Tri247 Newsletter


15th Jun 2009Issue 116

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New kids on the block - no, not these guys (!) - I'm talking triathlon. That was certainly one of the themes of the huge volume and quality of racing going on all over the world this past weekend.

Starting off at the sun-drenched Nokia Windsor Triathlon, Jodie Stimpson smashed her way to an almost eight minute victory at one of the UK's best known triathlons. Now, it's fair to say that the Windsor elite field wasn't especially strong this year, but, despite the relative absence of tough competition, Jodie broke the course record (set in 2006 by Helen Jenkins, at the National Elite Champs), and looked very impressive in doing so. She is clearly enjoying her training under coach Michelle Dillon, and her transformation - both physically and in a performance sense - after a dedicated Winter of tough training is clear to see and she is getting her rewards, following up on victory the previous week at Blenheim. The next step, from top 'domestic' athlete to top 'international' athlete isn't an easy one, but let's hope she can continue her progress, and make that transition.

More 'new kids' at Ironman UK 70.3. Phil Graves managed to give his new team ( a perhaps unexpected major victory within a month of it's launch, by getting the better of Fraser Cartmell, Stephen Bayliss and Björn Andersson at Wimbleball yesterday, on perhaps the hardest Ironman 70.3 course on the circuit. The signs of potential were there of course - a 15+ minute victory in a half-iron event last month, and crushing bike performances on the UK time trial circuit this year. But turning potential into results isn't always easy, and to do it first time out at this level is a great achievement. Expect Phil to be making some waves in middle and long distance racing for the next decade.

It's a packed newsletter of race reports, results and competitions this week - enjoy!

In this issue:


Weekend action

On what was yet another perfect day for the Nokia Windsor Triathlon - just how do they manage it every year? - here are the top three elite finishers.

Pos Men Women
1st Stuart Hayes 1:52:14 Jodie Stimpson 2:03:21
2nd Adam Bowden 1:52:27 Jill Parker 2:11:07
3rd Bryan Keane 1:53:19 Non Stanford 2:11:12

Jodie Stimpson - last week's winner at Blenheim - broke the course record with a totally dominant and hugely impressive performance. Exiting the swim with Non Stanford and Rebecca Milne, the three had a 90 second gap on Rachel Joyce, Rachel Boyd and Emma-Kate Lidbury. Stanford was soon dropped (and lost close to seven minutes by T2), and while Milne managed to make it to T2 with Stimpson, by the end of the first lap (of three) on the run, Stimpson was well over five minutes clear. Running stronger than I've ever seen - and looking a completely different athlete to previous years - it was a highly impressive and dominant performance.

With third at Strathclyde and wins at Blenheim and Windsor, Jodie will now take the lead, and likely secure the British Elite Super Series for 2009. On this showing, and with her current rate of progress under coach Michelle Dillon, expect a lot more from Jodie over the next couple of seasons as her star is certainly on the rise.

Jill Parker had her biggest result to date at elite level, taking second place ahead from Wales' Non Stanford. Clearly Non has some work to do on her cycling to be competitive, but with her swim and run strength, don't put that past her with another year of miles in her legs. We are still confident she's a name for the future.

The men's race was much closer, with Stuart Hayes (again coached by Michelle Dillon), matching Jodie in following up Blenheim with another win. It was far from easy however. Despite exiting the swim slightly down on the lead group, former elite runner Adam Bowden's group managed to catch up much of the deficit by T2. For most of the run the gap to Hayes was hovering at around 20 seconds, but the experienced Hayes managed to hold off Bowden and take the win. Ireland's Bryan Keane took an excellent third, with James Gilfillan fourth and a returning Marc Jenkins a close fifth place.

We also have the official press release plus pictures of the winners HERE, while links to all of the results (Elite, Age Group Standard and Age Group Sprint can be found HERE).

