Tri247 Newsletter


20th Jul 2009Issue 121

Welcome to the newsletter

It can't have escaped the notice of regular readers that your Editor does like a statistic or two, plus the odd prediction, and recent weeks have been something of a joy in the triathlon world on that front. World records, sprint finishes, multiple race wins - the first half of the season has been pretty exciting.

Last weekend's headline news revolved around the current queen of long distance triathlon - and possibly the biggest name in the sport - Chrissie Wellington, and her new Ironman-distance world best clocking of 8:31:59 at Quelle Challenge Roth. I was able to catch up with Chrissie shortly after her record breaking win last week, and seventh consecutive victory at the distance, and find out why she feels she can improve further, her experiences at Roth, her views on the profile of long distance racing, and whether or not she is aiming for London 2012... it's a great read about an awesome athlete: check out The Chrissie Wellington interview.

And with yet another flurry of sub-9 hour clockings by the ladies in Roth (and Klagenfurt, and Frankfurt...), I couldn't hold off the statto in me any longer - and the need to research just how many times (and who, and where, and when, and how fast!) this had been done took over. The result off many sleepless nights can be found in the Sub-9 iron ladies: a history feature. Will there be more to add by the end of this year?

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Weekend action

The weekend kicked off on Friday with the second Surrey Summer Aquathlon, and we have full results available HERE, for an event won by Paul Smoothy and Meggie Johnson.

Pos Men Women
1st Paul Smoothy 25:10 Meggie Johnson 30:18
2nd Neil King 25:46 Caiti Taylor 30:45
3rd Jonathan Monk 29:19 Christina Victor 31:03

Saturday began with the Parc Bryn Bach Elite Triathlon, the fourth round of the British Triathlon Super Series and also the National Elite Sprint Distance Championship. We have a full report HERE, where Jodie Stimpson scored another domestic victory, and Aaron Harris converted his podium spots at Strathclyde and Blenheim into a win.

Pos Men Women
1st Aaron Harris 59:06 Jodie Stimpson 1:03:59
2nd Philip Wolfe 59:59 Rachel Klamer 1:05:59
3rd Marc Jenkins 1:00:03 Sophie Coleman 1:06:48

The biggest race of the weekend took place in Ireland, the triAthlone, which will host the European Triathlon Championships in 2010. For the elite it was an ITU European Cup event, and there was a home winner in Bryan Keane (who was third at Windsor), while ladies winner Felicity Sheedy-Ryan can claim Irish parents from Athlone. Full report HERE, and results HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Bryan Keane (IRL) 1:45:49 Felicity Sheedy-Ryan (AUS) 1:58:06
2nd Miguel Angel Fidalgo (ESP) 1:47:02 Aileen Morrison (IRL) 1:58:35
3rd Ramon Ejeda Medina (ESP) 1:47:03 Emmie Charayron (FRA) 2:00:15

Orgniser / timekeeper Will Whitmore reports from the Gower Duathlons: "thought we were going to have to cancel on Friday with closed flooded roads on the bike course. Lot of sweeping on Friday night and for those that turned up despite the weather, it turned out bright and sunny. Awesome standard with Dan McCarthy showing just how good he is. Jez Cox raced well to beat Lee Rankin too. Hopefully be huge next year!" We have the results for the FULL and SPRINT.

FRF Mazda Gower Duathlon
Pos Men Women
1st Dan McCarthy (TriSportUK) 1:39:57 Nicky Russell (BAD Tri / Fred Baker Cycles) 2:03:32
2nd Jez Cox (Bike & Run / Avia) 1:43:36 Claire Weldon 2:07:34
3rd Lee Rankin (DB Max) 1:44:16 Fiona Davies (Rhondda Tri Club) 2:19:40
Prostate UK Gower Sprint Duathlon
Pos Men Women
1st Phil Holland (Olney Multisport) 1:04:55 Lucy Morris 1:26:01
2nd Mike Tate (Multisport) 1:11:24 Sian Phillips (Swansea Harriers) 1:28:32
3rd Simon Beer 1:21:06  

