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11th May 2009Issue 111

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Well, after what seemed to be a rather glorious weekend of weather and racing, we were brought back to reality with a bump this morning by reading the very sad news of the death of a triathlete at the Stratford Triathlon yesterday, via the BBC website. Like everyone else, the Tri247 team would like to express our deepest condolences to the family and friends at this very difficult time.

Coming up next weekend is the National Elite Triathlon Champs from Strathclyde, Scotland, which can boast a quality field, as well as £18,000 in prize money, which should ensure some very competitive racing. While it may be a case of the usual suspects at the front, recent results have suggested to us that there are one or two athletes around who, with another year's progression, may well break into that very top performance rung of British elite competition and perhaps replace one or two of the familiar faces. One thing is certain, there are a few pairs of very fast feet around who could make it very interesting should they get to T2 close to the front!

In this issue:

Results

Weekend action

It was very much a club focussed, domestic racing schedule this weekend...

Domestic Action

First results in for the weekend were the OWS Aquathlon - but then that was pretty much a dead cert as it was the only race on Saturday and one of the Tri247 crew was doing the results for them! After a short cut on the swim saw the first five athletes disqualified the win was taken by Thames Turbo's Paul Smooth in 28:52 with Carin Hume (Berkshire Tri Squad) the first woman across the line in 32:25. Full results are here.

Technically first in with a result on Sunday was the Morden 6n6 where the race organiser Paul Rosewarm got in an ultra-quick race report and headline results.

Pos Male Female
1 James Lock (Thames Turbo Sigma Sport) 0:39:10 Lucy Bowen (Thames Turbo Sigma Sport) 0:43:50
2 John Worcester (Met Police) 0:40:01 Kathleen Brady (Serpentine Tri) 0:45:10
3 Bradley Hales (Optima) 0:41:09 TBC

Almost as quick were the headlines from the Harrow Hatch End Triathlon where it was a double win for Hillingdon Triathletes; Colette O���¢�¯�¿�½�¯�¿�½Neill (for the fourth time in total after a six year absence, having last won in 01/02/03) and Clark Schofield, for (we think?!) the second time taking the wins. Full results are on Stuart Steele's StuWeb site. You can also find results for the children's races on his site, here.

Pos Male Female
1 Clark Schofield (Hillingdon Triathletes) 0:46:52 Colette O'Neill (Hillingdon Triathletes) 0:54:27
2 Patrick Brown 0:48:41 Melissa Brand 0:55:39
3 David Savory (D3 Triathlon) 0:50:06 Gaby Lai (D3 Tri) 0:56:01

Honours for a complete set of results filed and uploaded went to Tri Ferris's Cotswold Super Sprint and Youth events. In the Super Sprint event the honours went to Garry Hughes (Tri Team Glos) in 0:52:00 and Nicola Morgan (Driven to Tri) in 0:58:29 - full results are here. In the Youth/Short race the overall win went to Albany Burton in 0:47:41 who showed a clean pair of heels to her male competitors, the fastest of them was Joe Bloxsome in 0:48:23 - full results are here.

The Cleveland Sprint Triathlon saw just four seconds separate the top two men, in the end the honours went to Andrew Macrae (Total Racing International) in 0:57:34 with Lisa Tweddle (NE31 Tri) the fastest woman in 1:09:38. Full results are here.

Pos Male Female
1 Andrew Macrae (Total Racing International) 0:57:34 Lisa Tweddle (NE31 Tri) 1:09:38
2 Rob West (One Life Racing) 0:57:38 Jo Short (Durham Tri) 1:10:45
3 Alan Nixon (Darlington Tri) 1:00:25 Anna Hatton (Cleveland Tri) / Michelle McTaggart (Darlington Tri) 1:16:58

The Basildon Off Road Triathlon certainly saw some pleasant weather, we doubt that there was much in the way of mud to challenge the competitors, and the winners were James Endicott (Born2Tri) in 0:37:42 and Christine Mowle (East Essex Tri Club) in 0:44:10. A full set of results are here.

Pos Male Female
1 James Endicott 37:42 Christine Mowle 44:10
2 Colin Ward 38:45 Nicki Davis 44:41
3 Michael Rolfe 41:22 Toni Saunders 50:56

The Black Sheep Sports Lydney Triathlon has a provisional set of results available which we have loaded here. The overall winner was Steve Ferguson (Driven to Tri) in 0:56:06 and the fastest lady was Dani Goodman in 1:04:46.

Woodhall Spa saw the third of the Saucony Sprint Triathlon Series races with wins going to Richard Teare (Equus) in 1:02:06 and Julie Lambourne (TFN) in 1:12:20. A full set of results is here.

