29.:13:32.

out. Second place in Stockholm, she said to you before this race... I'm

:13:33.:13:37.

tired, I feel heavy, dealing with coming back from altitude. She was

:13:38.:13:40.

put out that she would have to lay it on the line today. The way we

:13:41.:13:46.

have seen this race so far, taking them on on the swim, catching up to

:13:47.:13:49.

the pack. Not only catching up to them, she is running in the front.

:13:50.:13:55.

This is an athlete informed. What does that do for you, when you are

:13:56.:14:00.

on a roll like that? That was a record-breaking moment for her, her

:14:01.:14:05.

first World Series medal. It really does pick you up, the confidence

:14:06.:14:09.

goes through the roof? Absolutely, she has been improving all year, in

:14:10.:14:13.

fact for the last couple of years. She won the European title earlier

:14:14.:14:17.

this year. To win that and then come back to compete so well in

:14:18.:14:23.

Stockholm, she is on a roll. We can see her shoulder to shoulder. Paula

:14:24.:14:27.

Findlay is not to be sniffed at, she won five world titles. Not for

:14:28.:14:31.

several years now, but she is an incredible athlete in her right. The

:14:32.:14:35.

last frantic and furious leg is still to come. Is it shaping up how

:14:36.:14:40.

you saw it. Loughborough and Canada leaving? Leeds and Canada. That is

:14:41.:14:50.

Learmonth, I was confused. I think Canada was always a strong

:14:51.:14:54.

contender. The last leg is potentially the weakest. That might

:14:55.:14:59.

be where Leeds can overcome them. Loughborough have a strong final leg

:15:00.:15:11.

in Ben Dijkstra. I was going to ask you, are you surprised that up until

:15:12.:15:15.

this point we had not seen a breakaway? Do you think from this

:15:16.:15:18.

point it will be hard for anyone to catch up? The boys have got some

:15:19.:15:20.

serious running in them. They have got some serious running

:15:21.:15:27.

in them and they will have to be smart about working together. Canada

:15:28.:15:32.

and Leeds I are likely to go away together. I find it hard to see

:15:33.:15:35.

Loughborough bringing them back in. It would take a phenomenal effort

:15:36.:15:39.

from Ben Dijkstra at the beginning of the swim leg to bring them back

:15:40.:15:43.

into the race and even fourth Leeds II, we have seen them dropped a

:15:44.:15:47.

little on this run and for them to come back into the race would be a

:15:48.:15:50.

tough ask, especially Mark Buckingham doing the last leg has

:15:51.:15:53.

just come back from racing in Canada twice over the last week and only

:15:54.:15:57.

landed in the UK on Wednesday. It is a hard ask for them to get back in.

:15:58.:16:02.

It is and they are just coming in behind us into the trees, it's time

:16:03.:16:07.

to change over, Matt Chilton. The final changeover. Here they

:16:08.:16:11.

come, brilliant run from Jessica Learmonth, handing over to Tom

:16:12.:16:15.

Bishop, Paula Findlay has run well as well, Jeremy Briand is on his way

:16:16.:16:20.

on the shoulder of Tom Bishop. Here they go into the River Trent. The

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last leg of the British Triathlon Mixed Relay Cup, Tom Bishop

:16:26.:16:30.

swimming, biking and running for Leeds I, Jeremy Briand for Canada,

:16:31.:16:35.

Mark Buckingham on his way for Leeds II and Ben Dijkstra from

:16:36.:16:40.

Loughborough I will be swimming, biking and running their final leg.

:16:41.:16:44.

Alistair Brownlee, Tom Bishop is on his way. Can he do enough to win

:16:45.:16:49.

this for Leeds? It is a tough position Tom is in. It is a 50-50

:16:50.:16:54.

choice whether he goes for it with a neck second gap on Ben Dijkstra, or

:16:55.:16:57.

sits and waits and conserves energy for the run. Ben has pretty much

:16:58.:17:07.

caught them already. -- eight second gap. One of the things about the

:17:08.:17:10.

relay is you can be exposed in the relay in a way that you don't in

:17:11.:17:15.

normal racing. Ben is a fantastic swimmer, especially over this kind

:17:16.:17:19.

of distance. Eight seconds closed in probably not even 200 metres and he

:17:20.:17:23.

is on him and going past him already. Probably 150, so he's made

:17:24.:17:28.

about massive gap going straight past him, and at this point I think

:17:29.:17:32.

Tom must make the decision to sit and conserve and wait for an

:17:33.:17:35.

opportunity, does it occur through the transition, the bike, or can it

:17:36.:17:42.

occur on the run? We will wait and see. But basically it is back to the

:17:43.:17:46.

status quo again. I can't remember the last time I saw a mixed relay

:17:47.:17:51.

when they were so close at the start of the final leg. Three guys

:17:52.:17:57.

together. Tom Bishop from Leeds I, then Ben Dijkstra from Loughborough

:17:58.:18:01.

and Jeremy Briand from Canada and Mark Buckingham is the one who has

:18:02.:18:06.

got 30 seconds deficit to try and claw back as these three go shoulder

:18:07.:18:10.

to shoulder towards the end of their 300 metre swim. What a start to the

:18:11.:18:17.

final leg, spectacular action from Nottingham this afternoon. Really

:18:18.:18:21.

tough for Leeds II, wasn't it? Mark Buckingham stepped in and had to

:18:22.:18:26.

take over from Jonny who is at home and a bit poorly with the flu. Mark

:18:27.:18:30.

is a great biker and run but he doesn't quite have it on the swim.

:18:31.:18:34.

PE is a great all-round athlete and improving all the time but that is a

:18:35.:18:40.

little bit too long of a stretch for him and he will spend the rest of

:18:41.:18:43.

the race in no man's land, unless these guys slow up and it becomes

:18:44.:18:47.

tactical and he gets back into the race. A similar thing happened in

:18:48.:18:50.

the watch championship a couple of weeks ago and the Australian cutback

:18:51.:18:54.

into the race and won. These guys are still shoulder to shoulder and

:18:55.:18:58.

slugging each other down, which is not intelligent racing. Tom is

:18:59.:19:02.

having to do the work of one and a half people dragging Ben with him,

:19:03.:19:11.

Ben is doing the right thing sitting out on his own. Where should they

:19:12.:19:13.

positioned in the water, the three of them like that? The minute you

:19:14.:19:16.

are even ten centimetres, swimming behind the guy next to you you are

:19:17.:19:18.

giving them a massive drag and making it harder. Ben is sitting 20

:19:19.:19:21.

centimetres back and getting a really big advantage swimming off

:19:22.:19:26.

Tom's hips, swimming ten or 20% easy and at this effort level that makes

:19:27.:19:30.

an incredible difference. If I was in Tom's position I would literally

:19:31.:19:36.

stop swimming because I'm doing so much work. Perfect tactics for Ben,

:19:37.:19:40.

just needs to be there now. There is no point in him doing anything, he

:19:41.:19:43.

will be near the front coming out of the water and there on the first

:19:44.:19:47.

part of the bike and he knows he will back himself towards the back

:19:48.:19:56.

end of the run. It will be a bit of a local race, Tom Bishop is from

:19:57.:20:00.

