Tri247 Newsletter


5th May 2009Issue 110

Welcome to the newsletter

Well that was a great weekend's racing with, on the whole, pretty good weather for it too. The season has definitely started!

With that in mind, we have a couple of great articles published which we're sure will be of interest. The now numerous open water swim venues around the country are now open for training, racing, wetsuit testing and, thankfully in many cases, post-swim bacon sandwiches! Check out our summary of the venues, which we will be adding to through the year.

If your main races of the year are a few weeks away yet, how about squeezing in a last minute, low cost training camp to boost your fitness? Jeremy Bushell and a couple of mates managed to have a great few days, and plenty of miles in Majorca recently, and he's written about the trip here. I read it, now I want to go...

The main international race of the weekend was without doubt the Dextro Energy Triathlon - World Championship Series debut in Tongyeong, Korea. The men's event provided one of the best and closest ever sprint finishes in triathlon history, with Bevan Docherty and Brad Kahlefeldt literally throwing themselves at the line, and a photo-finish needed to separate them. While the Brits didn't podium, Tim Don (ninth, 34 seconds down) and Olly Freeman (12th, 48 seconds) will likely be reasonably pleased with their races, as no doubt the key focus for them will be later in the year, especially the London event in August.

The ladies were a little further off the pace relatively speaking, over two minutes back on the Emma's Snowsill and Moffatt, and will be looking for a little more run speed to be competitive as the season progresses. New Head Coach Joel Filliol will have had his first opportunity to see his new team in action, and no doubt plenty of learning points taken back to work on for the future.

One athlete who will be pleased with her weekend's work is Catriona Morrison, who out-ran former World Champ Mirinda Carfrae to take a big win at the St. Croix Ironman 70.3. After a good performance last month in New Orleans, all is looking on track for Cat's debut at iron-distance in July at Quelle Challenge Roth. It's great to see her racing well after last season's injury worries.

In this issue:


Weekend action

First weekend of May, and it was certainly a big one in terms of race volume and quality, at both domestic and international level.

Domestic Action

The weekend started on Friday with the Canford Evening Aquathlon, where Tracy Cook (TriUK) not only achieved part one of a weekend double, but also won the event overall. Nick Ireland was second, with Lizzie Hutson third. Full results HERE.

At the 'Battle of the Tri Nations' event at Dorney Lake on Saturday, the UK finished ahead of New Zealand, Australia and South Africa apparently! Richard Stannard put well over six minutes into the field in a sprint event, while Nicola Threlfall was first lady. Full results HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Richard Stannard 53:04 Nicola Threlfall 1:05:32
2nd Martin Lynch 59:47 Liesl Domisse 1:10:52
3rd Joel Winter 1:00:07 Victoria Sheward 1:10:57

We have a full report from the Steyning Triathlons HERE, along with results from the short and long event.

Long Triathlon
Pos Men Women
1st Gary Pearce (Team REP) 1.37.25 Anne Hegvold (Ful-On Tri) 1.49.47
2nd Jonathan Streeter (Crawley Tri) 1.39.56 Liz Hutson (Tri UK) 1.50.33
3rd Malcolm Hughes (Brighton Phoenix) 1.40.59 Lucy Kershaw (Farnham Tri) 1.52.49
Short Triathlon
1st Jason Bewley (A2 Tri) 53.26 Sam Herridge (Cyclelogic) 54.53
2nd James Stewart (TTHE) 55.33 Niki Treacy (Team REP) 56.14
3rd Stew Smith (Tuff Fitty Tri) 55.45 Trish Stewart (Team REP) 59.39

It was a busy morning at Hillingdon Cycle Circuit, for the Hillingdon Bank Holiday Duathlons, with ladies, men's and tristar/youth events. Jez Cox (Team Bike and Run) just did enough to hold off Charles Hammon (Optima RT) for a narrow win in the men's race, while Marianne Clark took the win for the ladies, against first-time duathlete Susan Miles. We also have the full results from the Tristar & Youth events HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Jex Cox (Team Bike & Run) 38:24 Marianne Clark (Serpentine RC) 46:30
2nd Charles Hammon (Optima RT) 38:25 Susan Miles (Hillingdon Triathletes) 46:55
3rd Bradley Hales (Optima RT) 39:18 Rachel Stanhope (Thames Turbo) 48:43

Another junior on Sunday was the Vale Tridents Duathlon, and we have a full report and results HERE.

