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18th May 2009Issue 112

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Another busy weekend at home and abroad; your Editor certainly is feeling the pace today... Jodie Swallow, who featured in our Friday interview continued her excellent form and return to top-level competition by winning her fourth National Elite Triathlon Championship in Strathclyde, while Will Clarke retained his title in some style, and from the front, despite a tumble on the bike!

If Jodie's story is a return to form after some difficult years, someone who seems to have been around at the top consistently, and is still producing at the highest levels, is Leanda Cave. World Champion (short & long), World Cup winner, European Champs Silver, Commonwealth Games silver amongst other successes - it occurs to me that perhaps she hasn't had the plaudits and recognition that her career deserves? Yesterday she continued her excellent start to the year, retaining her Ironman 70.3 Florida title is fine style, and looks set for another year of quality racing. Nice one Leanda!

Triathlon also got a bit of TV coverage yesterday - in a roundabout way. If you were watching the BBC coverage of the Great Manchester Run, you may have seen Al Brownlee showing the same 'no fear' attitude to running events as he does in triathlons, as he spent the first 3km or so just behind the leading pack, which included the legend Haile Gebrselassie! His bravery paid off with a rather swift 29:35 finish.

As always, plenty of good stuff coming up on the site this week, plus check out the great new competition below, and win yourself a top-of-the-range wetsuit from Zone3 (www.racezone3.com).

In this issue:

Results

Weekend action

National Elite Champs - Strathclyde

As reported by us on Friday, Hollie Avil was a non-starter, and as predicted, Jodie Swallow and Kerry Lang lead out of the swim from Vanessa Raw. Despite a slow transition from Jodie, she soon caught back to Kerry and the pair worked together on the bike to come into T2 with a lead on the chasers. Cat Morrison was a DNF early in the bike, though we have no further details at this stage.

Jodie Stimpson, bridged up to Vanessa Raw on the bike for 3rd/4th position, and when Vanessa appeared to have a problem in T2 - cramps possibly - she was clear in third. Vanessa later withdrew during the run.

Jodie Swallow, who has been in excellent form so far this year was able to pull away from Kerry early on in the run to take the win, Kerry second and Jodie Stimpson third.

Unlike the ladies event, a large pack of men exited the swim in close contention, including most of the pre-race favourites such at Will Clarke and Dann Brook. Richard Stannard and Tim Don were non-starters. Bradley Hales, Aaron Harris and James Lock led out the swim.

Mid-way through the bike Will Clarke attacked, putting well over half a minute into the pack, though the BTF coverage suggests he may also have had a fall at some point. Nonetheless, he reached T2 clear in first place.

Onto the run, and as you would expect from the reigning National Champion and Olympian, Will was able to maintain his lead and retain the title. In second place, Aaron Harris, who last year was announced as a member of the Olympic Foundation Squad has possibly his best result to date, while the podium was rounded out by Dann Brook, who showed that his Ironman 70.3 strength could still be put to good use in this format of racing. He is having a great season so far, and we are pretty sure he was still putting in the big miles this week.

Ex-runner Adam Bowden was able to record the fastest split of the day (30:29), though interestingly only 10 seconds quicker than Will, which enabled him to finish seventh (1:54:47). A solid start to elite racing from him.

The detailed press release/event report can be found HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Will Clarke (ENG) 1:49:35 Jodie Swallow (ENG) 2:02:02
2nd Aaron Harris (ENG) 1:50:33 Kerry Lang (SCO) 2:03:41
3rd Dann Brook (ENG) 1:52:52 Jodie Stimpson (ENG) 2:04:11

Alistair Brownlee was a notable absentee in Strathclyde today, but he wasn't taking the day off.

He was at the Great Manchester 10km, testing out his running legs. Well, they would seem to be pretty good too, as he recorded a swift 29:35 to take 10th place overall. The race was won by the legend himself, Haile Gebrselassie (ETH) in 27:39.

Full results HERE.

International News

Britain went into Sunday's Ironman 70.3 Florida with two defending champions in Paul Amey and Leanda Cave, and both were back for 2009, along with a host of eager male Brit pro's.

After leading out the swim with Nina Kraft (GER) and Brooke Davison (USA), Leanda got straight to work on the bike, and powered away from the rest of the field to build up a huge lead of close to eight minutes by T2, against the likes of Joanna Lawn (NZL), Magali Tisseyre (CAN) and Nina Craft. The run was no different, and with those three athletes left fighting for second, Cave showed no signs of faltering as she powered on to retain her title by a big margin. Having finished third at Ironman 70.3 California and second at Wildflower (both of which she did last year too) already, Leanda's 2009 season appears well on track.

