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8th May 2007Issue 8

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The busiest weekend of the year so far with over 30 domestic and international races and some outstanding preformances. International podium places went to Leanda Cave and Julie Dibens with wins, Stephen Bayliss, Michelle Dillon and Catriona Morrison with seconds and Gavin Smith with a third.

For the next two weeks the newsletter is going to be a little patchy as the team are travelling to Lanzarote for the Ironman and we can't guarantee to be able to deliver a completely normal service -- although we will try!

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Weekend action

The weekend kicked off in style with the Volcano Triathlon in Lanzarote. The race is often seen as a warm-up for the Pros, both in terms of the Lanzarote Ironman in two weeks time but also as a test of how their winter preparations have gone. We guess Gavin Smith is "made up" - given that his third place meant sharing the podium with Luc Van Lierde and Natascha Badmann... (Full results here)

Pos Men Women
1 Francisco Pontano Roldan (ARG) 02:01:29 Natascha Badmann (SUI) 02:15:40
2 Luc Van Lierde (BEL) 02:03:50 Sione Jongstra (NED) 02:20:01
3 Gavin Smith (GBR) 02:06:25 Tiina Boman (FIN) 02:21:30

Out at the BG World Cup in Lisbon it was always going to be a case of who dared to beat Vanessa Fernandez on home soil and, with Erin Densham (AUS) a last-minute DNS, it was eventually Michelle Dillion who gave it her best shot -- although with a 1:25 deficit after the swim it wasn't clear that she was even in the running. Jodie Swallow signalled her return to World Cup racing by exiting the water in the first group and even kept with the pace on the bike but eventually dropped out on the run. Andrea Whitcombe got mixed up in a crash on lap 7 of the bike and fought back to finish 13th but Dillon dragged herself back into contention on the bike and then hung grimly on to second place while watching Fernandes move ahead each lap.

With plenty of big hitters in the mens field and a technical, but essentially flat, bike and run it was clear that this would be a tactical race with the honours going to the strongest run off the bike. The course, which we believe may be the same as will be used for the Europeans next year, has a very long run from the swim exit up and into the stadium which probably accounts for a significant percentage of the world's blue carpet production! The bike course runs through the stadium as well and the tight turns saw more tumbles in the mens race - somewhat reminiscent of the London Triathlon with all the changes from light to shade, outside to inside. In the final stages of the bike Olly Freeman and Stuart Hayes stole a 15 second march on the rest and Freeman hung onto that lead for nearly half the run. Hayes lost ground rapidly on the second lap, we later found out that he had tripped up and fallen over. At that stage the big guns decided enough was enough and Javier Gomez went away to take the win in 1:13:09 ahead of Filip Ospalay (CZE) and Brad Kahlefeldt (AUS). Freeman was 5th, with Stannard 18th, Clarke 24th and Hayes 28th. (Full results on the ITU website)

Pos Men Women
1 Javier Gomez (ESP) 1:52:41 Vanessa Fernandes (POR) 2:04:45
2 Filip Ospalay (CZE) 1:52:53 Michelle Dillon (GBR) 2:06:06
3 Brad Kahlefeldt (AUS) 1:52:58 Christiane Pilz (GER) 2:06:30

As well as the BG World Cup, Lisbon also hosted the Lisboa International, its annual middle distance race on the Saturday. Results were somewhat hard to get hold of but Fraser Cartmell kindly emailed in to say that he came 4th with Alun Woodward 8th and Nick Saunders 9th. Fiona Ford placed 6th in the ladies race. (Full results here)

Concept Sport's Fast Twitch series rolled into Dorchester and, once again, delivered the results before anybody else -- must be something about the air down in the SouthWest! No repeat of the drafting nonsense from the Tidworth race a couple of weeks ago and honours went to Peter Freedman (TFB) and Tracy Cook (North Dorset Tri). (Full results here)

Pos Men Women
1 Peter Freedman (Total Fitness Bath) 0:59:44 Tracy Cook (North Dorset Tri Club) 1:13:09
2 James Gilfillan (Primera Bournemouth) 1:00:31 Elizabeth Hutson 1:15:43
3 Harry Wiltshire (TFB/driventotri) 1:02:22 Christina Squire 1:17:04

At the Kendal Sprint Triathlon the weather definitely turned against them with wet and windy conditions on the hilly course. Tri Preston organised a club handicap wave within the event that had 16 of their members going in a "winner takes all" race that saw Raasay Waters win, marginally ahead of a fast approaching Duncan Anderson. The handicap was very close as all the Preston athletes finished within 5 minutes of each other. (Full results here)

The Kudu Bikes club has two more events this year for those who like a bit of a challenge: the Tan Hill Duathlon on the 9th June ( and the Wensleydale Triathlon (, reputedly the toughest triathlon in the UK, on the 12th August.