Stuart Steele ( reports from the Three Spires Triathlon: "The bumper field for the bi-annual Three Spires Sprint was in good (if not windswept), spirits as they took on the Sprint Challenge. News from the course though was that although a very tough outward leg, it was happy to return the favor on the return (unlike some courses where the wind just sits in your face). In the men's race it looked set to be an interesting race for first between Mike Cornes, Philip Wolfe and sporting his new team for 2009, Alistair Johnson. Cornes returning from injury in terms of triathlon looked in good form but watching Alistair Johnson put out a blistering run leg to finish in54:32, it was very apparent that Wolfe and Cornes were deciding who was going to be second. In the Ladies for the second week running we have Lucy Haywood taking the honors in 1:03:17, with Lauren Creamer a good four minutes adrift." Full results HERE.

As predicted, James Gilfillan continued his great form to win the New Forest Triathlon at Ellingham Lake, while Tracy Cook made it a double, after winning at Canford on Friday. Full results HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st James Gilfillan (Primera) 1:45:55 Tracy Cook (TriUK) 2:00:20
2nd Colin Dixon 1:47:25 Lucy Chittenden 2:04:07
3rd Julian Hatcher (Team AVS) 1:50:46 Manuela Capazorio 2:09:50

Possibly the most competitive domestic race of the weekend was the British Universities Triathlon Championships which took place a St. Marys School Sports Centre. Provisional results are available on the triandenter site HERE. Just 11 seconds separated first and second, with Mark Threlfall (Loughborough) taking the win from James Third, with National Sprint Distance Champ David McNamee (Stirling) in third.

Lois Rosindale (Leeds Met Carnegie), by contrast was over a minute quicker than Natalie Barnard (Loughborough) to take the ladies title. Non Stanford is in an interesting name in third place, as she has a tremendous pedigree in running, having won several championships at Inter-Counties and Welsh level in the junior age groups, and has (at least!) a 34:XX 10km PB to her name too. She was the fastest female runner of the day by far and second fastest swimmer too. That sort of profile has "talent ID" written all over it... keep a watch on that name over the next couple of years.

Pos Men Women
1st Mark Threlfall (Loughborough) 1:05:28 Lois Rosindale (Leeds Met Carnegie) 1:13:05
2nd James Third (Cambridge) 1:05:39 Natalie Barnard (Loughborough) 1:14:14
3rd David McNamee (Stirling) 1:06:29 Non Stanford (Uni of Birmingham) 1:15:09

The Northwich Aquathlon was won by Jack Woodward, with Abigail Mackley making the top three overall, to take the ladies price. We have full results HERE, along with results from the Tristar event HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Jack Woodward 27:03 Abigail Mackley 29:35
2nd Lewis Sunders 28:11 Bethany Saunders 31:04
3rd Brian Dooley 29:47 Leila Coulter 32:56

The Cardiff Try-a-Tri has been a longstanding and welcome addition to the calendar, as an introduction to the sport. We have the full results of the event HERE.

The Kendal Triathlon had, reports organiser Mark Walsh, great weather "for a change!" It also had some fast racing with a storming Rich Hunt winning by four minutes. Full results HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Rich Hunt (Kudu Bikes Tri) 1:02:06 Louise Kelly (Leicester Tri) 1:15:41
2nd Stuart Robinson (Arragons Cumbrian Tri) 1:06:25 Judith Irving 1:21:02
3rd Kieran Rowlands (Kudu Bikes Tri) 1:07:21 Carrine Green (NYP Tri) 1:21:45

We also have results from the Waveney Valley Triathlon organised by Tri-Anglia (, where Will Dorsett was first across the line, and Julia Jepson was the only lady under and hour for the race.

