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14th Apr 2009Issue 107

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The third round of the National Duathlon Ranking Series took place yesterday (Monday) at the Steyning Duathlon, and by the admission of the organisers, Raw Energy Pursuits (, "...that was an interesting day!". The event had to be halted mid-race, due to an un-related traffic incident on the cycle course causing a road closure. The organisers then managed to produce a re-scheduled route at very short notice, re-start the race in a different format and allow the race to go ahead. A sterling effort, even more amazing is that the race didn't start until the afternoon, and yet by early evening we had provisional results provided to us for publication, courtesy of a lot of number crunching and manipulation by the time-keepers. A tremendous effort from everyone involved, and an example to others out there.

Lot's of great stuff coming up on the site this week. We've just published our latest Garmin Route of the Month, and have two product reviews for you that come with a fully "race-tested" guarantee, from the extremes of Ironman South Africa. Talking of South Africa, GB's latest Ironman professional podium finisher Rachel Joyce has provided us with her race report, and we also have news from British age grouper Russell Cox and his race at Ironman Australia.

We'll also have regular news and updates from Ironman China, were our inside sources will be providing us with all the latest news and gossip.

In this issue:


Weekend action

The third round of the National Duathlon Ranking Series reached the Steyning Duathlon on Bank Holiday Monday, as part of the annual Steyning Festival of Sport.

The organisers had a hectic day however, as a serious motorcycle accident (not connected to the event), resulted in a road closure ...while the event was in progress! The event had to be halted and the cyclists from wave one returned to the transition. A hastily re-arranged bike course (and a tough day for the time keepers), before the bike and run were then re-started in time trial format, and first run times added back to the re-started race times... That they managed to get the race completed at all, let alone produce a swift set of results for an afternoon race would suggest some excellent problem solving and crisis management from the Raw Energy Pursuits organising team. Full results are available HERE.

James Gilfillan, winner at the Ballbuster again got the better of the consistent Lee Piercy, while Kat Grimmett yet again showed she is the new name on the scene for 2009, making it three from three in Ranking Series events.

Pos Men Women
1st James Gilfillan 1:25:47 Kat Grimmett 1:37:01
2nd Lee Piercy 1:26:21 Emma Dews 1:38:03
3rd Ian Cardy 1:30:34 Parys Edwards 1:42:51

The first Thames Turbo Sprint Triathlon of the four race series took place on Monday, attracting another full field of well over 400 athletes of standards. Racing at the sharp end was very close, with home athlete Dion Harrion taking the win, after spending most of the winter training training in Stellenbosch, South Africa for a 2009 season focussed on longer distances. It was nearly a clean sweep of the men's podium from the Thames Turbo athletes, but youngster Bradley Hayles (Optima RT) took the third spot.

The ladies race was even closer, with Fiona Moorehead-Lane (Optima RT) taking a three second win ahead of Lucy Bowen (Thames Turbo Sigma Sport), Holly Tomlinson rounding out the podium. Full results HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Dion Harrison (Thames Turbo Sigma Sport) 57:40 Fiona Moorehead-Lane (Optima RT) 1:05:12
2nd Timothy Males (Thames Turbo Sigma Sport) 58:03 Lucy Bowen (Thames Turbo Sigma Sport) 1:05:15
3rd Bradley Hayles (Optima RT) 58:27 Holly Tomlinson (Thames Turbo Sigma Sport) 1:06:50

The Penzance Triathlon on Sunday had the benefit of almost as many volunteers as athletes - there's a luxury! - with some great weather too. There is a nice write-up on the event on the Mounts Bay Harriers website. Full results HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Nathan Jolly 1:12:45 Samantha Lawley (Mounts Bay Harriers) 1:32:35
2nd Tom Davey ( 1:14:47 Charlotte Hurst (Mounts Bay Harriers) 1:37:50
3rd Sam Hill (Mounts Bay Harriers) 1:18:01 Jo Church (Tamar Trotters) 1:38:58

On Saturday the first round of the new UK Mountain Bike Triathlon Series ( kicked off with the Ampleforth Sprint MTB Triathlon in Yorkshire. Full results are HERE, with the wins going to Eugene Grant and Jacqui Slack.