And, talking of challenges, Kendal's organisers, Mark and Richard Walsh, are taking on the Lakes Long Distance Swim Challenge which is a 50-mile non-stop test of their fitness and a 2XU wetsuit! Starting at 3am on August 4th and, hopefully, finishing sometime around lunchtime on the 5th they are using the challenge to raise funds to buy a tandem for Guide Dogs for the Blind which they hope to use at the end of August on their Tour Route with a blind co pilot. This bike will then be used for mountain bike events and for school visits to help get blind people out on the road. 2XU have donated a wetsuit that will be auctioned after the event and they are setting up a JustGiving account for donations.

Pos Men Women
1 Paul Hawkins 1:02:37 Kate Turnet 1:24:11
2 Duncan Anderson 1:08:20 Judith Irving 1:24:33
3 Stuart Robinson 1:09:42 Raasay Waters 1:24:38

At the Hillingdon Duathlon 45 adults, and almost 90 Tristar/Youth athletes enjoyed excellent conditions. The Junior events also represented the first race of the London Region Series for 2007, which leads to qualification for the Inter-Regional Champs (IRC) for the lucky ones. The adults kicked off the morning, with a very high-class field in the mens event. Former World's Age Group medallist Mike Jubb, and current European Bronze medallist Jez Cox lead the way on the first run along with Mike Bridge. Not far behind was bike demon Dan Corner (fastest bike split at the National Duathlon Champs last weekend). He's also pretty swift in transition - on the entry to transition he was 4th, but using platform pedals, as fast as you could say "Scott Plasma" he was gone, out onto the bike first and away. Jez cycled very strongly to lose less than a minute on the bike, and that was how it finished - Corner / Cox / Jubb.

Hillingdon athlete Melissa Arkinstall was a clear leader for the ladies - until a puncture put her out, leaving Suzanne Honey first in a small ladies field. (Full results here)

Pos Men Women
1 Dan Corner 0:44:10 Suzanne Honey 1:09:52
2 Jez Cox 0:45:23 Francis Pressner 1:10:57
3 Mike Jubb 0:46:00  

Onto the main event at Hillingdon - the kids! They start them young, with 12 entries for the Tristar 'start' division - 8 & under. Tristar 1 (9-10 ) saw triathlon's equivalent of a photo-finish, with officials unable to split James Babbington & Johnnie Pitts. Julia Hartweg was a comfortable winner for the girls. In Tristar 2 (11-12) saw the Rata family pick up the first of two wins - Emma Rata almost doing enough to win overall, only edged out by Lewis Hawkins by 4 seconds. Tristar 3 (13-14), and Scott Rata was just as convincing as his sister - a minute and a half clear of Sam Capp. The girls event was interesting - Sky Draper, a regular winner of our events, was given approval to race up an Age Group, to provide her with a tougher challenge. She coped well too, taking second place against athletes two years her senior, though she was beaten by a very strong Jessy Millican (who also beat her brother in the same race...). Deyan Knespl & Olivia Bryant took the Youth (15-16) wins. (Full results here)

The Orkney Mini Triathlon was disrupted by 50mph winds and the event was run as an aquathlon instead. Overall victory went to Kirsty Murray. (Full results here)

Glasgow Triathlon Club, who will be putting on the National Sprint Championships at Strathclyde in a few weeks time, ran their Erskine Sprint and Novice races: (Full results here)

Pos Men Women
1 Andy Reardon (Tri Changing Gear) 1:04:06 Kerry Lang (Glasgow Triathlon Club) 1:06:27
2 Stuart Reid (Glasgow Triathlon Club) 1:04:20 Samantha Wilson 1:13:38
3 Gregor Grant (Team XS) 1:05:57 Sian Tovey (Glasgow Triathlon Club) 1:13:47

In the Novice race: (Full results here)

Pos Men Women
1 Christopher Jones 00:45:33 Katie Padgam 00:50:29
2 William Hadden 00:46:15 Charlie Bamber 00:50:41
3 Conon McErlean 00:49:39 Lindsay Pope 00:52:38

Out at the inaugural Triathlon One-O-One in Bradenton, Florida the newly created Nice-style distance series got off to a slightly delayed start. Indeed, until very recently, it looked like the whole series might have been a bit 'delayed' by organisational issues -- one of which was to prove more than an issue on the day... The three-lap swim was taken on by local specialist Ashley Carusone with Leanda Cave tucked right in on her feet throughout and while Leanda went on to win the race in some style Ashley found herself the victim of a course where cars and bikes were sharing the road -- the result being a broken jaw... US pro David Thompson took on the field of experienced long course athletes and first rode and then ran the likes of Jonas Colting and Marino Vanhoenacker into the ground. Stephen Bayliss, who had been hanging in and around the top 5 on the bike, siezed the opportunity and ran through to second place while Nathan Kortuem filled out the podium for third.