Pos Male Female
1 Richard Teare (Equus) 1:02:06 Julie Lambourne (TFN) 1:12:20
2 Peter Goodfellow 1:02:20 Naomi Warr (Derby TC) 1:13:58
3 Luke Seamer (TFN) 1:03:24 Sadie Murphy (Leicester TC) 1:14:13

This weekend's Fast Twitch Series race was in Dorchester and the redoubtable Peter Younghusband (Tri UK Gatorade) notched up yet another victory with a time of 1:02:32. Fastest lady was Tracy Cook (Tri UK) in 1:08:16. There's a provisional set of results minus the bike splits on the Concept Sport website, we'll get a copy online as soon as it's been finalised. We think that's (at least) three wins already for Tracy in May alone.

This year the BSLT Series has added in the Selkirk Standard and 66 individuals and four teams took part. Winners were David Moffat in 2:05:36 and Caroline Wallace in 2:29:08. A full set of results are online here.

The sprint distance race at the Grendon Triathlon was a qualifier for the 2009 ITU World Championships on Australia's Gold Coast later this year and although the results are still provisional (see the Just Racing website) the top three are as follows:

Pos Male Female
1 Thomas Bishop (Ceepo TFN) 1:00:53 Eimar Mullan (Team MK) 1:11:16
2 James Ratcliffe (Ceepo TFN) 1:01:23 Lou Collins (Ceepo TFN) 1:11:44
3 Steve Harrison (FVS) 1:02:08 Louise Bardsley (TVT) 1:12:55

The distances may seem normal enough: an 800m pool swim, 28 miles on the bike and six miles on the run but when you see Richard Wilder's winning time of 2:27:43 you realise that the Blaenafon Triathlon is possibly just a little hillier and tougher than average! Fastest woman was Bethan Fowler in 3:07:06 and there's a full set of results here.

The Dorset Try a Tri organised by Results Triathlon had wins for Marcus Dodd in 0:49:04 and Esther Amery in 0:58:37. Results are here, note there were no splits provided. Results for the accompanying Tristar races are here.

Xtra Mile Events Wilmslow Triathlon was another race reaping the benefits of chip timing. The results are here and give overall victory to Martin Cain in 1:04:51 and Ellie Debenham in 1:17:18.

At the Charnwood Aquathlon the trophies went to Chris Joyce in 0:20:19 and Natalie Barnard (Charnwood Tri) in 0:22:22, full results are here. The aquathlon was really just a support event to the Tristar Triathlon, results for that are here.

Results for the Warwickshire Children's Triathlon are available on Stuart Steele's StuWeb site here. Results for the Leeds and Bradford Junior Aquathlon are available here. Glasgow Triathlon Club's Balfron Spring Aquathlon, another Tristar and youth event, has full results here.

The debate about whether triathletes make good cyclists looks like it's received another positive endorsement with the news on Cycling Weekly's website that triathlete Philip Graves secured another comfortable victory in the fourth round of the Rudy Project Time Trial Series in North Yorkshire making it three wins out of three. He was using the time trials to judge his fitness levels prior to Ironman UK 70.3 in June and the full UK Ironman in August. Graves, who rides for Clifton CC, completed the three-lap, 26-mile course in 1:14:14, more than a minute faster than Arthur Doyle (Dooleys Cycles RT).

It would seem that triathletes can also make pretty decent runners too, as Vince Golding reports from the Sussex AA Championships this weekend: "Sophie Coleman (Phoenix) was first across the line winning the women’s 3,000 metres Under 20 title in 9:27.9. As well as a Championships Best, Sophie also improved Bridget Smyth’s twenty five year old Sussex Under 20 record."

Gordo in London!

There aren't many triathletes in the world recognised simply by their first name, but Gordo Byrn in one of them! For many years, his writing, blogs and coaching advice have been followed by thousands as he charted his progress from 'fat bloke' to sub 8:30 Ironman and Ultraman World Champion. Now, in conjunction with INFINIT Nutrition (www.infinitnutrition.eu), Gordo is in London for one day, Saturday 13th June, for a one day long course traning camp. For more details, and to book your place on what is certain to be a sold out event, check out this link.

Royal Air Force Careers and Triathlon: new profile

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

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Lanson Running Shoe Focus

Check out our new Shoe Focus feature in association with Lanson Running (www.lansonrunning.com). The first shoe to be featured is the Saucony Fastwitch 3, and can be found HERE.

New GB triathlon development team?

Most of the triathlon world have heard of the Far East based teamTBB (www.teamtbb.com), 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...

 
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