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7th Apr 2009Issue 106

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It was Ironman fever this past weekend, with four major events around the world. Chrissie Wellington, yet again, produced a performance of staggering brilliance at Ironman Australia but I guess we've come to expect that as the norm now?!

At Ironman South Africa, it wasn't the best of days for the Bayliss', though Steven did hang tough on the run in extreme heat to pull back to fourth place. Rachel Joyce may have been 'unknown' in Port Elizabeth, but we knew better, and she gave absolutely everything she had to make the podium in third, having been second for all but the final run loop. She also had the 'interesting' (!) experience of being in the middle of an IV drip after the event when the medical tent came crashing down due to a freak storm. And when we say tent, we mean MASSIVE marquee that had housed 1,500 people for the pasta party. It was a little scary for a while, and there were a few injuries, but the organisers responded instantly to deal with what could have been a serious incident. Having been on site for race week however, we'd expect nothing less of the awesome Triangle machine who put on the event.

Congratulations to Adam Bowden and Kat Grimmett too - both relatively new names on the duathlon scene, but now winners of the National Duathlon Championship.

In this issue:

Results

Weekend action

Should anyone doubt the power and attraction of the Ironman brand, this weekend alone over EIGHT THOUSAND athletes raced in four M-Dot events across three continents and two distances.

First race of the weekend to complete was Ironman 70.3 California, which boasted an extremely strong pro field. Bjorn Andersson blasted his way around the bike to lead onto the run course by almost three minutes. Surprisingly, he wasn't the fastest biker of the day, that honour going to Ronnie Schildknecht (SUI) who was second into T2 after a relatively poor swim from the fourth place finisher at Hawaii last year. However, not far behind were the main bunch of favourites including Reed and Potts (USA), Cunningham and Bell (AUS) plus Joe Gambles.

Andersson faded badly on the run, and Matt Reed, who has been in great form of late was flying. A 1:11 run split took him to a comfortable victory.

The women's race was a very close affair, with the top three separated by less than a minute. Former 70.3 World Champion Mirinda Carfrae took the lead in the very late stages, ahead of Sarah Groff and Leanda Cave in third.

Pos Men Women
1 Matthew Reed (USA) 3:51:50 Mirinda Carfrae (AUS) 4:25:02
2 Andy Potts (USA) 3:53:36 Sarah Groff (USA) 4:25:23
3 Ronnie Schildknecht (SUI) 3:54:14 Leanda Cave (GBR) 4:25:43

Joe Gambles was fifth (3:56:27), Will Clarke seventh (4:00:41), Olly Freeman 11th (4:04:04) and Fraser Cartmell a DNF on the run.

Can anyone stop the mighty Wellington?! Double Ironman World Champion Chrissie Wellington continued her unbeaten domination of Ironman racing by defending her title at the Country Energy Ironman Australia on Sunday, in another course record and sun-nine hour time. That makes it Ironman win six, following Korea, Kona (twice), Germany plus the two Aussie wins - all less than two years since her debut in Korea. As we revealed on Saturday, Michellie Jones was a DNS due to illness. Rebekah Keat did her best to take on Chrissie, losing 'only' nine minutes on the bike, but - not surprisingly - couldn't make a dent into that lead on the run, against a lady who just never seems to get tired...

Frenchman Patrick Vernay went one better than Chrissie, for a three-peat performance - his third consecutive title at Port Macquarie in a tough battle with Aussies Pete Jacobs and Tim Berkel.

Pos Men Women
1 Patrick Vernay (FRA) 8:24:55 Chrissie Wellington (GBR) 8:57:10
2 Pete Jacobs (AUS) 8:29:03 Rebekah Keat (AUS) 9:21:33
3 Tim Berkel (AUS) 8:31:43 Caroline Steffen (SUI) 9:38:44

Despite actually being in South Africa for the race, we haven't had chance, yet, to put pen to paper for our own Spec-Savers Ironman South Africa report, put you can find the official press release HERE. We've also got some great pre-race, race-day, and awards ceremony images from the weekend, including plenty of fast GB Age Groupers crossing the line in podium positions, with Hawaii calling. The one thing we can say, is that this is a brilliant event.