Derby, the two city is not far apart. Tom Bishop is the first to

:20:01.:20:05.

climb out of the water. He charges up the steps towards transition.

:20:06.:20:12.

Jeremy Briand and Ben Dijkstra not too far behind. Leeds I, Canada,

:20:13.:20:20.

Loughborough I, the three main contenders now. I must admit I don't

:20:21.:20:23.

know a lot about Jeremy Briand but he could be a dark horse, I have not

:20:24.:20:28.

seen him race an awful lot, so who knows? It could be that he is a

:20:29.:20:32.

great 1500 metre runner. I did check him out and I've got to be honest I

:20:33.:20:38.

don't think he will be a threat to Bishop and Ben Dijkstra. Bishop

:20:39.:20:41.

having a really good transition. He's got going, bit slow getting

:20:42.:20:46.

going, looked like he was in the wrong gear. Ben has really messed it

:20:47.:20:49.

up, it cost him two or three seconds and that could give Tom the chance

:20:50.:20:53.

to get an advantage coming onto the bike here, but that's part of racing

:20:54.:20:59.

and you use it if it is there. Ben is struggling. Again, one of these

:21:00.:21:02.

really small parts of the relay that can have big consequences. Yeah,

:21:03.:21:08.

he's probably ten seconds. He shouldn't be trying to get his feet

:21:09.:21:11.

in, he should pedal on top until he can get his feet on. Ben Dijkstra

:21:12.:21:17.

has the turn coming up now, the 18-year-old. Your heart goes out to

:21:18.:21:20.

him, he was in such a strong position and MSc exit from

:21:21.:21:23.

transition is allowed Tom Bishop to break away and Tom Bishop is going

:21:24.:21:29.

away with Jimmy Briand two or three seconds behind, Leeds I,

:21:30.:21:33.

Loughborough I, Canada and a captive Leeds II. What have you made of Tom

:21:34.:21:38.

Bishop this year, he had a fantastic race in Abu Dhabi. He ran pretty

:21:39.:21:44.

much neck and neck with Javier Gomez for about seven kilometres and he

:21:45.:21:48.

got a fifth place in another race. What do you think of Tom Bishop? He

:21:49.:21:54.

is fulfilling his potential, he is a good athlete, very good all round,

:21:55.:21:57.

he's a good runner when he is completely fit, his biking is solid

:21:58.:22:01.

and he is fulfilling his potential. He's had a few years when he has not

:22:02.:22:04.

been doing that, and he should have done it three or four years ago but

:22:05.:22:08.

he's doing it now, and good on him. There is a few races left in the

:22:09.:22:14.

year but he's already had a good year. We will see what he can do

:22:15.:22:17.

here. This is the perfect opportunity, it is man on man. There

:22:18.:22:20.

is a gap that is big enough that Ben is not getting a drag so it is

:22:21.:22:24.

basically a drag race to see if he can get back on. He looks like he's

:22:25.:22:28.

doing a fairly decent job. Like we were talking about in the swim, at

:22:29.:22:32.

that point Tom had to wait for an opportunity. Ben is not getting his

:22:33.:22:36.

feet in about percent of the opportunity and he is taking it,

:22:37.:22:40.

that's what you have to do in triathlon, take advantage of the

:22:41.:22:43.

opportunities you are given. Tom doesn't want to wait for Jeremy,

:22:44.:22:46.

probably doesn't know much about him, he knows a lot about Ben

:22:47.:22:50.

Dijkstra, who is only 18 so we can perhaps forgive him for the mishap

:22:51.:22:54.

he had coming out of transition. He's only 18 but he has good

:22:55.:22:57.

experience, he has a bronze medal. We can look now at Mark Buckingham.

:22:58.:23:03.

He forgot to put on his helmet, basic error, it's happened to me

:23:04.:23:08.

before. I can't be too scathing on him. Ben is one of those great

:23:09.:23:13.

athletes. He's a fantastic runner, he has had fantastic running

:23:14.:23:16.

results, done well in triathlon and he is just a great racer. Some

:23:17.:23:21.

people are great racers and Ben is one of them. We will see her what he

:23:22.:23:27.

is made. Tom is on his own without the Canadian, he is back with Ben.

:23:28.:23:32.

To be honest, at this point, even if Ben catches up Tom knows that he is

:23:33.:23:35.

swinging the race in his favour if then has to work hard on the bike

:23:36.:23:39.

and that is to Tom's advantage. Anything that turns this into a 20

:23:40.:23:42.

minute race rather than a three-minute race at the end of the

:23:43.:23:46.

run is to Tom's advantage so he's doing the right thing. So, Tom

:23:47.:23:49.

Bishop as a similarly to that enjoyed by Aaron Royle. He swam,

:23:50.:23:57.

biked and ran stage to four Leeds I and had a huge advantage which he

:23:58.:24:00.

let slip in the early stages of the run. Looking further down the road,

:24:01.:24:08.

Jimmy Briand and Ben Dijkstra are now further and further removed from

:24:09.:24:11.

Tom Bishop out in front. Ship needs to do what went he hits the 1500

:24:12.:24:19.

metre run, Alistair -- Bishop needs to do what? He needs to control a

:24:20.:24:26.

really good race of 1500 metres, he has four minutes to run, how can I

:24:27.:24:30.

run as fast as possible? Rather than on a normal triathlon, breaking it

:24:31.:24:33.

up over the first two or three minutes and put people into issues.

:24:34.:24:37.

You need to go, dizzy time trial effectively, that's the difference.

:24:38.:24:40.

I'm not sure what we are seeing behind, I think that is Ben on his

:24:41.:24:46.

own, not sure what happened to the Canadian guy Briand, unless they are

:24:47.:24:48.

stretched out on the road and we cannot see them because of the

:24:49.:24:52.

cameras. Tom is on his own getting a little bit of help from the camera

:24:53.:24:57.

bike, but part of racing, if it is there. Ben is still chasing him

:24:58.:25:01.

down. If this goes over ten seconds either start of the run it is race

:25:02.:25:06.

over. For Ben, it could already be, he's having to put in a massive

:25:07.:25:10.

effort to stay anywhere near Tom and I will definitely cost his running

:25:11.:25:14.

legs but we will see. Watching this race unfold and knowing the mixed

:25:15.:25:17.

relay will be part of the Olympic programme in Tokyo in 2020, how

:25:18.:25:22.

tempted are you to be focusing on that and be part of potentially a

:25:23.:25:26.

British team at the next Olympics? With the announcement of the mixed

:25:27.:25:31.

relay when it was going to be in the Olympics a few months ago it

:25:32.:25:34.

definitely changed my opinion on trying to go to another Olympic

:25:35.:25:38.

Games. The Olympics is fantastic but I kind of felt I'm not 100% sure if

:25:39.:25:42.

I want to do it again. I've been lucky enough to go twice and it

:25:43.:25:47.

might be pushing my luck but the fact this is in, it is a fantastic

:25:48.:25:50.

and exciting event and the fact it gives you a chance to win two

:25:51.:25:54.

medals, it is brilliant and it definitely became a much more

:25:55.:25:58.

tenting prospect. And for your younger brother Jonny it would give

:25:59.:26:01.

him the chance to get the full set, he has a bronze and silver so far.

:26:02.:26:06.

