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15th Sep 2009Issue 129

Welcome to the newsletter

I was about to launch into a (perhaps predictable...), introduction about Alistair Brownlee, and his absolute brilliance this season - and well deserved that would have been. But, I thought I'd take a moment to recognise another sensational athlete, and his contribution to this season, and indeed the sport over the past three or four years.

In all the talk in some quarters of Alistair's 'unprecedented' performances this season, it's easy to forget that there IS actually a precedent - and his name is Javier Gomez. In 2008 Javier raced (and won) five ITU World Cup events, including the ITU World Champs in Vancouver, and ended the season on top of the World Cup rankings. Javier is also the only athlete to beat Alistair this season in major triathlon competition, when he took the ETU European Championship title in Holten, in another epic battle. Starting off the season behind on fitness after injury, Javier was still able to produce a series of superb performances - he may not have won a round of the World Championships Series, but his results could leave little doubt that for 2009, he is second only to Mr Brownlee. And when an athlete of his class describes Saturday's ITU World Championship Series Grand Final race as "I gave my best, one of my best races ever", and is beaten, then you know that Great Britain has a worthy World Champion.

For the sake of the sport, I truly hope that Alistair and Javier can stay fit and strong for the next few years - they have undoubtedly raised the performance bar this season, and it's up to others to see if they can match them. It seems clear to me that they have a healthy respect and rivalry for each other, and are certainly the motivation that pushes each other to the next level in training. We should be very proud that we are witnessing two genuine superstars showcasing our sport in this manner, and it was fitting that the season long 'top-2' should finish first and second in the final series event, after one of the most compelling runs we have ever witnessed. A great climax to what has been a very encouraging debut for the Dextro Energy Triathlon - World Championship Series. Let's hope 2010 brings more of the same.

In this issue:

Results

Weekend action

A very busy roundup this weekend, here are the highlights...

World Champs - Gold Coast, Australia

We're sure by now you will know that Alistair Brownlee won the Grand Final (and the World Championship Series), Helen Jenkins took bronze, Hollie Avil won Under-23 Champs (plus Jodie Stimpson silver), and Jonathan Brownlee also took silver in the World Juniors.

You can all of the details on the following links:

ELITE
MEN: Results, Report, Video Interview
LADIES: Results, Report 1, Report 2
UNDER 23: Results, Report
JUNIOR: Results, Report (boys), Report (girls).

AGE GROUP
STANDARD: Summary, Results
SPRINT: Summary, Results
AQUATHLON: Summary, Results

International Racing

Reigning Ironman World Champion Craig Alexander was finalising his Kona preparations at Subaru Ironman 70.3 Muskoka (Canada), and as expected he crossed the line first, once again using his blistering run speed to take the victory.

Pos Men Women
1st Craig Alexander (AUS) 3:58:02 Mirinda Carfrae (AUS) 4:24:48
2nd Richie Cunningham (AUS) 4:02:02 Rebeccah Wassner (USA) 4:29:34
3rd Paul Matthews (AUS) 4:03:52 Kelly Couch 4:36:29

The Ford Ironman Wisconsin was a chance to qualify over a year in advance for Kona 2010, and saw South African Raynard Tissink take another Ironman title.

Pos Men Women
1st Raynard Tissink (RSA) 8:45:19 Amy Marsh (USA) 9:43:59
2nd Christian Ritter (GER) 8:50:34 Irene Kinnegim (NED) 10:01:34
3rd Raimo Raudsepp (EST) 8:51:30 Hilary Biscay (USA) 10:02:58

Domestic Racing

Some great weather was witnessed across the country, and that included Dorney Lake, Eton, for the HSBC Triathlons. We have the provisional results for the Super Sprint, Sprint, Standard and Relay events.

The previous day, Dorney Lake hosted the blueseventy GreatBigSwim, where there were options to swim one mile (RESULTS), or 3km (RESULTS).

3km
Pos Men Women
1st David Stannard 39:26 Bridget Bewick 43:30
2nd Jonathan Beder 41:10 Katie Butcher 43:58
3rd Iain Gerrard 41:24 Charlotte Cox 46:25
1-mile
Pos Men Women
1st Kevin Mitchell 20:17 Teresa Dray 21:48
2nd Justin Fourie 20:43 Lauren Wye 21:54
3rd Kieran Wye 21:44 Hannah Kitchen 22:50

Stuart Steele (www.stuweb.co.uk) and his team of time-keepers were busy again this week, and have been able to provide us with results from the Bala Standard Triathlon (HERE), Southam Triathlon (HERE) and Halesowen Triathlon (HERE).

