The annual Lanzarote International Duathlon, organised by Club La Santa, took place on Saturday with the usual mix of pros, age groupers and people having a holiday and joining in for a bit of fun. Joerie Vansteelant won the 5k, 20k, 2.5k race in 00:59:06 (a couple of minutes off his 2007 winning time) with Emilio Montilla Fernandez (ESP) in second and Green Team member, Bob de Wolf (BEL) in third place. The women's race was won by Yvonne van Vlerken (NED) in 1:06:24 with a sprint finish between Mariska Kramer (NED) and Erika Csomor (HUN) being judged a dead heat for second and third places. Full results for the race are here and there are some images on the La Santa website: www.clublasanta.com
New Zealand's warm-up for Ironman New Zealand in Taupo is the Wanaka Challenge, an ironman-distance event that is twinned with the Quelle Challenge in Roth (and another Challenge race in France). Germany's Marc Pschebezin set a new course record in staging a dramatic come-from-behind win in 8:47:49. Pschebezin overhauled a more than seven-minute lead held by Australia's Chris McDonald with just 12km left to run to move to the front while the tenacious McDonald held on to finish second in 8:49:37, less than two minutes in arrears. Australia's Justin Granger, second here last year, took third in 8:54:08 with defending champion Luke Dragstra finishing fourth in 8:58:42. New Zealand's Keegan Williams, the top amateur at Ironman New Zealand last year, rounded out the top five in his professional debut with a 9:05:55 finish.
New Zealand's Gina Ferguson took the women's win after leading wire to wire in 9:33:46, another new course record. American Hillary Biscay, second here last year, took second again in 10:11:17 with Germany's Celia Kuch third in 10:32:39. Wanaka's own Merryn Greenwood, in her professional debut, took fourth in 10:36:21 with Canada's Marilyn McDonald fifth in 10:42:55. Biscay, something of a legend for racing long course on what seems like a monthly basis, entered the race still recovering from arm surgery she had at the end of 2007 - looks like she is going to start '08 like she finished '07! Full results are on the Challenge Wanaka website: www.challenge-wanaka.com
Ironman 70.3 Chile was won by Reinaldo Colucci (BRA) in 4:00:25, beating four-time champion Oscar Galindez (ARG) into second place with last year's runner-up,Santiago Ascencio (BRA), in third. Chris MacCormack retired after puncturing on the second lap of the bike. In the women's race the absence of pre-race favourite Lisa Bentley through injury meant that victory went to Heather Gollnick (USA) in 4:37:02 with Linsey Corbin (USA) in second and Tereza Marcel (CZE) in third place. A full set of individual results is here.
||Reinaldo Colucci (BRA) 4:00:25
||Heather Gollnick (USA) 4:37:02
||Oscar Galindez (ARG) 4:03:25
||Linsey Corbin (USA) 4:38:57
||Santiago Ascencio (BRA) 4:07:43
||Tereza Mancel (CZE) 4:42:27
At the Wendover Multi-Terrain 5-miler organised by Just Racing, the winners were Nigel Marley (Alchester RC) in 0:29:22 and Laura Butt (Chiltern Harriers) in 0:35:44. Full results are here.
Fun2Tri's Swim Run Race aquathlon series at Nantwich's Snowhill Pool had its fourth running on Sunday with the 750m/7.5k race being won by Paul Williams in 0:43:23 with Jacqui Slack coming in second as first female in 0:42:33. The two shorter races were won by Ryan Morris/Carolyn Dooley and Vic Bickerton/Linda Smith. Full results are here.
At the Tewkesbury Aquathlon series' opening race, the winners were Paul Horsfall in 0:19:18 with Caroline Jones (tricoachinguk) taking first lady and second overall in 0:19:50. Full results are here.