Windsor Age Group - Olympic
Pos Men Women
1st Tristan Shipsides (Ful-on Tri) 2:03:13 Parys Edwards (Ful-on Tri) 2:22:16
2nd Andrew Jakeman (Tri UK) 2:03:58 Jill Cliff (Deal Tri) 2:23:31
3rd Peter Slijkhuis 2:06:36 Lizzie Hutson (Tri UK) 2:26:12
Windsor Age Group - Sprint
1st Dave Candy (Shorter Rochford RT) 1:24:21 Leigh Harvey (Shorter Rochford RT) 1:28:55
2nd Daryn McLaughlan (Kingfisher Triathletes) 1:27:22 Kate Hunt 1:36:23
3rd Richard Garrett 1:29:04 Caroline Clark (Kingfisher Triathletes) 1:37:43

Provisional results from the National Middle Distance Champs held at the Bala Middle Distance Triathlon are available on StuWeb ( - HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Mark Stenning (Wildside-ZOOT) 3:58:17 Louise Collins (CEEPO TFN) 4:26:51
2nd Richard Hunt (Kudu Tri) 4:01:15 Loretta Sollars (BRAT) 4:34:19
3rd Craig Twigg (Leicester Tri) 4:03:38 Fiona Moorehead-Lane (Planet X) 4:35:12

Mark Stenning has now won this race three years in a row, and this time gets to add a National Championship to his CV, which he well deserves with around 20 years in the sport now.

We mentioned a few names in the weekend preview for potential winners of the ladies title, and once again were proved correct as we had all three podium finishers in our five to watch. Like Mark Stenning, Louise Collins was the winner at Bala last year too. She also retains the championship title she won last year at The Vitruvian. A fantastic effort too from Loretta Sollars who is now in the 45-49 age group, to take the silver.

The other big middle distance event of the weekend was Ironman UK 70.3 from Wimbleball. The virtual absence of any communication links from the venue due to lack of cell coverage in the area means that information is sparse, though our preview comment of "Having said Bella is race favourite... perhaps the smart money should be on Catriona Morrison. A close second at Ironman 70.3 New Orleans, followed by a great win at St. Croix and victory at the European Duathlon Champs would suggest the tough Scot is well on track for her debut iron-distance race in Roth next month", proved spot on.

Cycling demon Phil Graves, of the recently launched Team ActivInstint ( proved that his recent crushing win at Belvoir Castle was no fluke, as he left Stephen Bayliss and Fraser Cartmell in his wake to take an emotional victory. We should have Phil's first hand report on the race on site during the week, once he has recovered! Provisional results from the race can be found on the race website HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Phil Graves 4:15:48 Catriona Morrison 4:40:14
2nd Stephen Bayliss 4:19:41 Julie Dibens 4:43:02
3rd Fraser Cartmell 4:20:37 Bella Bayliss 4:44:02

There was at least one other elite GB triathlete out racing at the weekend. On Saturday, Hollie Avil was racing 5000m on the track at the BMC Nike Grand Prix in Watford. She recorded a time of 16:25.35 to finish eighth, in a race won by Charlotte Purdue (15:49.25). Full results are HERE.

After the success of the Swashbuckler, the RaceNewForest team were back at Buckler's Hard for the INEOS Beaulieu Triathlon. Provisional results for that one are available HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Nick Buis (Primera) 1:15:19 Anna Squires (Southampton) 1:26:36

Marius Kwint (Southampton Tri) 1:17:19

Stephanie Robson (Ful-on Tri) 1:28:25
3rd Robert Herring (Army Tri) 1:17:56 Camilla French 1:30:24

The Cleveland Short Course was run over the standard distance, and we have provisional results HERE. Alan Copland scored another win, and in convincing style too, almost six minutes clear, while Sarah May took the ladies win.

Pos Men Women
1st Alan Copland (One Life Racing) 1:53:02 Sarah May 2:14:31

Tim Ashelford (Leeds and Bradford) 1:59:00

Helen Williams (Leeds and Bradford) 2:15:35
3rd Nicky Mcgee (East Coast Tri) 1:59:12 Jo Short (Durham Tri Club) 2:18:19

Provisional results for the Bedford Traktors Sprint Tri are available on the Galeforce Events website ( Mark Matthews and Kerri Renshaw were both convincing winners.

Pos Men Women
1st Mark Matthews 1:00:54 Kerri Renshaw 1:10:33

Charlie Palmer 1:03:50

Octavia Chambers 1:16:13
3rd James Elworthy 1:04:03 Sarah Janes 1:17:28

The Peebles Sprint Triathlon in Scotland attracted another full field. We have the results HERE, plus the results of the Novice event HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st David Moffat 59:48 Caroline Wallace 1:10:11

Martin Gore 1:01:37

Jane Stevenson 1:12:33
3rd Jack Ferguson 1:03:18 Rhoda McPherson 1:13:37

The first results in from Sunday (thanks again Will!) were from the VOTWO St Ives Classic (RESULTS) and Sprint (RESULTS) races.