Paul Amey (3:57:19) wasn't able to repeat his 2008 win, however he was top Brit finisher in a fine fourth. There was excitement at the finish with a sprint between Dirk Bockel (LUX) and Luke Bell (AUS) for the win, with the Olympian Bockel using his short course speed to secure the title.

Pos Men Women
1st Dirk Bockel (LUX) 3:54:40 Leanda Cave (GBR) 4:15:47
2nd Luke Bell (AUS) 3:54:43 Joanna Lawn (NZL) 4:24:00
3rd Santiago Asenco (BRA) 3:56:25 Magali Tisseyre (CAN) 4:24:23

Jonathan Hotchkiss finished 16th (4:08:37), Toby Jameson 20th (4:13:25) and Dion Harrison 30th (4:24:22). We think Fraser Cartmell (who has been struggling with injuries), was a DNF on the run, after putting in an excellent swim-bike.

We don't have the details yet, though the Editors experience in these matters suggests there is a story somewhere... but Chrissie Wellington finished an uncharacteristic sixth in the Columbia Triathlon on Sunday, a non-drafting Olympic distance event in the States. Chrissie's time was 2:18:40.

The men's race was close, with Terenzo Bozzone (NZL) just getting the better of young American sensation Andrew Yoder (USA).

Pos Men Women
1st Terenzo Bozzone (NZL) 1:52:45 Rebecca Wassner (USA) 2:07:25
2nd Andrew Yoder (USA) 1:52:55 Margaret Shapiro (USA) 2:10:22
3rd Richie Cunningham (AUS) 1:56:01 Laurel Wassner (USA) 2:11:49

We were pretty close with our predictions for Powerman Germany. Jason Spong (RSA) took the win, though Mariska Kramer (NED) was edged out by home athlete Kristin Moller. The post-race press release is HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Jason Spong (RSA) Kristin Moller (GER) 3:46:00
2nd Benjamin Rossma (GER) 3:17:16 Mariska Kramer (NED) 3:46:55
3rd Zoltan Senczyszyn (GER) 3:17:21 Susanne Svendsen (DEN) 3:47:40

Domestic Racing

The weekend kicked of early for the emergency services, with the Vue National Emergency Services Triathlon at the National Water Sports Centre in Nottingham. We already have a report on site HERE, as the fire fighters narrowly beat the police. Full results HERE. The individual race was won by Martin Cain, and we reckon that makes it at least three wins for him in recent weeks, after Newton-le-Willows and Wilmslow. Jacqui Slack was the ladies winner.

Pos Men Women
1st Martin Cain (Fire) 59:03 Jacqui Slack (Fire) 1:04:33
2nd Martin Hynes (Police) 59:06 Kirsti Robertson (Police) 1:06:20
3rd Jon Worcester (Police) 59:26 Sophia Rees (Police) 1:10:26

Saturday saw the Keswick Mountain Festival Triathlon, which attracted a sold out field of close to 300, including double Olympic Gold winner James Cracknell (who finished an excellent 17th). Provisional results, courtesy of TriHard (www.trihard.co.uk) are available HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Marc Laithwaite (TheEnduranceCoach.com) 2:02:42 Heather Dawe (Inov-8/Crosstrax) 2:26:03
2nd Ben Bardsley 2:04:16 Rhiannon Silson (Arragons Cumbrian Tri Club) 2:28:47
R Tim Wylie (One Life Racing) 2:05:40 Sarah Owen (NYP Tri) 2:31:58

The biggest race of the weekend in terms of numbers, was also the first in with provisional results - top stuff Human Race! The two-day Eton Super Sprints event at Dorney Lake had well over 2000 entrants. It also has stories of romance and marriage proposals. Congratulations to Steve and Nicola!

The provisional results can be be found for Saturday HERE and Sunday HERE.

Saturday
Pos Men Women
1st Peter Slijkhuis 0:56:21 Leigh Harvey 1:04:05
2nd Lee Charles (Berkshire Tri Squad) 0:58:22 Nicola Boyd (Optima RT) 1:07:56
3rd Paul Perry (Thames Turbo) 59:13 Tasmin Neale (Eton Tri Club) 1:08:59
Sunday
Pos Men Women
1st Mark Yeoman (Sigma Sport/Viceroys TC) Emma Smith 1:03:52
2nd Michael Howell 58:01 Charlotte Aschan 1:04:30
3rd Charles Ashwanden (Eton TC) 58:43 Sandra Blenkinsop (Kingfisher Triathletes) 1:08:05

If Eton was the biggest, Marshman was the longest race of the week, being the first domestic half-ironman of the year. Full results are available HERE thanks to Stuart Steele (www.stuweb.co.uk). James Third was a dominant winner for the men, though Emma Rand had a much closer race to get the better of Caroline Terburgh. Stuart has also submitted a report on the event which is available HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st James Third (Sigma Sport) 4:11:08 Emma Rand (Leeds & Bradford Tri) 5:25:35
2nd Ben Ward (TheTriLife.com) 4:24:20 Caroline Terburgh 5:27:03
3rd Alex Fairman (TheTriLife.com) 4:27:19 Jane Wiley (7Oaks Tri Club) 5:39:14

