Tri247 Newsletter


24th Aug 2009Issue 126

Welcome to the newsletter

Well, we make no apologies in the Tri247 office for our admiration of The Club Relays which took place over the weekend at Holme Pierrepont, Nottingham. This year saw absolutely perfect weather, to go along with the frenetic and fun racing as clubs from all over the country, large and small, elite and novice descended on the venue (and the camp site), for perhaps the best weekend social of the triathlon year. As a few people have said, "it's almost a shame there's a race in the way of the party!"

Sold out once again, we saw Olympians, World Champions and international race winners lining up alongside nervous novices, juniors, seniors and veterans battling out for position, even if that was just within their club. The club structure in the UK is really the backbone of the sport, it's where most newcomers to the sport end up and, hopefully, get their triathlon education, and join us in the triathlon family for many many years. On that basis, it was a very inspiring weekend seeing so many people, from so many places giving their all, in the name and colours of their club. The racing was fierce, but the atmosphere was one of fun and celebration. Long may it continue.

Right, what's the date for 2010 Iain...?!

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Weekend action

International Racing

As we previewed, there was plenty of quality racing around the globe in various formats this weekend.

Predictable, maybe - but probably a bit closer than we would have expected at the Timberman 70.3 which makes the prospect of a seriously competitive women's race in Kona just a little more tantalising... Which, of course, means that Chrissie Wellington is back in the groove after that little blip in Boulder where Julie Dibens snatched the win. Her 4:15:11 was enough to steal the show but Cat Morrison's 4:17:07 is close enough to make one wonder if Chrissie was either coasting or being seriously challenged for the second time in as many weeks. Chrissie blitzed the bike, but Cat gained back around four minutes on the run. The men's race was a walkover for Andy Potts who was over 7:30 clear of his nearest rival at the finish.

Pos Men Women
1 Andy Potts (USA) 3:51:19 Chrissie Wellington (GBR) 4:15:11
2 Alberto Casedei (ITA) 3:58:52 Catriona Morrison (GBR) 4:17:07
3 Massimo Cigana (ITA) 3:59:32 Magali Tisseyre (CAN) 4:23:54

Following London, the ITU World Championship Series visited Yokohama, Japan. With the distance in travel, and the Grand Final in the Gold Coast coming up in three weeks time, it looks as though a fair number of athletes decided to skip this event. Still, that didn't stop Lisa Norden (SWE) from finally getting a win, after three previous second places so far this year. Olympic Champion Jan Frodeno secured his first major win outside of that great day in Beijing. The full reports are online (men, women), as are the results (men, women). Gavin Noble (IRL) was 11th, which may (?) be his best World Cup/WCS finish to date. Liz Blatchford was fourth in the women's race, Jodie Swallow 20th.

Pos Men Women
1st Jan Frodeno (GER) 1:44:33 Lisa Norden (SWE) 1:55:55
2nd Kris Gemmell (NZL) 1:44:49 Andrea Hewitt (NZL) 1:56:00
3rd Javier Gomez (ESP) 1:44:51 Jure Ide (JPN) 1:56:03

In the Cobra Philippines 70.3 Terenzo Bozzone proved the stronger runner in the final loop to hold off Chris McCormack for the win while veteran campaigner Lisa Bentley proved better accustomed to the heat and ran through to take the ladies title.

Pete Jacobs was the early leader after the swim but by the half-way mark on the bike section Cameron Brown was in the lead of a group containing all the serious players; Macca, Bozzone, Jacobs and Marr but it was Macca who headed out of T2 with the smallest of leads. Only Bozzone could stay with him, literally shoulder to shoulder, as Marr, Jacobs and Brown faded in the heat. Cameron Brown took the third slot on the podium.

In the women's race it all looked to be going well for the younger girls with Gina Kehr and Bree Wee taking an early lead from the swim and Wee leading for most of the bike. However, by the start of the run Bentley was back in contention and proved that experience really does count as she pushed on through the field to take the win leaving the rest struggling in her wake.

There's a limited live feed on the race website HERE.

