Tri247 Newsletter


6th Jul 2009Issue 119

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Our weekend preview this past week highlighted the success of the 2009 season so far, for the draft-legal ITU element of the sport. There is little doubt that the great racing witnessed in the Dextro Energy Triathlon - World Championship Series to date has taken the bulk of the press, and somewhat put the middle and long course athletes back into the shade. To some extent, as an Olympic discipline that may always be the case. However, this past weekend, Ironman put on a pretty spectacular show of it's own to come fighting back!

Ironman Austria and Ironman Frankfurt are two of the most popular events with British athletes, and if you followed either on Sunday via the Ironman Live coverage, you'll have witnessed some exceptional racing. Chris McCormack, a former ITU World Champion himself of course, said of his day in Frankfurt "these European races are so bloody fast it is incredible." There is life beyond 1.5/40/10...

One British athlete who has certainly found her home since leaving the short course ranks is Bella Bayliss. We doubt that there is a more determined and harder working athlete in triathlon than Bella, and she secured another win, another personal best and improved the British Ironman / iron-distance record - which she already held - in the process. Even our statistical powers have, temporarily, lost count of just how many Ironman wins that is now for the might Scot. Being a successful, British, female Ironman athlete is a pretty tough job when you have the long shadow of double Ironman World Champion Chrissie Wellington taking the bulk of the plaudits. Yet, while Chrissie in undeniably sensational, Bella, as we've mentioned before is also an incredible role model for what complete dedication and hard work can achieve if you keep doing the work, month after month, year after year...

All of which leads us nicely on to the week ahead - and back to Chrissie Wellington! This coming Sunday is the 'other' German iron-distance classic, Quelle Challenge Roth. You may recall that your editor predicted Chrissie's participation in this event last September, and another day of exceptional racing should be guaranteed. Will Chrissie still have 'only' the third best iron-distance time recorded by a British female athlete this time next week...?! Oh, and look out for yet another of those hard-working, determined Scot's who are making their debut at the distance too...who we think could do rather well.

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Weekend action

Some fantastic racing across a busy weekend, so to put some structure to it, we've separated our review by international and domestic action, and then split the domestic racing by day... enjoy.

International Roundup

ETU European Triathlon Championships - Holten, Netherlands

The European's kicked of for the Brits on Saturday, with the Age Group and Para-Triathlon events. The Brits fielded a team of over 250 athletes, and once again, came home with vast haul of medals. The provisional medal tally indicates five gold, nine silver and eight bronze medals, with the full listing below.

These were added to in the Para Triathlon Championships by a further three gold, two silver and three bronze, for a combined total of eight gold, eleven silver and eleven bronze - thirty medals in total.

The race, like those at Dorney Lake this weekend, was non-wetsuit. Tri247 columnist James Cracknell finished an excellent eighth in AG35-39.

We'll update full results to the database once available. In the interim, provisional results can be found on the race website.

Ladies Gold Silver Bronze
20-24 Kate Everley   Nicola Threlfall
25-29     Rebecca Adams
30-34     Karen Axelsdottir
35-39 Shona Girdwood   Nicola King
40-44     Vicki Wade
50-54   Alison Shepherd Beverley Childs
55-59   Roz Layton Christine Glew
65-69 Hilary Stevenson    
Men Gold Silver Bronze
18-19   Daniel Bailey  


  Roger Witz Barnes  
30-34   Chris Standidge  
35-39   Chris Stuart Alan Copland
45-49   Stuart Robinson  
55-59 Barry Jameson    
65-69   Bill Shackcloth  
75-79 Peter Howard Arnott Kidd  
Sub Total
Ladies Gold Silver Bronze
TRI 4 Clare Cunningham    
TRI 6   Sara Butler  
MEN Gold Silver Bronze
TRI 1 David Cooke James Goddard  
TRI 3     James Smith
TRI 4     Tom Perkins
TRI 6 Chris Goodwin   Haseeb Ahmed
Sub Total

On Sunday, attention moved to the elite races - junior and senior - where we secured a Gold, Silver and Bronze from Jonny Brownlee, Alistair Brownlee and Vicky Graves respectively. Hollie Avil was top GB finisher in the ladies race in sixth.

Jonathan Brownlee showed the kind of scintillating running big brother Al has been showing this season to run away from the rest of the field at T2 and become ETU European Junior Triathlon Champion, improving on his bronze from last year.

Tom Bishop finished a fine fifth (53:50), with Josh Daniels 18th (54:18).

The was also a bronze medal for Vicky Graves too. She will be able to add this to the gold she won at the European Junior Duathlon Championships earlier this year. French athlete Emmie Charayron defended the title she won last year in Portugal.

The current World Junior Duathlon Champion, Sophie Coleman finished fifth (1:00:02) after tearing through the field on the run.

Pos Men Ladies
1st Jonathan Brownlee (GBR) 53:08 Emmie Charayron (FRA) 59:10
2nd Mario Mola (ESP) 53:27 Rachel Klamer (NED) 59:40
3rd Anton Kozlov (RUS) 53:40 Vicky Graves (GBR) 59:47

Check out pictures of Jonathan and Vicky HERE.