Maybe along with you and two others he could grab a gold. Yeah, it would

:26:07.:26:11.

give him a chance to have the full set and like I said, just win

:26:12.:26:14.

another medal, which I think he would be more than happy to do. One

:26:15.:26:18.

of the big things about the mixed relay is what we're doing now,

:26:19.:26:22.

people are enjoying learning about it, doing it, learning about the

:26:23.:26:27.

tactical nuances. I think there is much that no one quite understands

:26:28.:26:30.

yet and it's interesting. This gap has opened right up now, 15 seconds

:26:31.:26:36.

I would say. I think that was a lapse athlete behind, one of the

:26:37.:26:40.

Stirling teams. Ben has just gone past, 15 seconds, he has motorbikes

:26:41.:26:44.

behind him which is unfortunate for him. But I think that is a big gap,

:26:45.:26:51.

still not coming up on the splits. But that is a decent gap. To be

:26:52.:26:55.

honest, I think all the money is on Tom to win this for the Leeds team

:26:56.:27:00.

because not only is the gap big, but Ben has really had to work on the

:27:01.:27:04.

bike and that will cost him on the run compared to Tom. Deep in lap

:27:05.:27:10.

two, the final leg of the British Triathlon Mixed Relay Cup and it is

:27:11.:27:15.

Leeds I in the hands of Tom Bishop leading the race, El-Abd athlete

:27:16.:27:17.

coming through. The gap is considerable now. Chip is in the

:27:18.:27:24.

wrong direction as far as he's concerned. -- Bishop is going in the

:27:25.:27:33.

wrong direction. -- a lapped athlete. Ben is looking in control

:27:34.:27:38.

on the bike and like he has had to fight it hard and that's costing him

:27:39.:27:42.

on the second half of the bike leg and on the run. No idea what

:27:43.:27:45.

happened to the Canadian guy, we're not seeing that at all. Like we were

:27:46.:27:50.

just talking about earlier, with Tom, sometimes it's easy to get

:27:51.:27:54.

exposed if you have a weak leg on the relay, it's easy to make the

:27:55.:27:57.

most of it if you have a strong leg and Tom is making the most of his

:27:58.:28:01.

opportunity on the bike. Ben is being exposed because his biking

:28:02.:28:04.

isn't quite as strong as he'd like it to be, and that wouldn't happen

:28:05.:28:08.

in an individual race because it's much more difficult to expose

:28:09.:28:11.

athletes. That's one of the great things about the relay, it can

:28:12.:28:14.

become a real test of an all-round triathlete. Ben has kind of kept it

:28:15.:28:19.

together because he could have lost the plot slightly coming out of

:28:20.:28:22.

chance issue. I was there with Tom. He is more or less holding his own.

:28:23.:28:27.

Tom Tumi looks like he is riding really well. I think Tom is riding

:28:28.:28:31.

really well. He has done exactly the right thing here. -- Tom Tumi looks

:28:32.:28:37.

like he is riding really well. He could have done more to get across

:28:38.:28:43.

the gap. We are talking about a very high level Phil. On a world-class

:28:44.:28:53.

level racing Tom I think it has cost him. We have seen that. We're not

:28:54.:28:59.

sure what happened to Jeremy Briand who was the anchor leg member of the

:29:00.:29:04.

Canadian team. But if he struggled it may have given a chance for Leeds

:29:05.:29:09.

II to get back into contention. Mark Buckingham swimming, biking and

:29:10.:29:12.

running the final leg for Leeds II, 30 seconds off the pace in the water

:29:13.:29:17.

that he may well be up towards a medal position now. We will find out

:29:18.:29:21.

once they house their bikes at the end of the final leg of the

:29:22.:29:28.

inaugural Accenture British relay cup, a tremendous contest so far.

:29:29.:29:33.

The lead is a monumental 24 seconds over Ben Dijkstra. He is doing well,

:29:34.:29:39.

he is lapping athletes, I think the lapped athletes should stay to the

:29:40.:29:42.

side of the course just for safety and so people can clearly view what

:29:43.:29:46.

is going on. This is perfect for Tom, 24 seconds at this level over

:29:47.:29:51.

this distance. That is among the mental gap. There is pretty much no

:29:52.:29:59.

chance of him getting caught. Leeds I to win this, I would expect then,

:30:00.:30:02.

whatever has happened, to hold onto second place, and we have no idea

:30:03.:30:05.

what is going on with Canada and Leeds II the third and fourth. It

:30:06.:30:10.

will not happen because Ben is way back. What would have happened if

:30:11.:30:13.

they had gone off on the bike together? That is the million-dollar

:30:14.:30:17.

question it depends very much. If they both hit this fresh and have

:30:18.:30:21.

basically done no work and with fresh coming into the second

:30:22.:30:25.

transition after stomach for a mile run I think you would have been

:30:26.:30:28.

close, I think Ben would have had it, Ben is good over this sort of

:30:29.:30:32.

distance. If he'd caught Tom three quarters of the way through after

:30:33.:30:35.

working hard and Tom not working quite so hard, I think Tom would

:30:36.:30:38.

have still had it, and obviously in this case Tom is going to have it.

:30:39.:30:42.

Tom Bishop in and out of transition in a flash, no stumbles, no

:30:43.:30:46.

problems, he has a 1500 metre run ahead of him now as he attempts to

:30:47.:30:52.

bring home the gold. For Leeds I. We are still waiting for the arrival of

:30:53.:30:57.

Ben Dijkstra who should be second, representing Loughborough I, should

:30:58.:31:00.

be seconded to transition. Tom Bishop on his way, following the

:31:01.:31:07.

arrows out full support is beginning to arrive, the leaves falling from

:31:08.:31:10.

the trees, and he is going to run on both sides of the River Trent now.

:31:11.:31:15.

Loughborough with Ben Dijkstra. He had another dodgy transition and now

:31:16.:31:18.

playing around with the back of his suit, get on, four minutes to run.

:31:19.:31:24.

We are seeing 33 seconds gap coming out onto the run over 1.5 K, that is

:31:25.:31:30.

a massive amount, 20 seconds per kilometre, so

:31:31.:31:34.

I think you will have to come and hang out with you in Leeds a little

:31:35.:31:40.

bit, get a few tips from you. I think he would have to hang out with

:31:41.:31:45.

Mo Farah to close that gap! Pretty straightforward at the moment.

:31:46.:31:49.

Anything can happen. But Tom Bishop looks comfortable as he makes the

:31:50.:31:56.

first climb. At the top of the climb he will cross Trent Bridge, the

:31:57.:31:59.

other end who will cross the Suspension Bridge and then he will

:32:00.:32:04.

be on his way. 33 seconds, the gap between Leeds I and Loughborough I.

:32:05.:32:09.

Canada, still in third position, a further 36 seconds down. The task

:32:10.:32:17.

for Leeds two is to close the gap to Canada over the 1500 metre run. It

:32:18.:32:23.

will be a foot race between Buckingham of Leeds II and Jeremy

:32:24.:32:32.

