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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


start. Spectacular! Alistair Brownlee,


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


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


Looking absolutely resplendent this afternoon. Welcome, everybody, to


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


recovery. Unfortunately for the organisers your brother Johnny has


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


You can expect it to get a little bit competitive.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


lady. So the athletes are lining up, they


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


it's very different competing individually, compared to competing


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


those at home watching as well. Nottingham provides this fantastic


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


World Triathlon present here in Nottingham. Annie Emmerson has made


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


adds something unique. This is known as the Nottingham


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


to get themselves ahead of their rivals.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


like a different engine system needed for this short style of


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


approval from those in the grandstand. The difficulty for the


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


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


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


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


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


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


front group as a phenomenal swimmer and she demonstrated today but


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Paula Findlay and Jeremy Briand, four established World Triathlon


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


questions for Alistair Brownlee command Vicky Holland, get the


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


distances. They do race these shorter differences more often and


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


performances from the youngsters. Serious move happening from Joanna


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


The difficulty for some of the younger athletes is their brains


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


who will hand onto multiple triathlon series winner Paula


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


He was in the World Junior Championships in Edmonton in 2014


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


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


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


is already a strong team for Loughborough.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


teams are involved Olivia Matthaus is a local girl from


Nottinghamshire. The River Trent flows through her hometown. She


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


past Kate Waugh of. Georgia is renowned for her ability


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


of energy. Uphill across the Suspension Bridge. These are


spectacular pictures from on high. Beautiful scenery that we have


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Riverside and join Ore with Alistair Brownlee.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Leeds through and through! More strategy to watch.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


and getting straight into the riding without holding up waiting for


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


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


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


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


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


that is Chris Perham. We have our favourites.


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


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


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


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


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


recently won the World Championships, he is a very strong


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Canadian, he is an established triathlon World Series competitor.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


think she will get caught, especially after that silver in


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


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


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


just being really heavy and tired. She's not


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Championships qualifying so some of them Havret raced even more recently


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


trees alongside the River Trent, everything looks splendid in


Nottingham city centre this afternoon. Aaron Royle is heading in


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


perfect timing for Aaron Royle command of the soft carpet


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


has an fast times over five kilometres and three kilometres,


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


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


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


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


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


wedding. I really am going to crash this


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


The race has changed complexion because Gordon Benson has struck the


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Triathlon Series, just recently returning from injury and she loves


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


multiple World Triathlon Series winner for Canada and Jodie Stimpson


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


technique and good shoulder range, shoulder mobility, without getting


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


in transition potentially could have been a turning point.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


great opportunity. A textbook opportunity to split the field.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


the bike with a 1500 metre run to come. This is legs three of the


inaugural Accenture British Triathlon Mixed Relay Cup. We have


had lots to enjoy so far. We still have the final leg from Tom Bishop,


Mark Buckingham, Jeremy Bremont. Paula Findlay thinks the pace might


be sluggish, so try to move it along. It is about getting into the


right position now. It is. One of the real old school things is being


in the front of transition. Over Olympic distance, I'm not sure how


important that is. You are running ten kilometres, wasting a bit of


energy, it is not worth it. As long as you catch that five seconds up


slowly, and don't try to do it in the first 400 metres, it does not


cost you too much. Relay is very different. 1500 metres, five seconds


makes a great deal of difference. But there are only four of you, so


the split to be one two seconds maximum, between the first and


second athlete. Jostling for position. Some are starting to


remove their feet from their shoes and resting them on top. You don't


want to be getting tangled up with the other triathletes coming at this


stage, as Alistair pointed out. It is all about swim, bike, run and


transitions. We all know how important it can be. Leeds I, Leeds


II, Loughborough I and Canada, locked together. Who is going to be


first to ride? A stumble for Lucy Hall. Findlay arrives at her parking


position first. No panic from Jodie Stimson, and she is away? Yes, great


transitions, very solid, composed competitor. She proved it there.


Lucy stumbling has cost her a bit. I would expect Jess and Jodie to run


here. You are never quite sure what you're going to get. She was a


fantastic athlete, going back a few years ago now. 2010, 20 11. We


haven't quite seeing the same since then. She seems to be slowly getting


back to where she was. Jess this on fantastically. She knows it is only


one mile. If there is anything Jess is good that it is going all in, and


that is what she's doing. No sign of fatigue from Jessica Lee a month,


from Tadcaster. What an athlete she has been. Find a way of seeing her


interview, she is full of humour, concern and success. It was a great


interview after her second position in Stockholm. Jodie Stimpson is in


third position. Lucy Hall has lost four five seconds and she is further


down the embankment fourth position. Jess Learmonth stretches her lead.


Susie dot Lucy Hall has lost a bit of time? She went quite hard. She


would say as much of anybody that the running is not a strong point.


Jess, similar. Great swimmer and biker, but has improved her run.


Good on her. She is doing well. All Findlay seems to be hanging in well.


On top of the bridge, one of the rises. Lets go Riverside and join


Ore with Vicky Holland. We are enjoying the race alongside


some of the friends and family. If you want to find these guys, the


family Stimpson here. We have just seen Jess Learmonth leading things


out. Second place in Stockholm, she said to you before this race... I'm


tired, I feel heavy, dealing with coming back from altitude. She was


put out that she would have to lay it on the line today. The way we


have seen this race so far, taking them on on the swim, catching up to


the pack. Not only catching up to them, she is running in the front.


