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29th Jun 2009Issue 118

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While Al Brownlee took the week off racing in preparation for European Champs in Holten, anyone else who mattered was in Des Moines, Iowa on Saturday seeking a share of the $1million dollar purse at the Hy-Vee ITU Elite Cup, with the chosen few having eyes on the $200,000 first prize. Not a bad rate of pay for two hours.

And come the big race, it was Cananda's Simon Whitfield who stepped forward and took the glory via another last gasp sprint. Since winning the inaugural Olympic title in Sydney 2000 (at which point, he hadn't won a World Cup race), he has added the Commonwealth Games title in Manchester, 12 World Cup wins, an Olympic silver in Beijing and now the richest prize purse in the sport. That is an impressive career my any standards. Let's hope in 10 years time Al Brownlee will be somewhere close to matching that....

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Weekend action

International Action

The biggest winners of the weekend by far prove that when it really matters, the cream usually rises to the top. Olympic bronze medallist Emma Moffatt (AUS) and Olympic silver (and gold in 2000) medallist Simon Whitfield were the winners of the $200,000 first prizes at the Hy-Vee ITU Elite Cup in Des Moines, Iowa on Saturday. Very different wins though, with Moffatt a long way clear while Whitfield won one of the best sprint finishes we've seen (though, these seem to be the norm of late!). Check out the full reports and pictures of the ladies race HERE and the men HERE. It's worth it, just to see the look on Simon's face at the finish...

If you want to catch the highlights, you can also watch the ITU video package HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Simon Whitfield (CAN) 1:49:43 Emma Moffatt (AUS) 1:59:46
2nd Brad Kahlefeldt (AUS) 1:49:44 Emma Snowsill (AUS) 2:01:19
3rd Jan Frodeno (GER) 1:49:44 Lauren Groves (CAN) 2:01:31

Full results available HERE.

The Australian dream team of Emma Moffatt, Emma Snowsill, Courtney Atkinson and Brad Kahlefeldt were stunned in the Hy-Vee ITU Triathlon Team World Championships in Des Moines on Sunday, by a surprise performance from a resurgent Switzerland.

The mixed relay sprint format - touted as a potential addition to the Olympic programme - saw close racing throughout, and on leg three, Daniela Ryf caught Aussie legend Snowsill to set up a tense finish. While Kahlefeldt came within inches of the big win yesterday, no one was expecting him to come off second best to the Swiss anchor man Lukas Salvisberg here, but Lukas finished in fine style for a clear win against the legendary Aussie.

Magali Di Marco, Daniela Ryf, Ruedi Wild and Lukas Salvisberg were the victorious Swiss team securing a win we suspect few had forecast.

The Canadian team of Kathy Tremblay, Brent McMahon, Lauren Groves and Simon Whitfield took the bronze. Full results HERE.

Pos Team
1st Switzerland 1:20:56
2nd Australia 1:21:05
3rd Canada 1:21:31

It was a record breaking day at Ironman France, where both course records were improved. Abigail Bayley was fourth pro lady (9:47:22) and Yvette Grice eighth (10:24:06). There is a roundup of the action on the site HERE. It was a fourth consecutive win for Marcel Zamora Perez (ESP).

Pos Men Women
1st Marcel Zamora Perez (ESP) 8:30:06 Tine Deckers (BEL) 9:30:29
2nd Hervé Faure (FRA) 8:40:55 Chritel Robin (FRA) 9:34:19
3rd Simon Billeau (FRA) 8:46:30 Martina Dogana (ITA) 9:37:35

The other M-Dot event of the day was Ironman 70.3 Buffalo Springs Lake, where our pick for the win, Cameron Brown, could only manage seventh after suffering a puncture at the midway point of the bike leg.

Pos Men Women
1st Paul Matthews (AUS) 4:01:26 Amy Marsh (USA) 4:33:36
2nd Leon Griffin (AUS) 4:03:02 Kelly Williamson (USA) 4:35:04
3rd Simon Thompson (AUS) 4:05:54 Joanna Lawn (NZL) 4:36:37

Domestic Racing

There were plenty of athletes at Emberton Country Park, for the Big Cow organised Cowman Middle Distance and the third Big Cow Sprint. Joel Jameson was a clear winning, regaining the title he won in 2007, while Kerri Renshaw (FVS Tri) won a very tightly contested ladies race, with less than two minute coverng the podium positions. Full results HERE.