The latest in the prolific Team Outrageous ( Leybourne Lake Sprint Triathlon events was held on Saturday morning, and we have the full results HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Chris Keily (7Oaks Tri Club) 51:37 Jane Wiley 1:01:00
2nd Huw Howell (7Oaks Tri Club) 54:22 Sally Mortleman (7Oaks Tri Club) 1:03:13
3rd Dave Willumsen (7Oaks Tri Club) 54:28 Velerie Place 1:04:55

First results in on Sunday were from the Wilkins Kennedy Grays Triathlon in Essex, which can be found HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Tim Butt (Swansea Uni) 56:42 Venita Dabhi (Tri Sport Epping) 1:08:10
2nd Martin Brooks (Tri Sport Epping) 57:02 Jacalyn Eyres (East Essex Tri) 1:08:44
3rd Stuart Dunn 57:58 Zean Shean (East Essex Tri) 1:09:25

Provisional results from the Bedford Triathlons can be found HERE, and the athletes on the podium would indicate some high quality racing for the men and ladies, with Dan Corner and Tamsin Lewis coming out the winners.

Pos Men Women
1st Dan Corner (Shorter Rochford/Exclusive Ranges) 1:54:32 Tamsin Lewis (Sigma Sport) 2:09:29
2nd Jonathan Hotchkiss 1:54:42 Eimear Mullan (Team MK) 2:11:55
3rd Paul Harnett 1:56:46 Tracy Cook (Tri UK) 2:12:17
Mini Tri
Pos Men Women
1st Kieron Lewis (Team MK) 40:51 Lauren Whitmore (Crystal Palace) 47:55
2nd Gavin Parsons ( 43:09 Yasmin Coleman (Bodyworks XTC) 49:58
3rd Steve Ward 43:52 Helen Juckes (Cambridge Tri Club) 51:04

The Boundary Breeze Triathlon held a Sprint and a Junior/SuperSprint event, and we have the results for both - Sprint and SuperSprint. The ever prolific Martin Cain (Surosa) picked up another North West region victory, while first lady was Nicola King (Tri Preston) who was a clear winner.

Pos Men Women
1st Martin Cain (Surosa) 1:01:47 Nicola King (Tri Preston) 1:12:28
2nd Paul Hawkins (Manchester Tri Club) 1:02:58 Julie Harrison (Ashurst Bike Club) 1:19:01
3rd Marc Laithwaite (Ashurst Bike Club) 1:04:38 Anna Burns (Mid Cheshire Tri Club) 1:21:01

The Hereford Triathlon also updated us with their results on Sunday evening, and they are available HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Nick Slim (Tewkesbury Tri Club) 48:16 Clare Scott (Hereford Tri Club) 56:28
2nd Steve King (Hereford Kayak Club) 48:49 Jane Wood (Team Tri Glos) 57:37
3rd Thomas Hughes (Leicester Tri Club) 49:51 Ros Viner 58:11

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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Check out our new Shoe Focus feature in association with Lanson Running ( The latest shoe to be featured is the Saucony ProGrid Omni 8 , and can be found HERE.

Maximise your Open Water Swimming now!

If you are new to the sport, or looking to make the best of your open water swimming in the second half of the season, then why not try these open water swim training courses with the vastly experienced coach, and former British Triathlon Champion, Rick Kiddle (

The sessions take place at Heron Lake, right next to junction 13 of the M25 (post code TW19 6HW). Check out this article for more details on Heron Lake.

Course Details

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All Courses starts promptly at: 06:45 and finish 08:00 approx. Price: £25 + VAT. For course information and to book online visit

1-2-1 coaching is also available with Rick and his staff. £45+vat per person. Wetsuit hire/ buy is available from the Lake.

If you require any further information then please email Rick at or call 07770391966

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Top 10 Article Of Last Week
  1. The Chrissie Wellington interview
  2. Bryn Bach headline results
  3. Wins for Harris and Stimpson in Parc Bryn Bach Elite Triathlon
  4. Sub-9 iron ladies: a history
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  7. Brownlee’s hat-trick sets him up for London in August
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