This is an athlete informed. What does that do for you, when you are


on a roll like that? That was a record-breaking moment for her, her


first World Series medal. It really does pick you up, the confidence


goes through the roof? Absolutely, she has been improving all year, in


fact for the last couple of years. She won the European title earlier


this year. To win that and then come back to compete so well in


Stockholm, she is on a roll. We can see her shoulder to shoulder. Paula


Findlay is not to be sniffed at, she won five world titles. Not for


several years now, but she is an incredible athlete in her right. The


last frantic and furious leg is still to come. Is it shaping up how


you saw it. Loughborough and Canada leaving? Leeds and Canada. That is


Learmonth, I was confused. I think Canada was always a strong


contender. The last leg is potentially the weakest. That might


be where Leeds can overcome them. Loughborough have a strong final leg


in Ben Dijkstra. I was going to ask you, are you surprised that up until


this point we had not seen a breakaway? Do you think from this


point it will be hard for anyone to catch up? The boys have got some


serious running in them. They have got some serious running


in them and they will have to be smart about working together. Canada


and Leeds I are likely to go away together. I find it hard to see


Loughborough bringing them back in. It would take a phenomenal effort


from Ben Dijkstra at the beginning of the swim leg to bring them back


into the race and even fourth Leeds II, we have seen them dropped a


little on this run and for them to come back into the race would be a


tough ask, especially Mark Buckingham doing the last leg has


just come back from racing in Canada twice over the last week and only


landed in the UK on Wednesday. It is a hard ask for them to get back in.


It is and they are just coming in behind us into the trees, it's time


to change over, Matt Chilton. The final changeover. Here they


come, brilliant run from Jessica Learmonth, handing over to Tom


Bishop, Paula Findlay has run well as well, Jeremy Briand is on his way


on the shoulder of Tom Bishop. Here they go into the River Trent. The


last leg of the British Triathlon Mixed Relay Cup, Tom Bishop


swimming, biking and running for Leeds I, Jeremy Briand for Canada,


Mark Buckingham on his way for Leeds II and Ben Dijkstra from


Loughborough I will be swimming, biking and running their final leg.


Alistair Brownlee, Tom Bishop is on his way. Can he do enough to win


this for Leeds? It is a tough position Tom is in. It is a 50-50


choice whether he goes for it with a neck second gap on Ben Dijkstra, or


sits and waits and conserves energy for the run. Ben has pretty much


caught them already. -- eight second gap. One of the things about the


relay is you can be exposed in the relay in a way that you don't in


normal racing. Ben is a fantastic swimmer, especially over this kind


of distance. Eight seconds closed in probably not even 200 metres and he


is on him and going past him already. Probably 150, so he's made


about massive gap going straight past him, and at this point I think


Tom must make the decision to sit and conserve and wait for an


opportunity, does it occur through the transition, the bike, or can it


occur on the run? We will wait and see. But basically it is back to the


status quo again. I can't remember the last time I saw a mixed relay


when they were so close at the start of the final leg. Three guys


together. Tom Bishop from Leeds I, then Ben Dijkstra from Loughborough


and Jeremy Briand from Canada and Mark Buckingham is the one who has


got 30 seconds deficit to try and claw back as these three go shoulder


to shoulder towards the end of their 300 metre swim. What a start to the


final leg, spectacular action from Nottingham this afternoon. Really


tough for Leeds II, wasn't it? Mark Buckingham stepped in and had to


take over from Jonny who is at home and a bit poorly with the flu. Mark


is a great biker and run but he doesn't quite have it on the swim.


PE is a great all-round athlete and improving all the time but that is a


little bit too long of a stretch for him and he will spend the rest of


the race in no man's land, unless these guys slow up and it becomes


tactical and he gets back into the race. A similar thing happened in


the watch championship a couple of weeks ago and the Australian cutback


into the race and won. These guys are still shoulder to shoulder and


slugging each other down, which is not intelligent racing. Tom is


having to do the work of one and a half people dragging Ben with him,


Ben is doing the right thing sitting out on his own. Where should they


positioned in the water, the three of them like that? The minute you


are even ten centimetres, swimming behind the guy next to you you are


giving them a massive drag and making it harder. Ben is sitting 20


centimetres back and getting a really big advantage swimming off


Tom's hips, swimming ten or 20% easy and at this effort level that makes


an incredible difference. If I was in Tom's position I would literally


stop swimming because I'm doing so much work. Perfect tactics for Ben,


just needs to be there now. There is no point in him doing anything, he


will be near the front coming out of the water and there on the first


part of the bike and he knows he will back himself towards the back


end of the run. It will be a bit of a local race, Tom Bishop is from


Derby, the two city is not far apart. Tom Bishop is the first to


climb out of the water. He charges up the steps towards transition.


Jeremy Briand and Ben Dijkstra not too far behind. Leeds I, Canada,


Loughborough I, the three main contenders now. I must admit I don't


know a lot about Jeremy Briand but he could be a dark horse, I have not


seen him race an awful lot, so who knows? It could be that he is a


great 1500 metre runner. I did check him out and I've got to be honest I


don't think he will be a threat to Bishop and Ben Dijkstra. Bishop


having a really good transition. He's got going, bit slow getting


going, looked like he was in the wrong gear. Ben has really messed it


up, it cost him two or three seconds and that could give Tom the chance


to get an advantage coming onto the bike here, but that's part of racing


and you use it if it is there. Ben is struggling. Again, one of these


really small parts of the relay that can have big consequences. Yeah,


he's probably ten seconds. He shouldn't be trying to get his feet


in, he should pedal on top until he can get his feet on. Ben Dijkstra


has the turn coming up now, the 18-year-old. Your heart goes out to


him, he was in such a strong position and MSc exit from


transition is allowed Tom Bishop to break away and Tom Bishop is going


away with Jimmy Briand two or three seconds behind, Leeds I,


Loughborough I, Canada and a captive Leeds II. What have you made of Tom


Bishop this year, he had a fantastic race in Abu Dhabi. He ran pretty


much neck and neck with Javier Gomez for about seven kilometres and he


got a fifth place in another race. What do you think of Tom Bishop? He


is fulfilling his potential, he is a good athlete, very good all round,


he's a good runner when he is completely fit, his biking is solid


and he is fulfilling his potential. He's had a few years when he has not


been doing that, and he should have done it three or four years ago but


he's doing it now, and good on him. There is a few races left in the


year but he's already had a good year. We will see what he can do


here. This is the perfect opportunity, it is man on man. There


is a gap that is big enough that Ben is not getting a drag so it is


basically a drag race to see if he can get back on. He looks like he's


doing a fairly decent job. Like we were talking about in the swim, at


that point Tom had to wait for an opportunity. Ben is not getting his


feet in about percent of the opportunity and he is taking it,


that's what you have to do in triathlon, take advantage of the


opportunities you are given. Tom doesn't want to wait for Jeremy,


probably doesn't know much about him, he knows a lot about Ben


Dijkstra, who is only 18 so we can perhaps forgive him for the mishap


he had coming out of transition. He's only 18 but he has good


experience, he has a bronze medal. We can look now at Mark Buckingham.