Adam Bowden (Team MK) and Eimear Mullan (Bedford Tracktors) added to their impressive 2009 win records by taking comfortable victories in the sprint race. Full results HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Joel Jameson 4:09:26 Kerri Renshaw (FVS Tri) 4:52:40
2nd Timothy Male (Thames Turbo/Sigma Sport) 4:18:39 Manuela Capazorio (Bearbrook Joggers) 4:54:18
3rd Tristan Shipsides 4:22:16 Sarah Lovelock (Bodyworks XTC) 4:54:39
Pos Men Women
1st Adam Bowden (Team MK) 58:02 Eimear Mullan (Bedford Tracktors) 1:06:04
2nd Scott Wiseman (Team MK/Phil Corley Cycles) 1:01:33 Libby Cameron (Met Police) 1:11:06
3rd Andrew Auld 1:03:32 Astrid McKeown 1:13:07

The provisional results from the 'A Day in the Lakes' middle distance event have the podium positions as follows. You can check out the provisional results at

Pos Men Women
1st Martin Cain (GMC Fire Service / Surosa) 4:50:20 Cheryl Ridge 5:46:38
2nd Neil Mercer (GMC Fire Service) 4:54:36 Rebecca Sore (Leicester Tri) 5:55:20
3rd Paul Alcock (Carlisle Tri Club) 4:56:30 Judith Irving 5:57:45

The ForGoodnessShakes Sprint Challenge was this week's event at Dorney Lake, attracting another significant field to the popular venue. Full results available HERE. Charles Pennington, and a very swift Holly Lawrence were the fastest of the day.

Pos Men Women
1st Charles Pennington (Royal Navy Tri) 1:00:13 Holly Lawrence (Swansea University) 1:05:11
2nd Sharkie Jaggard (Thames Valley Tri) 1:02:24 Leigh Harvey (Shorter Rochford Exclusive Ranges) 1:07:17
3rd Alex Brooks (Team ActivInstinct) 1:03:17 Beverley Childs (RAF Tri) 1:13:29

Race two in the Hillingdon Triathlon series had possibly it's biggest field ever, with local athletes representing their clubs in the Triathlon London League event. As last year, Euan Lees (Ful-On Tri) was beaten in a sprint finish in this swim-run-bike format event, this time by Matt Chapman (SLH Tri Club). Karen Axelsdottir (Optima RT) recorded a very swift time to take a very competitive ladies race. Full results HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Matt Chapman (SLH Tri Club) 1:12:18 Karen Axelsdottir (Optima RT) 1:15:40
2nd Euan Lees (Ful-On Tri) 1:12:21 Jessica Taylor (Ful-On Tri) 1:16:32
3rd Stuart Archer (Ful-On Tri) 1:12:52 Rebecca Adams (Optima RT) 1:17:48

The accompanying duathlon event was won by Nick Shasha (Torq) and Susan Miles (Hillingdon Triathletes). Full results HERE.

Top Barn Lake held two events, the Worcester Spring Sprint and Spring Double Sprint triathlons. Results, courtesy of StuWeb are available for the double HERE and sprint HERE.

Double Sprint
Pos Men Women
1st Adam Thomson (Primera Bournemouth) 2:30:52 Kim Shaw (Team Cherwell) 3:05:49
2nd Phillip Jenkins (Team Milton Keynes) 2:37:38 Louise Baker (Ludlow Tri Club) 3:06:11
3rd Johnny Stevens (Worcester Tri Club) 2:40:36 Jane Wood (Team Tri Glos) 3:09:10
Pos Men Women
1st Gary Hughes (Team Tri Glos) 1:14:11 Victoria Wilkinson (Climb On Bike RT) 1:22:36
2nd Daz Carter (Team Outrageous) 1:17:12 Celia Miall (West Country Triathletes) 1:24:36
3rd Andrew Shipton (Stroud AC) 1:19:09 Ceris Styler (Worcester Tri) 1:25:01

