Tri247 Newsletter


22nd May 2007Issue 11

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So, did you have a good racing weekend? Best part of 1,000 people out in Lanzarote (almost a quarter of them British) had an absolute belter and we know because we were there! If you've only ever watch a sprint or even a standard distance event then you really owe it to yourself to get out there and watch an Ironman - it's a whole different world. Even here in the UK there's plenty of choice for full distance events: the Ironman UK at Sherborne and the Big Woody down in the Forest of Dean or you could try a half with the UK Ironman 70.3 at Wimbleball, Weymouth, CowMan, Vitruvian, New Forest and a host more. Get involved, become a volunteer for the day and see just how much support means to the athletes when they go long. We even had Brits in Lanzarote who had come out just to help - plus get a bit of a suntan and have a cheap holiday as well!

Lanzarote was just the first of several events that we will be covering over the summer so keep an eye out for us - we may even have a little something to give you if you ask nicely! Oh, and talking of giving, all the race photographs we take for Tri247 are loaded up onto PicasaWeb and you're welcome to take them for personal or club website use - all we ask is that you give us a credit. If you see a picture of yourself racing then drop us an email and we can email you the high res version if you want it...

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Online entry with Active

We are really pleased that we have done a deal with Active, the world's leading online entry provider, which will enable event organisers who are signed up to the service to get direct online entries through Tri247's extensive race calendar. This doesn't just make life easier for the organisers by removing all that paperwork and re-tyoing all those entry forms, it also makes the competitor's life easier too - one click and it's all done online.

There's a whole section on the site explaining how it all works and all online-enabled events in the calendar have a special Active button. Any event organisers looking to go for an online entry system really should take a look at what Active can offer in terms of efficiency and providing that extra little bit of customer service to set your event apart.

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Weekend action

At the World Duathlon Championships in Gyor, Hungary we saw some superb performances by both elite and age group athletes with Paul Amey taking the title for a second time, he previously won in 2005, plus Silver medals for Michelle Dillon (she won Gold at Newcastle, Australia in 2005, the same year as Amey's first) and Alistair Brownlee which put GB top of the medal table. The age group haul ran to three Golds, seven Silvers and four Bronzes. Many thanks to Mike Trees, the GB Elite Team Manager ond Tri247's running guru, for a stream of texts and pictures during the day. (Full results on the ITU website and we hope to get a local copy soon)

Pos Men Women
1 Paul Amey (GBR) 1:40:51 Vanessa Fernandes (POR) 1:54:06
2 Jurgen Dereere (BEL) 1:40:55 Michelle Dillon (GBR) 1:54:43
3 Sergio Silva (POR) 1:41:00 Erika Csomor (HUN) 1:54:53

Out in Lanzarote at the Ironman we were treated to newly surfaced roads over large sections of the course (which made the previously 'good' stuff seem really bad!) and a somewhat less hot and windy day than normal. The organisers also switched out the section of the route which goes down into La Santa and then over the hill to 'Shipwreck Bay' which removed two climbs and replaced them with a relatively easier loop - but on the other hand the normal wind which blows you home from Mirador del Rio was replaced by one that blew in your face all the way back... As anyone who has done this race will know, every little helps!

The competitors list included a guy with one arm who could climb and descend at amazing speed, he changes gear with his chin, plus a blind German competitor for did the event with a sighted companion who was tethered to him for the swim and the run. Eneko Llanos took the win ahead of a re-vitalised Luc van Lierde with Stephan Vuckovic in third while Tiina Boman won the womens ahead of Tara Norton and Sione Jongstra. We found out after the race that Tara Norton had dislocated her shoulder during the swim, popped it back in and carried on to finish second - awesome! Eight Brits took top three places in their age groups (see here) and we have a full set of results here. You can still get the whole race commentary on

Pos Men Women
1 Eneko Llanos (ESP) 8:49:38 Tiina Boman (FIN) 9:58:41
2 Luc van Lierde (BEL) 8:59:13 Tara Norton (CAN) 10:12:06
3 Stephan Vuckovic (GER) 9:04:11 Sione Jongstra (NED) 10:14:02

The Florida Ironman 70.3 is run in the somewhat surreal setting of Walt Disney World, we guess the tourists there are just as gobsmacked about the sport as some of the ones we spoke to in Lanzarote - although possibly not quite as obese as some of the specimens that we saw round the pool... Craig Alexander won from Simon Lessing with Luke Bell taking third. Katja Schumacher secured the womens race with Karen Smyers in second place and Tina Deckers third. We counted 11 age group Brits out there with top performer being Stuart Westwood in 100th.(Full report and commentary on IronmanLive)

On the domestic scene there was plenty of action and we have results online for many of them already. At Taunton Deane the honours went to Joe Beer and Helen Parkinson - we were sent a nice race report by the organisers but at the moment the system has eaten it and won't give it back... (Full results for the main race are here, the Novice results are here)

One of the results that came through too late for yesterday's round-up was the Leicestershire Triathlon where Philip Jameson and Verity Butler (TFN) were the top performers. (Full results here).

The Eton SuperSprints were a two-day affair with racing on both Saturday and Sunday. Saturday's races saw Jonathan Hotchkiss and Jessica Adams record the fastest times while on Sunday the honours went to Martin Yelling (TFN) and Emma-Kate Lidbury (Oxford Tri). Results are still being finalised to sort out athletes who went in the wrong waves and the current versions can be found on the Heartbeat Timing site:

Over the border in Scotland at the Midlothian Sprint Junior athlete Craig Dale grabbed the honours while Fiona Lothian dominated the womens race. (Full results here)

Up at Wetherby it was Dale Grassby (RAF Tri) and Kali Taylor (LBT) who took the trophies home. (Full results here)

The Manx Tri Club dominated the island's Peel Sprints with Andy Cannell and Eve O'Hare taking the wins. (Full results here)

At the first middle distance race of the year, the Hayle Middle Distance down in Cornwall, Declan Doyle and Edwina Carter (Optima Racing) topped the results. (Full results here)

Roger Wakeling's Concept Sport Fast Twitch series rolled into Salisbury and, once again, hit the Tri247 mailbox first with a full set of results - oh, how times have changed! Honours here went to Chris Birch (EastStreetCycles) and Tracy Cook (North Dorset Tri). (Full results here)

At the Llanelli Waterside Sprint Oliver Simon (Pembrokeshire Tri) and Anita Saycell (Cerist Tri) kept the honours local. (Full results here)

The Tewkesbury Sprint Triathlon saw victories for Nick Slim (Tewkesbury Tri) and Emma Gill. (Full results are on StuWeb)

The Malvern Triathlon results record victories for James Ratcliffe (Black Country Tri) and Jacqui Philips. (Full results are on StuWeb)

Stuart was obviously a very busy man at the weekend because he also did the results for the Burntwood Triathlon. Here wins were recorded by Chris Rainford (GMC Fire) and Julie Moore (NSW Tri). (Full results are on StuWeb)

The Rossendale Sprint race is held at the quaintly named Marl Pits Pool - marl, by the way is a mixture of a mixture of clay and carbonate of lime and is used as a fertilizer.... Here the trophies went to Daniel McParland and Sarah Charnock. (Full results here)


Route planning

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