Pos Men Women
1st Eugene Grant 1:08:45 Jacqui Slack 1:16:31
2nd Sebastian Dysart 1:09:15 Darelle Parker 1:19:41
3rd John Wilkinson 1:09:24 Louise Hanley 1:22:37

Coventry Triathletes hosted the Warwick Not Quite April Fools Day Aquathlon, which attracted plenty of athletes for both adult and tristar/youth races. We have full results on site for the Adults and the Tristar events.

Pos Men Women
1st Thomas Collins (Rugby Tri) 18:01 Sharron Sheppard (Team Cherwell) 20:26
2nd Mark Simms (Hereford Tri) 18:10 Marianne Day 21:15
3rd George Brear (Stratford Sharks) 18:16 Clare Scott (Hereford Tri Club) 22:05

Royal Air Force Careers and Triathlon: new profile

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 latest profile of CPL John "Robbo" Robinson, and his experiences as a RAF Regiment Gunner.

Tri Nations fever hits triathlon

Athletes from the southern hemisphere will be pitted against those from the UK in a spectacular triathlon staged by The Fix UK in May.

The event brings the age old rivalry of the southern hemisphere and the UK to the triathlon stage. It will be held at the stunning Olympic venue, Dorney Lake on the 2nd May 2009 and will comprise of a sprint triathlon in the morning and a 10k run in the afternoon; You can enter either or both events.

Contestants will be able to enter as a team under their country's banner or individually. All results will then be collated for each country to work out which will emerge as victor.

Ben Leach, Director of events, comments @The Battle of the Tri Nations vs the UK is a very exciting event and the first of its kind in the UK. There has always been a bubbling rivalry between these four great nations which usually gets exploited in the pub; we have decided to take it to the mass participation sports stage. We want 1000 athletes to settle old scores while testing themselves to the limit."

Enter at or email for more information.

Please sign up for the Cash back for Christie Campaign

The Manchester Evening News campaign is calling for the government to help secure the return of The Christie's £6.5 million that was lost in the Icelandic banking collapse.

As one of Europe's leading cancer treatment and research centres, The Christie has an exceptional reputation for patient care and count on the public's support to help transform cancer services for more than 40,000 cancer patients every year.

As you may have seen in the news recently, the Financial Services Compensation Scheme has turned down their claim for the money after the collapse of the UK regulated bank Kaupthing Singer Friedlander, and The Christie charity is fighting this decision through the High Court.

The Manchester Evening News is planning to take their petition to the Prime Minister which demands that the Financial Services Compensation Scheme reimburses The Christie.

Please show your support and sign up now.

Race Powerman Holland this Sunday!

If you fancy a late-notice, European, but accessible and reasonably priced duathlon, how about Powerman Holland this coming Sunday, 19th April?

Powerman events are the leading races in the sport of duathlon, and there are plenty of British athletes scheduled to race. We spoke to Jez Cox, National Duathlon Series winner in 2007 about the event.

"Horst ann de Maas (on the river Maas), is the Dutch home of Duathlon and the Dutch really know how to put on a good show. The atmosphere along the run route is unlike any UK duathlon with it's crowds of appreciative supporters and thumping music. It's a twisting and varied but pan flat run and the bike course has to be one of the fastest in world duathlon. It consists of super fast wide tarmac roads and fast sweeping bends. The only thing to slow you down is a few gentle speed bumps entering and leaving the town. There's plenty of cheap places to stay with Venlo being the best location.

For anyone who wants to see what a really high profile duathlon can be like there will not be a bigger long distance duathlon in terms of numbers and profile than Powerman Holland.

The race's ranking as European Powerman championships has even greater importance now following the cancellation of this years ITU Long Course Champs."

For more information, check out the race website:

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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