Loughborough University triathletes aiming to mix it with the best in the world
Two teams of triathletes from Loughborough University will make the short trip to Nottingham to take part in the British Triathlon Mixed Relay Cup tomorrow (2 September).
The teams will be made up exclusively of members of the Loughborough Triathlon Performance Centre (LTPC), which has been enjoying great success over the past two years.
A joint project between British Triathlon and Loughborough University, triathlon has never been stronger in the East Midlands area, aided by the University’s unique sporting eco-system, which sees a number of sports training alongside each other in truly world class facilities.
The first Loughborough team features headline names Sophie Coldwell and Jodie Stimpson. With Coldwell winning European Triathlon Championship silver in June she is undoubtedly in the form of her life, and despite recently graduating from Loughborough University, she will continue to train as part of the LTPC.
Stimpson meanwhile is a double Commonwealth gold medallist in the individual and mixed relay events, experience that will be drawn upon by the young team.
Joining them in making up the four-person mixed team are Ben Dijkstra and Chris Perham. Both men are GB internationals, with Dijkstra one of British Triathlon’s hottest young talents, having won World Triathlon Championship bronze in the junior category last summer, when aged just 17.
The second Loughborough team will be headlined by James Teagle, who contested both the individual elite men’s race and the mixed team relay at June’s European Triathlon Championships in Kitzbühel. About to start his final year of study at Loughborough, Teagle will be the man his teammates will be looking up to.
Barclay Izzard and Olivia Mathias are due to enrol at Loughborough University later this month, with both already progressing international pedigree. Mathias was fifth in the junior women’s race in Kitzbühel, whilst Izard cracked the top 20 in the men’s equivalent.
Rounding out the team is Sophie Alden who has just completed her second year at Loughborough and also possesses international experience.