Tri247 Newsletter


28th Sep 2009Issue 131

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The fine line between success and failure - that's often the line that elite athletes have to face. What would have happened had Rebekah Keat not given Chrissie a CO2 cannister at Kona last year? In a similar vein - though alas, on the worng end of the luck - Kat Grimmett, almost certainly the fastest runner in the field, was in the lead pack with 500m to go on the bike at the ITU World Duathlon Champs on Saturday. Having turned down the chance to represent Great Britain in the World Half Marathon Champs to focus on the World Duathlon, would this be proof of just why she made that choice, barely a year after taking up competitive sport? Unfortunately not... as seconds later she was "in an immediate high speed head plant, which smashed up her helmet and knocked her out. She then slid for a bit along the course and has some very impressive cuts, bruises and gravel rash from head to foot down her right side." Read more HERE. Get well soon Kat.

Another British duathlete who has been through the wars - and come out the other side with a spectacular return - is Jess Petersson. If you haven't seen it already, do check out this great interview with an athlete who managed second place at Powerman Zofingen on six weeks training...

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Weekend action


Full results seem to be dripping out slowly from Concord, North Carolina, from the ITU World Duathlon Championships. The ITU press release from the race HERE summarises the main action in the elite, under-23 and junior events, where ITU triathlon regulars Jarrod Shoemaker (USA) and Vendula Frintova (CZE) added a duathlon title to their various triathlon achievements this year.

No British medals in the senior events this year for a change - Kat Grimmett and Non Stanford crashing out on the bike - but there was a gold and silver for Sophie Colemen and Vicky Graves in the juniors. Sophie thus defending her 2008 crown from Rimini, while Vicky adds World silver to European gold - and scores another great result for Team Activinstinct (

We have the elite results HERE.

Vanessa Raw continued her European racing with a third place at the Mar Menor ETU Triathlon European Cup in Spain. We have no results as yet for the men. Also at the same venue, the Youth Olympic Games qualifying event saw Elinor Thorogood take third, Lucy Hall 10th, Aimee Backhouse 21st and Emily McLoughlin 35th for the girls, with Andrew Hood 7th, Peter Anderson 37th, Barney Reed 54th and Cameron Milne 55th in the boys race.

Saturday was also the final round of the French Grand Prix Series - Sven Riederer (SUI) took the win, just ahead of Javier Gomez and Alistair Brownlee. Jonathan Brownlee was sixth, Tim Don 11th. That was enough for EC Sartrouville (Gomez, Brownlee(s) an co. to take the season long club championship. Full results HERE. Jodie Swallow showed a good return to form after injury, finishing in fourth place.

For the ladies, Anj Dittmer (GER) was the race winner, and with Hollie Avil (fifth) and Andrea Hewitt (third), that was enough for Beauvais to take tke honours in the ladies series. Full results HERE.

It was a busy day at Hawley Lake, Camberley for the X Terrain Festival, with SIX separate events on offer. We have provisional results for all, with the full results promised for early in the week.

Event / Results Men's winner Ladies winner
Triathlon Full (XTT) Tim McDowell Charlotte Maurisen
Triathlon Sprint (XTT) Jason Bewley Tracey Haseldine
Duathlon Full (XTD) Jim McConnel Robyn Golding
Duathlon Sprint (XTD) Sam Gardner Zoe Haines
Aquathlon (XTA) James Gibson Choc Harris
10km run (XT10K) William Clarke Sonia Povey

The very prolific Team Outrageous held another of their Saturday Morning Sprint events - results HERE, where Dean Ratcliffe was first across the line.

Saturday was also the third running of the Surrey Legs of Steel cyclosportive by Ful-On Tri Club (, in memory of Dave Aitchison. We have results for the short and long courses.


One of the first bits of news we had in for Sunday was, thanks to wife Gill, that Rob Johnson finished second overall at the Elbaman ( iron-distance event, also recording the fastest run split.

In other international action, the WTC event on the calendar this weekend was Ironman 70.3 Augusta. It looks like a husband and wife double for Greg and Laura Bennett, who are more commonly seen on the ITU and US non-drafting olympic distance circuits.

Pos Men Women
1st Greg Bennet (AUS) 3:47:07 Laura Bennett (USA) 4:18:36
2nd Chris Legh (AUS) 3:49:27 Kelly Williamson (USA) 4:18:42)
3rd Brian Fleischmann (USA) 3:50:55 Desiree Ficker (USA) 4:20:44

Domestically, first results in were both courtesy of Stuart Steele (, who had timing teams at the Action Watersports Triathlon (Results) and the Roade Triathlon (Results).

Race organiser of the Action Watersports event, Mike Hawkins (, has been in touch and added "Race conditions were absolutely perfect, many competitors set new PB's for the distance - I warned everyone that it would be a fast course and they proved it. I handed out trophies for every winner of every age group and also separate swim prime, bike prime and run prime prizes, once crossing the finish line there was water, Jaffa Cakes and bananas for all, was anyone unhappy? I very much doubt it, I just hope i get more than 140 next year."

Action Watersports Triathlon
Pos Men Women
1st Matthew Foord 2:03:40 Tracey Horne 2:17:27
2nd Kevin Partridge 2:04:42 Catherine Brooks 2:25:56
3rd Jon Horsman 2:05:04 Stephanie Narbeth 2:29:06
Roade Triathlon
Pos Men Women
1st Richard Sumpter 54:56 Yvette Grice 59:22
2nd Oliver Mytton 55:19 Juliet Vickery 1:00:45
3rd Ian Smith 55:19 Roz Giles 1:08:00

The first BustinSkin Middle Distance was held today which benefitted from "fantastic weather and a really hard course" according to Race Director Mark Steen who has kindly forwarded the results - available HERE. First across the line was a relay team - Team Frost - but the individual podium was:

Pos Men Women
1st Steven Janse 4:58:28 Kate George 5:36:18
2nd Peter Wilby 5:00:07 Fran Bungay 6:02:07
3rd John Rollason 5:10:36 Sharon Hooper 6:30:02

Mizuno / RunKingston competition

Here at Tri247 we have teamed up with leading running brand Mizuno, and race organisers, Human Race Events, to bring you this great competition. The prize is a pair of Mizuno Wave Ultima shoes, a Mizuno running t-shirt and free entry to RunKingston taking place on 11th October - all in all, worth nearly £120! And we have TWO prizes to give away... PLUS we have FIVE runner up prizes of a free entry to RunKingston.

For more details on how to enter, see THIS ARTICLE.

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.

Cycle Show 2009 - Discounted Tickets

Tri247 has once again teamed up with the Cycle Show 2009 (, 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 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.














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  1. Weekend roundup
  2. Rasmus Henning fractures hand - but still aims to compete at Kona
  3. Shoemaker takes World Duathlon title
  4. Flying start for GB in Concord...
  5. Frintova wins World Duathlon Champs
  6. Tim McDowell triumphs at the Men’s Fitness Rough Track Triathlon 2009
  7. New Forest Middle Distance images
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  9. Interview: Jess Petersson
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