Another race timed by the StuWeb crew was the Tewkesbury Triathlon, and the results can be found HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Gary Hughes 58:29 Karen Hathaway 1:07:21
2nd Andrew Shipton 1:00:16 Michelle Parsons 1:08:36
3rd John Rawlings 1:00:55 Abi Hebbard 1:10:42

One of the fastest on the results production front this weekend was the Alnwick Triathlon. There was a home winner for the ladies, as Tracey Sample (who we think is also the race organiser!), just got the better of club-mate Verity Currie. Regular race winner Alan Copland scored another victory, over three minutes clear of John Barker (Total Racing Int). Full results HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Alan Copland (One Life Racing) 59:47 Tracey Sample (Alnwick District Tri Club) 1:14:45
2nd John Barker (Total Racing Int) 1:02:51 Verity Currie (Alnwick District Tri Club) 1:15:39
3rd Philip Aiston (Tyne Tri) 1:02:57 Emma Cox (Tyne Tri Club) 1:18:43

Courtesy of the Manx Tri website (www.manxtriclub.com) for the Ramsey Sprint Triathlon, "Thirty two individual competitors and four teams braved blustery, cold conditions in this morning's sprint triathlon held on the new Ramsey course. Juan Kinley was the first man home in a time of 1:04:03.  Fastest lady was Eve O'Hare, 1:16:12 and the fastest team was Bikestyle Bandits." Full results HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Juan Kinley 1:04:03 Eve O'Hare 1:16:12
2nd Andy Bell 1:04:31 Ali Clague 1:20:00
3rd Russell Collister 1:04:54 Christine Barwell 1:21:10

The East Grinstead Triathlon has been on the schedule for many a year. This year there was some real quality on the podium, with Colin Dixson taking the men's title, and World Junior Duathlon Champ Sophie Coleman, not surprisingly, fastest lady, though Ruth Hutton, a former World Age Group Champion was too far behind. Full results, along with the try-a-tri can be found on the East Grinstead website HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Colin Dixson 1:05:29 Sophie Coleman (Bodyworks XTC) 1:13:14
2nd Jim Burdett (Trisportnews.com) 1:08:36 Ruth Hutton (SLH Tri Club) 1:14:19
3rd Karl Free (Met Police Tri Club) 1:09:46 Jill Cliff (Deal Tri) 1:16:55

We have provisional results for the Newmarket Triathlon HERE. The podium position were:

Pos Men Women
1st Jack Peasgood (Walden Tri) 54:31 Juliet Vickery (Cambridge Tri) 58:44
2nd Jared Walbridge (Cambridge Tri Club) 55:14 Julia Jepson (East Essex Tri) 1:03:28
3rd Benjamin Mickleburgh (Haverhill Wheelers) 55:56 Eunice Alexander 1:05:09

Pembrokeshire Tri Club held their Tristars Triathlon on Sunday, and we have the full results HERE.

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Zone3, a new British triathlon brand formed by elite triathlete James Lock are offering you the chance to win on of their top-of-the-range Vanquish wetsuits, worth ������£295! This is the same model that James himself wore to lead out the swim at the Elite National Champs in Strathclyde.

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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 training camp. For more details, and to book your place on what is certain to be a sold out event, check out this link.

Sevenoaks is almost full...

Despite their September event only opening for entries a week ago, we are advised that the Sevenoaks Triathlon to be held on 20th September is almost full already! The pool-based event is one of the most highly regarded on the club circuit, and as our recent behind the scenes article highlighted, with very good reason. So, if you want to take part in this great event, don't hang around, and enter online HERE asap. For more information on the race, see www.7oakstriclub.co.uk.

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 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 second shoe to be featured is the Asics DS Trainer 14, and can be found HERE.

Free accessory kit for Zoot customers

Zoot are pleased to announce a fantastic promotion running in TEN of their stockists during April and May 2009.

The offer is on a first come first served basis so if you are looking for some new kit or are a newcomer to the world of triathlon this is a perfect place to start for your coming season.

The offer will be running in the ten stores listed HERE and will be limited to the first 12 customers to each stockist, so get moving and take advantage of this great offer. Once they are gone they are gone!

Not only does the starter kit (trisuit / wetsuit / shoes) offer great value for money, but the free accessory kit alone is worth over ������£115, and contains a Zoot Bag, Bodyglide, Cap, Race belt and Bottle.

 
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  1. Romance at Dorney!
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  5. Open water swimming 2009 [UPDATED]
  6. Elite Tri Champs: Mens results
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