He forgot to put on his helmet, basic error, it's happened to me


before. I can't be too scathing on him. Ben is one of those great


athletes. He's a fantastic runner, he has had fantastic running


results, done well in triathlon and he is just a great racer. Some


people are great racers and Ben is one of them. We will see her what he


is made. Tom is on his own without the Canadian, he is back with Ben.


To be honest, at this point, even if Ben catches up Tom knows that he is


swinging the race in his favour if then has to work hard on the bike


and that is to Tom's advantage. Anything that turns this into a 20


minute race rather than a three-minute race at the end of the


run is to Tom's advantage so he's doing the right thing. So, Tom


Bishop as a similarly to that enjoyed by Aaron Royle. He swam,


biked and ran stage to four Leeds I and had a huge advantage which he


let slip in the early stages of the run. Looking further down the road,


Jimmy Briand and Ben Dijkstra are now further and further removed from


Tom Bishop out in front. Ship needs to do what went he hits the 1500


metre run, Alistair -- Bishop needs to do what? He needs to control a


really good race of 1500 metres, he has four minutes to run, how can I


run as fast as possible? Rather than on a normal triathlon, breaking it


up over the first two or three minutes and put people into issues.


You need to go, dizzy time trial effectively, that's the difference.


I'm not sure what we are seeing behind, I think that is Ben on his


own, not sure what happened to the Canadian guy Briand, unless they are


stretched out on the road and we cannot see them because of the


cameras. Tom is on his own getting a little bit of help from the camera


bike, but part of racing, if it is there. Ben is still chasing him


down. If this goes over ten seconds either start of the run it is race


over. For Ben, it could already be, he's having to put in a massive


effort to stay anywhere near Tom and I will definitely cost his running


legs but we will see. Watching this race unfold and knowing the mixed


relay will be part of the Olympic programme in Tokyo in 2020, how


tempted are you to be focusing on that and be part of potentially a


British team at the next Olympics? With the announcement of the mixed


relay when it was going to be in the Olympics a few months ago it


definitely changed my opinion on trying to go to another Olympic


Games. The Olympics is fantastic but I kind of felt I'm not 100% sure if


I want to do it again. I've been lucky enough to go twice and it


might be pushing my luck but the fact this is in, it is a fantastic


and exciting event and the fact it gives you a chance to win two


medals, it is brilliant and it definitely became a much more


tenting prospect. And for your younger brother Jonny it would give


him the chance to get the full set, he has a bronze and silver so far.


Maybe along with you and two others he could grab a gold. Yeah, it would


give him a chance to have the full set and like I said, just win


another medal, which I think he would be more than happy to do. One


of the big things about the mixed relay is what we're doing now,


people are enjoying learning about it, doing it, learning about the


tactical nuances. I think there is much that no one quite understands


yet and it's interesting. This gap has opened right up now, 15 seconds


I would say. I think that was a lapse athlete behind, one of the


Stirling teams. Ben has just gone past, 15 seconds, he has motorbikes


behind him which is unfortunate for him. But I think that is a big gap,


still not coming up on the splits. But that is a decent gap. To be


honest, I think all the money is on Tom to win this for the Leeds team


because not only is the gap big, but Ben has really had to work on the


bike and that will cost him on the run compared to Tom. Deep in lap


two, the final leg of the British Triathlon Mixed Relay Cup and it is


Leeds I in the hands of Tom Bishop leading the race, El-Abd athlete


coming through. The gap is considerable now. Chip is in the


wrong direction as far as he's concerned. -- Bishop is going in the


wrong direction. -- a lapped athlete. Ben is looking in control


on the bike and like he has had to fight it hard and that's costing him


on the second half of the bike leg and on the run. No idea what


happened to the Canadian guy, we're not seeing that at all. Like we were


just talking about earlier, with Tom, sometimes it's easy to get


exposed if you have a weak leg on the relay, it's easy to make the


most of it if you have a strong leg and Tom is making the most of his


opportunity on the bike. Ben is being exposed because his biking


isn't quite as strong as he'd like it to be, and that wouldn't happen


in an individual race because it's much more difficult to expose


athletes. That's one of the great things about the relay, it can


become a real test of an all-round triathlete. Ben has kind of kept it


together because he could have lost the plot slightly coming out of


chance issue. I was there with Tom. He is more or less holding his own.


Tom Tumi looks like he is riding really well. I think Tom is riding


really well. He has done exactly the right thing here. -- Tom Tumi looks


like he is riding really well. He could have done more to get across


the gap. We are talking about a very high level Phil. On a world-class


level racing Tom I think it has cost him. We have seen that. We're not


sure what happened to Jeremy Briand who was the anchor leg member of the


Canadian team. But if he struggled it may have given a chance for Leeds


II to get back into contention. Mark Buckingham swimming, biking and


running the final leg for Leeds II, 30 seconds off the pace in the water


that he may well be up towards a medal position now. We will find out


once they house their bikes at the end of the final leg of the


inaugural Accenture British relay cup, a tremendous contest so far.