Pos Men Women
1 Terenzo Bozzone (NZL) 3:51:25 Lisa Bentley (CAN) 4:24:29
2 Chris McCormack (AUS) 3:52:18 Gina Kehr (AUS) 4:26:11
3 Cameron Brown (NZL) 3:52:31 Charlotte Paul (AUS) 4:31:26

With an impressive performance Joerie Vansteelant won in 3:27:16 over the new, longer distance 15.6k/82.4k/7.3k Powerman Austria. From the start the world champion and Powerman Austria record holder maintained his seven minute lead over second placed Anthony Le Duey from France while the third spot went to Andy Sutz from Switzerland.

Vansteelant: "I had good legs today. The new bike course is nice, but really hard. We will see next year what today's time is worth"

Britain's Michelle Parsons took third place in a women's race that was dominated by Sylvie Quittot.

Pos Men Women
1 Joerie Vansteelant (BEL) 3:27:16 Sylvie Quittot (FRA) 4:05:09
2 Anthony le Duey (FRA) 3:34:11 Victoria Beck (NZL) 4:15:10
3 Andy Sutz (SUI) 3:34:27 Michelle Parsons (GBR) 4:22:15

We don't have full details as yet, but in Ireland we believe that at Éireman, terrible weather conditions lead to the swim being cancelled, replaced by run (at least for the iron-distance), as athletes battled driving wind and rain. Provisionally, Hywel Davis (winner of Double Iron UK last year), and Elena Maslova were the winners. More news when we get it.

Domestic Action

Fastest results as always from Saturday were from the latest in the OWS Aquathlon Series from Liquid Leisure. Full results HERE, for an event won by Deon Coetzee and Carin Hume.

From fastest results, to biggest race of the weekend (which was also on Saturday), the National Club Relays enjoyed perfect weather and another festival atmosphere. The category winners are below, with a PDF link to the results available HERE.

Morning Races
Ladies Mixed
1st BRAT 1st Ceepo TFN
2nd BAD Tri 2nd Team MK
3rd West Country Tri 3rd Ful-On Tri
Ladies 40+ Ladies 50+
1st One Life Racing 1st Cambridge Tri
2nd Leicester Tri 2nd  
3rd BRAT 3rd  
Lady Junior Open
1st Optima RT 1st Tri London
2nd Team Viper 2nd Manchester Tri
3rd   3rd Tri London
Afternoon Races
Men Men 40+
1st Ceepo TFN 'A' 1st BRAT
2nd Cambridge Tri 2nd Team MK
3rd Ceepo TFN 'B' 3rd Army Tri
Men 50+ Men Junior
1st BRAT 1st Optima RT
2nd Rugby Tri 2nd Team Viper
3rd Hillingdon 3rd BRAT
1st BRAT
2nd F4T
3rd Oxford Tri

The hangover cure for over 300 athletes is the Nottingham Triathlon on Sunday morning after Saturday's Relays, and once again it was Ceepo TFN on top courtesy of Nick Dunn. Louise Kelly (COLT) was the first lady. Full results HERE.

Pos Men Women
1 Nick Dunn (Ceepo TFN) 57:30 Louise Kelly (COLT) 1:09:01
2 Robert Bowles (Loughborough) 58:34 Jill Cliff (Deal Tri) 1:11:20
3 James Gibson (Loughborough) 1:00:09 Sophia Rees (Chester Tri) 1:13:44

Provisional results from the Southampton Fast Twitch are online HERE, where Philip Mosely and Corinne Clark took the honours.

Pos Men Women
1 Philip Mosely 1:08:38 Corinne Clark (Salisbury Tri Club) 1:20:36
2 Richard Pryor 1:09:26 Ros Viner 1:21:39
3 Tom Wilson 1:09:34 Persephone Hagan (Chichester Westgate Triathlon Club) 1:23:26

The Hayle Sprint Tri proved popular, with close to 200 entrants. Full results are available HERE.

