Tri247 Newsletter


12th Nov 2007Issue 36

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Another exciting weekend of racing and another excellent set of results from the GB endurance squad. We've touched on the subject of funding before and we know that one or two hackles were raised in the BTF as a result but the bare facts are that, if you're not on the World Class Performance Plan (ie Lottery funding) then there is little or no money available from the official sources. British Triathlon does allocate around GBP 80,000 to supporting athletes outside the WCCP and this money comes from other sources than the Lottery. Before anyone gets carried away with the headline figure, the reality is that level A funding provides GBP 2,000, level B offers GBP 1,000 and level C just GBP 500. We fully acknowledge that many of the athletes we have been describing as 'unfunded' have, in the past, benefitted from the previously more generous WCPP funding allowances and that all of them have access to the infrastructure that British Triathlon has established over the past two Olympic cycles. Perhaps the best summation comes from Leanda Cave who, while talking with Simon Ward out in Florida at the 70.3 World Championships, said, "we used to be funded, now we are having fun!"

We suggest in our summary of the 70.3 World Championships that we possibly had the best ever women's results at middle distance and, for once, our resident statto could only agree. The conversation turned to who had raced most this year and while we feel that Powerman Malaysia winner Erika Csomor has to be in with a shout he's come up with an alternative: Petr Vabrousek. To John's certain knowledge he won the Silverman ironman-distance race at the weekend in Nevada, breaking the course record. (Incidentally, Macca won the half distance and we believe Dave Scott - yes, that one... - also raced). That race was at least his 13th ironman distance race this year:

  • New Zealand (Wanaka) - DQ while leading with 14km to go
  • Malaysia (7th)
  • South Africa (4th)
  • Arizona (4th)
  • Brazil (5th)
  • Frankfurt (5th)
  • Slovak Champs (1st) - Nitra
  • Czech Champs (1st) - Lipno
  • Louisville (133rd)
  • Prague (1st)
  • Hawaii (176th)
  • Florida (24th)
  • Silverman (1st)

Oh, and that's not counting the halfs, standards, European Championships, World Championships, a 2:33 at the Vienna marathon... ...and he's down to race Ironman Western Australia in three weeks time!

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Weekend action

Andy Potts (USA) won the Ford Ironman 70.3 World Championships in Clearwater in 3:42:33 ahead of Oscar Galindez (ARG) and Andrew Johns. With just four seconds separating the top two places you can tell it was a close-run thing with Potts getting the upper hand after sitting on Galindez's shoulder for the last few miles and then accelerating past to take the win - not quite a sprint finish but the nearest you'll get after the best part of four hours of racing. AJ's placing owes much to his steady approach, he was always in and around the top five on the bike and ran his way through the field to secure his Bronze. The defending champion, Craig Alexander, had to settle for fourth. Other GB elite results included Fraser Cartmell in seventh, Jonathan Hotchkiss 19th, Andrew Fargus 21st, James Hadley 27th and Spencer Smith a DNF - apparently after two drafting calls. It looks as though Simon Lessing didn't start.

Julie Dibens led the women's race from the start with a 50m buffer after the swim and a two minute lead at T2 and it all looked very hopeful. But, as is often the way with hope, the effort of maintaining that pace through the first half of the run seemed to take its toll and she was passed by a charging Mirinda Carfrae (USA) who stole the win with a perfectly timed run in 4:07:25 - a new world's best. Defending champion Sam McGlone (CAN) also ran past Julie for second place while Leanda Cave, who had been in the top ten mix all day, took an excellent third. Julie had to settle for fourth and collapsed over the line. Cat Morrison was fifth which topped her hopes for a top ten place while Michelle Lee was tenth and Abi Bayley was 14th. Possibly the best set of middle distance women's results at this level we've ever seen.

Pos Men Women
1 Andy Potts (USA) 3:42:33 Mirinda Carfrae (USA) 4:07:25
2 Oscar Galindez (ARG) 3:42:37 Samantha McGlone (CAN) 4:11:29
3 Andrew Johns (GBR) 3:43:11 Leanda Cave (GBR) 4:12:29

We have been through the age group results and so far we have identified Silver medals for Richard Iles, David Patten and Peter Norman plus Bronze medals for Dion Harrison and Daf Belt. A set has been uploaded here and if there are any updates owing to the country being mis-assigned please let us know.

Earlier on Saturday at the triandrun Ballbuster Duathlon in Surrey, Philip Wylie (bicycleworks) took the lead on the second run and held off the Spring Ballbuster winner, Lee Piercey (Primera) to claim victory in 2:42:30 with Richard Hunt (ATA) in third. Helen Parkinson (Torbay TC) took a commanding win in the women's race in 3:02:50 with Sarah O'Byrne second and Mel Varvel in third. Full results are here.

At the Malaysian Powerman, being held as part of the South East Asian Games, the women's race was won by Erika Csomor with Michelle Parsons in second place. We are still waiting for a complete set of results to get the other placings.

At the Hillingdon Autumn Sprint Duathlon the wins went to David McCartney in 0:46:07 and Kaly Moore in 0:54:00. Full results are here. The club also held a children's race and the results for that are here.

So far there has been no news from the Box End Off-road Duathlon, we'll get them on the site as soon as they come in.

Book your tickets to Triexpo

If you are planning to make the trip down to Bournemouth at the end of November to the Triexpo seminars and exhibition then you might like to take advantage of the online booking facility that they have set up with our online partner, Active Online Entry.

Triexpo will run on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th November at the Bournemouth International Center - a familiar sight to anyone who has done the Bournemouth Triathlon, it sits just at the start of the bike route. The event is based around a combination of triathlon focused seminars with Joe Friel as the keynote speaker and includes presentations by Glen Walker and Julie Dibens. The Saturday sessions will be aimed at new triathletes and those competing up to standard distance and the Sunday will be for middle distance and Ironman triathletes.

A full supporting Expo is also planned to provide the opportunity to stock up with end-of-season bargains and early Christmas presents. Full details on the event can be can be found on their website (


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!

For the current Route of the Month we decided to re-visit a classic cyling route, the Box Hill circuit, but this time we took the cameras out for a full visual as well as re-writing the text to get it completely up to date. Ideal coverage in preparation for the legendary Ballbuster Duathlon coming up in November, it also makes a great starting point for a day training in the Surrey Hills.

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


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