The Canberra City Half Ironman saw Olympic hopeful, David Dellow, win his second half ironman distance race in seven years. He last won at the distance in 2000 and since then has been racing short course in a bid to represent Australia at the World Championships and the Olympic Games.
“There are five or six guys all vying for the last spot on the Olympic team, and I am definitely focussing on making that team. I am currently in good form and plan to give them a real shake up,” said Dellow just after he crossed the line. “I’m surprised at the race today actually. I’ve been injury free for a couple of months and have been training hard, but I came to Canberra this weekend to catch up with mates, as I used to live here, so this is a bonus. It’s been a while between drinks.”
Dellow did 'domestique' duty for the Australia team at the ITU World Championships in Hamburg but today he was his own man and scored a comfortable 2min 23sec victory. Age-group athlete Christian Kemp placed second with pro Klayten Smith in third.
In the women’s race, age grouper Michelle Wu was awarded overall victory on corrected time after starting the race in the 18-24 age group. “I had a great swim today which is normally my weakest leg,” said an excited Wu at the finish line. Racing in her first half ironman distance event, Wu didn’t change her Olympic-distance training program leading into the event, indicating that she could an athlete to watch. Her controlled effort was rewarded with the fastest time of the day, including an exceptional 1:23 run split. Amelia Pearson, winner of the Tasmanian Half Ironman in 2005 and a regular top-three finisher in the Snap Half Ironman series was the first professional home while third place went to another age-group athlete, Emma Major. Full results are here.
Next event in the Snap Australian Half Ironman Series is on February 10th in Geelong where the Snap Ironman 70.3 doubles as the grand final of the domestic series and is also part of the worldwide Ironman 70.3 series.
||David Dellow (Pro) 4:08:40
||Michelle Wu (18-24) 4:44:26
||Christian Kemp (25-29) 4:10:34
||Amelia Pearson (Pro) 4:50:55
||Klayten Smith (Pro) 4:11:03
||Emma Major (30-34) 4:52:09
At the third of Fun2Tri's Swim Run Race aquathlon series at Nantwich's Snowhill Pool the overall winner was Claire Beresford in 0:45:03 with Peter Roome finishing as fastest man in 0:46:55. The event also featured two other, shorter aquathlons and the results for all three races are here.
The Kasterlee Winter Duathlon (aka 'Hell in Kasterlee') was won by Jef Vranckx in 7:31:28 with the fastest female being Alieke Griffioen in 9.24.13. There are no results up on the official website (www.winterduathlonkasterlee.be) yet and all we could find was a report in Dutch here.
The Votwo Pudding Catcher multi-terrain run was won by Mark Le Cassick in 0:38:42 with Natasha Swan the first woman home in 0:49:22. Full results are here.
Cyclo sportive events aren't really supposed to be races but the fastest man at the Christmas Cracker was Stuart Robinson in 3:52:14 and the fastest woman was Sarah Warburton in 4:36:04. Full results are here.
Also not strictly a race, more a sort of club versus club thing, but Saturday morning saw a Mob Match between the massed ranks of Thames Turbo and Ful-on Tri in Richmond Park. The end result was a victory for Ful-on Tri and there's a full report on the proceedings here.