The lead is a monumental 24 seconds over Ben Dijkstra. He is doing well,


he is lapping athletes, I think the lapped athletes should stay to the


side of the course just for safety and so people can clearly view what


is going on. This is perfect for Tom, 24 seconds at this level over


this distance. That is among the mental gap. There is pretty much no


chance of him getting caught. Leeds I to win this, I would expect then,


whatever has happened, to hold onto second place, and we have no idea


what is going on with Canada and Leeds II the third and fourth. It


will not happen because Ben is way back. What would have happened if


they had gone off on the bike together? That is the million-dollar


question it depends very much. If they both hit this fresh and have


basically done no work and with fresh coming into the second


transition after stomach for a mile run I think you would have been


close, I think Ben would have had it, Ben is good over this sort of


distance. If he'd caught Tom three quarters of the way through after


working hard and Tom not working quite so hard, I think Tom would


have still had it, and obviously in this case Tom is going to have it.


Tom Bishop in and out of transition in a flash, no stumbles, no


problems, he has a 1500 metre run ahead of him now as he attempts to


bring home the gold. For Leeds I. We are still waiting for the arrival of


Ben Dijkstra who should be second, representing Loughborough I, should


be seconded to transition. Tom Bishop on his way, following the


arrows out full support is beginning to arrive, the leaves falling from


the trees, and he is going to run on both sides of the River Trent now.


Loughborough with Ben Dijkstra. He had another dodgy transition and now


playing around with the back of his suit, get on, four minutes to run.


We are seeing 33 seconds gap coming out onto the run over 1.5 K, that is


a massive amount, 20 seconds per kilometre, so


I think you will have to come and hang out with you in Leeds a little


bit, get a few tips from you. I think he would have to hang out with


Mo Farah to close that gap! Pretty straightforward at the moment.


Anything can happen. But Tom Bishop looks comfortable as he makes the


first climb. At the top of the climb he will cross Trent Bridge, the


other end who will cross the Suspension Bridge and then he will


be on his way. 33 seconds, the gap between Leeds I and Loughborough I.


Canada, still in third position, a further 36 seconds down. The task


for Leeds two is to close the gap to Canada over the 1500 metre run. It


will be a foot race between Buckingham of Leeds II and Jeremy


Briand of Canada. It is pretty much an unsurmountable gap, I would have


thought. We don't quite know how good a run amok to is, but it is a


massive gap to close by any standards. I expect that to stay the


same. Mark has not been training for this. But as an ex-steeplechaser he


could have been really class. I would expect the positions to stay


as they are now. We have had a lot of experience at the mixed relay


championships. You were part of the Commonwealth Games team that won


gold. A lot of people might be looking and thinking it is a lot


shorter, so it must be easier. Actually, it is pretty hard, the


short distance racing. We have just seen him go past the bridge, and


maybe he has decided that the places are how they are and what will be


will be. Absolutely, it is kind of irrelevant, sometimes, how long


things are. A massive amount of energy and effort into a short


distance, and that could make it harder. Some of the mixed relay is


we have done over the past, short and intense, you're trying to do


everything you can. Also, you are racing for your team. You don't want


to let your team-mates down. It can be some of the hardest races I have


done as well. Jeremy Briand, holding onto bronze position for Canada.


Joanna Brown, Matt Sharpe and Paula Findlay are his team-mates. But they


are stretched out, with great distances between them. Look at the


crowds around Victoria Embankment in Nottingham. This event in the city,


the first-ever running of the British Triathlon Mixed Relay Cup


has been very well received. They have come out in their thousands to


watch the triathlon unfold this afternoon. It will be a man from


Derby, from not too far away, Tom Bishop, who should bring home the


gold for the team from Leeds I. It started with Georgia Taylor-Brown,


in sensational form. She passed on to the Australian, Aaron Royle, who


rode his bike brilliantly, giving himself a solid lead. Jess Learmonth


took up the challenge in stage three for Leeds I, and the advantage to


Tom Bishop, who took that on, strengthened it and will shortly


bring it home for a gold medal for Leeds I. He crosses the Suspension


Bridge, having climbed to the top. He will run down to the other side.


Then it is almost done. This is a fantastic site, isn't it? Great


venue for triathlon. Almost like a natural amphitheatre on both sides


of the river. The last few hundred metres now, fantastic crowds and he


has a chance to enjoy it. What a momentous occasion. First mixed


relay champions, Leeds. Who else would it be? Leeds I will become the


British Triathlon Mixed Relay Cup champions for 2017, Tom Bishop, with


his team-mates, Georgia Taylor-Brown, Aaron Royle and Jess


Learmonth. Tom Bishop is the champion. The battle continues for


silver and bronze. The silver should be awarded the team from


Loughborough I, Ben Dijkstra was 30 seconds behind last time we checked


the clock. Then Jodie Stimpson, crisp heron and Sophie Coldwell, the


team from Loughborough I. They will be collecting silver medals this


afternoon. Ben Dijkstra with some problems coming out transition both


occasions, but he has held on. The 18-year-old from Loughborough,


representing Loughborough I, bringing home the silver medal. And


we are expecting that it will be Jeremy Briand, who looked to be


running quite nicely when we caught a glimpse of him going across the


Suspension Bridge, we think it will be Jeremy Briand bringing home the


bronze for Canada. His team-mates, Paula Findlay, Matthew Sharpe and


Joanna Brown, they came here with high hopes of upsetting the racers


from the home nation. They were ambitious and confident in their


prerace interviews. But it looks like the Canadian team, who will be


welcomed home shortly, will have to settle for bronze this afternoon.


They left it to Jeremy Briand, the youngest member of the quartet, to


swim, bike and run the anchor leg. He takes home the bronze for Canada.


Lifted up by Matthew Sharpe. Great performance by the Canadians. I


don't pick anybody was predicting them to get onto the podium. They've


done really well, and good for them. We would expect to have seen Mark by


now, I thought he got a bit of time into the Canadian guys. Here he is.


