Tri247 Newsletter


26th Oct 2009Issue 135

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Well, we did set the scene in last week's newsletter, highlighting Julie Dibens and her attempts to win a third straight XTERRA World Championships, and also said of Jodie Swallow at the ITU World Long Distance Championship "after an encouraging debut at Ironman 70.3 in Singapore earlier this year, could there be another British name holding this title?". Well, both delivered in emphatic style!

Jodie set the fastest times across all three disiplines in Perth, Australia to leave the rest of the field trailing 11 minutes behind, and make it four consecutive GB wins at this event, following Bella, Leanda and Chrissie. In Maui, Julie was equally dominant, and set a course record for the event.

Of course, in less than two weeks time it is the Ironman 70.3 World Champs in Clearwater, Florida - where we suspect we will see Julie and Jodie racing each other, looking for their second title of the year. With both being such fantastic swimmers, they should be at the front from the start. Can one of them win?

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Weekend action

World Championship Racing

Britain's Jodie Swallow continued the fantastic run of GB female success at the ITU World Long Distance Triathlon Championships in Perth, Australia today with a totally dominant 11 minute victory.

Exiting the water first, she then recorded the fastest 80km cycle and 20km run to take her first senior world title. Home favourite Rebekah Keat was a distant second, ahead of Delphine Pelletier (FRA) for the bronze.

Swallow had shown promise over the longer distances - winning her first Ironman 70.3 event in Singapore earlier in the season - and we assume she will now be looking to add the Ironman 70.3 World Championship crown in Clearwater, Florida in two weeks time. On this sort of form, she must be a real contender for that, in what we would forecast may well be an even more competitve race.

That's now four consecutive GB wins, through Bella Bayliss (2006), Leanda Cave (2007), Chrissie Wellington (2008) and now Jodie.

As we sort of suspected, Ironman Champion Craig Alexander was a non-starter after his efforts in Kona two weeks ago, and it was American Timothy O'Donnell - who had beaten Alexander's course record in the St Croix 70.3 - who took the title, ahead of Sylvain Sudrie (FRA) and Martin Jensen (DEN). Full results HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Timothy O'Donnell (USA) 3:48:15 Jodie Swallow (GBR) 4:07:38
2nd Sylvain Sudrie (FRA) 3:49:22 Rebekah Keat (AUS) 4:18:49
3rd Martin Jensen (DEN) 3:49:34 Delphine Pelletier (FRA) 4:19:27

Following up just hours after Jodie, Julie Dibens added her third consecutive XTERRA off-road triathlon world title - the first athlete to achieve that feat. She exited the swim around 30 seconds back on swim specialist Chrisine Jeffrey, but soon after she hit the front on the bike and never looked back, finishing over seven minutes clear. More good news behind too, as US-based Lesley Patterson from Scotland took second place ahead of former multiple XTERRA champ Melanie McQuaid.

Spain's Eneko Llanos recovered from a disappointing Ironman World Championship two weeks ago to add another XTERRA championship to those he won in 2002 and 2003. He also won the Hawaiin Airlines 'double', for the best combined Kona+Maui times.

Pos Men Women
1st Eneko Llanos (ESP) 2:37:22 Julie Dibens (GBR) 2:56:42
2nd Nicolas Lebrun (FRA) 2:38:17 Lesley Patterson (GBR) 3:04:16
3rd Michael Weiss (AUT) 2:40:24 Melanie McQuaid (USA) 3:05:46

Domestic Racing

While there was a small calendar of events domestically, there was certainly some quality to be seen.

The Jekyll & Hyde Duathlon is one of the few multisport events of the year that is allowed to take place within Hyde Park, and it was also the final race of the Triathlon London League. As reported HERE, Thames Turbo descended en masse, and as well as winning the individual events through Andrew Mercer and Esther Evans, their weight of numbers was enough to take the league title on countback. Full race results HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Andrew Mercer (Thames Turbo) 1:11:50 Esther Evans (Thames Turbo) 1:19:08
2nd James Brown (Thames Turbo) 1:13:01 Victoria Gill (Thames Turbo) 1:21:54
3rd Charles Hammon (Optima RT) 1:13:39 Gillian Curr (Optima RT) 1:25:26

The final event of the year from the racenewforest team was the New Forest Sandy Balls Duathlon, and when your race winners are Lee Piercy and Emma Dews, you know that it was another quality event. Full results HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Lee Piercy (TBAS) 1:09:50 Emma Dews (TBAS) 1:18:43
2nd Lee Rankin (DB Max Tri) 1:12:18 Ceris Styler 1:22:48
3rd Ian Habgood (Bournemouth AC) 1:14:24 Anja Heijnen ( 1:23:58

We also have the results from the first Bristol Off-Road Duathlon, where orgniser Marc Molloy reports "Race was fantastic, not without incident, the main registration tent blew away shortly after the race started, but luckily no-one was inside! Other than that though it was just a small adjustment to the race distances, the course turned out to be longer than originally planned so racers did 7km run, 16.5km cycle and a second 7km run. There were some pretty tired bodies out there!

The winner was Julian Emery in 1 hour 57, amazing performance on both runs saw him home, great stuff.

Thanks to all competitors and marshals and of course sponsors for making this new event such a fantastic one, a few teething troubles to put right for next year but all in all a great success." Full results HERE.

On Friday, the first St Mary's Winter Aquathlon was won by Daniel Ashe and Rachel Bown (Results HERE), while on Sunday the Charnwood Daylight Saving Aquathlon was won by Dean Hughes (4Life Tri) and Nicola Roeder (Leicester Triathlon). The resuls for that one are HERE, along with the tristar event 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.

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