Sunderland is the next stop in the British Triathlon Senior Super Series and two hotly contested senior races are expected at British Triathlon Super Series Grand Final Sunderland with extra points and British titles on the line.
The senior races, which will also include the Youth B and junior athletes in the female race, will also be the British Elite Triathlon Championships with many of Britain’s best pathway athletes expected to line-up on Roker beach including seven athletes who competed at the recent Commonwealth Games in Birmingham and two from last weekend’s European Championships.
Daisy Davies will head to Sunderland as the defending British elite champion and the current leader in the Senior Super Series after victory at Mallory Park followed a second-place finish at the opening race of the series in Llanelli.
Iona Miller was the winner of the first race in South Wales and has since gone onto represent Great Britain at a World Triathlon Cup and at both the Europe Triathlon Championships for super sprint and over the standard distance last weekend.
Having not raced in the Super Series since Llanelli, Miller is currently ranked 10th but will be one of the ones-to-watch in Sunderland. As will, Jess Fullagar who laid down a marker with a dominant display at AJ Bell 2022 World Triathlon Championship Series Leeds to secure maximum points after finishing third in Llanelli.
Fullagar is second in the overall standings, only 55 points behind Davies, and will return to the Senior Super Series after guiding Katie Crowhurst to Commonwealth Games gold in Birmingham.
Annabel Morton was second behind Fullagar in Leeds and is currently third overall after finishing fourth at Mallory Park, where Tilly Anema was second and Hollie Elliott third and they’re ranked fourth and fifth overall, respectively.
Libby Coleman, Jaz Greaves, Katie Rodda and Ellie White are also placed in the top-10 heading into the Grand Final, where there will be an extra quarter worth of points on offer for each finishing position.
Sophia Green and Issy Morris represented Scotland and Wales, respectively, at the Commonwealth Games, finishing inside the top-20 in Birmingham, and they will compete in Sunderland currently placed 17th and 19th overall but having only raced once in the Super Series this year. Morris also heads to Sunderland off the back of representing Great Britain at the European Championships.
Just like the senior female category, there have been three races and three different winners in the male Senior Super Series in 2022.
Hamish Reilly was the most recent winner, claiming maximum points at Mallory Park, and is the current overall leader after also finishing second in Llanelli to head to Sunderland with 1540 points out of a possible 1600.
Last year’s British Championships silver medallist Connor Bentley was the winner at the opening event in Llanelli, but hasn’t competed in the Super Series since his win in South Wales and is currently ranked 12th overall.
The other victor in this year’s Super Series was James Chantler-Mayne who won at AJ Bell 2022 World Triathlon Championship Series Leeds and then finished third at Mallory Park to be Reilly’s closest challenger in the overall standings in second.
Welsh Commonwealth Games athlete Iestyn Harrett is currently third in the standings, but isn’t competing in Sunderland so that could open up an opportunity for the athletes behind, although Harrett does have two top-three finishes in 2022.
Jack Stanton-Stock is fourth after his second-place at Mallory Park with Jonathan Oakey fifth after a fifth place and third place finish in the opening two races of the series.
Oliver Turner, Dominic Coy and Niall Caley all return to Super Series racing after finishing in the top-20 at the Commonwealth Games with Turner currently ranked 9th, Coy 13th and Caley 15th overall.
Also look out for the fast-running of Hugo Milner, a graduate of Harvard University, where he competed on an athletics scholarship and has represented Great Britain internationally in cross-country. Milner showcased his running ability at Mallory Park to move through the field on the run to finish seventh.
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