Fourth place. Rounding out for the second Leeds team. Leeds II, Non


Stanford, Gordon Benson, Lucy Hall and Mark Buckingham, a late entry


into the race, bringing home fourth position. Such a late entry that he


is wearing Joanna's suit. He has literally been drafted in at the


last minute. One of the things we did not see on the last leg was that


once it starts splitting up, these relays can blow apart. Not only


athletes are on their own, they get exposed, people with stronger stuff


make the most of it, people get exposed and lose time. This relay


has completely blown apart. We haven't even seen the fifth team


yet. Really interesting, and this is a completely new event that will be


deciding Olympic medals. Interesting to watch. Victory for Leeds I, with


Loughborough taking the silver. Canada took the bronze, and the


Canadian team are at the Riverside with Ore.


Congratulations, Team Canada! Thank you! You had a really fast race run,


so you don't have to speak too quickly. Tell us how things kicked


off. This is a brand-new event, you must have been pumped to get out


there? I love relays, it is probably my favourite type of racing. Racing


for a team and with a team is probably the most exciting thing you


can do, you are racing for somebody other than yourself. It was absolute


chaos in the day in the water, at the start, with the teams lining up.


But the race played out the way we wanted it to you and I think the


whole team did well. I'm really proud of all of my team-mates. You


were coming here to spoil the British party, you have done just


that, Canada on the podium? Yeah, we're pretty excited. We are a


strong team, we were expecting to get on the podium. To come and


execute that, it is important. We are stoked and happy. It was great


to see you back racing. Tell us about where this could go, because


we have an important couple of years to come for triathlon and mixed


triathlon, where are we going to see Canada? I think Canada is really


putting a big focus on the relay leading into the Commonwealth Games


and the Olympics. We have a really young team of people, everybody is


under 27, under 25. This short, fast racing really suits us. It's


exciting that Canada are showing we are good at it and hopefully we can


continue on that trajectory, competing with the Brits and the


rest of the world. You're definitely heading in the right direction.


Jeremy, it was an EU to finish things strong. But you had clear


carpet in front and behind you. You must have enjoyed getting the bronze


medal? It is hard, chasing and being chased. It is more fun, the mix of


things. You have to be prepared for every scenario. Well done to all of


you. You have got some time on the podium to make sure you enjoy, so


Team Canada out, and income Team Loughborough. Come on in. Good to


see you, Ben, Jody, Chris and Sophie. Let's talk to you, Ben.


First things first, Loughborough, we were expecting big things and you


have delivered? Well done. We have to be really happy with the result.


Leeds were phenomenally strong, credit to them for a great


performance. We are all happy. It's a shame on the last leg, Tom was


immensely strong and I couldn't get across to him on the bike. Small


mistakes I emphasised in such short racing. Unfortunately that is what


happened today. I think we all performed fantastically. We will be


going home with smiles on our faces. Tom Bishop did have a perfectly


finished leg. You put down in a really good position, how did you


enjoy it? The pressure was definitely on. We had a shot at


taking it. We knew today that it was going to be a gamble to go for the


win and that is the order we went in because we were going for the win.


We came pretty close against a really strong team of Leeds.


Congratulations to them. These guys did awesome today. Well done, let's


talk to your team-mate Chris. You guys are coming together in a very


different climate here. It is your trading partners, it is not quite an


international. But you guys, Loughborough have already been on


-- Loughborough have already been on the map, but great to racing team


colours consumer Yes, we know each other, strengths and weaknesses, we


know how to put a team together. It was good to be racing with the guys


that you train with, just because we are all good friends. It makes it


more enjoyable, a good team atmosphere. It also gives a bit back


to the centre, the coaches, showing them how much it actually means, all


of the support, the things that they offer, they do go a long way in


training, and hopefully racing, which was good. Silver medal, more


than a reward. Sophie, just as you finished your legs, is rooted out of


you. You run a really good wanted a bike, tell us, how tough was it? It


was hard. We had a bit of running over the last couple of weeks, it


made it even harder. As if it wasn't hard enough. Like you say, you have


to work together as a team and hopefully that the guys in a good


position to set up the rest of the race, really. Well done to all of


you. I will let you shift left and I will come in this side and say


congratulations to Loughborough. Loughborough in second, Canada in


third. Leeds taking things at the top. A really fantastic effort all


around. I think it might be time for the medal ceremony.


Yes, well, this has been a brilliant event. This was the problem suffered


by Jeremy Briand at the start of the bike. He seemed to have a mechanical


issue. That really cost him a chance to battle on behalf of Canada for


the silver medal. Canada had to accept the bronze in the end, with


the silver going to Loughborough I. The champions, Leeds I, we haven't


heard from them yet but I think we will. We will watch the medal


ceremony first, that we will hopefully hear from Georgia


Taylor-Brown, Aaron Royle, and Tom Bishop. Above the magnificent war


memorial, that commemorates the men of Nottingham who fell in both world


wars. This is how Bishop won it, finally, for Leeds I. Having been


given a solid lead at the start, from Jess Learmonth. Have a really


good swim. -- had a really good swim. We can go back down to the


river side and Ore has the team with him.


We have with us the winners, Nottingham. A very generous round of


applause for you, Team Leeds. Fantastic effort. Georgia, tell us


how the race run for you? Really good, I didn't have a great swim.


But then we just got a group together on the bike, worked


altogether. On the run, it is a super fast run, so I was a bit


behind at the start. Just kept it going and managed to pull it back.


You seems to have extra energy coming down the bank? I think every


body went out a lot harder than me and then we settled into the same


pace. I started coming back on people. It was really good over


there, lots of crowds, really fun. It must have been, as I was saying


to Vicky, you are telling her how shattered you were after Stockholm,


you had no energy left in your battery, and there you were, pushing


to the end and leading out? I know, I am such a liar! I didn't


think I had it in me so I'm quite surprised. It was good fun and the


crowd helped. You just have to go and max out, nothing much else you


can do, so you try and go flat out and try and not get penalties, that


was my aim. No penalties and gold medal, seems like a good day. You


set out to win, you had Leeds I on your shirt, and Tom, when you came


out of the water there was no doubt in your mind what you would do. I


knew I needed to get a gap on Ben, he's such a good runner, such a


bright spot, I cannot live it down to the sprint finish, so I will see


what I can get and came off the bike, but I still had to run hard. I


enjoyed the last bit, the crowds were amazing. Did you expect to see


him behind you after being so quick? I didn't look behind me on the out


and back section, and I thought I've got a bit of a gap and keep on going


and get a bit more and by the end, it was still not 100% sure of the


bike but I made sure by the end it was a good one. Very quickly,


because you were the last man standing on the carpet, describe


what it was like for you to be able to take in the time, take in the


applause and laid it out and take gold medal for Leeds I. It was


great, from the start of my leg I was nervous and by the end I was so


excited and proud to compete for Leeds. We don't compete for Leeds


very often, this is the first time, usually the GB flag but this is the


time we are representing where we train and spent most of our time.


