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23rd Mar 2009Issue 104

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In last week's newsletter we said "it will be interesting to see how she copes with the longer distances, and seeks to return to the sort of performances she was producing at the beginning of her career", about a certain Jodie Swallow. Well, on any basis you wish to analyse it, I think you can safely say that Jodie's convincing victory at Aviva Ironman 70.3 Singapore was a great start, and certainly not what we were predicting. That's one forecast we are very pleased to get wrong!

There was a limited pro field racing - but those that were there, were real quality. And while Yvonne van Vlerken (NED) and Rebekah Keat (AUS) withdrew during the race with punctures and jellyfish stings (!) respectively, it's doubtful whether that made any difference to the result. Jodie recorded the fastest swim, bike and run splits to finish well over ten minutes clear of Andrea Hewitt (NZL), a World Cup winner and top ten placer in Beijing. That should be Clearwater all booked for the end of season now. There has never been any doubt that Jodie had the talent; don't forget she is one of the few athletes around to have full international honours in swimming, running and triathlon - we just hope that the injuries, health issues and the mental scares of Athens 2004 have been put to rest, and that she is back to her best and enjoying the sport. If she is, watch out for a great season and followtheswallow

Amongst our articles this week we'll be bringing you a mini-series featuring... Ironman China! Taking place next month (April 19th), places are still available for an event which takes place in a beach paradise resort and offers perhaps the best opportunity to obtain a coveted Hawaii spot. You can even do an Ironman 70.3 race on the same day if you prefer. Can we tempt you?!

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Weekend action

Saturday Racing

The Spring triandrun Ballbuster Duathlon was held in perfect conditions at Box Hill on Saturday morning. Full results HERE, with detailed race report and pictures HERE. James Gilfillan destroyed everyone on the bike, putting over four minutes into Lee Piercy, while Emma Smith took the ladies win.

Pos Men Women
1st James Gilfillan (Primera) 2:37:14 Emma Smith (Thames Turbo/Sigma Sport) 3:07:50
2nd Lee Piercy (TBAS) 2:43:10 Holly Tomlinson (Thames Turbo) 3:10:33
3rd James Brown (Thames Turbo/Sigma Sport) 2:44:30 Heidi Wilson 3:13:49

Sunday Racing

The showdown between the last two Ironman World Champions at Aviva Ironman 70.3 Singapore went, for the men at least, the way of our prediction with Craig Alexander getting the better of Chris McCormack, with Craig making the decisive break on the run course. 2008 winner Simon Thompson made it an Aussie sweep of the podium positions.

The women's race didn't pan out as we expected which, in this instance, was a welcome surprise! Yvonne van Vlerken (NED) withdrew with a puncture, while Rebekah Keat (AUS), who was our pick for success suffered a jellyfish sting, and also pulled out on the bike. Still, whether they would have had any answer to Jodie Swallow is questionable, as Jodie led from start to finish in her first long distance event, closing out with a very strong run, leaving Beijing Olympics eighth place finisher Andrea Hewitt (NZL) more than ten minutes in arrears.

Pos Men Women
1st Craig Alexander (AUS) 3:47:23 Jodie Swallow (GBR) 4:19:10
2nd Chris McCormack (AUS) 3:50:41 Andrea Hewitt (NZL) 4:30:24
3rd Simon Thompson (AUS) 3:54:27 Tereza Macel (CAN) 4:30:41

The Cheddar Aquathlon saw a tight finish at the top, with Steve Fergusson ending up just six seconds quicker than Tom Derrick (Team Tri UK). By contrast, former European Elite Long Distance medalist, Alice Hector, was a clear winner for the ladies. Full results HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Steve Fergusson 29:21 Alice Hector (Somerset RC Tri) 32:15
2nd Tom Derrick (Team Tri UK) 29:27 Yvonne Cox 36:29
3rd Darren Walker 30:50 Jane Cooly (PAC Tri) 37:06

The third Tewkesbury Aquathlon of the year finally got a dry course and the sun was shining! Full results HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Peter Darton (Wessex Wizards) 24:14 Katie Silke (Coventry Tri) 25:42
2nd Mark Sims (Hereford Tri) 25:01 Catherine Ross 29:05
3rd Roddy Gosden (Tewkesbury Tri) 25:32 Marianne Day 30:25

We have the full results on site from the tristar/youth event at the Boclair Aquathlon HERE.

We also had duathlon racing taking place, with the Marlow Duathlon. The event was won by in-form Lee Rankin, ahead of Andrew Mercer and former winner Jez Cox. Fiona Moorehead-Lane (Planet X) took a clear win ahead of 2008 winner, Ros Viner. Full results HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Lee Rankin (DB Max Tri) 1:34:09 Fiona Moorehead-Lane (Planet X) 1:50:19
2nd Andrew Mercer (Serpentine) 1:36:16 Ros Viner 1:53:00
3rd Jez Cox (Team Bike & Run) 1:37:28 Louise Dobby 1:55:21

The Stokesley also saw a full field of well over 200 athletes. Rich Hunt (Kudu Tri) and Donna Edmondson Booker (Leeds & Bradford Triathlon Club) took the overall wins. Provisional results are available on the Tri-Hard website HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Richard Hunt (Kudu Tri) 1:25:18 Donna Edmondson Booker (Leeds & Bradford Tri) 1:45:46
2nd Andrew Sparkes (Barracuda Tri Club) 1:28:20 Karen Hallas (Coventry Tri) 1:48:06
3rd Phil Coulson (Total Racing Inc) Rachel Lightfoot (White Rose Tri / TR) 1:50:25

Lisboa International 2009

Entries for the 2009 Lisboa International Triathlon are now open! This early season (25th April 2009), half-iron distance event has proven extremely popular with British athletes in recent years, and would make excellent preparation for a mid-season Ironman race. The organisers are looking to build upon an already successful event by making it the biggest and best yet for 2009. Check out our race features on the event (Part One, Part Two and Part Three), to find out more.

Royal Air Force Careers and Triathlon

We've just launched, in conjunction with Royal Air Force Careers ( and Royal Air Force Triathlon ( a new series highlighting how you can combine an exciting and varied career in the RAF with your triathlon and sporting ambitions. Check out our first profile of FLT LT Vicky Webb, and her experiences in the Princess Mary's Royal Air Force Nursing Service.

Triathlon training camps in Majorca 2009

The SportActive Cycling and Tri Center in Puerto de Alcudia is based in the magnificent Aparthotel Estrella de Mar four-star, offering one of the best facilities on the island of Majorca to make sure that you are able to relax and enjoy things when you are not involved in the daily activities. For more details of the camp, which takes place from 3rd to 10th April 2009, check out this article on the site for more information on the coaches and weekly programme.

To contact SportActive call 0044 / (0)28 7136 5997, email them at or visit their website














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