Tri247 Newsletter


10th Aug 2009Issue 124

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Well, less than a week to go now before the ITU World Championship Series arrives in London's Hyde Park, the venue for the 2012 Olympic Games triathlon event. Can Alistair Brownlee make it four straight wins?

We will be previewing the race every day this week, and our countdown has already started. The weekend also includes the National Junior and National Youth Championships, a Paratriathlon - the largest in Europe - and of course age group events, both sprint and standard distance. Entries are still available for the age group event HERE, and the sprint event is also a qualifier for the 2010 European Age Group Championships in Athlone, Ireland.

There were some interesting long distance results this past weekend. Double XTERRA World Champion Julie Dibens got the better of double Ironman World Champion Chrissie Wellington over half-iron distance at the 5430 Long Course in Boulder, while Emma Dews and Michelle Parsons secured a GB one-two at Powerman Vlaanderen in Belgium. In men's racing, Rasmus Henning from Denmark proved once again that he will be a serious contender in Kona this October, securing the European Long Distance Championship in Prague by over five minutes.

You might not be able to ride as fast as Rasmus, but you can ride a bike like Rasmus! Check out our fantastic competition, in association with Boardman Bikes ( to win their range-topping AiR/TT/1 time trial frameset worth well over £2000. Entry is simple, all you need to know is HERE. Don't delay though, entries close this Friday...

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Weekend action

International Racing

In her return to competition after breaking the iron-distance world record in Roth, Chrissie Wellington was beaten by fellow Brit Julie Dibens at the 5430 Long Course (half-iron) event in Boulder, Colorado. American Timothy O'Donnell, who won Ironman 70.3 St Croix earlier in the year was the mens winner - both Julie and Timothy setting new course records in the process. Full results HERE.

Julie did most of the damage on the bike - gaining four and a half minutes on Chrissie on two wheels. Chrissie was able to gain almost all of this back on the run, but with a one minute advantage for the swim too, Julie was able to bring home the victory.

Pos Men Women
1st Timothy O'Donnell (USA) 3:45:51 Julie Dibens (GBR) 4:10:58
2nd Tyler Butterfield (BDA) 3:51:44 Chrissie Wellington (GBR) 4:12:15
3rd Leon Griffin (AUS) 3:53:15 Brooke Davidson (USA) 4:24:00

Denmark's Rasmus Henning confirmed my pre race confidence in him, and also further enhanced his credibility as a serious contender for the Ironman World Championships in Kona later this year, by today adding the title of ETU European Long Distance Triathlon Champion to his impressive palmarès. Dirk Bockel (LUX) was second (and I tipped him to podium too...), with ex-pro cyclist Massimo Cigana (ITA) taking the bronze.

Rasmus of course was riding the Boardman AiR/TT/1 time trial frameset (, which you can win in our fantastic competition. Click the image below for more details, and to win a prize valued at well over £2,000.

Spain's Virginia Berasategui, ITU Long Distance Triathlon World Champion in 2003, took the ladies title.

Pos Men Women
1st Rasmus Henning (DEN) 5:32:54 Virginia Berasategui (ESP) 6:13:06
2nd Dirk Bockel (LUX) 5:38:39 Edith Niederfriniger (ITA) 6:21:25
3rd Massimo Cigana (ITA) 5:38:53 Charlotte Kolters (DEN) 6:24:34

Scott Neyedli was the only British elite finisher (16th), with Fraser Cartmell a DNF (no further news currently).

Plenty of medals for the GB team - below is our provisional list of medal winners. Joanna Carritt, as well as winning the 30-34 age group was also first overall age grouper - a feat she also managed last year in Frankfurt at the European Ironman Championships.

Diane Helen Lee F20-24
Joanna Carritt F30-34
Jill Hume F35-39
Melissa Dowell F40-44
Christopher Rhodes M25-29
Stuart Mcgowan M60-64
Jayne Parker F30-34
Kerry Anley F35-39
Ruth Bradbrook F40-44
Nathan Hugehes M18-19
Stephanie James F25-29
Helen Macvicker F40-44

Full results available HERE

The Tiszaujvaros ITU Triathlon World Cup was missing many of the top stars, who are preparing for next weekend's World Championship Series event in Hyde Park. We have the ITU race reports online HERE (women) and HERE (men), plus FULL RESULTS.