Well done to you. Honorary Brit today, Aaron. Like Tom said you are


representing a region, and you were substituted to this team at the last


minute so you made the right call. I was in Leeds II and Jonny Brownlee


was a bit sick so I was trying to fill his shoes and I got a call-up


to Leeds I which is a bonus. Non Stanford, you said beforehand that


you would make sure you got one over on her, happy? Yeah, obviously. That


doesn't happen very often so I've got to take everyone I can. Well


done to all of you. I think we are going to send you off because you


have a medal ceremony. If you don't mind, thank you very much, Leeds I,


the winners today, congratulations. Come in on this site, Vicki, and


then the coaches, Helen, after you. Helen can come into the camera shot


any time she wants. That was lovely, just like that, musical chairs,


Vicky and Alistair Brownlee are with us. Leeds I, routine win. They were


the favourites and they evidently deserved to win. The way to look at


the relay a lot of the time is you rarely win on the first few legs but


you can lose it. The girls and Aaron just had to put Tom in the right


position and put the chances in his favour and take out as many of the


other teams as they could end in a perfect world they would have been


alone but they were not. On the last leg Tom had to make the best of any


opportunity given. Like you said he knew he would struggle in the last


kilometre against Ben and that was right and he got the chance out of


transition and saw Ben struggling in the first few hundred metres getting


his feet in and took the opportunity and that is what won the race, that


was the right decision to make. We see you doing that so often on the


track, making split-second decisions and dropping people seemingly just


like that. Were you impressed with his split-second decision-making?


Definitely. I think so much of triathlon, or any sport, but


triathlon because it is so complex and comes down to decision making,


and he made the right decision. He could have backed up his run and


waited for another opportunity but right then he put his head down and


took the risk because then could have caught back up to him, or the


Canadian guy could have helped a man that would have cost him on the run


but it was the right thing to do. Like we saw, it paid off. Vicky,


word on Loughborough and Ben Dijkstra finishing things off. A lot


of the guys from Alistair talked about the danger, and Annie Emmerson


as well, they had to put it out there but between them, those four


showed real calibre that we should be excited about with the strength


and depth of British triathlon. It is not that much of a surprise


Loughborough with a strong team today, anybody who wasn't


considering them for being contenders in this race probably


hadn't looked enough into the depth of that team. Then on the final leg


was always going to be a bit of a threat and the Leeds guys themselves


said they didn't want to be in a head-to-head with him in the final


hurdle, Tom didn't want to have to run a 1500 against him. It would


have been interesting showdown but Tom made the brave and really good


split-second decision to go out of transition and it paid off for them.


Talking about the thrills and spills, we really saw it today,


Alistair and I work in the transition for the most part


watching the guys coming through the transition, the changeover, into the


carpet, down the ramp and take a diving jump into the late. In 2020


and 2018 Commonwealth Games on the gold Coast next year, we have some


really lightning triathlon to look forward to, don't we? Definitely,


that's one of the things we all enjoy about the relay, there is a


lot to it, not just the fact it is a dangerous sport, ride, swim and run,


there is a technical side of much of it we don't know yet. It's really


interesting and we have a lot to learn more we talk so much in


athletics about getting the bat on around the 4x100 metres, compared to


this, get everything in a small box can not get any penalties, which


cost your team, small things can have massive consequences, and going


forward to the Olympics in a few years' time, the fact it could be


based on Olympic medal. You talked about that in commentary, we have


seen 68 athletes out here who will want to be on the start line for


2020 and especially with the opportunity to win another metal.


What were the most exciting events across the whole Olympic spectrum?


I'm so happy mixed relay has been put into the Olympics, for personal


reasons obviously. I think there is a brilliant chance we could come


away with a medal, and not just a medal, with our best team out there


we would win a gold medal, that is another gold medal for Team GB and


us as an athlete cohort as well. But it's such a great race to watch,


great spectator event, I think everybody enjoys seeing the mixed


relay so being in the Olympics is fantastic. The crowd really seem to


have enjoyed themselves and Alistair and I talked about the fact you were


at the very start, in the infancy of this event, is this what you


imagined it would be like? Yeah, the theory of having a mixed relay


before we knew it would be in the Olympics was great, bring in crowds,


get people who enjoy watching triathlon, or who have never seen


triathlon before, into watching triathlon. So many times anecdotally


I have met people in the supermarket and said I love watching the relay,


why isn't there a more? The theory was sound but it is how to put that


in place. There were lots of factors to overcome, what should the


TeamSpeak? Starting from a blank sheet of paper. Should it be? The


crowds and the teams make it special. It is a natural


amphitheatre on the water, lovely loop around the water so you can see


so much stuff from the same place. Long may it continue. I like the


idea of an Alistair Brownlee Q session in the supermarket and we


will be there for the next one! We were going to try and quiz you on


the questions the viewers have been sending in. Meantime we have a medal


ceremony to enjoy, Matt Chilton will talk you through it.


Thank you, Ore Oduba. talk you through it.


Thank you, Ore 12 athletes will receive their medals. We had 17


teams start the competition, some fared better than others. There were


some mistakes, there were some comedy moments at times, one or two


of the dives into the River Trent post changeover were comical and


enjoyed by the spectators in front of the war memorial.


