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8th Dec 2009Issue 141

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With some great international racing this past weekend including an excellent performance from Scott Neyedli, this really should have been a positive editorial piece on another great British result on what has been a fine year all round. And then you get a bombshell land in your inbox to really mess up your day.

As recently as Friday I was talking to Peter Holmes, ITU Communications Manager, who was helping me with some information I had requested. And then on Monday morning I get the information that many of you will have seen, that Peter was killed in accident while hiking in Vancouver over the weekend. Quite shocking news. I can't claim to have been a close personal friend, but like many people in the triathlon press have had regular communications and discussions with him in recent years, both in his media role at the BTF and then following the move to his "dream job" at the ITU in Canada.

On behalf of the Tri247 team, I would like to express our deepest condolences to his family and friends at this very difficult time.

In this issue:

Results

Weekend action

Scotland's Scott Neyedli ended the season in fine style, taking second place and setting a Scottish Ironman record in the process at Ironman Western Australia in Busselton. His 8:17:49 clocking was also one of the fastest times ever from a British athlete, and within four minutes of that set by Stephen Bayliss at Ironman Austria 2008, the current British record. We've been in touch with Scott since the race, and he said "I went for the win, got to within 50secs of the lead at the last turn around point then suffered with cramping issues in the last 10k - my salt tablets dissolved in the mid 30 heat at the start of the last lap - knew I was gonna need, but hey, next time, 2010 is a new year.

"In more favouble race conditions on one of the fast ironman courses getting the British record close to the 8hrs barrier is more than possible."

We have a full report on the race, won by Patrick Vernay and Gina Crawford, HERE. Full results are on the site HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Patrick Vernay (NCL) 8:14:00 Gina Crawford (NZL) 9:16:53
2nd Scott Neyedli (GBR) 8:17:48 Christie Sym (AUS) 9:20:42
3rd Jimmy Johnsen (DEN) 8:21:12 Sarah Pollett (AUS) 9:21:34

Olympic triathlon champion Jan Frodeno made light work of his end of season 'race of legends' at the Laguna Phuket Triathlon, setting a course record time and taking victory by 12 minutes. The ladies race was far closer, as Radka Vodickova (CZE) got the better of defending champion Belinda Granger (AUS). We have a full report on the race HERE. Top Brits were Kevin Clark (fourth, 2:38:49) and Trudy Fawcett (fifth / first age grouper, 3:04:36)

Pos Men Women
1st Jan Frodeno (GER) 2:24:56 Radka Vodickova (CZE) 2:46:15
2nd Matthieu O'Halloran (CAN) 2:36:58 Belinda Granger (AUS) 2:49:51
3rd Balazs Csoke (HUN) 2:38:18 Rachel Paxton (AUS) 2:52:16

The final Powerman Duathlon of 2009 took place this past weekend too at Powerman Florida. Full results for that are available HERE, the winners being Robert Wade and Heather Gollnick.

Pos Men Women
1st Robert Wade 2:13:34 Heather Gollnick 2:36:49
2nd Matthew Russell 2:15:07 Melissa Miller 2:38:10
3rd Jay Stephenson 2:19:12 Anne Curie Preisig 2:41:02

Domestic Action

We had suggested in the weekend preview that Colin Dixon would likely be challenged by Jim McConnel at the front of the race at the Merrell MudMan Duathlon, and this proved right on the money - until Jim suffered a puncture. You can read his report HERE. Colin went on to add the MudMan to his IceMan win last month, with another regular name in the results, Lee Rankin in second place. Aileen Anderson manged to get the better of Fay Cripps in a very closely run race. Full results available HERE, plus results from the MudMan run HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Colin Dixon 1:49:08 Aileen Anderson 2:13:41
2nd Lee Rankin 1:53:41 Fay Cripps 2:14:06
3rd Jim Griffiths 1:58:05 Elizabeth Doyle 2:27:26

There was more off-road action at the Rempstone Roast MTB Duathlon, where Tri247 columinst Will Newbery secured another win (having won here last year), and the first lady was Lydia Browning. Full results HERE.

The first Epic Events Winter Duathlon in St Helens had some real quality to it, with Matt Moorhouse and Rhian Roxburgh taking the wins in this event which has the two runs separated by a 10-mile individual time trial. It's great to see some different formats on offer to keep things interesting. Full results HERE.

Despite it being a cold and wet December, there were still two aquathlons on the schedule. We have the results of the Krazy Kristmas Kaper in Devon HERE, where fancy dress and fun was far more important than the winning. Courtesy of StuWeb (www.stuweb.co.uk) we also have the results of the Wombourne Aquathlon, where time-keeper Stuart even managed to race too. They are available HERE. Philip Wolfe (Mammouth Racing Team) and Zoe Hanson were the fastest athletes of the day.

F3 Events in 2010

The 2010 F3 events are being added to the website in conjunction with Tri247.com, 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 Tri247.com 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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