Pos Men Women
1st Will Dorsett (Mammoth Tri) 49:06

Julia Jepson (East Essex Tri) 57:58

2nd Mark Nowell (Tri-Anglia) 49:42 Rachel Pearson (UEA) 1:00:09
3rd Liam Gentry (Tri-Anglia) 50:19 Lynn Emmett (Tri-Anglia) 1:00:39

The Bedfordshire Sprint Championship took place at Robinson Pool, and the race was won by Mark Matthews (Cambridge Triathletes) and Leigh Harvey (Shorter Rochford Exclusive Ranges). Sarah Janes and James Elworthy, both Bedford Tracktors , took the county champs awards. Provisional results HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Mark Matthews (Cambridge Triathletes) 1:03:07 Leigh Harvey (Shorter Rochford Exclusive Ranges) 1:13:04
2nd James Elworthy (Bedford Traktors) 1:04:33 Alice Sharp (Cambridge Triathletes) 1:19:09
3rd Oliver Mytton (Oxford Tri Club) Sarah Janes (Bedford Traktors) 1:194:31

The GTC Krystal Klear Bishopbriggs event in Scotland held several races, and we have the results on site for the Sprint, Novice and Tristar races. Here are the podium places for the Sprint:

Pos Men Women
1st James Harrison (Newhaven Harbour Triathlon Club) 1:06:16 Shona Girdwood (Fusion Tri) 1:12:02
2nd Graham Leitch (Fusion Tri) 1:06:49 Penny Rother (ERC Bicycleworks) 1:13:24
3rd Stephen Clark 1:07:41 Eleanor Haresign (Glasgow Tri) 1:13:51

The Horwich Triathlon organised by Epic Events ( provided a tough course and a challenging day. Martin Cain (GMC Fire Service) and Christine Howard (Derbyshire Police) made light of that, finishing several minutes in front of their nearest challengers. Full results HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Martin Cain (GMC Fire Service) 2:05:45 Christine Howard (Derbyshire Police) 2:31:01
2nd Martin Tonge (Team had been) 2:09:42 Nicola King (Tri Preston) 2:34:19
3rd Chris Biddulph (Army Tri) 2:12:28 Helene Whitaker 2:39:03

Final event news we have from Sunday racing is from the Lymm Triathlon, where provisional results from the Sprint and SuperSprint are available on the uberfitevents website.

Sprint Triathlon
Pos Men Women
1st Chris Standidge 1:07:39 Aimee Backhouse 1:18:35
2nd Roger Witz Barnes 1:08:35 Sophia Rees 1:21:35
3rd Alan Copeland 1:09:28 Heather Jackson 1:23:25
SuperSprint Triathlon
1st Joel Enoch 45:34 Clare Crabtree 1:02:04
2nd Liam McGuiness 51:00 Catherine Jones 1:02:09
3rd Tom Kneller 52:01 Isobel Mackie 1:05:33

On to Monday, and first results (as always!) were from the Thames Turbo Sprint Triathlon at Hampton Pool. Provisional results available HERE. Lucy Bowen from the home club dominated the race, winning by over five minutes and improving on her second place in the first race. Andrew Mercer took the win for the men.

Pos Men Women
1st Andrew Mercer 58:25 Lucy Bowen (Thames Turbo/Sigma Sport) 1:03:19
2nd Richard Legge (Thames Turbo/Sigma Sport) 59:03 Kate Everley 1:08:36
3rd James Brown (Thames Turbo/Sigma Sport) 59:18 Nicola Boyd (Optima RT) 1:09:50

The Moti Springfield Triathlon is in it's 21st year, and boasted well over 200 athletes. Results are available HERE courtesy of Stuart Steele ( Gordon Croucher won by just two seconds from Mike Milstead, while Jane Fox had about one minute on second placed Katherine Bloomhall.

Pos Men Women
1st Gordon Croucher 1:01:46 Jane Fox 1:10:15
2nd Mike Milstead 1:01:48 Katherine Broomhall 1:11:14
3rd Adam Wells 1:02:22 Emma Taylor 1:12:50

The Hart Leisure Sprint Triathlon is another long-standing and popular event, attracting a field of over 400 athletes. We have full results HERE, for another event that saw some very close racing at the sharp end.