ANNOUNCER: The gifts will be presented by the leader of the


Nottingham City Council councillor John Collins.


COMMENTATOR: The presentation party is being introduced. And the


Canadian quartet will step up for the bronze medal. Joanna Brown. She


started things off for Canada with a superb performance. She has been so


consistent all season, particularly in the last two or three races when


she has really found her feet and confidence, and she was joined in


the team by the experienced Matthew Sharpe, the multiple World Triathlon


Series winning Paula Findlay, and the untried and untested but


ultimately successful Jeremy Briand, who did enough despite a mechanical


issue leaving transition on his bike. He did enough to secure the


bronze medal for the visiting Canadians. They have made their


visit to Nottingham worthwhile. They leave with the bronze medals from


the British Triathlon Mixed Relay Cup. Loughborough I with a couple of


World Triathlon Series regulars. Jodie Stimpson, Commonwealth Games


champion, collecting her silver medal. Back from injury and


delighted to be back in the sport. Sophie Coldwell, started things off


for Loughborough I with an excellent performance and she is from right


here in Nottingham. It is a home race for Sophie Coldwell, the


22-year-old. Chris Perham, excellent performance from the young man from


Portland in Dorset and then Ben Dijkstra and doing enough, the


18-year-old. Solid runner. Tom Bishop paid him plenty of


compliments about his running in his interview. Bishop knew that he had


to be strong to see off the challenge from Dijkstra, who brought


the silver home for Loughborough I. Leeds is very much the powerhouse of


British triathlon, so it is fitting that the team from Leeds I other


first-ever Accenture British Triathlon Mixed Relay Cup champions.


Georgia Taylor-Brown, 23-year-old from Manchester. The Australian


Aaron Royle, who had such a fantastic bike. Jess Learmonth, who


has had a sensational season, and then it was rounded out to secure


the gold by 26-year-old Tom Bishop, another man from these parts. They


are the 2017 Mixed Relay Cup champions, the team from Leeds I.


They have all got medals and cuddly toys.


Accenture British Mixed Relay Cup will now be presented.


The British Triathlon Mixed Relay Cup goes to the team from Leeds I.


And there is champagne as well. As it is lots of regional teams


involved I don't know if we are going to have any anthems. But it is


fitting that Robin Hood, I think it is the real Robin Hood, is there in


the city of Nottingham. He might get a soaking shortly as the bottles are


open. There we are, the gold medal to Leeds I, the silver for


Loughborough I and the bronze medal for Canada.


We got there eventually. The Champagne moment for every single


one of them up there on the medal podium. Unusual, of course, to not


have a national anthem at these events. But I'm sure Leeds are very


proud of where they come from and I am sure there is some kind of DT


they can sing up there as they enjoy their moment. Congratulations to


Leeds, Loughborough and Canada, the three medallists from the Mixed


Relay Cup today. And from Nottingham, we will go to Newcastle


next weekend because there is another great sporting events to


enjoy. Make sure you join us for the great


North run next Sunday, always a spectacular event. The sun is


usually shining up there in the north-east, and we look forward to


having you there with us. Let's bring things back to the here and


now. Olympic medallists Alistair Brownlee and Vicky Holland I hear.


We ask you at the top of the programme to send in your questions


for the elite triathletes. How they deal with it, how they get through


it, how they enjoy it. We have one coming from Craig, this one is for


you, Alistair. How do you deal with not being able to train while you


are injured? We know that was very difficult. Very badly is the easy


answer. I think I have had a month not training, and it is tough. On


Friday, I went out and did six hours of training. The next day I was


laying on my back, and was laying there for weeks unable to move.


Firstly you have a massive gap in your life that is normally filled my


exercise. You just have to you see it as getting the chance to do


things you don't normally do. Like what? Relax, I was reading a lot. I


caught up on a lot of boring admin, I tried to do a jigsaw and failed. I


built a steam train that my dad bought me for Christmas about five


years ago. Slightly different things. Caught up with friends. What


is good to know is that Alistair Brownlee hasn't quite prepared for


life beyond the racing career. Putting jigsaws together is not


going to fill all of the time. You're talking about putting off the


surgery you had for some time, now is a good time, with next year in


mind? Absolutely, there is never a perfect time. Once I realised it was


going to be the best part of five or six months, the return to fitness,


if I'm going to do it, I've got to do it in the middle of the year to


have a good winter and be ready to go next year. I made a decision on


that basis, I made the decision and I'm glad I've done it. We will see


how it turns out. First-day off crutches, you would not know with


this guy will stop we need him fully fighting fit. Caitlin asked how do


you manage your nutrition on a triathlon? Do you eat on the bike or


run and what do you eat? Vicky Holland? Full English? Sunday roast?


Yes, just put it on your bike. For me, most of the nutrition side of


things comes pre-race, it is what you have eaten the night before,


what you have eaten that morning. Full of carbohydrates, simple


carbohydrates, easy to digest. When you are racing, there are very few


opportunities to eat. You don't want to be eating many times during the


race. It is a difficult process, if you can minimise it, it is better.


For me, I like to have some energy fluid in my drinks bottles. I have


one drinks bottle with energy drink, one with just water. I am getting


some calories there. I also have energy gel which isolated to the top


of my bike, very sophisticated. I usually take that two thirds of the


way through. You will occasionally see athletes, triathletes on their


bikes, with things strapped to them, like a one-man band. For you, you


increased the distances of your races, before you had the surgery,


have you got anything extra? A full chicken? You do have to take more


on? You do, you have to take more carbohydrates, more fluids and sold


to balance it out. That has taken a bit of experimentation and I don't


think I got it right in the three races that I did. It is just


violence. More water, more carbohydrates, how you get them in.


Olympic distance, I would normally do that with gels. A four our race,


you have to look at taking quite a lot of gels. I was trying to swap


that with other forms of carbohydrates. That was tough. I


think it is a work in progress. In a lot of ways, it is not rocket


science, just balancing input and output. From the end of the spectrum


to the start, the Dean Williams has tweeted, she is competing in her


first triathlon next Sunday, OK? Today has been lovely, actually.


