Tri247 Newsletter


24th Nov 2009Issue 139

Welcome to the newsletter

While the weather for the past two weekends has been pretty grim for most of us, and downright awful for the folk in Cumbria and Wales, it has brought a plentiful supply of that most essential ingredient for Winter fun... ...yes, that's right: MUD! I've been out and about at a couple of off-road runs and duathlons over the past two weekends and there seems no limit to the number of people prepared to get down and dirty. Off-season training never used to be like this but it looks like the multisport community just can't get enough of it. Watching around 2,500 maniacs hurling themselves into the Bog of Doom at Bordon and then a couple of hundred more hammering round the woods in Frimley for the IceMan certainly showed that there's a lot of fun to be had out there... ...even if it is raining!

Coming up this week on Tri247 is an interview you'll not want to miss: John Levison got an opportunity to chat to Al Brownlee at the recent Cycle Show in London and we'll be bringing you up to date on his plans for 2010 (and beyond). We'll also be bringing you news of how you can win a holiday and lots of other prizes including a Garmin 310XT, running supplements and even your very own personal running coach. Plenty to keep tuning in for there then!

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Weekend action

As weekends go at this time of the year it was a pretty typical one - although the weather seemed to be intent on turning pretty much everything into an aquathlon! If fact the weater was so bad that the Carneddau Triathlon Club had to 'pull the plug' (their pun, not ours!!) on the first race in their Llanwrst Winter Duathlon Series as a result of flooding on the course. The event will be rescheduled, hopefully for December but possibly February next year.

Saturday kicked off with the second of the St Mary's Winter Aquathlons with Chris Stuart (Cycle Zone) taking the win by just four seconds from Stroud AC's Andrew Shipton while in the ladies race Rachel Brown (Total Fitness Bath) had a slightly wider margin over Vicky Plumber. Full results are HERE.

Pos Male Female
1 Chris Stuart (Cycle Zone) 0:23:39 Rachel Brown (Total Fitness Bath) 0:27:34
2 Andrew Shipton (Stroud AC) 0:23:43 Vicky Plumber 0:28:53
3 Bryn Mayell 0:24:45 Anna Buckingham (Swindon Tri Club) 0:22:15

The first of a four race series of off-road runs and duathlons sponsored by Merrell and organised by Human Race was, somewhat mistakenly as it turned out, called the IceMan... Ice was in very short supply but there was definitely some mud! At T2 it looked like XTERRA specialist Jim McConnel was in the driving seat but the second run proved the decider as Colin Dixon powered through the final loop to take the win. In the women's race Tamsin Lewis had a clear run for victory with over eight minutes advantage. Full results are HERE and there's a race report HERE.

Pos Male Female
1 Colin Dixon 1:42:34 Tamsin Lewis 2:05:21
2 Jim McConnel 1:43:13 Fiona Bosher 2:14:49
3 Lee Bartholomew 1:47:40 Sue Remmington 2:19:49

In the off-road run event the men's win went to Lee Kemp in 0:44:22 while Tri247 regular, Colette O'Neill took the ladies race in 0:57:28. Full results are HERE.

First Sunday event in with the results was the Burntwood Autumn Aquathlon which offered both a well-attended senior race and a full set of Tristar distances for the juniors. Philip Wolfe (Mammoth Lifestyle Racing) swam and ran away from the field but even his result pales in comparison to Lucy Haywood (Stafford TC) who placed fifth overall and put nearly five minutes into her nearest rivals. Full results for the seniors are HERE and the Tristar results are HERE.

Pos Male Female
1 Philip Wolfe (Mammoth Lifestyle Racing) 0:21:33 Lucy Haywood (Stafford TC) 0:25:17
2 Mick Williamson (BRAT Club) 0:24:00 Emma Bexson (Stratford AC) 0:28:51
3 Cameron Stamp (Wrekin Road Runners) 0:24:10 Evie Keane 0:28:53

DB Max's Chilly Duathlon saw Lee Piercy hold off a second run challenge from Thomas Bishop while Emma Dews ensured a double victory for event sponsors, the Big Adventure Store by taking the women's race. Bishop's second place was enough to win him the BUCS title. Full results HERE.

Pos Male Female
1 Lee Piercy (Big Adventure Store) 0:43:58 Emma Dews (Big Adventure Store) 0:50:21/td>
2 Thomas Bishop (Leeds Uni) 0:44:18 Non Stanford (Birmingham Uni) 0:50:56
3 Matt Gunby (Durham Uni) 0:44:45 Lois Rosindale (Leeds Carnegie) 0:51:17

Almost the last Ironman of the year, although unbelievably we still have Cozumel and Western Australia still to come, was at Tempe in Arizona. A fairly small pro field but still with a decent amount of quality in it made for an interesting race. T J Tollakson looked like he was in with a shot of his first title but Jordan Rapp made short work of that with a 4:22 bike and then never looked like being challenged for the title. Tollakson held off a last minute attack from Torsten Abel to keep second place by just seven seconds. Rapp's 8:13:35 is a new course record and is his second win this year, his first was Canada back in August. British interest in the pro men's race was kept alive by Toby Radcliffe who recorded a 09:12:44 for 18th place while Nick Horton, a GB age grouper, turned in the best time of the day with a 9:11:25 getting him 3rd place in the 35-39 category.

In the women's race it looked as though Leanda Cave was all set to put the disappointment of last year behind her as she headed the field into T1 and throughout the bike but Sam McGlone had other ideas as, after just 8 miles of the run, she overhauled Cave and just kept on going away. Linsey Corbin, despite serving a four minute penalty for a drafting call, also passed Cave and set about working her way towards the finish in as fast a time as possible. By 20 miles the lead was down to 4:26 and by 22 miles it was down to 4:02 with Cave surrendering third place to Kate Major. McGlone took the win in 9:09:19, another course record, while Corbin, despite slowing slightly in the final couple of miles, held on for second place. Kate Major rounded out the top three, just holding off Gina Kehr, while Leanda Cave had to settle for 5th place.

Pos Male Female
1 Jordan Rapp 8:13:35 Sam McGlone 9:09:19
2 T J Tollakson 8:20:22 Linsey Corbin 09:13:46
3 Torsten Abel 8:20:39 Kate Major 9:20:12

F3 Events in 2010

The 2010 F3 events are being added to the website in conjunction with, there are going to be some new and exciting events planned to challenge the experienced and the first timer.

F3 Events appreciate all comments and have been working hard to implement these for the 2010 season. They have now joined forces with StuWeb Timing systems for all their 2010 events whereby you will get all splits and times whilst the event is taking place via the large TV screen which will then be hosted on their site and once the event has finished.

They have also linked up with the charity Sparks to help raise awareness for such a worthy cause. Lookout for more updates and F3 Events hope to see you for the 2010 event season for guaranteed fun and frolics!

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