Star of the day for GB was Rachel Joyce, who took third place - we did suggest in our preview she would be up there... but let's just say she was very tired at the finish line. The girl had given everything! Stephen Bayliss took fourth place, Bella pulled out after the first lap of the run and Rob Johnson also pulled out early on the run too with heatstroke - he had also punctured on the bike.

Pos Men Women
1 Marino Vanhoenacker (BEL) 8:17:32 Lucie Zelenkova (CZE) 9:16:32
2 Michael Gohner (GER) 8:32:01 Sonja Tajsich (GER) 9:27:59
3 Petr Vabrousek (CZE) 8:36:07 Rachel Joyce (GBR) 9:37:00

Final M-Dot event of the weekend was the Oschner Ironman 70.3 New Orleans. Natascha Badmann showed that she is well on the way to recovery from the horror crash in Hawaii 18 months ago, after a crushing bike split set up her victory. Cat Morrison ran through strongly to take a close second. In the men's race, Brent McMahon passed Chris McCormack on the run to take an unexpected (by us at least!) win.

Pos Men Women
1 Brent McMahon (CAN) 3:52:08 Natascha Badmann (SUI) 4:17:50
2 Chris McCormack (AUS) 3:54:33 Cat Morrison (GBR) 4:18:43
3 Timothy O'Donnell (USA) :55:08 Joanna Zeiger (USA) 4:22:25

Craig Twigg finished 16th pro (4:15:03), while Darren Treadaway was 18th (4:18:46).

In other international news, there was a British 1,2,3 at XTERRA Guam, as Sam Gardner and Julie Dibens took the wins, with Jim McConnel second. You can read Sam's race report HERE.

Provisional results from the National Duathlon Championships are available HERE on the Big Cow site. Here are the podium positions. While Adam Bowden lost close to three minutes on the bike leg, he used his blistering run speed to take the win. Kat Grimmett showed that Clumber Park was no fluke either, and would appear to have the potential to represent GB at elite/ITU drafting level with such swift running legs.

Pos Men Women
1 Adam Bowden (Team MK) 1:51:12 Kat Grimmett (Hampshire Police Tri) 2:05:10
2 Matt Moorhouse (Athlete Matters) 1:52:09 Loretta Sollars 2:07:31
3 Lee Piercy (TBAS) 1:53:29 Danielle Stewart (Warwick Uni) 2:11:27

The Ampleforth Leg Warmer was the final qualifier for the European Age Group Champs in Holten, Netherlands later this year. We have full results on the site HERE. Good luck if you are awaiting qualification news.

Pos Men Women
1 Philip Graves (White Rose Tri) 1:39:02 Victoria Graves (White Rose Tri) 1:59:58
2 Roger Witz Barnes (Manchester Tri) 1:49:43 Louise Bardsley (TVT) 2:02:54
3 Chris Standidge (Tri Central) 1:50:02 Sarah May (Monmouth Tri) 2:04:38

The Humber Sprint Triathlon was won by Michelle Dews and Dom Brook. Full results HERE, and we've also got a race report on the site HERE.

The Mansfield Saucony Sprint Series Race One provisional results are available on the OSB site HERE. We'll load a local copy in a few days time. Very close racing, with Naomi Warr finishing just five seconds ahead of Adele Grassby. Great to see Mark Redwood back to form too, finishing second, after his major accident 18 months ago. Nick Dunn pipped him for the win by 17 seconds.

Pos Men Women
1 Nick Dunn (Ceepo TFN RT) 44:59 Naomi Warr (Derby Tri) 55:35
2 Mark Redwood (Ceepo TFN RT) 45:16 Adele Grassby (BRAT) 55:40
3 Peter Goodfellow 47:08 Alison Pickard (Sheffield Tri) 57:30

We also have the results from the Stirling Aquathlon HERE, and the kids aquathlon HERE. David McNamee and Jennifer Eilertsen were clear winners.

The Diss Duathlon attracted a field of over 100 athletes, and the first man home was David Bettinson (Cambridge Tri Club). Paula Robinson (Chiltern Tri) was first lady. Full results HERE.

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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