Before the elite race, there was 350 runners and riders all going in a


mass participation rates, it was so lovely to see people getting


involved. Nadine Angerer is doing exactly that next Sunday. Just once


advice for a beginner, Vicky? The first thing is to remember you're


doing it for enjoyment. Don't get too stressed, don't allow lives to


take over. Suddenly you have chosen to do, something for fun and it


should be fun. It is fun. Don't build it into something it isn't.


Have a practice over the next week of just doing simple things, like


transitions. Getting a wet suit off as quickly as you can, popping your


shoes off in transition two, that will really help, knowing your


routine. Do you render your first triathlon? I think it was actually


in Nottingham. Welcome home! I was eight or nine. It was in 1996 or 97.


It was in Nottingham, a leisure centre somewhere with some fields


outback, that we cycled around. And then we ran around it and that was


it. I can't tell you any more than that, it was a long time ago. But


you were an example, that was the point, you can start slow and the


double Olympic champion. Let's bring one more in. Stuart on the hashtag


#bbctriathlon, he wants us to shed some light on the swimming style


adopted by triathletes. In his opinion, it seems to create a lot of


splash? There are a couple of thought, traditional endurance


swimming style of a long relaxed stroke, long reach, flexible


shoulders, really good catch and glide at the front of your stroke to


catch as much water as you can. Then the triathlon school of thought is


that you need a bit more chopped, throw your arms in and catch the


water as quickly as you can, and it is just about your turnover and


propulsion. If you on over and push back as quickly as you can. There


are no right answers. People do different ways and you even see the


sport of swimming changing. If you watch swimming now, the guys that


swim 50 and 100 at the World Championships, it is short, high


turnover, that is the way to go a triathlon for the first 200 metres.


After that, in a more relaxed stage, is really personal. Just efficiency,


I guess. All about efficiency! Minimum energy, maximum output.


Let's bring in some of the other Leeds triathletes in a moment.


Everybody has been getting inspired. This is how you get involved if you


are a first timer. Unite get Inspired as the BBC sports campaign


to help you get active. It is on the BBC sport website and you can find


inspirational stories from people like you, as well as hints, tips and


over 70 practical guides to help you give something a go. There is also


an activity finder, to help you find something to try near you. Just get


up, get inspired and get active. The triathlon family is expanding


every second of the day. Leeds II, some of their members with us. Mark


Buckingham, where were you about two days ago? On a flight back from


Canada, enjoying myself, relaxed. What happened in the last 24 hours?


Jonny Brownlee was supposed to be in your position. How did that play out


for you? You got a phone call? I was on the sofa about 1pm yesterday,


relaxed, enjoying myself. They said, can you go down to Nottingham and


race instead of Jonny I got his dry suit, rebranded it, and here I am.


That is literally Jonny Brownlee's dry suit. Papered over with


Buckingham. Did you enjoy it? I did, I've only done two before, one in


Hamburg, and what they have done rivals that easily. What an event.


It helped, the sunshine and stuff. But thousands of spectators and a


great atmosphere. It has been mega. Talking about hamburgers, you have


been there and done that. How does this compare? # ago the support was


incredible. I can't believe how many people got involved. I really


enjoyed it. I was really nervous before. First race in a long time, I


wasn't sure how I would go. I loved it until the last 400 metres. I


couldn't believe how packed the stands were. Great to hear them


cheering for you. Last time we did a triathlon was in Leeds, Nottingham


giving them a run for their money. With Leeds across your chest, you


properly wouldn't say that, but they are a great crowd? They are a good


second-best! A proud man from Leeds, how was it? Really enjoyed it, good


to be in the mix. Team Leeds one and two, sadly we ended up with fourth.


It was great to be a part. Congratulations to both of you.


Leeds on top of the podium. We will take that as a win? Thank you very


much. Enjoy your afternoons. We will talk to you guys in a moment or so.


Let's talk a little bit about where we think this will go. You were


there at the start. What is the ideal, what do we want to bring


build this into? I were talking about the World Championships in


Hamburg, there's more than comparing to it? Definitely. One of the ideas


at the start was to use the analogy of the FA Cup. Your local team,


Nottingham, Leeds district team could go through the rounds and get


the chance to compete against the best teams in the world in what


would be a final or whatever. One of the things that we really struggled


with at the start was what the teams should be. It could have been any


construct, they could be counties, northern England and Southern, it


could have been countries, cities, centres, whatever. That is the idea.


Hopefully in the next few years it will go to three four years, and


then after that a number of events, plus rounds, with the opportunity


for literally any clubs to work their way up the rounds to qualify


and race will you national title, the triathlon cup, at the end of the


season. Where would you like this event to be? It is great to see


younger athletes, junior athletes competing on the same stage. Also,


the likes of Canada coming here and doing really well, internationally,


it has some real pull? We had four International teams coming and


racing. We can expand on that and get more and more nations wanting to


come, with the inclusion of the mixed relay in the Olympic Games,


people are going to want the opportunity to race. Mixed relay is


not something that is done a huge amount of the world stage. People


don't get the opportunity to practice is short and fast


changeovers. Everything that goes into mixed relay that makes it


unique. Having an event like this, year-on-year, and more rounds, as


Alistair mentioned, it means we are going to get other nations in and


hopefully get some of the world's best as well as our own. Absolutely.


We have started something in Nottingham. The crowd, have you


enjoyed yourselves? Of course they have! And a Leeds flag as well. They


were the winners today. We have run out of time. You are done, as are


we. Good afternoon, thank you! # How you like me now? The


first-ever British triathlon Mixed Relay Cup is under way in


Nottingham. There is no room for slip-ups in this level of racing.


At this distance, it is a monument. . Tom Bishop crosses the line to win


it for Leeds I. Princess Diana's been


killed in a car crash. The tragedy that affected


so many of us... ..imagined through the lives


of four remarkable characters.


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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