St Ives Classic
Pos Men Women
1st Tim McDowell 2:23:45 Helen Dyke 2:50:36
2nd Adam Wells 2:28:45 Joanne Swallow 2:53:47
3rd Tim Drew 2:29:18 Lucy Norman 3:02:09
St Ives Sprint
1st Jason Walker 1:28:18 Lucy Obolensky 1:41:42
2nd Jeremy Stephens 1:31:02 Lizzie Wraith 1:42:18
3rd Jez Mancer 1:32:46 Sharon Hooper 1:49:23

The AXLR8 Triathlon in Berkshire attracted an excellent field of over 300 athletes. We have the full results HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Jeff Ford 49:45 Angela Epps 57:10
2nd Alisdair Oakley 50:04 Hannah Bedford 58:39
3rd Steve Cole 51:11 Becky Crisp 59:29

The Burnaham-on-Sea triathlon results can be found HERE, in a race won by Gary Gerrard and Celia Miall.

Pos Men Women
1st Gary Gerrard (Royal Navy Tri) 57:15 Celia Miall (West Country Triathletes) 1:05:37
2nd Ian Hindes (North Devon Tri) 58:55 Sara Hudghton (West Country Triathletes) 1:09:15
3rd Jonathan Rawlings (Tri Team Glos) 59:15 Abigail White (Bristol) 1:10:44

The Mid Sussex Triathlon was another to benefit from the timing of the StuWeb crew, and results from the event can be found HERE for an event which attracted another excellent entry of over 250 athletes.

Pos Men Women
1st Peter Campbell (Portsmouth Triathletes) 1:05:11 Frederique Sumption (Greenwich Tri) 1:11:51
2nd Jonathan Horseman 1:06:07 Trish Stewart (Team REP) 1:12:29
3rd Dominic Chapman (Tuff Fitty) 1:07:13 Jenni Van Deelen (Canterbury Harriers) 1:16:55

The Cosmeston Sprint Triathlon in Wales was won by Mark Boxall (Team MK) and Christina Bridge. Full results available HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Mark Boxall (Team MK) 1:04:56 Christina Bridge 1:13:46
2nd Huw Jenkins (Cardiff Tri) 1:05:16 Debbie Cook (Pencoed Tri) 1:14:29
3rd Michael Bool 1:05:56 Jane Lewis 1:22:12

International Racing

Chrissie Wellington returned to winning ways on Sunday at Ironman 70.3 Kansas, finishing fifteenth (pro) overall. She came into T2 with American Amy Marsh (who finished 4th at Ironman Florida 70.3, won by Leanda Cave last month), and then pulled away on the run, with Pip Taylor (AUS) moving into second place. Reports on Slowtwitch suggest she had a puncture too, which given her usual dominance, sounds quite likely given her relatively modest winning margin.

I guess we will truly see what shape she is in next month at Quelle Challenge Roth, on what is the world record course for iron distance.

Pos Men Women
1st Luke Bell (AUS) 3:49:35 Chrissie Wellington (GBR) 4:14:52
2nd Tim O'Donnell (USA) 3:50:44 Pip Taylor (AUS) 4:19:42
3rd James Cotter (USA) 3:54:05 Amy Marsh (USA) 4:21:38

The second of the French Grand Prix events was held in Beauvais on Sunday afternoon, and once again young Brit Alistair Brownlee showed his current blistering form by taking the scalp of Javier Gomez (ESP). Will Clarke also had a fine race to take the third place on the podium in what are always incredibly competitive races.

The threesome ran together for almost the entire run, with Clarke and Brownlee pushing the pace, until with around 400m to go Alistair hit the gas and pulled away for the win. Not that he needs it, but another confidence boost with next week seeing the latest round of the Dextro Energy Triathlon - World Championship Series in Washington D.C.

What's more impressive is that Alistair spent Saturday evening in hospital... After arriving in France, while out on a Saturday afternoon gentle run, he was chased and bitten by a dog, and had to go off to hospital for stitches. Tough Yorkshireman!

