Tri247 Newsletter


16th Apr 2007Issue 5

Welcome to the newsletter

Easter is gone, the eggs are eaten and now you really need to think about getting some racing in. If you're a member of a club then there is a brilliant way that you can make your racing count -- by joining up to the UK National League. Unlike the official BTF's National Rankings, this is a club-based system where you can score points at a wide range of both domestic and international events and covers everything from duathlon and sprint triathlon right up to full Ironman.

As a way promoting the UK National League and the efforts that Kevin Robinson has put into it over the past 13 years, we have launched a dedicated section on the site where you can get up-to-date rankings, events lists, etc. Who knows, your club might even get to knock Derby Tri off their pedestal!

In this issue:

Interesting places

As you might imagine, we keep a regular check on the site statistics for anything interesting or unusual. One thing that is clear is that there are a whole lot of people outside the UK who use the site to check up on what's going on back home -- and that's something that occasionally throws up questions like "Wonder who is out in ...

So, just for interest, we thought we would ask! And, if you are the regular reader who is based in the location we select, we would love to hear from you and find out what you're up to and how the training is going. Our selection of unusual places is going to start with Msida, a harbour town on the North East coast of Malta where someone is a very regular visitor. Hopefully we'll be able to tell you more next week!

The Shark is coming...

Also due to make his re-appearance this week, after spending a while in warmer waters, is The Shark -- so do check back over the rest of the week as we start to unravel the mysteries of which bit of neoprene will make you go faster.

Yes, it's "Wetsuit Week" on!


Weekend action

Another glorious weekend -- at least as far as the weather went! However, in Ishigaki, Japan the start of the BG World Cup race was delayed by a torrential downpour -- whether on not this contributed to Helen Tucker's DNF on the bike we aren't sure -- but that didn't stop Vanessa Fernandes (POR) returning to her winning ways. Her nemesis in Mooloolaba, Emma Snowsill (AUS) made it to second place before being stretchered off for an IV and Debbie Tanner (NZL) completed the podium. Britain's best placed athlete was Jess Harrison -- except that she now races for France -- in 15th and Andrea Whitcombe was 23rd. The mens race saw the trio of Courtney Atkinson (AUS), Marko Albert (EST) and Craig Walton (AUS) go away on the bike and build a 90 second lead by T2. Atkinson then dropped the other two and stayed clear at the front for the win while first Bevan Docherty (NZL) and then Kris Gemmell (NZL) passed Albert and Walton to take second and third respectively. Ireland's Gavin Noble placed 42nd. Full results are on the ITU website:

Pos Men Women
1 Courtney Atkinson (AUS) 1:53:27 Vanessa Fernandes (POR) 2:04:16
2 Bevan Docherty (NZL) 1:54:13 Emma Snowsill (AUS) 2:04:34
3 Kris Gemmell (NZL) 1:54:26 Debbie Tanner (NZL) 2:04:51

The Sevenoaks Spring Sprint Triathlon, always a sell-out race and with a tougher bike course than you might imagine, produced wins for Dan Corner, setting a new course record in the process, and Rachel Hobbs. (Full results here)

Pos Men Women
1 Daniel Corner (Arctic Shorter Rochford) 1:15:15 Rachel Hobbs 1:37:35
2 Clive Weston (Greenwich Tritons) 1:20:31 Jackie Goad 1:39:26
3 Dominic Paul (Kelly College) 1:21:00 Christine Mowle (Blackwater Tri) 1:39:36

Down at the Crewkerne Aquathlon it was almost a Whaites family 1-2-3 except for Thomas Priest nicking the top place ahead of Dan, Robert and Philip. Helen Winwright took the honours for the ladies ahead of Victoria Plummer and Thomas's sister, Elaine. (Full results here)

Pos Men Women
1 Thomas Priest 0:28:28 Helen Wainwright 0:33:14
2 Dan Whaites 0:29:04 Victoria Plummer 0:33:16
3 Robert Whaites 0:29:22 Elaine Priest 0:33:22

The Cambridge Duathlon was the third and final qualifier for the European and World Duathlon Championships and will have the GB Team Managers running around for the next few days allocating their slots. Fraser Cartmell and Alice Hector also took podium places on March 25th up at the Kingdom of Fife Duathlon so we guess theirs are already safe. (Full results here)