Briand of Canada. It is pretty much an unsurmountable gap, I would have

:32:33.:32:35.

thought. We don't quite know how good a run amok to is, but it is a

:32:36.:32:40.

massive gap to close by any standards. I expect that to stay the

:32:41.:32:46.

same. Mark has not been training for this. But as an ex-steeplechaser he

:32:47.:32:53.

could have been really class. I would expect the positions to stay

:32:54.:32:57.

as they are now. We have had a lot of experience at the mixed relay

:32:58.:33:02.

championships. You were part of the Commonwealth Games team that won

:33:03.:33:05.

gold. A lot of people might be looking and thinking it is a lot

:33:06.:33:09.

shorter, so it must be easier. Actually, it is pretty hard, the

:33:10.:33:13.

short distance racing. We have just seen him go past the bridge, and

:33:14.:33:19.

maybe he has decided that the places are how they are and what will be

:33:20.:33:24.

will be. Absolutely, it is kind of irrelevant, sometimes, how long

:33:25.:33:28.

things are. A massive amount of energy and effort into a short

:33:29.:33:30.

distance, and that could make it harder. Some of the mixed relay is

:33:31.:33:37.

we have done over the past, short and intense, you're trying to do

:33:38.:33:41.

everything you can. Also, you are racing for your team. You don't want

:33:42.:33:44.

to let your team-mates down. It can be some of the hardest races I have

:33:45.:33:49.

done as well. Jeremy Briand, holding onto bronze position for Canada.

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Joanna Brown, Matt Sharpe and Paula Findlay are his team-mates. But they

:33:56.:33:59.

are stretched out, with great distances between them. Look at the

:34:00.:34:02.

crowds around Victoria Embankment in Nottingham. This event in the city,

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the first-ever running of the British Triathlon Mixed Relay Cup

:34:08.:34:09.

has been very well received. They have come out in their thousands to

:34:10.:34:14.

watch the triathlon unfold this afternoon. It will be a man from

:34:15.:34:18.

Derby, from not too far away, Tom Bishop, who should bring home the

:34:19.:34:25.

gold for the team from Leeds I. It started with Georgia Taylor-Brown,

:34:26.:34:30.

in sensational form. She passed on to the Australian, Aaron Royle, who

:34:31.:34:33.

rode his bike brilliantly, giving himself a solid lead. Jess Learmonth

:34:34.:34:39.

took up the challenge in stage three for Leeds I, and the advantage to

:34:40.:34:43.

Tom Bishop, who took that on, strengthened it and will shortly

:34:44.:34:49.

bring it home for a gold medal for Leeds I. He crosses the Suspension

:34:50.:34:53.

Bridge, having climbed to the top. He will run down to the other side.

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Then it is almost done. This is a fantastic site, isn't it? Great

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venue for triathlon. Almost like a natural amphitheatre on both sides

:35:05.:35:08.

of the river. The last few hundred metres now, fantastic crowds and he

:35:09.:35:11.

has a chance to enjoy it. What a momentous occasion. First mixed

:35:12.:35:19.

relay champions, Leeds. Who else would it be? Leeds I will become the

:35:20.:35:23.

British Triathlon Mixed Relay Cup champions for 2017, Tom Bishop, with

:35:24.:35:31.

his team-mates, Georgia Taylor-Brown, Aaron Royle and Jess

:35:32.:35:33.

Learmonth. Tom Bishop is the champion. The battle continues for

:35:34.:35:38.

silver and bronze. The silver should be awarded the team from

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Loughborough I, Ben Dijkstra was 30 seconds behind last time we checked

:35:45.:35:48.

the clock. Then Jodie Stimpson, crisp heron and Sophie Coldwell, the

:35:49.:35:53.

team from Loughborough I. They will be collecting silver medals this

:35:54.:35:58.

afternoon. Ben Dijkstra with some problems coming out transition both

:35:59.:36:07.

occasions, but he has held on. The 18-year-old from Loughborough,

:36:08.:36:08.

representing Loughborough I, bringing home the silver medal. And

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we are expecting that it will be Jeremy Briand, who looked to be

:36:18.:36:19.

running quite nicely when we caught a glimpse of him going across the

:36:20.:36:24.

Suspension Bridge, we think it will be Jeremy Briand bringing home the

:36:25.:36:27.

bronze for Canada. His team-mates, Paula Findlay, Matthew Sharpe and

:36:28.:36:33.

Joanna Brown, they came here with high hopes of upsetting the racers

:36:34.:36:40.

from the home nation. They were ambitious and confident in their

:36:41.:36:43.

prerace interviews. But it looks like the Canadian team, who will be

:36:44.:36:47.

welcomed home shortly, will have to settle for bronze this afternoon.

:36:48.:36:52.

They left it to Jeremy Briand, the youngest member of the quartet, to

:36:53.:36:59.

swim, bike and run the anchor leg. He takes home the bronze for Canada.

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Lifted up by Matthew Sharpe. Great performance by the Canadians. I

:37:06.:37:07.

don't pick anybody was predicting them to get onto the podium. They've

:37:08.:37:13.

done really well, and good for them. We would expect to have seen Mark by

:37:14.:37:20.

now, I thought he got a bit of time into the Canadian guys. Here he is.

:37:21.:37:25.

Fourth place. Rounding out for the second Leeds team. Leeds II, Non

:37:26.:37:35.

Stanford, Gordon Benson, Lucy Hall and Mark Buckingham, a late entry

:37:36.:37:38.

into the race, bringing home fourth position. Such a late entry that he

:37:39.:37:46.

is wearing Joanna's suit. He has literally been drafted in at the

:37:47.:37:55.

last minute. One of the things we did not see on the last leg was that

:37:56.:38:00.

once it starts splitting up, these relays can blow apart. Not only

:38:01.:38:04.

athletes are on their own, they get exposed, people with stronger stuff

:38:05.:38:09.

make the most of it, people get exposed and lose time. This relay

:38:10.:38:14.

has completely blown apart. We haven't even seen the fifth team

:38:15.:38:18.

yet. Really interesting, and this is a completely new event that will be

:38:19.:38:24.

deciding Olympic medals. Interesting to watch. Victory for Leeds I, with

:38:25.:38:29.

Loughborough taking the silver. Canada took the bronze, and the

:38:30.:38:35.

Canadian team are at the Riverside with Ore.

:38:36.:38:39.

Congratulations, Team Canada! Thank you! You had a really fast race run,

:38:40.:38:44.

so you don't have to speak too quickly. Tell us how things kicked

:38:45.:38:49.

off. This is a brand-new event, you must have been pumped to get out

:38:50.:38:53.

there? I love relays, it is probably my favourite type of racing. Racing

:38:54.:38:56.

for a team and with a team is probably the most exciting thing you

:38:57.:39:00.

can do, you are racing for somebody other than yourself. It was absolute

:39:01.:39:04.

chaos in the day in the water, at the start, with the teams lining up.

:39:05.:39:08.