Bala, which has always been a favourite of the Tri247 team, attracted a field of over 700, a very impressive feat, given several hundred potential entrants were on the Gold Coast at the World Age Group Championships. It proved to be another successful day for Team Activinstinct (www.teamactivinstinct.com), as Dann Brook and Lois Rosindale both took the wins.

Pos Men Women
1st Dann Brook (Team Activinstinct) 1:51:37 Lois Rosindale (Team Activinstinct) 2:02:13
2nd James Ratcliffe (Ceepo TFN RT) 1:52:37 Rhian Roxburgh (Tri Central) 2:04:01
3rd Stephen Harrison (FVS Tri) 1:55:35 Loretta Sollars (BRAT Club) 2:06:10

Another time-keeper who always makes an impression is Will Whitmore (www.dbmax.co.uk), who seems to have a weekly challenge to either be first in with results, or to simply beat his fastest delivery time to date! Once again, he was very impressive with results from the VOTWO Newquay Classic (Results) and Sprint (Results).

Another standard distance race in the south was the Weymouth Classic, which this year was based as Bowleaze Cove. Chris Goodfellow was the winner, along with Tracey Cook (third overall), who must be one of the most prolific and successful age group athletes on the circuit. Full results HERE.

Antony Birt and Nicki Davis were the winners at the Dunmow Triathlon - thanks to Trevor Kingdon for supplying the RESULTS from that one.

The Ilkley Triathlon was voted race of the year in the 220 Awards earlier this year - will the 2009 edition be in the running again? Graham Pearce won the 2009 edition, along with Renee Saxton, and we have the full results for you HERE.

The Eastern Region saw some swift racing at the Waveney Valley Triathlon, where home athlete Mark Nowell (Tri-Anglia) and Paula Robinson (Chiltern) were the fastest on the day. Full results HERE.

We have a roundup report for the last OWS Aquathlon of the year on site, along with the results of race six, where a second place to Mike Trees from Deon Coetzee, was enough for him to finish as series champion. Carin Hume did it 'Alistair Brownlee style', by winning both the final event and the series...

The Humber Duathlon attracted a small but competitive field, which saw Andy Martin (ATA) take a narrow victory over Pete Fielding-Smith (Barracuda). Full results HERE.

Still a few more results out their to capture, which we'll be attempting to back-fill during Monday.

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Marlow Rowers Revenge Triathlon

The Rowers Revenge Triathlon takes place in Marlow on Sunday 4th October 2009, and entries close very soon. The race is almost full already, and is always a sell out, so don't miss your opportunity to take part in the classic event. Entries are available online HERE.

The race consists of a 4km (ergo) row, a 23.4km bike and a 7.5km run, finishing in Higginson Park, Marlow.

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Run the New York City Marathon with Sports Tours

Sports Tours International (www.sportstoursinternational.co.uk), have managed to reduce the price of entries into this year's 2009 ING NYC Marathon on 1st November and also the prices of some of the travel packages.

Closing date for entries to the NYC Marathon has been extended until 15th September!

If you are interested in running in this iconic marathon, then contact STI on 0161 703 8161 or click on this link for more information.

Job opportunity with Orca

Orca, creator and developer of world class sporting apparel, is currently looking to fill the position of U.K. Sales Rep. The position will be based in Maidenhead, Berkshire and will require frequent travel to retail stores, race expos, and trade shows. The role will be responsible for selling the complete range of Orca products, thereby offering excellent growth potential to chosen candidate. The role will report primarily to the Global Sales Manager on a broad range of sales and marketing related tasks.

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Cycle Show 2009 - Discounted Tickets

Tri247 has once again teamed up with the Cycle Show 2009 (www.cycleshow.co.uk), to offer Tri247 readers discounted tickets to attend the biggest and best cycle show in the UK. This is your opportunity to check out all of the latest products and developments in store for the 2010 season.

Book now and get your ticket for only £10 (normal price of £14.50 on the door). To book visit www.cycleshow.co.uk/tri and enter the discount code TRI to qualify for this offer.

To find out more about the Cycle Show, check out our dedicated section HERE.

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.

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!

You can get the training plan HERE and get a free MP3 sample to test out the best tracks to keep you focussed.

 
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Top 10 Article Of Last Week
  1. GB Age Group medals: ITU Worlds (standard)
  2. The weekend roundup
  3. Brits Grab Gold and Silver at 2009 ITU Triathlon U23 World Championships
  4. Alistair Brownlee is World Champion
  5. GB Age Group Medals: ITU Worlds (sprint)
  6. World Aquathlon Champs: Results and Team GB medal summary
  7. Joel Jameson: Vitruvian (winning) report
  8. Soap star Steve McFadden to take on Great North Swim
  9. Alistair Brownlee video interview
  10. Interview: Abigail Bayley

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