Britain's in-form Alistair Brownlee produced another great performance in Holten, at the ETU European Triathlon Championships on Sunday, however he had to give best this time to Javier Gomez (ESP), who despite racing last weekend in Washington DC, overcame the travel and effort to continue his return to full fitness and take the European title.

Aaron Harris was 36th (1:50:09), while Phillip Graves was a DNF after doing much of the work on the bike in support of Alistair Brownlee.

Pos Men Ladies
1st Javier Gomez (ESP) 1:44:14 Nicola Spirig (SUI) 1:55:42
2nd Alistair Brownlee (GBR) 1:44:41 Elizabeth May (LUX) 1:56:11
3rd Alexander Brukhanov (RUS) 1:44:49 Vanessa Fernandes (POR) 1:56:32

Ironman Austria

Pre-race favourite, Marino Vanhoenacker (BEL) delivered on expectations and won his fourth consecutive Ironman Austria, to add to Ironman South Africa earlier this year with another very complete performance.

As in Port Elizabeth, his swimming, which he put so much effort into during the winter set up his race, as he was able to exit with the leaders including Stephen Bayliss, and amazingly, first lady Lucy Zelenkova. Compare that to 2008, when he was over 2:30 back at T1.

From there, he powered straight the front with his rocket biking (4:20:13 split), building a substantial lead. Björn Andersson did close a little in the late stages of the ride, but he then faded just as quickly once the marathon began. A solid marathon (2:50:14) brought Marino home a comfortable winner, just missing the eight hour mark with an 8:01:38 clocking.

South African athlete James Cunnama from teamTBB took secured his best ever international result with second place and a big PB, while Britain's Stephen Bayliss slipped one place versus 2008 to complete the podium slots.

But while Stephen dropped down one place... wife Bella Bayliss took the one remaining step up the podium and took the win for yet another Ironman victory! Further, her time of 8:50:13 is a personal best time, a British record for the Ironman distance and the second fast time ever in an official M-Dot event. All secured with a fantastic 3:00:20 closing marathon.

While Chrissie Wellington won't be able to attack the M-Dot record next week in Roth, we suspect this will provide a new challenge, as the two fastest female British iron distance times now belong to Bella, and not double World Champion Chrissie...

Check out Henry Budgett's race report (and more) from on-site in Klagenfurt HERE, and see the great finishing picture of Bella HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Marino Vanhoenacker (BEL) 8:01:38

Bella Bayliss (GBR) 8:50:13

2nd James Cunnama (RSA) 8:14:18 Sonja Tajsich (GER) 8:59:45
3rd Stephen Bayliss (USA) 8:17:06 Lucie Zelenkova (CZE) 9:07:24

There were age group podiums for Holly Tomlinson (third, F30-34), Michelle Parsons (winner, F40-44), Jill McGee (second, F45-49), Lynne Griffiths (third, F50-54), Nick Kinsey (winner, M50-54), Adam Boulton (third, M50-54) and Paul Ostler (third, M60-64). Do let us know if we missed any.

Regular Tri247 contributor Rich Brady finished in 9:15:37, while columnist Will Newbery will, we think, be pretty pleased with 9:41:44 in his first Ironman.

Frankfurter Sparkasse Ironman European Championships

We have a full report available on some amazing racing in Frankfurt, where after some epic battles, home athletes Timo Bracht and Sandra Wallenhorst walked away with the titles.

Pos Men Women
1st Timo Bracht (GER) 7:59:15 Sandra Wallenhorst (GER) 8:58:08
2nd Eneko Llanos (ESP) 8:00:21 Yvonne van Vlerken (NED) 9:02:18
3rd Chris McCormack (AUS) 8:03:50 Nicole Leder (GER) 9:05:16

A quick review of the age group results suggest GB podiums for Edwina Carter (second, F30-34) and Keith Walker (third, M60-64).

Domestic Racing


The third day of a busy, wetsuit-free weekend at Dorney Lake was the Steelman standard distance event (plus relays). 600 plus athletes for the individual, with another 40 or so relay teams brings the three day reported total of entrants of over 4300 to the Eton venue. Thomas Sturdy and Becky Clove were the fastest on the day. Full results available for the individual event HERE and the relay event HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Thomas Sturdy 2:03:09 Becky Glove 2:18:54
2nd Dale Grassby 2:05:10 Sonja Kakirschke 2:29:50
3rd David O'Toole 2:06:24

Emily Low 2:31:43

Tri-Anglia ( hosted a Sprint and a Standard distance race at the Norwich Triathlons. Provisional results are available on the Race Timing Systems website: Standard and Sprint.