But the race played out the way we wanted it to you and I think the

:39:09.:39:11.

whole team did well. I'm really proud of all of my team-mates. You

:39:12.:39:17.

were coming here to spoil the British party, you have done just

:39:18.:39:22.

that, Canada on the podium? Yeah, we're pretty excited. We are a

:39:23.:39:25.

strong team, we were expecting to get on the podium. To come and

:39:26.:39:28.

execute that, it is important. We are stoked and happy. It was great

:39:29.:39:34.

to see you back racing. Tell us about where this could go, because

:39:35.:39:38.

we have an important couple of years to come for triathlon and mixed

:39:39.:39:42.

triathlon, where are we going to see Canada? I think Canada is really

:39:43.:39:53.

putting a big focus on the relay leading into the Commonwealth Games

:39:54.:39:55.

and the Olympics. We have a really young team of people, everybody is

:39:56.:39:58.

under 27, under 25. This short, fast racing really suits us. It's

:39:59.:40:00.

exciting that Canada are showing we are good at it and hopefully we can

:40:01.:40:02.

continue on that trajectory, competing with the Brits and the

:40:03.:40:06.

rest of the world. You're definitely heading in the right direction.

:40:07.:40:09.

Jeremy, it was an EU to finish things strong. But you had clear

:40:10.:40:13.

carpet in front and behind you. You must have enjoyed getting the bronze

:40:14.:40:21.

medal? It is hard, chasing and being chased. It is more fun, the mix of

:40:22.:40:27.

things. You have to be prepared for every scenario. Well done to all of

:40:28.:40:33.

you. You have got some time on the podium to make sure you enjoy, so

:40:34.:40:37.

Team Canada out, and income Team Loughborough. Come on in. Good to

:40:38.:40:43.

see you, Ben, Jody, Chris and Sophie. Let's talk to you, Ben.

:40:44.:40:48.

First things first, Loughborough, we were expecting big things and you

:40:49.:40:54.

have delivered? Well done. We have to be really happy with the result.

:40:55.:40:59.

Leeds were phenomenally strong, credit to them for a great

:41:00.:41:02.

performance. We are all happy. It's a shame on the last leg, Tom was

:41:03.:41:06.

immensely strong and I couldn't get across to him on the bike. Small

:41:07.:41:10.

mistakes I emphasised in such short racing. Unfortunately that is what

:41:11.:41:14.

happened today. I think we all performed fantastically. We will be

:41:15.:41:18.

going home with smiles on our faces. Tom Bishop did have a perfectly

:41:19.:41:23.

finished leg. You put down in a really good position, how did you

:41:24.:41:26.

enjoy it? The pressure was definitely on. We had a shot at

:41:27.:41:30.

taking it. We knew today that it was going to be a gamble to go for the

:41:31.:41:34.

win and that is the order we went in because we were going for the win.

:41:35.:41:38.

We came pretty close against a really strong team of Leeds.

:41:39.:41:42.

Congratulations to them. These guys did awesome today. Well done, let's

:41:43.:41:47.

talk to your team-mate Chris. You guys are coming together in a very

:41:48.:41:51.

different climate here. It is your trading partners, it is not quite an

:41:52.:41:54.

international. But you guys, Loughborough have already been on

:41:55.:41:58.

-- Loughborough have already been on the map, but great to racing team

:41:59.:42:05.

colours consumer Yes, we know each other, strengths and weaknesses, we

:42:06.:42:09.

know how to put a team together. It was good to be racing with the guys

:42:10.:42:13.

that you train with, just because we are all good friends. It makes it

:42:14.:42:16.

more enjoyable, a good team atmosphere. It also gives a bit back

:42:17.:42:20.

to the centre, the coaches, showing them how much it actually means, all

:42:21.:42:25.

of the support, the things that they offer, they do go a long way in

:42:26.:42:30.

training, and hopefully racing, which was good. Silver medal, more

:42:31.:42:33.

than a reward. Sophie, just as you finished your legs, is rooted out of

:42:34.:42:40.

you. You run a really good wanted a bike, tell us, how tough was it? It

:42:41.:42:48.

was hard. We had a bit of running over the last couple of weeks, it

:42:49.:42:52.

made it even harder. As if it wasn't hard enough. Like you say, you have

:42:53.:42:55.

to work together as a team and hopefully that the guys in a good

:42:56.:42:58.

position to set up the rest of the race, really. Well done to all of

:42:59.:43:03.

you. I will let you shift left and I will come in this side and say

:43:04.:43:07.

congratulations to Loughborough. Loughborough in second, Canada in

:43:08.:43:10.

third. Leeds taking things at the top. A really fantastic effort all

:43:11.:43:16.

around. I think it might be time for the medal ceremony.

:43:17.:43:21.

Yes, well, this has been a brilliant event. This was the problem suffered

:43:22.:43:28.

by Jeremy Briand at the start of the bike. He seemed to have a mechanical

:43:29.:43:33.

issue. That really cost him a chance to battle on behalf of Canada for

:43:34.:43:37.

the silver medal. Canada had to accept the bronze in the end, with

:43:38.:43:45.

the silver going to Loughborough I. The champions, Leeds I, we haven't

:43:46.:43:48.

heard from them yet but I think we will. We will watch the medal

:43:49.:43:52.

ceremony first, that we will hopefully hear from Georgia

:43:53.:43:57.

Taylor-Brown, Aaron Royle, and Tom Bishop. Above the magnificent war

:43:58.:44:04.

memorial, that commemorates the men of Nottingham who fell in both world

:44:05.:44:11.

wars. This is how Bishop won it, finally, for Leeds I. Having been

:44:12.:44:19.

given a solid lead at the start, from Jess Learmonth. Have a really

:44:20.:44:26.

good swim. -- had a really good swim. We can go back down to the

:44:27.:44:31.

river side and Ore has the team with him.

:44:32.:44:34.

We have with us the winners, Nottingham. A very generous round of

:44:35.:44:45.

applause for you, Team Leeds. Fantastic effort. Georgia, tell us

:44:46.:44:49.

how the race run for you? Really good, I didn't have a great swim.

:44:50.:44:53.

But then we just got a group together on the bike, worked

:44:54.:44:58.

altogether. On the run, it is a super fast run, so I was a bit

:44:59.:45:02.

behind at the start. Just kept it going and managed to pull it back.

:45:03.:45:06.

You seems to have extra energy coming down the bank? I think every

:45:07.:45:12.

body went out a lot harder than me and then we settled into the same

:45:13.:45:14.

pace. I started coming back on people. It was really good over

:45:15.:45:19.

there, lots of crowds, really fun. It must have been, as I was saying

:45:20.:45:23.

to Vicky, you are telling her how shattered you were after Stockholm,

:45:24.:45:26.

you had no energy left in your battery, and there you were, pushing

:45:27.:45:27.

to the end and leading out? I know, I am such a liar! I didn't

:45:28.:45:38.

think I had it in me so I'm quite surprised. It was good fun and the

:45:39.:45:43.

crowd helped. You just have to go and max out, nothing much else you

:45:44.:45:47.

can do, so you try and go flat out and try and not get penalties, that

:45:48.:45:52.

was my aim. No penalties and gold medal, seems like a good day. You

:45:53.:45:56.

set out to win, you had Leeds I on your shirt, and Tom, when you came

:45:57.:46:00.

out of the water there was no doubt in your mind what you would do. I

:46:01.:46:05.

knew I needed to get a gap on Ben, he's such a good runner, such a

:46:06.:46:09.

bright spot, I cannot live it down to the sprint finish, so I will see

:46:10.:46:15.

what I can get and came off the bike, but I still had to run hard. I

:46:16.:46:20.

enjoyed the last bit, the crowds were amazing. Did you expect to see

:46:21.:46:24.

him behind you after being so quick? I didn't look behind me on the out

:46:25.:46:28.

and back section, and I thought I've got a bit of a gap and keep on going

:46:29.:46:32.

and get a bit more and by the end, it was still not 100% sure of the

:46:33.:46:37.

bike but I made sure by the end it was a good one. Very quickly,

:46:38.:46:40.

because you were the last man standing on the carpet, describe

:46:41.:46:43.

what it was like for you to be able to take in the time, take in the

:46:44.:46:48.

applause and laid it out and take gold medal for Leeds I. It was

:46:49.:46:52.

great, from the start of my leg I was nervous and by the end I was so

:46:53.:46:56.

excited and proud to compete for Leeds. We don't compete for Leeds

:46:57.:47:00.

very often, this is the first time, usually the GB flag but this is the

:47:01.:47:05.

time we are representing where we train and spent most of our time.

