Tri247 Newsletter


19th Oct 2009Issue 134

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Just when you thought the season was drawing to a close... along comes two more World Championships.

This coming weekend Julie Dibens will seek to emulate Chrissie Wellington and add a third straight world title to her CV, in her case, on the island of Maui for the XTERRA World Championships. After disappointment last year, Sam Gardner will also be hoping to continue his good season to date, and add a top-10 finish too. Last week we interviewed one of Sam's closest challengers on the domestic circuit, Tim McDowell. There does appear to be a growth of late in terms of events, and athletes looking to take their racing off-road, and its a trend we encourage - as it means year-round racing!

Also this weekend, Chrissie will be losing one of her titles! After winning the ITU World Long Distance Championship in Almere last year, Perth, Australia is not on her schedule for 2009. Jodie Swallow however is racing, and after a encouraging debut at Ironman 70.3 in Singapore earlier this year, could there be another British name holding this title?

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Weekend action

After Kona... ...the calm! What a contrast - last weekend we were roasting in 100 degree heat, high humidity and the blazing media spotlight of Chrissie's third straight win on Alii Drive and this weekend it's definitely chilly. Still, that doesn't mean that there hasn't been some decent racing going on out there!

The Grim Duathlon had better than expected weather so the organisers reported that it wasn't quite as grim as it could have been. Colin Dixon and Roger Fowkes (last year's winner) were obviously in a class of their own and this time it was Colin who eventually prevailed. Full results are HERE.

Pos Male Female
1 Colin Dixon 1:26:26 Kim Hamer Hurst 1:40:05
2 Roger Fowkes (Hillingdon Triathletes) 1:27:48 Nicola Macleod 1:45:04
3 Steve McCulley 1:32:06 Charlotte Maurissen 1:45:10

The 1485 No Frills Duathlon at Market Bosworth saw a new course record set by Hywel Davies, well clear of the chasing field, while Sally Baker was the first woman home. Full results are HERE.

Pos Male Female
1 Hywel Davies 1:09:06 Sally Baker 1:21:03
2 Simon Hall 1:12:43 Linda Whitelegg 1:24:56
3 Andrew Halliday 1:13:14 Claire Westerman 1:26:26

Duathlon247 columnist Jez Cox may have lost his course record at Market Bosworth to Hywel Davies, but he did pick up another win and set a course record of his own at the Chelmsford Off-Road Duathlon, where he set the fastest times in all three legs. Christine Mowle (East Essex Tri Club) was the first lady. Full results HERE.

Pos Male Female
1 Jez Cox (Bike and Run) 53:49 Christine Mowle (East Essex Tri Club) 1:06:23
2 Michael Rolfe (East London Velo) 57:10 Victoria Bayley 1:09:28
3 Marc Miller 59:21 Emma Mcdiarmid 1:22:39

Concept Sport's final event of the year was the Mass Attack Duathlon at Thruxton race circuit. Another close-fought battle well clear of the field saw Lee Rankin (BD Max Tri) take the win from Ian Cardy (Bustinskin) while Tracy Cook notched up yet another victory in the women's race. Full results are HERE.

Pos Male Female
1 Lee Rankin (DB Max Tri) 1:15:45 Tracy Cook 1:27:00
2 Ian Cardy (Bustinskin) 1:16:10 Nicky Russell (BAD Tri) 1:32:59
3 Paul Ashley (Team Feat UK) 1:19:51 Marianne Britten (Max Gear RT) 1:33:39

Overseas, the Garmin Barcelona Triathlon was the venue of another victory in what has really been a breakthrough season for Jodie Stimpson. Full results HERE.

Pos Male Female
1 Fransec Godoy Contreras 1:44:05 Jodie Stimpson 1:52:04
2 Xavier Llobet 1:45:33 Radka Vodickova 1:55:14
3 Thomas Springer 1:46:01 Eva Ledesma Calver 1:57:27

And, finally, results for Saturday's Richmond Riverside 10k are HERE.

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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. (


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