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5th Oct 2009Issue 132

Welcome to the newsletter

Its time for the 'big dance' - the Ford Ironman World Championship takes place this Saturday in Kona, on the big island of Hawaii. We'll be bringing you updates through the week from some of the age groupers 'on the ground', preparing to take on the most famous race in the sport. Once again there will be a large GB presence, and in the shape of Chrissie Wellington, an outright favourite to secure a third consecutive victory. But it's not just Chrissie - with the likes of Cat Morrison, Leanda Cave, Bella Bayliss, Phil Graves and plenty more, we could - in theory at least - see quite a Brit presence in the top-10 places. We wish them well, as we're reliably informed that the infamous winds have been blowing at close on record levels in recent days...

Also this week, kicking off on Thursday (to trade visitors) through to Sunday, is the Cycle Show 2009 at Earls Court (www.cycleshow.co.uk). This is a great chance to meet plenty of star names from the world of cycling and triathlon, and view all of the latest and greatest products and more in the world of cycling. To find out more, check out our dedicated preview section, and of course, get your discounted tickets, courtesy of this special Tri247 readers offer.

In this issue:

Results

Weekend action

The Rowers Revenge Triathlon is in it's 15th year, and the Marlow based event sees rowing (ergo) replace the swimming. Winners this year were Hugh Mackenzie and Katherine Holloway, both Imperial College Boat Club, suggesting that revenge was indeed gained! Full results HERE courtesy of Stuart Steele.

Rugby Tri Club hosted the re-scheduled, ladies only MissSprint Triathlon, and once again Stuart Steele's crew did the timing for that one - Sprint and Novice. Sally Baker (Coventry Triathletes) proved the fastest athlete of the day.

The final race of the day from the StuWeb timing crew was the Tameside XL Off-Road Triathlon. The results of that one are HERE, where Mark Roberts (Manchester Tri Club), was the only athlete to finish ahead of the Team Athlete Matters Relay team, which contained - we believe - youth international Aimee Backhouse and top GB marathon runner Andy Jones.

Another popular sprint race was the Bedford Autumn Sprint, which thankfully didn't suffer the downpours of the 2008 race. Mark Matthews (Cambridge Tri Club), and Colette O'Neill (Hillingdon Triathletes) were the fastest across the line. Full results HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Mark Matthews (Cambridge Tri Club) 1:03:25 Colette O'Neill (Hillingdon Triathletes) 1:13:41
2nd Robert Hill (Hemel Hempstead CC) 1:04:28 Hannah Cooke (Cambridge Tri Club) 1:16:37
3rd James Elworthy (Bedford Traktors) 1:05:55 Harriet Brettle (Cambridge Tri Club) 1:16:45

In the words of organiser Joanne Iles, the OneLastTri from racenewforest "swim was shortened to 1300m, bike lengthened to 56mile, run shortened to 11.8m!!!! All in all a "Richard Special" but we got there in the end.". At the end of all that, Lucy Gossage and Nick Baldwin were the winners. Full results HERE.

The second SiS Humber Sprint Triathlon of the season attracted well over 150 athletes, with Oliver Dixon and Rachael Mellor being the fastest of those. Full results HERE.

The St. James's Place Foundation Triathlon raised a massive amount of money for Hope and Homes for Children - over seven years, the total is now an incredible £1million! Given that, the results seem almost secondary - but being competitive types, here they are.

Organiser Simon Hill reports from the Oulton Park Duathlon: "Matt Moorhouse of Athlete Matters/Hewitt Cycles won the Xtra Mile Events “Oulton Park Autumn Duathlon” by one minute from Ian Cardy, and was nearly two minutes ahead of third placed Darren Treadaway. The  field started at 10am and set off for two laps of the Oulton Park International motor racing circuit. The first athlete into T1 was Phillip Holland closely followed by Ian Habgood and Ian Cardy. Matt Moorhouse started the bike two minutes down but a blistering cycle leg took him into T2 with a 30 second lead from Ian Cardy. Moorhouse was able to extend his lead in the last lap to 30 seconds finishing in an impressive time of 1:43:15 setting a new course record.

"The women’s race was won by Danielle Stewart of Coventry Cycle Centre by an impressive 8 minutes from second place, Samantha Briggs.
The Oulton Park circuit was a great venue for the final leg of the BTF Mazda National Ranking Series and once again with its undulating features and the autumn shower that fell on the athletes in the middle of the cycle leg, provided a challenging course for today's athletes."

Full results from Oulton Park HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Matt Moorhouse (Athlete Matters/Hewitt Cycle) 1:43:15 Danielle Stewart (Coventry Cycle Centre) 1:55:26
2nd Ian Cardy (BustinSkin) 1:44:15 Samantha Briggs 2:03:56
3rd Darren Treadaway (Shorter Rochford/Exclusive Ranges) 1:45:04 Natasha Blunt (Wolverhampton Uni) 2:06:11

The Carsington Duathlon was the final event in the blueseventy multisport series, and veteran Andy Tarry lead a clean sweep of the first five places for Ceepo TFN RT, finishing just 10 seconds clear of James Ratcliffe. Lou Collins ensured the ladies win was also taken by Ceepo TFN RT. Full results HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Andy Tarry (Ceepo TFN RT) 1:16:28 Lou Collins (Ceepo TFN RT) 1:28:48
2nd James Ratcliffe (Ceepo TFN RT) 1:16:38 Louise Kelly (COLT) 1:31:19
3rd Toby Jameson (Ceepo TFN RT) 1:18:00 Christine Howard (Matlock CC) 1:32:13

Deal Tri also held their Club Duathlon Championships yesterday, and welcomed along a few guest as well. Tim Kingston and Angie Taylor took the honours. Full results HERE.