:47:06.:47:10.

Well done to you. Honorary Brit today, Aaron. Like Tom said you are

:47:11.:47:15.

representing a region, and you were substituted to this team at the last

:47:16.:47:19.

minute so you made the right call. I was in Leeds II and Jonny Brownlee

:47:20.:47:26.

was a bit sick so I was trying to fill his shoes and I got a call-up

:47:27.:47:31.

to Leeds I which is a bonus. Non Stanford, you said beforehand that

:47:32.:47:36.

you would make sure you got one over on her, happy? Yeah, obviously. That

:47:37.:47:40.

doesn't happen very often so I've got to take everyone I can. Well

:47:41.:47:44.

done to all of you. I think we are going to send you off because you

:47:45.:47:48.

have a medal ceremony. If you don't mind, thank you very much, Leeds I,

:47:49.:47:54.

the winners today, congratulations. Come in on this site, Vicki, and

:47:55.:48:00.

then the coaches, Helen, after you. Helen can come into the camera shot

:48:01.:48:05.

any time she wants. That was lovely, just like that, musical chairs,

:48:06.:48:10.

Vicky and Alistair Brownlee are with us. Leeds I, routine win. They were

:48:11.:48:15.

the favourites and they evidently deserved to win. The way to look at

:48:16.:48:19.

the relay a lot of the time is you rarely win on the first few legs but

:48:20.:48:26.

you can lose it. The girls and Aaron just had to put Tom in the right

:48:27.:48:29.

position and put the chances in his favour and take out as many of the

:48:30.:48:33.

other teams as they could end in a perfect world they would have been

:48:34.:48:36.

alone but they were not. On the last leg Tom had to make the best of any

:48:37.:48:41.

opportunity given. Like you said he knew he would struggle in the last

:48:42.:48:44.

kilometre against Ben and that was right and he got the chance out of

:48:45.:48:48.

transition and saw Ben struggling in the first few hundred metres getting

:48:49.:48:51.

his feet in and took the opportunity and that is what won the race, that

:48:52.:48:56.

was the right decision to make. We see you doing that so often on the

:48:57.:48:59.

track, making split-second decisions and dropping people seemingly just

:49:00.:49:05.

like that. Were you impressed with his split-second decision-making?

:49:06.:49:09.

Definitely. I think so much of triathlon, or any sport, but

:49:10.:49:11.

triathlon because it is so complex and comes down to decision making,

:49:12.:49:14.

and he made the right decision. He could have backed up his run and

:49:15.:49:20.

waited for another opportunity but right then he put his head down and

:49:21.:49:24.

took the risk because then could have caught back up to him, or the

:49:25.:49:27.

Canadian guy could have helped a man that would have cost him on the run

:49:28.:49:30.

but it was the right thing to do. Like we saw, it paid off. Vicky,

:49:31.:49:36.

word on Loughborough and Ben Dijkstra finishing things off. A lot

:49:37.:49:40.

of the guys from Alistair talked about the danger, and Annie Emmerson

:49:41.:49:43.

as well, they had to put it out there but between them, those four

:49:44.:49:46.

showed real calibre that we should be excited about with the strength

:49:47.:49:50.

and depth of British triathlon. It is not that much of a surprise

:49:51.:49:53.

Loughborough with a strong team today, anybody who wasn't

:49:54.:49:56.

considering them for being contenders in this race probably

:49:57.:49:58.

hadn't looked enough into the depth of that team. Then on the final leg

:49:59.:50:03.

was always going to be a bit of a threat and the Leeds guys themselves

:50:04.:50:07.

said they didn't want to be in a head-to-head with him in the final

:50:08.:50:10.

hurdle, Tom didn't want to have to run a 1500 against him. It would

:50:11.:50:14.

have been interesting showdown but Tom made the brave and really good

:50:15.:50:18.

split-second decision to go out of transition and it paid off for them.

:50:19.:50:22.

Talking about the thrills and spills, we really saw it today,

:50:23.:50:25.

Alistair and I work in the transition for the most part

:50:26.:50:33.

watching the guys coming through the transition, the changeover, into the

:50:34.:50:35.

carpet, down the ramp and take a diving jump into the late. In 2020

:50:36.:50:39.

and 2018 Commonwealth Games on the gold Coast next year, we have some

:50:40.:50:42.

really lightning triathlon to look forward to, don't we? Definitely,

:50:43.:50:46.

that's one of the things we all enjoy about the relay, there is a

:50:47.:50:50.

lot to it, not just the fact it is a dangerous sport, ride, swim and run,

:50:51.:50:57.

there is a technical side of much of it we don't know yet. It's really

:50:58.:51:00.

interesting and we have a lot to learn more we talk so much in

:51:01.:51:05.

athletics about getting the bat on around the 4x100 metres, compared to

:51:06.:51:08.

this, get everything in a small box can not get any penalties, which

:51:09.:51:12.

cost your team, small things can have massive consequences, and going

:51:13.:51:15.

forward to the Olympics in a few years' time, the fact it could be

:51:16.:51:20.

based on Olympic medal. You talked about that in commentary, we have

:51:21.:51:24.

seen 68 athletes out here who will want to be on the start line for

:51:25.:51:27.

2020 and especially with the opportunity to win another metal.

:51:28.:51:31.

What were the most exciting events across the whole Olympic spectrum?

:51:32.:51:37.

I'm so happy mixed relay has been put into the Olympics, for personal

:51:38.:51:41.

reasons obviously. I think there is a brilliant chance we could come

:51:42.:51:45.

away with a medal, and not just a medal, with our best team out there

:51:46.:51:49.

we would win a gold medal, that is another gold medal for Team GB and

:51:50.:51:53.

us as an athlete cohort as well. But it's such a great race to watch,

:51:54.:51:57.

great spectator event, I think everybody enjoys seeing the mixed

:51:58.:52:01.

relay so being in the Olympics is fantastic. The crowd really seem to

:52:02.:52:10.

have enjoyed themselves and Alistair and I talked about the fact you were

:52:11.:52:13.

at the very start, in the infancy of this event, is this what you

:52:14.:52:16.

imagined it would be like? Yeah, the theory of having a mixed relay

:52:17.:52:19.

before we knew it would be in the Olympics was great, bring in crowds,

:52:20.:52:21.

get people who enjoy watching triathlon, or who have never seen

:52:22.:52:24.

triathlon before, into watching triathlon. So many times anecdotally

:52:25.:52:27.

