Tri247 Newsletter


13th Oct 2009Issue 133

Welcome to the newsletter

With reports of it hitting 105 degrees out on the run course, and a whole host of top pro athletes not even making it to the finish line, what is there left to say? At the Ford Ironman World Championships on Saturday Chrissie Wellington made it look, in all honesty, pretty easy, and finished almost 20 minutes clear of her nearest rival breaking a 17 year-old event record. Chrissie, you are an incredible athlete! Eight iron-distance starts and eight wins, three World Ironman Championships, four sub-nine hour iron-distance finishes, the fastest iron-distance time ever and now the record in Kona. What next? Chips of course!

Big respect to sixth place finisher Rachel Joyce too. The Tri247 team got to spend some time with Rachel at Ironman South Africa earlier this year, and a more humble, gracious and unassuming athlete you would struggle to find. A fantastic result at the end of a wonderful season. We look forward to watching you progress further Rachel.

A big well done to a few Tri247 connections too. John Franklin and Joanna Carritt were the first male and female GB age groupers home respectively. John is one of our regular product testers, and looking at the state he had driven himself too as he crossed the line in 9:45, you can rest assured that he tests things to the max. Jo of course is one of our most popular and prolific columnists, as well as being a fantastic Ironman athlete. Her 10:19 finish was a course PB, leaving her just two minutes short of a podium position. And finally, Jenny Budgett completed her Ironman journey, which began eight years ago in Fredericia, Denmark (I was there too!), by crossing that finish line on Alii Drive. That of course also meant that husband Henry Budgett had, we suspect, one of the best weeks of his life and the ulitmate busman's holiday in Kona. Thanks to Henry for all of his updates and pictures through the week. After at least a couple of decades of 'service' to the triathlon community at large, we think he deserved it.

In this issue:


Weekend action

Kona - Ford Ironman World Championships

Yes, the past weekend was indeed dominated by the big one. It was a case of deja vu at the front, as Craig Alexander and Chrissie Wellington retained their titles - three in a row in Chrissie's case. Both worked incredibly hard for it - for Craig, he had to, as he never hit the front of the race until he finally caught Chris Lieto in the final miles of the run. For Chrissie, the win seemed in the bag barely an hour into the ride, but she was clearly on a record breaking mission, and even the mighty Wellington showed some - granted, not much - sign of weakness towards the final miles of the run. Of course, by then she was 20 minutes in front!

You can catch all of our Kona coverage on the main site on the following links:

Full race report: HERE.
GB Pro roundup: HERE.
GB Age group roundup: HERE.
Kona gallery (Richard Stabler): HERE
Henry Budgett's Kona blogs: HERE.

More race reports, pro and age group, plus galleries to follow later this week.



1st Craig Alexander (AUS) 8:20:21 Chrissie Wellington (GBR) 8:54:02
2nd Chris Lieto (USA) 8:22:56 Mirinda Carfrae (AUS) 9:13:59
3rd Andreas Raelert (GER) 8:24:42 Virginia Berasategui (ESP) 9:15:28
4th Chris McCormack (AUS) 8:25:20 Tereza Marcel (CAN) 9:23:43
5th Rasmus Henning (DEN) 8:28:17 Samantha McGlone (CAN) 9:30:28
6th Timo Bracht (GER) 8:28:52 Rachel Joyce (GBR) 9:32:27
7th Dirk Bockel (LUX) 8:29:55 Joanna Lawn (NZL) 9:34:35
8th Pete Jacobs (AUS) 8:30:15 Sandra Wallenhorst (GER) 9:38:28
9th Andy Potts (USA) 8:30:30 Dede Griesbauer (USA) 9:40:59
10th Faris Al-Sultan (GER) 8:31:44 Tyler Stewart (USA) 9:42:41

Domestic Racing

Fraser Cartmell and Kerry Land put aside their usual international racing schedules to win the Scottish Duathlon Championships on Sunday. Provisional results are available HERE.



1st Fraser Cartmell 1:49:52 Kerry Lang 2:04:47
2nd Iain Grant 1:50:09 Alison Rowatt 2:06:04
3rd David Moffatt 1:53:16 Jennifer Eilertsen 2:15:52

The other 'road' duathlon of the weekend was the Fast & Furious Duathlon hosted by White Oak Tri. Full results HERE, of a race won by Scott Cousins and Lara Hawkings.

Sam Gardner kept his good form of 2009 in order by winning the inaugural Mud and Mayhem Off-Road Duathlon, as he finalises his prep for the XTERRA World Champs in two weeks time. Full results HERE

The Evil Sheriff Duathlon saw 150 off-road duathletes take on the challenge in Nottingham, with Mark Botteley and Sarah Collins first across the line. Full results HERE.

We also have the results on site from Dalby Forest (HERE) and Friston Forest (HERE), where columnist Jez Cox took the win.

Planet-X Best Buys

With Planet X bikes ( 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.

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 who will be more than happy to help.

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

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


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:, or call 07711 470007 / email for more information.














Top 10 Article Of Last Week
  1. Wellington and Alexander repeat
  2. Philip Graves: Kona video diary
  3. Philip Graves: latest video update
  4. Chrissie: chips make champions!
  5. Kona: GB Age Groupers roundup
  6. Kona: GB Pro athlete roundup
  7. Phil Graves: pre race blog, video and profile
  8. Ironman UK TV coverage now online
  9. Philip Graves: Ironman UK 70.3 winner
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