Pos Men Women
1st Matthew Newman (BAD Tri) 57:38 Lucy Chittenden (Farnham Tri) 1:02:28
2nd Ian White (Farnham Tri) 57:41 Louise Bardsley (TVT) 1:02:44
3rd Andrew Lovell (Portsmouth Tri) 58:19 Choc Harris (TVT) 1:04:51

International Racing

The major international race of the weekend was the first round of the Dextro Energy Triathlon - World Championship Series from Tongyeong, Korea. The ladies raced on Saturday, and reports were that despite the absence on Vanessa Fernandes, recovering from an early season broken collarbone, Emma Snowsill wasn't 100% after her own early season rib injury, which could mean an even more open race.

6km into the run, and an upset was looking possible, as Emma Moffatt (AUS), herself Olympic bronze medallist, pulled a couple of yards ahead of the dominant Snowsill. While she she got a gap, it was never more than a couple of yards, and never quite looked like being a winning move. Snowsill ran tough, and then pulled away with a kilometre to go to take the win. The full report is HERE and results are HERE.

The men's event was without doubt the most exciting. Despite there being a breakaway on the bike from Frederic Belaubre (FRA) and Mark Fretta (USA), come the final 2km, it was down to Brad Kahlefeldt (AUS), Bevan Docherty (NZL) and the surprise package of Dmitry Polyansky (RUS). Polyansky couldn't go with the pace in the late stages, and we were left with an almighty sprint between the headline duo... which despite seeing several times in slow motion, it still wasn't clear who won! Both athletes crashed to the floor after throwing themselves at the line, and after a photo finish, Docherty was just given the edge. It really was a sprint to rival this one, and this one!

The full race report is HERE and the men's results HERE.

For the Brits, in the ladies race we had Liz Blatchford 13th (2:04:48), with Helen Jenkins 14th and Jodie Swallow 15th, 13 and 26 seconds further back respectively. Kerry Lang was 33rd in 2:09:38. In the men's Tim Don was ninth (1:50:59) and Olly Freeman twelfth (1:51:13).

Pos Men Women
1st Emma Snowsill (AUS) 2:02:42 Bevan Docherty (NZL) 1:50:25
2nd Emma Moffatt (AUS) 2:02:51 Brad Kahlefeldt (AUS) 1:50:25
3rd Jure Ide (JPN) 2:03:31 Dmitry Polyansky (RUS) 1:50:29

Headline results from the Avia Wildflower Triathlon, a half-ironman distance event held at Lake San Antonio courtesy of Dan Empfield and Slowtwitch ( You can read his Ironman Live 'alike' style coverage in more depth HERE.

Wildflower has for many years being one of the highest profile events on the North American calendar, and the top-20 men were a virtual 'who's who' of long course racing, Chris McCormack and Craig Alexander aside.

Bjorn Andersson, once again lead into T2 by just over two minutes, looking to repeat his 2007 win but appears to have DNF'd, as American Andy Potts crushed the field on the run for a clear win. Second place - again - went to Eneko Llanos of Spain, with young Brazilian Reinaldo Colucci from teamTBB a close third.

Leanda Cave was able to repeat her second place from last year, the win going to Virginia Berasategui (ESP). Another teamTBB athlete, Erika Csomor rounded out the podium.

Pos Men Women
1st Andy Potts (USA) 3:59:41 Virginia Berasategui (ESP) 4:35:00
2nd Eneko Llanos (ESP) 4:03:04 Leanda Cave (GBR) 4:40:17
3rd Reinaldo Colucci (BRA) 4:03:34 Erika Csomor (HUN) 4:41:14

Joe Gambles (who won the ETU Long Distance Champs last year), finished fifth (4:05:09), while Fraser Cartmell was 13th (4:16:04). External results HERE.

Cat Morrison followed up on her recent second place at Ironman 70.3 New Orleans to take her second Ironman 70.3 victory on Sunday, winning the infamous St Croix Ironman 70.3. To do it, she had to beat reigning champion, and 2007 World Champion Mirinda Carfrae (AUS), and despite dropping three minutes on the bike, she ran a swift 1:23:29 to take the win by close to three minutes. Abi Bayley finished ninth.