News from Germany and the Challenge Kraichgau half-iron distance event. Thomas Hellriegel (4:08:44) goes one-nill up versus Spencer Smith (4:11:02) in their Planet X 'battle', though neither managed to finish on the podium (eighth and ninth respectively). Pre-race hot favourite Chris McCormack was a DNF during the bike after leading out of the swim (punctured at 30km), which left home athlete Sebastian Keinle to take a decisive win from South African James Cunnama. Rebekah Keat won her second 'Challenge' event in a row, following on from France last weekend. Lisbeth Kritiansen was almost eight minutes back in second.

Pos Men Women
1st Sebastian Keinle (GER) 3:53:20 Rebekah Keat (AUS) 4:32:58
2nd James Cunnama (RSA) 4:02:17 Lisbeth Kristiansen (DEN) 4:40:40
3rd Aaron Farlow (AUS) 4:04:15 Merryn Johnston (NZL) 4:41:25

Three time Vitruvian winner Jonathan Hotchkiss was racing in Korea this weekend at the High1 Long Distance Triathlon Asian Championships, held over double Olympic distance. He reports "seriously the HARDEST race I've ever done. Over 1800m of climbing on the bike and over 400m of off-road brutal running climbing ascending. Managed third behind Kieron Doe and Rasmus someone from Denmark. Really pleased though as there were some pretty good athletes in the field including Tim Marr and Jimmy Johnson. I'll update you with a race report and photo's once I've got my laptop."

As per his recent blog, first year pro Dion Harrison was racing at the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon. He finished 14th male pro (2:20:27) behind winner for the third straight year, Andy Potts (USA). Leanda Cave wasn't quite able to match that feat, and had to settle for second place behind Mary Beth Ellis (USA), having won in 07 and 08.

Pos Men Women
1st Andy Potts (USA) 2:07:25 Mary Beth Ellis (USA) 2:21:23
2nd David Thompson (USA) 2:09:51 Leanda Cave (GBR) 2:23:02
3rd Graham O'Grady (NZL) 2:10:37 Becky Lavelle (USA) 2:24:00

There were two further Ironman 70.3 events on the schedule this weekend: Eagleman (Maryland) and Boise (Idaho), both of which saw some very close finishes:

Eagleman Ironman 70.3
Pos Men Women
1st Terrenzo Bozzone (NZL) 3:51:11 Mirinda Carfrae (AUS) 4:16:51
2nd Richie Cunningham (AUS) 3:51:27 Natascha Badmann (SUI) 4:20:24
3rd Michael Lovato (USA) 3:56:50 Desiree Ficker (USA) 4:28:13
Ironman 70.3 Boise
1st Craig Alexander (AUS) 3:51:46 Magali Tisseyre (CAN) 4:12:29
2nd Chris Lieto (USA) 3:51:48 Linsey Corbin (USA) 4:20:58
3rd Joe Gamles (AUS) 3:56:24 Samantha McGlose (CAN) 4:25:10

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WIN a Nokia N79 handset

To get into the spirit of the Nokia Windsor Triathlon, we're offering one lucky reader the chance to win a Nokia N79 handset and Craft triathlon kit bag to kick-start your training whether you're competing, or just wanting to get fit.

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For your chance to win, check out the easy to enter competition HERE. Entries close on Tuesday 16th June 2009.

The Terrapin Sprint, Ladies and Novice Triathlon 2009

The race takes place on Sunday 28th June at Bosworth Water Trust, Market Bosworth, Leics. The swim is 750m (500m novice) open water (wetsuits required). The 21 kilometre cycle takes place on undulating roads around Market Bosworth, while the run is 5km (3km novices) around the lake on grass/paths.

Wetsuits are available for hire from Terrapin, but as they have limited stock please book early. Closing date for entry is Monday 22nd June. More information is available HERE.

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  2. Nokia Windsor Triathlon results
  3. The (Domestic) weekend roundup
  4. Hayes and Stimpson win Nokia Windsor Triathlon
  5. Nokia Windsor Triathlon title up for grabs
  6. Late entries create excitement for Nokia Windsor Triathlon
  7. Brownlee bests Gomez again...
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