I have met people in the supermarket and said I love watching the relay,

:52:28.:52:31.

why isn't there a more? The theory was sound but it is how to put that

:52:32.:52:35.

in place. There were lots of factors to overcome, what should the

:52:36.:52:39.

TeamSpeak? Starting from a blank sheet of paper. Should it be? The

:52:40.:52:45.

crowds and the teams make it special. It is a natural

:52:46.:52:48.

amphitheatre on the water, lovely loop around the water so you can see

:52:49.:52:53.

so much stuff from the same place. Long may it continue. I like the

:52:54.:52:58.

idea of an Alistair Brownlee Q session in the supermarket and we

:52:59.:53:01.

will be there for the next one! We were going to try and quiz you on

:53:02.:53:04.

the questions the viewers have been sending in. Meantime we have a medal

:53:05.:53:11.

ceremony to enjoy, Matt Chilton will talk you through it.

:53:12.:53:12.

Thank you, Ore Oduba. talk you through it.

:53:13.:53:18.

Thank you, Ore 12 athletes will receive their medals. We had 17

:53:19.:53:22.

teams start the competition, some fared better than others. There were

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some mistakes, there were some comedy moments at times, one or two

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of the dives into the River Trent post changeover were comical and

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enjoyed by the spectators in front of the war memorial.

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ANNOUNCER: The gifts will be presented by the leader of the

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Nottingham City Council councillor John Collins.

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COMMENTATOR: The presentation party is being introduced. And the

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Canadian quartet will step up for the bronze medal. Joanna Brown. She

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started things off for Canada with a superb performance. She has been so

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consistent all season, particularly in the last two or three races when

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she has really found her feet and confidence, and she was joined in

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the team by the experienced Matthew Sharpe, the multiple World Triathlon

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Series winning Paula Findlay, and the untried and untested but

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ultimately successful Jeremy Briand, who did enough despite a mechanical

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issue leaving transition on his bike. He did enough to secure the

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bronze medal for the visiting Canadians. They have made their

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visit to Nottingham worthwhile. They leave with the bronze medals from

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the British Triathlon Mixed Relay Cup. Loughborough I with a couple of

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World Triathlon Series regulars. Jodie Stimpson, Commonwealth Games

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champion, collecting her silver medal. Back from injury and

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delighted to be back in the sport. Sophie Coldwell, started things off

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for Loughborough I with an excellent performance and she is from right

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here in Nottingham. It is a home race for Sophie Coldwell, the

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22-year-old. Chris Perham, excellent performance from the young man from

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Portland in Dorset and then Ben Dijkstra and doing enough, the

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18-year-old. Solid runner. Tom Bishop paid him plenty of

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compliments about his running in his interview. Bishop knew that he had

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to be strong to see off the challenge from Dijkstra, who brought

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the silver home for Loughborough I. Leeds is very much the powerhouse of

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British triathlon, so it is fitting that the team from Leeds I other

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first-ever Accenture British Triathlon Mixed Relay Cup champions.

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Georgia Taylor-Brown, 23-year-old from Manchester. The Australian

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Aaron Royle, who had such a fantastic bike. Jess Learmonth, who

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has had a sensational season, and then it was rounded out to secure

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the gold by 26-year-old Tom Bishop, another man from these parts. They

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are the 2017 Mixed Relay Cup champions, the team from Leeds I.

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They have all got medals and cuddly toys.

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Accenture British Mixed Relay Cup will now be presented.

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The British Triathlon Mixed Relay Cup goes to the team from Leeds I.

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And there is champagne as well. As it is lots of regional teams

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involved I don't know if we are going to have any anthems. But it is

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fitting that Robin Hood, I think it is the real Robin Hood, is there in

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the city of Nottingham. He might get a soaking shortly as the bottles are

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open. There we are, the gold medal to Leeds I, the silver for

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Loughborough I and the bronze medal for Canada.

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We got there eventually. The Champagne moment for every single

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one of them up there on the medal podium. Unusual, of course, to not

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have a national anthem at these events. But I'm sure Leeds are very

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proud of where they come from and I am sure there is some kind of DT

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they can sing up there as they enjoy their moment. Congratulations to

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Leeds, Loughborough and Canada, the three medallists from the Mixed

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Relay Cup today. And from Nottingham, we will go to Newcastle

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next weekend because there is another great sporting events to

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enjoy. Make sure you join us for the great

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North run next Sunday, always a spectacular event. The sun is

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usually shining up there in the north-east, and we look forward to

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having you there with us. Let's bring things back to the here and

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now. Olympic medallists Alistair Brownlee and Vicky Holland I hear.

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We ask you at the top of the programme to send in your questions

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for the elite triathletes. How they deal with it, how they get through

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it, how they enjoy it. We have one coming from Craig, this one is for

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you, Alistair. How do you deal with not being able to train while you

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are injured? We know that was very difficult. Very badly is the easy

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answer. I think I have had a month not training, and it is tough. On

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Friday, I went out and did six hours of training. The next day I was

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laying on my back, and was laying there for weeks unable to move.

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Firstly you have a massive gap in your life that is normally filled my

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exercise. You just have to you see it as getting the chance to do

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things you don't normally do. Like what? Relax, I was reading a lot. I

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caught up on a lot of boring admin, I tried to do a jigsaw and failed. I

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built a steam train that my dad bought me for Christmas about five

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years ago. Slightly different things. Caught up with friends. What

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is good to know is that Alistair Brownlee hasn't quite prepared for

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life beyond the racing career. Putting jigsaws together is not

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going to fill all of the time. You're talking about putting off the

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surgery you had for some time, now is a good time, with next year in

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mind? Absolutely, there is never a perfect time. Once I realised it was

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going to be the best part of five or six months, the return to fitness,

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if I'm going to do it, I've got to do it in the middle of the year to

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have a good winter and be ready to go next year. I made a decision on

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that basis, I made the decision and I'm glad I've done it. We will see

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how it turns out. First-day off crutches, you would not know with

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this guy will stop we need him fully fighting fit. Caitlin asked how do

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you manage your nutrition on a triathlon? Do you eat on the bike or

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run and what do you eat? Vicky Holland? Full English? Sunday roast?

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Yes, just put it on your bike. For me, most of the nutrition side of

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things comes pre-race, it is what you have eaten the night before,

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what you have eaten that morning. Full of carbohydrates, simple

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carbohydrates, easy to digest. When you are racing, there are very few

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opportunities to eat. You don't want to be eating many times during the

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race. It is a difficult process, if you can minimise it, it is better.

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For me, I like to have some energy fluid in my drinks bottles. I have

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one drinks bottle with energy drink, one with just water. I am getting

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some calories there. I also have energy gel which isolated to the top

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of my bike, very sophisticated. I usually take that two thirds of the

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way through. You will occasionally see athletes, triathletes on their

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bikes, with things strapped to them, like a one-man band. For you, you

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increased the distances of your races, before you had the surgery,

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have you got anything extra? A full chicken? You do have to take more

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on? You do, you have to take more carbohydrates, more fluids and sold

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to balance it out. That has taken a bit of experimentation and I don't

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think I got it right in the three races that I did. It is just

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violence. More water, more carbohydrates, how you get them in.