In the men's race, Stuart Hayes in (we think?) his first long distance race took sixth place (4:11:11), with Toby Jameson (suffering with the humidity), 17th Pro (4:27:04). American Tim O'Donnell took his first major victory, breaking the course record too, with a race best 1:17:05 run.

Pos Men Women
1st Tim O'Donnell (USA) 4:02:36 Catriona Morrison (GBR) 4:32:38
2nd Igor Amorelli (BRA) 4:03:38 Mirinda Carfrae (AUS) 4:35:21
3rd Richie Cunningham (AUS) 4:05:45 Caitlyn Snow (USA) 4:40:44

There was another British winner in Lanzarote on Saturday, as Bella Comerford won the Volcano Triathlon, with Stephen Bayliss second to Luc Van Lierde for the men. We have a more in-depth report available HERE. Plenty of other Brits in the top ten too: Nicholas Ward Muñoz (6th), Tristan Shipsides (8th), Mark Whittaker (9th), Scott Neyedli (10th), Tamsin Lewis (4th), Daz Parker (7th) and Joanna Carritt (8th).

Pos Men Women
1st Luc Van Lierde (BEL) 1:57:34 Bella Bayliss (GBR) 2:13:18
2nd Stephen Bayliss (GBR) 1:58:42 Tiina Boman (FIN) 2:14:40
3rd Bert Jammaer (BEL) 1:59:02 Michelle Vesterby (DEN) 2:18:51

The XTERRA West Cup was the big off-road event of the weekend, and former World Champ, Conrad "the Caveman" Stolz took the win, along with XTERRA regular Melanie McQuaid. Scotland's Lesley Patterson took third place at the Las Vegas, Nevada event. We believe Jim McConnel was also racing, but have no news as yet on how it went.

Pos Men Women
1st Conrad Stolz (RSA) 2:16:06 Melanie McQuaid (CAN) 2:42:09
2nd Josiah Middaugh (USA) 2:16:38 Shonny Vanlandingham (USA) 2:32:42
3rd Dan Hugo (RSA) 2:21:12 Lesley Patterson (GBR) 2:43:14

The Powerman Duathlon circuit was in Bastendorf, Luxembourg this weekend. The dominant Joerie Vansteelant won again, with Mariska Kramer (NED) taking the ladies title. We have a full report HERE, plus race results HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Joerie Vansteelant (BEL) 2:50:59 Mariska Kramer (NED) 3:22:39
2nd Jason Spong (RSA) 2:55:28 Sylvie Quittot (FRA) 3:25:22
3rd Marc Uwald (LUX) 3:00:50 Maud Golsteyn (NED) 3:28:08

Our final international event to cover this weekend is the Noumea International Triathlon in New Caledonia. Brit Paul Ambrose recorded a third place finish in this very competitive Olympic distance event. The ladies event was one by Lisbeth Kristensen. Full results HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Aaron Farrow (AUS) 1:51:41 Lisbeth Kristensen (DEN) 2:08:14
2nd Cameron Brown (NZL) 1:52:06 Melissa Vandewater (AUS) 2:08:45
3rd Paul Ambrose (GBR) 1:52:56 Kelly Bruce (NZL) 2:10:29

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Most of the triathlon world have heard of the Far East based teamTBB (, but Tri247 hear rumours that there may soon be a British triathlon development team too. No confirmation, names or details at this stage, but we're pretty sure more information will be coming very soon...














Top 10 Article Of Last Week
  1. Domestic weekend roundup (part one)
  2. Bella takes The Volcano!
  3. Sevenoaks Triathlon: behind the scenes
  4. Weekend (part two!) roundup
  5. Inter Service & Army Duathlon Championships
  6. Weekend (Domestic) preview
  7. International weekend roundup
  8. Steyning Long and Sprint Triathlon reports
  9. Triathlon wetsuit guide
  10. Snowsill wins inaugural Dextro Energy Triathlon

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