Pos Men Women
1 Tom Lowe (ATA) 1:49:15 Felicity Hart 2:05:35
2 Phil Anthony 1:51:25 Alice Hector (Stirling Tri Club) 2:07:38
3 Fraser Cartmell (Stirling Tri Club) 1:51:32 Esther Evans (Thames Turbo Sigma Sport) 2:13:30

F3 Events staged their third Dorney Lake Duathlon which also incorporated the Police Duathlon Championships which was won by Nick Clements and Elizabeth Dean. (Full results here)

Pos Men Women
1 Wil Newberry 1:06:32 Eloise Crawley 1:14:20
2 Chris Ball 1:06:57 Helen Smith 1:16:18
3 Michael Marzetti 1:07:44 Tracy Langlands 1:16:52

The Borders Sport and Leisure Trust kicked off their series of pool-based races with the Galashields Sprint. (Full results here)

Pos Men Women
1 Graeme Stewart 0:57:05 Mari Crawford 1:10:02
2 Rory Methven 0:59:23 Keira Murray 1:10:25
3 Stuart Sandeson 0:59:31 Louise Hogg 1:12:22

The second of the three-race Chase Race Duathlon Series took place up in Staffordshire. (Full results here)

Pos Men Women
1 Paul Mountford 1:55:15 Lindsay Smith 2:13:31
2 Darren Hodgkinson 1:59:19 Fiona Blaiklock 2:18:09
3 Paul Skipper 2:00:16 Julie Moore 2:19:57

At the Brooklands Duathlon on Saturday special mentions go to Christine Hamilton who took second female and first female 40+, even though she is recovering from a broken foot, and Julia Barthram (David Lloyd Brooklands) who came off her bike and cut her chin which needed stitches -- it was her first duathlon, we hope the experience hasn't put her off. Full results for this race will come later.

Pos Men Women
1 Jim McConnell (Oxford Tri Club) 1:02:52 Wendy Davies (Woking AC) 1:19:57
2 Jez Cox (Planet X) 1:03:30 Christine Hamilton 1:23:11
3 Dan White (Hillingdon Tri) 1:04:34 Lise Parker 1:23:46

Over in the States, the Ford Ironman Arizona saw wins for Rutger Beke (BEL) and Heather Gollnick (USA). In the womens race the event was dominated by Joanna Zeiger... ...up to mile 24 on the run when Gollnick finally reeled her in after starting with nearly a six minute deficit. British interest took a hit when Jess Draskau-Peterrson dropped out on the bike while in fifth, no reason yet apparent, and then Lisbeth Kristensen pulled up on the run after about 8 miles, having been in or around the top five women for most of the day. Full coverage and all the results for both Pro and age group athletes is on the IronmanLive website:

Pos Men Women
1 Rutger Beke (BEL) 8:21:16 Heather Gollnick (USA) 9:36:40
2 Tim de Boom (USA) 8:26:04 Joanna Zeiger (USA) 9:37:29
3 Michael Lovato (USA) 8:37:29 Katja Schumacher (USA) 9:44:14

Also in the States, the Powerman Alabama saw wins for David Thompson and Alisha Lion. Results are on the Team Magic website:

We aren't sure what's happening up at Trafeco Sport as there are no results from Friday's National Youth and Junior Duathlon or Sunday's Warwick Triathlons, although there were reports on TriTalk that there were timing problems on Sunday. No results either from the Harlech Triathlon or the Burnham Aquathlons at this stage, we'll update these on the website as soon as we have them.


Route planning

Have you seen the exciting Routeplanning section supported by Garmin and Motion based? It tells you all you need to know about how planning and preparation can help with getting more information from your training sessions and how technology, if used appropriately, can make that easier and more fun!

April's Route of the Month is now online and, for anyone planning a visit to the UK Ironman 70.3 it's a must read!

Why not send in your requests for which routes you would like to be analysed? Or, perhaps, you would like to ride it for us? We'll even lend you a Garmin Edge! Send your suggestions to


Shoe advice

Did you know Tri247 has a Shoe Advice section supported by Saucony? Using the correct footwear is vital for injury prevention and maximizing performance. Choosing the right shoe is as important as selecting any other piece of kit, which is why Saucony have set up Shoe Labs which tour round the country giving out free advice.

We will also be helping each month by answering questions sent in by you, with one lucky person winning a pair of Saucony shoes of their choice from the full Saucony range!

Have you got any questions about running shoes? Then make sure you email them in to and we will get the experts to answer them online!

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