There were also two races at Grendon Lakes with the Northampton Standard and Northampton Sprint. Results, again courtesy of StuWeb are available for the Standard HERE and the Sprint HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Steve Harrison (FVS Tri) 1:52:58 Kelly Crickmore (Chester Tri) 2:14:53
2nd Rich Hunt (Army Tri Assoc) 1:55:48 Samantha Wilson (Army Tri Assoc) 2:19:19
3rd Darren Treadaway (Shorter Rochford Exclusive Ranges) 1:57:14 Lisa Clash (Army Tri Assoc) 2:20:42
Pos Men Women
1st Andy Tarry (Ceepo TFN) 1:07:56 Claire Fisher (Army Tri Assoc) 1:29:54
2nd Preston Eckloff (BRATS) 1:18:13 Lissette Bonin-Casey 1:30:06
3rd Samuel Parker (4Life) 1:20:55 Kate Armstrong (PACTRAC) 1:32:49

The two races (Novice and Sprint) at the Terrapin Triathlon were joined by a third, in the form of an AWAD event. Full results for all races are available on the site for the Sprint, Novice and AWAD events.

Pos Men Women
1st Ashley Hurdman (MVH Tri) 1:02:27 Lois Rosindale (Team ActivInstinct) 1:10:26
2nd Carl Shaw (Charnwood Tri) 1:03:18 Lizzie Hill (Derby Tri) 1:17:08
3rd Ian Smith (Ceepo TFN) 1:03:30 Catherine Robertson (Leicester Tri) 1:21:28
Pos Men Women
1st Kieran Bailey (Leicester Tri) 1:02:52 Tina McDonagh 1:17:24
2nd Jonathan Burrage 1:04:13 Karen Bell 1:20:18
3rd James Cox (Leicester Tri) 1:07:37 Nicola Tunstall 1:21:00
1st Maggie Bowes (Coventry Tri) 2:23:34
2nd Christine Spray 3:00:38

Keeping with the theme of 'two events', the Summer Sizzler Triathlon offered both adults (results HERE) and tristar/youth (results HERE) events. Marcus Doss and Clare Fudge were the adult overall winners.

Royal Air Force Careers and Triathlon - Warrant Officer Bev Childs

In conjunction with Royal Air Force Careers ( and Royal Air Force Triathlon ( we have a new series of profiles 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 Warrant Officer Bev Childs, and her experiences as an Information Communications Technology Technician.

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Lanson Running Shoe Focus

Check out our new Shoe Focus feature in association with Lanson Running ( The latest shoe to be featured is the Mizuno Wave Rider 12, and can be found HERE.

Open water swimming at Heron Lake

If you are new to triathlon you will really benefit from spending some time in open water to help you with technique and confidence.

Heron Lake is one of the biggest open water swimming venues in England. Located just 100 metres off the M25 at junction 13, not only does it have beautiful surroundings, plus safe and clean water but there is also a clubhouse with showers, changing facilities, food and hot drinks available. There is ample parking available for over 150 cars.

Click on this link to see more or go to

The FRF Mazda Gower Duathlon and the Prostate UK Gower Sprint Duathlon

The Gower Duathlons on 18th July will be held on the stunning Gower Peninsula and as well as one of the most spectacular bike and run courses an athlete will ever complete, there'll be all the race extras such as a pre-event pasta party, an event campsite and a post-event BBQ.

To find out more about this 'gold star treatment' for duathletes, check out this article for more information.

RNID would like your help at the London Triathlon: 1st and 2nd August 2009

Take in some of the most famous sites of the capital by swimming, biking and running across London. Not only will this be a great personal achievement, but you'll be making a difference to the lives of deaf and hard of hearing people across the UK.

Whether you choose to do it all by yourself, or in a team of three doing a leg each, it will be an incredible experience.

To pre-register: fill in their online enquiry form, email them at or call 0845 634 0687

Have a place already? Even if you get your own place in the race through the ballot, we still need your support! We require no minimum sponsorship, but just ask you to raise as much as you can. Contact us to join our team and benefit from our fantastic support package

Xterra wetsuit offer - LAST CHANCE!

If you are looking for a new wetsuit why not take advantage of this special 50% off promotion from XTERRA WETSUITS. They are offering a huge discount on their suits to UK customers and are even including free shipping until the end of June 2009. Click this link to find out more and get a bargain.

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