Pos Men Women
1st Dmitry Polyansky (RUS) 1:48:45 Kate McIlroy (NZL) 2:00:48
2nd Alexander Brukhankov (RUS) 1:48:54 Irina Abysova (RUS) 2:00:52
3rd Ivan Tutukin (RUS) 1:49:49 Felicity Sheedy-Ryan (AUS) 2:01:24

There was a British one-two at Powerman Vlaanderen in Geel, Belgium. Emma Dews, the double ITU World Age Group Champion last year took the win from Powerman regular Michelle Parsons. Full results HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Anthony Le Duey (FRA) 2:38:03 Emma Dews (GBR) 2:59:59
2nd Lino Barruncho (POR) 2:38:24 Michelle Parsons (GBR) 3:04:46
3rd Joerie Vansteelant (BEL) 2:39:05 Susanne Svendsen (DEN) 3:05:20

Domestic Action

The Swanage Classic was won in fine style by Dan Corner (Arctic Shorter Rochford) from James Gilfillan (Primera Bournemouth). Tracey Cook (Tri UK), was once again a dominant winner. Full results HERE.

In the Swanage Sprint, there was an equally impressive showing from junior Lucy Chittenden, who won the race overall. Ceris Styler - sister of James Gilfillan - also took a second place, again, overall, as both of the ladies beat the first male finishers. Full results HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Dan Corner (Arctic Shorter Rochford) 1:58:28 Tracey Cook (Tri UK) 2:10:23
2nd James Gilfillan (Primera Bournemouth) 2:00:40 Lisa Greenfield (BAD Tri) 2:19:32
3rd Nick Malynn (Ful-on Tri) 2:05:10 Bonnie Morgan ( 2:20:36
Pos Men Women
1st Jason Wright 1:24:25 Lucy Chittenden (East Street Cycles) 1:23:33
2nd Mike Trees (2XU Newton) 1:24:44 Ceris Styler (Worcester Tri Club) 1:23:47
3rd Giles Savage 1:25:52 Jane Fox (New Zealand) 1:30:25

There were another two races taking place in Kelso, Scotland, and we have the results online for the Sprint and the Novice event. Jack Ferguson and Lucy Ross took the Sprint wins.

The results for the Barton Marina Triathlon are available on the StuWeb site for the Sprint and the Standard. Some excellent racing across both races, with quality in depth at the sharp end.

Pos Men Women
1st Andy Tarry (Ceepo TFN RT) 1:57:16 Lou Collins (Ceepo TFN RT) 2:17:30
2nd James Radcliffe (Ceepo TFN RT) 1:58:58 Sophia Rees (Chester Tri) 2:25:25
3rd Alastair Johnson (Team Chase Race) 2:01:36 Rebecca Brand 2:25:39
Pos Men Women
1st Philip Wolfe (Mammoth Lifestyle Racing Team) 57:03 Adele Grassby (BRAT) 1:10:16
2nd Mike Cornes (Mammoth Lifestyle Racing Team) 57:03 Marianne Day 1:11:51
3rd Jeremie Clement (triathlon cote d'amour) 1:00:52 Chloe Barton (Absolute Tri Club) 1:10:16

The Wensleydale Cheese Triathlon may well have been the toughest on the schedule this weekend, and the wins went to George Muncey and Lucy Gossage. Full results HERE.

News from the Leeds Xpress Triathlon courtesy of Xtra Mile Events: "The male event was won by Rich Sumpter, from La Bicicletta team in Sheffield, in a time of 1:04:22 who had a nip and tuck race with Phil Ellison with the lead changing all the way through the race until Rich finally overtook Phil on the run and stayed ahead to win. The women’s race was won by Vicky Wade of Manchester Tri Club in a time of 1:13:22 who was competing just before heading off to the World Championships in Australia. Vicky was pushed hard by novice triathlete Pollyanne Veazey-French who lost out by 19 seconds – Pollyanne is a definite name to watch out for in the future!

This is a new event organised by Xtra Mile Events and got 226 entrants competing in the Leeds sunshine. The school’s facilities were second to none including their fantastic pool which helped deliver some very fast swim times. The deceptively difficult cycle really tested the competitors with some long undulating sections that seemed to “go on forever”. The run was a great cross country run around the school grounds. A great deal of the entrants were competing in their first year of triathlon and all had a very enjoyable day." Full results HERE.

Other results from the weekend we have online include the Aqua Sphere Long Swim from Bournemouth (HERE), the Team Outrageous Saturday Sprint (HERE) and the Surrey Summer Aquathlon Series (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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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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