Meanwhile, in the womens race, Leanda serenely motored round the bike and the run at a reported 150-155bpm (she maxes at around 180) leaving pretty much everone including Nina Kraft floundering in her wake. If the BTF doesn't want to support long course athletes then, it appears, they will just have to go out there and support themselves (and more on this later!!). Hillary Biscay completed the womens podium but British interest was still focussed on the struggling figure of Bella Comerford. Bella has had problems at several races recently and despite training out in Thailand it looks as though the heat got her again today as she eventually made it to the line in 5th place and promptly collapsed in a heap before being carted off for medical attention -- although she's obviously OK now as she updated her website a couple of hours later.

For those looking for some quality commentary on the event, read the Slowtwitch pages.

Pos Men Women
1 David Thompson 5:45:40 Leanda Cave 6:23:35
2 Stephen Bayliss 5:54:40 Nina Kraft 6:31:40
3 Nathan Kortuem 5:56:59 Hillary Biscay 6:38:35

The legendary St Croix International is now part of the Ironman 70.3 circuit and another GB elite athlete who seems to have tired of the World Cup circuit asserted her current run of good form and blew away the opposition. Julie Dibens won in 4:29:11 ahead of Catriona Morrison (who obviously used the National Duathlon's hills to good effect) with Sam McGlone in third. Abigail Bailey just missed out with 4th but had the satisfaction of beating Desiree Ficker, last year's Hawaii sensation. (Full results here)

Pos Men Women
1 Craig Alexander (AUS) 4:04:52 Julie Dibens (GBR) 4:29:11
2 Richie Cunningham (AUS) 4:08:56 Catriona Morrison (GBR) 4:33:09
3 Chris MacCormack (AUS) 4:09:51 Samantha McGlone (CAN) 4:39:52

At the Hawick Sprint, part of the Borders Sports and Leisure Trust series, David Moffatt and Lauren Greenshields took the honours. (Full results here)

One Step Beyond's Sprint Series kicked off at the Southwell Sprint and local club Total Fitness Nottingham were obviously intent on cleaning up the trophies! (Full results here)

Pos Men Women
1 Nick Dunn (TFN/2XU) 0:49:28 Louise Collins (TFN) 0:56:32
2 Mark Redwood (TFN/2XU) 0:49:48 Verity Butler (TFN) 0:58:38
3 Mark Couldwell (TFN/2XU) 0:49:48 Martine Verweij (MI Racing) 0:59:46

The duathlon season is still hanging on up in the North East, Durham City's Hamsterley Forest Sprint Duathlon saw victories for Gary Grounds (Cleveland Bike Tracks) and Kristina Slater. (Full results here)

The Bedford Sprint Triathlon saw victories for Stephen Harrison (FVS Tri) and Rachel Hobbs. (Full results here)

At the Thames Turbo Hampton Pool race Dan Corner (Arctic Shorter) used his warmup at the Hillingdon Duathlon to good effect, putting nearly 4 minutes into his nearest opponent, Dan Harrison. Sophie Whitworth (Planet X) continued her run of form with a win for the ladies. (Full results here)

Overseas visitors appear to have dominated the Vale of Neath Triathlon with Eanna McGrath (Wicklow) and Lisa Norden (Kristianstads Triathlonklubb) taking the honours. Lisa finished second overall and over 8 minutes clear of her nearest rival. (Full results here)

Another perennial Bank Holiday favourite is the Tonbridge Lions Triathlon and winners here were Simon McLaughlin and Kerry McGawley. (Full results here)

Out at the Hart Leisure Triathlon, yet another permanent fixture on the May Bank Holiday Monday, Alexander Lewis (Team Lewis) and Jo Haley (TVT) took the wins. (Full results here)

A mass disqualification of the leading group of men at the BUSA triathlon (all hotshots from Loughborough...) saw guest athlete Mark Threlfall take the win with the first University place going to James Third of Cambridge. The winning females was Abbie Thorrington from the University of Essex. (Full results here)

Having a triathlon based at a motor racing circuit brings back memories of the World Championships at Montreal in 1999 - but we aren't sure that many of those racing at the DB Max Mallory Park races would have spotted that connection. Results are here for the rowathlon, the EAS 5k and the triathlon).

The Essex Police organised the Basildon Off-Road Triathlon with both an open races and a Police event as well. Tim Butt and Christine Mowle took the trophies. (Full results here)


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