Pos Men Women
1st Oliver Milk (Tri-Anglia) 1:59:05 Juliet Vickery (Cambridge Tri Club) 2:11:23
2nd Roy Young (Born 2 Tri) 2:01:02 Melissa Dowell (Born 2 Tri) 2:19:02
3rd David Bettinson 2:03:06 Lucy Bowditch (Ipswich Tri) 2:23:47
Pos Men Women
1st Alfred Chapman (Tri-Anglia) 1:08:43 Claie Martin 1:20:31
2nd Julian Tomkinson (Tri-Anglia) 1:13:34 Ruth Pogonowski (Tri Sport Epping) 1:22:18
3rd Richard Smith (Rock Estate) 1:13:42 Suzanne Orr 1:23:00

The Bournemouth International has been a staple on the calendar for many years now, and once again a quality field was attracted to race. Full results are available HERE for the standard distance, and HERE for the sprint. Yet more silverware for James Gilfillan and Tracey Cook!

Pos Men Women
1st James Gilfillan (Primera Bournemouth) 1:54:47 Tracey Cook (Tri UK) 2:13:02
2nd Colin Dixon 1:58:18 Karen Hathway 2:22:55
3rd Alistair Johnston (Ceepo TFN RT) 2:01:08 Lizzie Hetson 2:24:54
Pos Men Women
1st Stephen Barratt (Team Durham Primera) 1:05:21 Holly Lawrence (Swansea Uni) 1:09:12
2nd Huw Jenkins 1:08:51 Laura Pankhurst (Bath University) 1:18:40
3rd Ashley Howes (Larkfield AC) 1:09:12 Carole Smith (BRAT Club) 1:19:10

The Hawick Triathlon offered Sprint (results HERE) and Novice (results HERE) options. Allister Short and Lucy Ross were the Sprint winners.

The Crewkerne Short Course Triathlon attracted around 150 athletes, and the leading finishers were Edward Hawkins and Naomi Speake. Full results HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Edward Hawkins 32:52 Naomi Speake 37:01
2nd Lee Pester 32:58 Helen Wainwright 38:21
3rd Russell Cowling 33:44

Julia Hector 40:39


Day two at Dorney Lake was the turn of the Timex WomenOnly races and the Children's Open Water Triathlon.

Following Jenson Button on Friday, celebs of the day included Linda Barker and Gabby Logan... Full results for all events can be found HERE.

Challenge Distance
Pos Name
1st Carolyn Hewett ( 1:39:04
2nd Susie Casebourne 1:40:00
3rd Helen Mussen (Serpentine RC) 1:40:09
Sprint Distance
Pos Name
1st Leigh Harvey 1:00:32
2nd Claire Scott 1:06:17
3rd Sharon Hill 1:06:54
Novice Distance
Pos Name
1st Jessica Mitchell 25:22
2nd Shelley Baker 26:48
3rd Nicola Bate 28:17
Challenge Relay
1st Team D3 1:43:45
2nd Team Latecomers 1:47:26
3rd Team JaxUnsworth 1:48:21

The results from the children's races can be found HERE. Sky Draper (Hillingdon Triathletes), repeated her performance at Blenheim, by beating all of the Youth girls (and all bar three of the boys...), despite still being in the Tristar 3 category, and not 14 until later this year.

The OWS Aquathlon was the first in with results, very soon after the race on Saturday. Full results HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Deon Coetzee 27:20 Carin Hume 31:43
2nd Sam Gardner 28:18 Carly Bland 33:20
3rd Matthew Gallop 28:39 Marni Foden 34:24

Like Dorney Lake, the Team Outrageous Saturday Morning Sprint triathlon was a non-wetsuit affair. The full results are available HERE, for a race won by Robert Baker and Julie Hicks.

The Afan Forest Cymmer Triathlon was of the off-road variety. We have the results available, courtesy of for the FULL, NOVICE and CHILDREN'S events.

Amongst all the sprint action, Saturday also saw the Cleveland Steelman Middle Distance event. Richard Hunt and Georgie Rutherford were decisive winners. Full results HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Richard Hunt (Kudu Bikes) 3:56:58 Georgie Rutherford 4:39:01
2nd Glynn Painter (Army Tri/Stowmarket Tri) 4:09:07 Donna Edmondson Booker (Leeds & Bradford) 4:57:11
3rd Nicky McGee (East Coast Tri) Jaci Swinbank (Ryton Tri Club) 5:08:42


There were a couple of events taking place on Friday, of vastly different proportions!

The King Sturge Property Triathlon at Dorney Lake attracted a huge field of well over 1000 for the sprint distance event, plus a certain Jenson Button (aka "Jason Britton" in this instance!). The first finishers were Andrew Mercer (HNG) and National Age Group Champion Jill Parker (Berwin Leighton Paisner). Full results available HERE.

At the other end of the size scale, a small field enjoyed the third Canford Evening Aquathlon in Wimbourne. James Farrant and Michelle Cartwright were the leading finishers. Full results HERE.

Royal Air Force Careers and Triathlon - Corporal Jase Walkley

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 Corporal Jase Walkley, and his experiences as a Weapons Technician.

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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

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