Pos Men Women
1 Nathan Jolly 1:03:10 Ceris Styler 1:09:51
2 Neil Eddy 1:03:51 Maria Hindle 1:15:28
3 Rich Brady 1:05:24 Charlotte Hurst 1:16:52

Simon Hill from Xtra Mile Events ( reports on the Buxton Triathlon. Full results HERE.

"The inaugural Buxton Triathlon, organised by Xtra Mile Events, was held at the beautiful Pavilion Gardens and was won by this year's sprint master, Martin Cain of Greater Manchester Fire Service/Team Surosa. Liz Batt won the women's race by over four minutes. Cain was second out of the pool but gained the lead in T1 and left the rest of the field as he extended his lead by over a minute over the stunning cycle through the Peak District that started with a run up the aptly named 'Long Hill' and was followed with a beautiful, if testing, ride through the Goyt Valley up to the Cat & Fiddle before a fast descent back into Buxton. Liz Batt cemented her lead on the cycle leg flying over the tough hills nearly six minutes quicker than the next woman. On the run leg, Martin Cain extended his lead and Liz Batt was just too far ahead to be caught. Batt finished the course in 1hr 19m 28s and Cain set a new course record of 1hr 3m and 11secs – this will take some beating in the future!

Triathlon is certainly growing with well over 50% of the field novices – David Ardern was the first novice man finishing 3rd overall and Sharlene Hollinshead was the first novice female and the 2nd placed woman.

Xtra Mile Events plan to make this stunning, picturesque event one of the key races in their sprint series in coming years."

Rodger Wilkins and Stephanie Robson were first across the line at the Clitheroe Sprint, full results for which are HERE.

We also have the results online for the Ipswich Junior Triathlon HERE.

Duathletes were also racing this weekend at the Gytes (Peebles) Duathlon in Scotland. Full results online HERE.

Pos Men Women
1 Ian Grant 1:04:52 Rhoda McPherson 1:21:47
2 David Moffatt 1:05:51 Elaine Davis 1:22:06
3 Ben Mitchell 1:09:44 Keira Murray 1:23:11

They were also in run-bike-run action in Newmarket, where Julien Lhomme and Libby Cameron were clear winners. Full results HERE.

Pos Men Women
1 Julien Lhomme 1:06:52 Libby Cameron 1:33:26
2 Lee Calderon 1:08:12 Lynn Emmett 1:36:43
3 Karl Free 1:09:57 Nicki Davis 1:38:17

Raw Energy Pursuits ( hosted the impressively titled International Birdman Swim, as part of the Worthing Birdman Festival. The results from the 2km event are HERE, and the 1km event HERE.

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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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London Duathlon entries closing soon

The closing date to enter the Chelsea and Westminster Health Charity London Duathlon has been set for 31st August (in one week). To enter this stunning Duathlon (the largest in the world) and race on the closed roads of Richmond Park on 13th September 2009 – go to

To help prepare for the race, download our training program and get started today! CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD.

Mud and Mayhem!

The first Mud and Mayhem off road duathlon will be held on Sunday 11th October 2009 in Thetford Forest.

The race will be held over distances of 5km run, 20km mountain bike and 5km run. This first event is limited to just 100 entrants and is bound to prove popular, so do get your entries in early to secure your place. Online entries are open now, and are available HERE

Check out this article for more information on what promises to be a great event.

ORCA Triathlon - 30th August ***CLOSING 12 MIDNIGHT***

Classic and Sprint Distance options - taking place at Dorney Lake, Eton, Nr Windsor on Sunday 30th August.

For full details and entry information, check out

Entries will be closing 12midnight for this weekends event, if you want to get your entry secured - the weather is going to be hot!

Tri Trance - free training guide

To compliment Tri Trance Workout, Jonathan Hotchkiss has designed a 5-week training guide to fine tune your triathlon training leading up to an event.

A common issue amongst triathletes competing in their first few events is how to maximise their preparation so that they can fully excel on race day.

Over-trained or tapped out on the big day or finding the combination of disciplines a strain during a race? Jonathan gives you a proven 5-week schedule to have you fully prepped and focussed for the race. Works best whilst listening to Tri Trance Workout!

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