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Olympic distance, I would normally do that with gels. A four our race,

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you have to look at taking quite a lot of gels. I was trying to swap

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that with other forms of carbohydrates. That was tough. I

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think it is a work in progress. In a lot of ways, it is not rocket

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science, just balancing input and output. From the end of the spectrum

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to the start, the Dean Williams has tweeted, she is competing in her

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first triathlon next Sunday, OK? Today has been lovely, actually.

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Before the elite race, there was 350 runners and riders all going in a

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mass participation rates, it was so lovely to see people getting

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involved. Nadine Angerer is doing exactly that next Sunday. Just once

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advice for a beginner, Vicky? The first thing is to remember you're

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doing it for enjoyment. Don't get too stressed, don't allow lives to

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take over. Suddenly you have chosen to do, something for fun and it

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should be fun. It is fun. Don't build it into something it isn't.

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Have a practice over the next week of just doing simple things, like

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transitions. Getting a wet suit off as quickly as you can, popping your

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shoes off in transition two, that will really help, knowing your

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routine. Do you render your first triathlon? I think it was actually

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in Nottingham. Welcome home! I was eight or nine. It was in 1996 or 97.

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It was in Nottingham, a leisure centre somewhere with some fields

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outback, that we cycled around. And then we ran around it and that was

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it. I can't tell you any more than that, it was a long time ago. But

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you were an example, that was the point, you can start slow and the

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double Olympic champion. Let's bring one more in. Stuart on the hashtag

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#bbctriathlon, he wants us to shed some light on the swimming style

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adopted by triathletes. In his opinion, it seems to create a lot of

:04:38.:04:44.

splash? There are a couple of thought, traditional endurance

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swimming style of a long relaxed stroke, long reach, flexible

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shoulders, really good catch and glide at the front of your stroke to

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catch as much water as you can. Then the triathlon school of thought is

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that you need a bit more chopped, throw your arms in and catch the

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water as quickly as you can, and it is just about your turnover and

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propulsion. If you on over and push back as quickly as you can. There

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are no right answers. People do different ways and you even see the

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sport of swimming changing. If you watch swimming now, the guys that

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swim 50 and 100 at the World Championships, it is short, high

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turnover, that is the way to go a triathlon for the first 200 metres.

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After that, in a more relaxed stage, is really personal. Just efficiency,

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I guess. All about efficiency! Minimum energy, maximum output.

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Let's bring in some of the other Leeds triathletes in a moment.

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Everybody has been getting inspired. This is how you get involved if you

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are a first timer. Unite get Inspired as the BBC sports campaign

:05:50.:05:53.

to help you get active. It is on the BBC sport website and you can find

:05:54.:05:57.

inspirational stories from people like you, as well as hints, tips and

:05:58.:06:01.

over 70 practical guides to help you give something a go. There is also

:06:02.:06:06.

an activity finder, to help you find something to try near you. Just get

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up, get inspired and get active. The triathlon family is expanding

:06:12.:06:22.

every second of the day. Leeds II, some of their members with us. Mark

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Buckingham, where were you about two days ago? On a flight back from

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Canada, enjoying myself, relaxed. What happened in the last 24 hours?

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Jonny Brownlee was supposed to be in your position. How did that play out

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for you? You got a phone call? I was on the sofa about 1pm yesterday,

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relaxed, enjoying myself. They said, can you go down to Nottingham and

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race instead of Jonny I got his dry suit, rebranded it, and here I am.

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That is literally Jonny Brownlee's dry suit. Papered over with

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Buckingham. Did you enjoy it? I did, I've only done two before, one in

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Hamburg, and what they have done rivals that easily. What an event.

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It helped, the sunshine and stuff. But thousands of spectators and a

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great atmosphere. It has been mega. Talking about hamburgers, you have

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been there and done that. How does this compare? # ago the support was

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incredible. I can't believe how many people got involved. I really

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enjoyed it. I was really nervous before. First race in a long time, I

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wasn't sure how I would go. I loved it until the last 400 metres. I

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couldn't believe how packed the stands were. Great to hear them

:07:50.:07:56.

cheering for you. Last time we did a triathlon was in Leeds, Nottingham

:07:57.:08:03.

giving them a run for their money. With Leeds across your chest, you

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properly wouldn't say that, but they are a great crowd? They are a good

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second-best! A proud man from Leeds, how was it? Really enjoyed it, good

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to be in the mix. Team Leeds one and two, sadly we ended up with fourth.

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It was great to be a part. Congratulations to both of you.

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Leeds on top of the podium. We will take that as a win? Thank you very

:08:30.:08:34.

much. Enjoy your afternoons. We will talk to you guys in a moment or so.

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Let's talk a little bit about where we think this will go. You were

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there at the start. What is the ideal, what do we want to bring

:08:45.:08:49.

build this into? I were talking about the World Championships in

:08:50.:08:52.

Hamburg, there's more than comparing to it? Definitely. One of the ideas

:08:53.:08:57.

at the start was to use the analogy of the FA Cup. Your local team,

:08:58.:09:02.

Nottingham, Leeds district team could go through the rounds and get

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the chance to compete against the best teams in the world in what

:09:06.:09:09.

would be a final or whatever. One of the things that we really struggled

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with at the start was what the teams should be. It could have been any

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construct, they could be counties, northern England and Southern, it

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could have been countries, cities, centres, whatever. That is the idea.

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Hopefully in the next few years it will go to three four years, and

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then after that a number of events, plus rounds, with the opportunity

:09:30.:09:32.

for literally any clubs to work their way up the rounds to qualify

:09:33.:09:36.

and race will you national title, the triathlon cup, at the end of the

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season. Where would you like this event to be? It is great to see

:09:42.:09:44.

younger athletes, junior athletes competing on the same stage. Also,

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the likes of Canada coming here and doing really well, internationally,

:09:50.:09:56.

it has some real pull? We had four International teams coming and

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racing. We can expand on that and get more and more nations wanting to

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come, with the inclusion of the mixed relay in the Olympic Games,

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people are going to want the opportunity to race. Mixed relay is

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not something that is done a huge amount of the world stage. People

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don't get the opportunity to practice is short and fast

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changeovers. Everything that goes into mixed relay that makes it

:10:17.:10:21.

unique. Having an event like this, year-on-year, and more rounds, as

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Alistair mentioned, it means we are going to get other nations in and

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hopefully get some of the world's best as well as our own. Absolutely.

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We have started something in Nottingham. The crowd, have you

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enjoyed yourselves? Of course they have! And a Leeds flag as well. They

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were the winners today. We have run out of time. You are done, as are

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we. Good afternoon, thank you! # How you like me now? The

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first-ever British triathlon Mixed Relay Cup is under way in

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Nottingham. There is no room for slip-ups in this level of racing.

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At this distance, it is a monument. . Tom Bishop crosses the line to win

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it for Leeds I. Princess Diana's been

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killed in a car crash. The tragedy that affected

:11:45.:11:46.

so many of us... ..imagined through the lives

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of four remarkable characters.

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Ore Oduba presents live coverage of the inaugural British Triathlon Mixed Relay Cup. The best in British and international triathletes go head to head over the mixed relay format which has just been accepted into the Olympic programme for the 2020 Games in Tokyo. Vicky Holland and Alistair Brownlee provide expert analysis.


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