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30th Mar 2009Issue 105

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Last week on the site we brought you a mini-series highlighting Ironman China (entries still available!), on Sunday 19th April. This week we change Continents (twice...), as there are two major Ironman events coming up at the weekend. Ironman Australia will see World Champion Chrissie Wellington in her first major race of the year, taking on triathlon legend and former Ironman World Champion herself, Michellie Jones. You can be sure all eyes will be on Chrissie to assess how successful her change of bike and change of coach has been. Can she get even better?!

On the same day in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, Stephen and Bella Bayliss will be looking to defend the titles they both won in 2008 at the SpecSavers Ironman South Africa. We will be bringing you regular updates from Nelson Mandela Bay through the week and immediately after the race as half of the Tri247 team are heading off to cover the event in person. While Stephen and Bella may be getting most of the headlines, we'll be bringing you an interview this week with Rachel Joyce who after finishing fifth at Ironman Florida last year, will be looking for another great performance in South Africa. Don't be surprised if she's first out of the water, and for a significant portion of the bike leg too...

There is also a busy domestic calendar next weekend, with the National Age Group Duathlon Champs at Milton Keynes, plus a qualifier for the European Age Group Champs at the Ampleforth Leg Warmer.

The first ITU World Cup event took place in Mooloolaba, Australia at the weekend, with Liz Blatchford the best GB finisher in ninth. You can now watch the excellent ITU highlights video package HERE, and there will be more added through the year.

In this issue:

Results

Weekend action

Saturday Racing

While we don't have results at the time of writing, we do understand that Dave Mitchinson (Shorter Rochford/Exclusive Ranges) finished third in Malaysia at the Mekong River ITU Duathlon World Series event. Results should follow in due course on either the ITU site or the race website. Thanks to David Vaughan and Darren Treadaway for the heads up.

Saturday was also the second Big Cow Winter Duathlon of the year, which saw relatively comfortable wins for Phil Melling and Eimear Mullan. Full results HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Phil Melling (Wootton Tri) 54:49 Eimear Mullan (bedford tracktors) 1:01:12
2nd Phil Holland 56:04 Leigh Harvey (Shorter Rochford/Exclusive Ranges) 1:04:32
3rd Mark Simmons (Team MK) 56:51 Gaelle Lebray (Team Bodylab) 1:06:39

There was also triathlon action in Scotland on Saturday at the Edinburgh University Tranent Sprint Triathlon. The race was dominated by current National Sprint Distance Champion David Mcnamee who finished over three minutes clear of second place. Anne Ewing also finished over three minutes clear of Jennifer Eilertsen for the ladies win. Full results HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st David Mcnamee 57:50 Anne Ewing 1:07:04
2nd Craig Dale 1:00:54 Jennifer Eilertsen 1:10:58
3rd Andy Turnbull 1:02:04 Eleanor Haresign 1:11:17

Sunday Racing

The first ITU World Cup of the year took place at Mooloolaba in Australia. The wins went to Kirsten Sweetland (CAN) and Courtney Atkinson (AUS). We have the ITU race reports HERE plus the full results HERE. Stuart Hayes is shown as a DQ (?), while James Hadley was the final finisher in 28th. Liz Blatchford finished ninth in the ladies race.

Pos Men Women
1st Courtney Atkinson (AUS) 1:52:05 Kirsten Sweetland (CAN) 2:01:59
2nd Kris Gemmell (NZL) 1:52:15 Daniela Ryf (SUI) 2:02:55
3rd Brad Kahlefeldt (AUS) 1:52:50 Emma Moffatt (AUS) 2:03:02

Perfect conditions greeted athletes to Minet Park Cycle Circuit for the Hillingdon Spring Sprint Duathlons. Home club athletes Roger Fowkes and Colette O'Neill secured the wins in close and exciting racing, both recording the fastest bike splits of the day, to take over the lead in their strongest discipline, and maintain it on the second run. Full results HERE. Results from the tristar/youth races also available HERE. Best wishes to Will Slack who managed to crash and sustain a badly broken collar bone and some severe road rash.

Pos Men Women
1st Roger Fowkes (Hillingdon Triathletes) 45:50 Colette O'Neill (Hillingdon Triathletes) 53:55
2nd Jez Cox (Bike & Run / Avia) 46:08 Kate Everley 53:59
3rd Nick Clements (Thames Turbo/Sigma Sport) 46:11 Marianne Clark (Serpentine RC) 55:21

The Welsh Duathlon Champs were held in conjunction with the Pembrokeshire Duathlon. First across the line, and Welsh Champion is Richard Wilder (Les Croupiers Tri Club), while first lady by a mere seven seconds was Lynn Green (Pembrokeshire Tri), though we believe second placed Bethan Fowler takes the Welsh title. Full results HERE. We also have the results of the relay division HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Richard Wilder (Les Croupiers Tri Club) 1:02:49 Lynn Green (Pembrokeshire Tri) 1:15:37
2nd David Hannaford (Ironhead Racing) 1:06:37 Bethan Fowler 1:15:44
3rd Jack Loveday (University of Plymouth) 1:07:05 Fiona Evans 1:17:36

And finally... it's not quite triathlon, but we'll claim it. Congratulations to regular triathlete Jenson Button for winning the Australian Grand Prix, just a month or so after wondering if his career may be over.

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 (www.raf.mod.uk/careers) and Royal Air Force Triathlon (www.raf.mod.uk/raftriathlon) 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 info@sportactive.net or visit their website www.sportactive.net

 
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