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Weekend roundup: November 01-02
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Posted on: Saturday 1st November 2014


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Saturday saw the start of Movember: the annual excuse for growing a moustache / not shaving for a month would be hard to resist but for the fact that this correspondent is already facially be-fuzzed! The Mo message relating to men's health, however, isn't one to be taken lightly: testicular and prostate cancer see off far too many men before their time. Lots of triathletes do the MoRunning events during the month, why not join them and help the cause?

With a dwindling events calendar, the ITU ran an African Cup event in Agadir, Morocco where Phil Wolfe placed fifth. For an African Cup there weren't that many African countries represented, we count only two in the men's field and just one in the women's. Full results are up HERE.

Ironman Florida became a time-trial format bike/run following the cancellation of the swim due to high winds and a rip current which meant that safety cover was unable to get into position. Oh, and just to add a little extra variation ... it was unseasonally cold too! After starting the pro athletes at 30-second intervals, men then women, the age groupers departed in race number order. Lionel Sanders (CAN) had the fastest bike of the pro field, 13 minutes quicker than Tom Lowe who was five minutes ahead of Jorie Vansteelant (BEL), while Yvonne van Vlerken simply annihilated the women's field.

In a conventional Ironman the race really only gets going once the run starts but with duathletes already the clear favourites in a swim-less event like this Sanders built on his already significant lead and had pushed the gap over Lowe up to over 15 minutes at one-third distance. And that lead kept on growing with but with Vansteelant dropping away as Maxim Kriat (USA) pushed up through the field Tom Lowe's second place was safe. Van Vlerken basically cruised the run to pick up her third consecutive win here while Camilla Lindholm (SWE) and Ashley Clifford (USA) were less than 30 seconds apart and were both being chased to the line by Rachel Jastrebsky (USA).

Pos Male Female
1 Lionel Sanders (CAN) 6:58:46 Yvonne van Vlerken (NED) 8:01:47
2 Tom Lowe (GBR) 7:17:53 CAmilla Lindholm (SWE) 8:36:28
3 Maxim Kriat (USA) 7:24:50 Ashley Clifford (USA) 8:36:55

Cameron Brown is a name that has been cropping up in Ironman-distance racing since, well - forever, really! At 42 you might think that he was on the older side of the curve but if today's racing at Ironman 70.3 Taiwan is anything to go by there's still an awful lot of racing in him yet. Despite being 4:45 in deficit after the bike to Jonathan Tryoen (FRA) he pushed on through the run gradually shedding the small group around him until with just 3k to go he finally broke clear of Stuart Marais (RSA) to take the win. Dede Griesbaur (USA) is, like Brown, well into her 40s now and a veteran of the circuit but she too showed the younger athletes how it's done with a commanding performance which brought her home well clear of Dimity-Lee Duke (AUS) and Kate Bevilaqua (AUS).

Pos Male Female
1 Cameron Brown (NZL) 4:05:44 Dede Griesbauer (USA) 4:34:49
2 Stuart Marais (RSA) 4:06:38 Dimity-Lee Duke (AUS) 4:41:56
3 Frederik Croneborg (SWE) 4:12:21 Kate Bevilaqua (AUS) 4:45:51

Speedy results from the RaceNewForest team for the second of their Winter Duathlon Series races at the Sandy Balls Holiday Camp show Marius Kwint (Southampton Tri Club) and Louise Douglass as respective winners. Full results with splite are HERE.

The Stroud XC Duathlon results are also in (HERE) and show Graham Wadsworth (Team White Tri Club) and Emilia Zielinska as the fastest duathletes on the day.

FULL WEEKEND RESULTS LISTINGS


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