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22nd Sep 2009Issue 130

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A busy weekend at Dorney Lake is nothing new in triathlon terms - though this past weekend it was the turn of the 'fat tyres', with the mountain bike, off-road Men's Fitness Rough Track event. Granted, Dorney Lake may not offer to much in an extreme terrain sense, but the events did attract over 500 entrants to leave their road bikes at home, and have a bit of MTB fun. Now, we aren't going to claim there is a 'boom' or revolution in off-road triathlon just yet, but... we are certainly seeing some new and exciting additions to the race calendar, and more and more athletes either specialising in the discipline or just enjoying a fun break from their road bikes. This is great news, as there are certainly plenty of options to choose from in the off-road triathlon and especially duathlon discipline now, through the traditional off-season.

One of the biggest and best of these off-road festivals takes place this Saturday as the X Terrain Festival (XTT) takes place once again at Hawley Lake, Camberley in Surrey. Entries close on Wednesday at 6pm, so don't miss out on your chance to race in your choice of triathlon, duathlon, aquathlon or off-road 10km run. More details at We understand that Sam Gardner, Tim McDowell and Jim McConnel are among the athletes guaranteed to make this some fast and furious racing, with a few more expected to join the party!

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Weekend action

Results from the Men's Fitness Rough Track events held at Dorney Lake, Eton, on Sunday can be found on the following links:

  • Advanced - 800m swim / 20km bike / 9km run - RESULTS
  • Sprint - 400m swim / 10km bike / 5km run - RESULTS
  • Duathlon - 5km run / 10km bike / 4.5km run - RESULTS
  • Relay - 800m swim / 20km bike / 9km run - RESULTS

XTERRA regular and pre-race favourite Sam Gardner was first across the line in the Advanced Triathlon...but was DQ'd as he switched bikes mid-race after suffering a puncture! Colette O'Neill (Hillingdon Triathletes) was a clear winner for the ladies.

Advanced Triathlon
Pos Men Women
1st Tim McDowell 1:25:19 Colette O'Neill 1:48:22
2nd Graham Wadsworth 1:26:57 Erin Hodgson 2:04:45
3rd Jim McConnel 1:31:29 Juliet Howard 2:14:31
Sprint Triathlon
Pos Men Women
1st Stuart Archer 46:06 Lucy Aukett 53:31
2nd James Rogers 46:16 Olivia Ross-Hurst 58:11
3rd Gary Kemish 47:19 Rhiannon Henton 1:00:22
Pos Men Women
1st Sheldon Pavey 58:18 Sarah West 1:18:05
2nd Simon Kenyon 59:16 Chrissie Glew 1:18:45
3rd Richard Xerri 1:00:37 Natasha Woods 1:36:05

As always, a big turn out for the Essendex Last Minute Southwell Triathlon, where a completely dominant Andy Tarry put over four minutes into the field over a pool-based sprint event - mighty impressive. Elizabeth Bullivant managed almost the same winning margin for the ladies. Full results HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Andy Tarry (Ceepo TFN RT) 46:35 Elizabeth Bullivant 55:56
2nd Rich Sumpter (La Biciclata) 50:36 Sara Symington 59:35
3rd Carl Shaw (Charnwood Tri Club) 50:42 Sally Hughes (Mansfield Tri Club) 1:00:26

The New Forest Middle Distance Triathlon was an event we had predicted a top-two of James Gilfillan and Hywel Davies for. This proved right, though we would have been a long way out on the winning margin, as James Gilfillan recorded the fastest splits in all three disciplines for an dominant win of over 13 minutes. Jayne Parker successfully defended her title. Full results HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st James Gilfillan 4:24:55 Jayne Parker 5:28:42
2nd Hywel Davies 4:38:11 Melissa Dowell 5:31:49
3rd Roy Young 4:44:06 Donna Oliver 5:45:24

The time-keepers of the UK triathlon scene were on fire on Sunday, and the fastest (just...) of the results received were for the Sevenoaks Triathlon, courtesy of Stuart Steele ( Full results can be found HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st James Brown 1:18:56 Lara Hawkings 1:32:16
2nd Simon McLaughlin (7Oaks Tri Club) 1:21:37 Emma Richards (Team Tri UK) 1:35:46
3rd Stefan Stone (VO2 Maximum Race Team) 1:23:14 Claire Clarke 1:44:47

Stuart's team was also timing the Three Spires Triathlon, where the winners were Philip Wolfe and Lucy Haywood. Full results HERE.

Also swift as always was Will Whitmore (, who was timing the Highworth Triathlon. Full results HERE.

Mark Walsh sent us in results from the Kendal Sprint Triathlon - a race he also managed to finish third in! Kieran Rowlands and Lizzie Spencer were clear winners. Full results HERE.

The Eyemouth Sprint Triathlon was part of the series in Scotland, and we have the full results for that one HERE, plus the Novice event HERE.

Scott Cousins and Amanda Henry took narrow wins at the Ipswich Duathlon - full results HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Scott Cousins 1:11:30 Amanda Henry (Sudbury Joggers) 1:26:54
2nd Jez Cox (Team Bike & Run / AVIA) 1:12:00) Jayne Williams (Ipswich Jaffa Running Club) 1:27:43
3rd Ben Caisey (Stowmarket Cycle Club) 1:14:16 Elspeth Knott (Harwich Runners) 1:31:09

We don't have the results yet from the Brighton Triathlon, but courtesy of ladies winner, Kona bound Elisabeth Brama, we know the following podium spots:

Pos Men Women
1st Markus Steinhauser Lizzy Brama
2nd   Charmaine Wheeler
3rd   Rachel Bibby

Results (and video!) in from the Big Ben Nevis Off Road Triathlon in Scotland below, where in the full distance event, Eliot Challifour (by eight minutes) and Hannah Barnes (by 51 minutes), set course records. Adrian Pottinger and Megan Shields were winners in the 'half'.

Big Ben Nevis
Pos Men Women
1st Eliot Challifour 6:49:03 Hannah Barnes 8:19:54
2nd Douglas Alla 7:40:37  
3rd Robert Foietta 7:46:23  
Half Big Ben Nevis
Pos Men Women
1st Adrian Pottinger 3:46:06 Megan Shields 5:01:34
2nd Jimmy MacFadyen 3:48:56 Mhairi Fergusson 5:36:34
3rd Sean MacFarlane 3:50:39 Fiona Tannock 5:55:48

Planet-X Best Buy

Planet-X have created one of the best buy bikes in 2009 by teaming their award winning SL Pro Carbon frame, the NEW 2010 Shimano Ultera 6700 groupset, currently retailing at £825, and bringing it to you at a staggering £999.

Go to their website for more details of the specification and some great big pictures. It's an exceptional race quality bike and extraordinary value.

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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Cycle Show 2009 - Discounted Tickets

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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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