International

We have a report here on the first Challenge Barcelona Maresme iron-distance event, were the podium places were:

Pos Men Women
1st Marcel Zamora (ESP) 8:15:37 Sofie Goos (BEL) 9:08:01
2nd Mikka Luoto (FIN) 8:22:56 Katja Konschak (GER) 9:23:08
3rd Bernd Eichhorn (GER) 8:26:03 Hilary Biscay (USA) 9:32:47

In the US, Stuart Hayes secured another good finish on the olympic distance non-drafting circuit, finishing a close second to Javier Gomez at the Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Triathlon. The Spaniard, in his first race of this type, showed that cream will always rise to the top - and it's therefore no surprise to see that Lisa Norden also took the ladies title. Julie Dibens (4th), Liz Blatchford (6th), Helen Jenkins (7th) and Jodie Stimpson (10th) were the other GB results.

Pos Men Women
1st Javier Gomez (ESP) 1:50:17 Lisa Norden (SWE) 2:00:20
2nd Stuart Hayes (GBR) 1:50:27 Sarah Haskins (USA) 2:01:27
3rd Filip Ospaly (CZE) 1:50:42 Daniela Ryf (SUI) 2:01:54

Planet-X Best Buys

With Planet X bikes (www.planet-x-warehouse.co.uk) moving to a massive new warehouse facility, they are having an even more massive clear out of over-stocked items, so they don't have to shift them during the move. Many prices have been crushed, with 50% off RRP.

As a result, they are some great offers available currently at knock down prices to really add some class to your time trial or road bikes.

One of the top offers available is the FSA NeoPro Carbon Aero Chainset, which comes WITH Ceramic BB, which alone retails for £189.99. You can now buy this set, complete with bottom bracket for £299.97, reduced from £599.95 RRP. For more information, check out this link.

Also on offer are a wide range of discounted road pedals from Time, Look and Shimano - something to suit all tastes. Check them out HERE.

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.

SBR Sports: New Windsor store - 20% off everything!

The new SBR store is now one big superstore offering over 2500 sq ft of retail therapy for everything swim, bike, run and triathlon.

With the sports industry growing, they wanted to make sure that they kept up with the times and are able to offer more space with more stock from more brands. Most importantly, they want to make sure that they continue to offer excellent customer service from knowledgeable staff that have a passion for sport.

For the month of October they are offering a 20% discount on everything, excluding bikes, with some items up to 50% off. This has also been extended to the Fulham store, in case you do not live locally.

Event organisers - if you are a triathlon club or event organiser and would like some retail support in the Thames Valley in 2010 with carrier bags, prizes etc… please contact alex.slater@sbrsports.com who will be more than happy to help.

SBR Sports & Bonthrone Bikes, 14a - 15a The Arches, Goswell Hill, Windsor, Berkshire. (www.sbrsports.com).

Charity Kay-athlon

Retallack Resort will be running a Kay-athlon  in support of Help for Heroes on the 7th & 8th of November.

The Kay-athlon is similar to a triathlon but the participants will have to Cycle 7-miles, kayak/Canoe 5-miles, Run 5-miles, and finally cycle 7-miles. Why not enter a relay team and complete the course in stages?

The event will start and finish at the Retallack Resort and after the event there will be a competitors BBQ, prize giving ceremony and firework display. All competitors will be accommodated at The Retallack Resort And Spa for three days and two nights. Cost per head £90 based on 8 participants sharing one, four bedroom luxury lodge.

If participants wish to hire a lodge for themselves rather than share with other participants the lodge price is £400 plus an additional event entry fee of £40. Each participant must raise a charity donation, minimum of £50 to guarantee event entry Please download an entry form & sponsorship form, or click the Kay-athlon advert on the right of this newsletter. (These prices are on a self catering basis - arrive  4pm Saturday 7th November, depart 10am Monday 9th November).

Competitors must supply their own equipment, however kayaks/canoes can be hired/purchased from Camel Canoes in Wadebridge. (These prices are on a self catering basis) Arrive  4pm Saturday 07th November Depart 10am Monday 09th November.

Need a getaway?

The Retallack Resort provides luxury five star self catering lodges in Cornwall. Retallack Resort is an ideal centre for visiting the many delights of Cornwall, not to mention a great base for that winter training camp, why not bring the family so they can share your adventure?

Retallack Resort Leisure club is a well-designed facility offering extensive choice; from fitness classes, early morning swims, evening entertainment in the Spa Bar, light lunches, sauna and steam room, state of the art Matrix fitness suite and studio, and even intensive personal training led by one of their experienced and friendly Personal Trainers.

Luxury and style have been taken to a new level in all of the properties, as solid oak floors, granite marble work surfaces, Egyptian cotton sheets, satellite TV, five ring gas hob, and internet access are but a few of the qualities to help you unwind after a gruelling swim, bike or run session.

Find out more here www.retallackresort.com/index.aspx

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.

Spinervals!

As the temperatures are dropping and the nights are drawing in, getting outside on the bike is starting to look a little less appealing than it did during the heights of summer. So, why not blow the dust of the turbo - and crank up the training with some Spinervals! Spinervals DVD's from Coach Troy Jacobson have been used by tens of thousands of cyclists and triathletes around the world to bring turbo training to life, and motivate you to improved performances.

Spinervals are now available in the UK through Triathlon Specific - why not get yours here: www.triathlonspecific.com, or call 07711 470007 / email leigh@triathlonspecific.com for more information.

 
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