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5th Jan 2010Issue 144

Welcome to the newsletter

Happy New Year to you all. I hope you all got gloves and coats for Christmas given the weather of late! It has been rather chilly to say the least, and several races have been cancelled, including our Garmin Route of the Month featured Cliveden Cross Country. Still, despite having to change the course at late notice, the triathlon year did start as always on New Year's Day in Edinburgh, while 2°C water temperatures apparently wasn't enough to stop the non-wetsuit Christmas Day Triathlon in Kent. Madness...

Fortunately [insert smug grin...!] your Editor will be escaping the snow for a few days next week to take a hands-on look at the first M-Dot event of the year: Spec-Savers Ironman 70.3 South Africa from Buffalo City. The Triangle crew put on a stunning race last year at Ironman South Africa, Port Elizabeth, so it will be interesting to see if the half distance event can match that. Right, time to find my shorts and suncream....

In this issue:

Results

Christmas and New Year preview

While there isn't too much multisport action to report over the Christmas and New Year period, that hasn't stopped several triathletes making a few headlines with their running exploits.

ITU World Champion Alistair Brownlee won two events over Christmas, going back to his fell running roots in the colours of Bingley Harriers. On boxing Day Alistair won his fourth Chevin Chase, and brother Jonathan also joined in the fun by finishing second - that's the third straight year it's been a Brownlee one-two. Full results HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Alistair Brownlee 38:02 Victoria Whitehead 46:57
2nd Jonathan Brownlee 39:02 Josie Hodgetts 47:52
3rd Greg Hull 41:46 Charlotte Sanderson 47:57

Both of the Brownlee's were out again on New Years Eve for the The 16th Daleside Auld Lang Syne race, a 6-mile route including 800 feet of climbing. Alistair took the win again in deep snow, with Bingley clubmate Ian Holmes splitting the two brothers by taking second place. Full results HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Alistair Brownlee 39:35 Olivya Walwyn 47:34
2nd Ian Holmes 39:49 Emma Clayton 48:59
3rd Jonathan Brownlee 39:58 Sarah Ridgeway-Kleeman 49:04

Another Beijing Olympian who will be well pleased with his Christmas races will be Will Clarke. On Boxing Day he took part in a 4-mile race, as he does every year. While 2008 saw a time of 19:30, he improved by over a minute this time, recording 18:32, and in so doing breaking the course record of Grenville Tuck which had stood since 1974!

Not content with that, before enjoying his New Years Eve (see video here!), will had set his sights on a sub-30 minute 10km (genuine, certified course) at the Ely New Years Eve 10km. Pretty damn close he came too, finishing in 30:05 (4:50/mile pace), which is great running for this time of the year, and in very cold conditions too.

Matt Gunby, another triathlete/duathlete also ran well, taking second place in a swift 30:46. Matt won the silver medal at the National Elite Duathlon Champs in 2009, plus a bronze in the World Age Group (Sprint) Champs in 2008, Vancouver. Stuart Hayes finished fourth (32:10), while another triathlete who had a great 2009, Jodie Stimpson, took second place in the ladies race. Full results HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Will Clarke 30:05 Felicity Milton 34:20
2nd Matt Gunby 30:46 Jodie Stimpson 35:28
3rd Glen Watts 31:16 Alex Bott 38:50

Thanks to columnist Vince Golding, who highlighted that double World Junior Duathlon Champion Sophie Coleman (Phoenix AC) finished second overall (first U20) at the Sussex Cross Country Championships on Saturday.

Richard Stannard won the Christmas Day Bushy parkrun TT (and was second on Boxing Day), while Michelle Dillon proved that she can still run despite all that back surgery, winning the Boxing Day event too in 18:51.

There was duathlon racing on New Years Eve, and once again John Franklin took the honours at the Milford Duathlon. You can read his report HERE.

The madness of the Christmas Day Triathlon - open water, non-wetsuit! - reached its 17th year, and you can read the full report HERE, plus we also have the full results HERE too.

Despite a course change, The Tri Centre New Year's Day Triathlon did go ahead in Edinburgh, and we have the results HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Roger Witz Barnes (Manchester Tri Club) 52:21 Sian Tovey (Fusion Tri Club) 1:04:30
2nd Iain Veitch (Tri Central) 53:41 Lorna Logan (Glasgow Rowing Club) 1:07:47
3rd Andrew Christy (JETS) 54:50 Caroline Toshack 1:08:13

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London and Blenheim closing soon

Firstly, a quick bit of New Year entertainment to get you started - www.thelondontriathlon.co.uk/LT-TriThreesome - a winter advert for the London Triathlon team relays, who's in your threesome?.

The London Triathlon – 7th & 8th August 2010, ExCeL, London

The world's largest triathlon is something any triathlete, cyclist or runner must add to their calendar. One of the few times you will get the opportunity to swim, cycle and run past the iconic sites of London without any traffic. Different distances are available for anyone to take part from first timer to top age-grouper. www.thelondontriathlon.co.uk - Limited availability, entry deadline 31st January 2010 (subject to availability).

The Blenheim Triathlon – 5th & 6th June 2010, Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire

This ever popular triathlon gives you the chance to race in the stunning grounds of Blenheim Palace. A perfect event for those looking to start their triathlon season or career on one of the most enjoyable weekends of the year. www.theblenheimtriathlon.com - Limited availability, entry deadline 28th February 2010 (subject to availability).

Win a cycling or triathlon week with Girona Cycling

Girona Cycling are once again offering Tri247 readers the chance to win a one week training camp at their beautiful training centre, Mas Pelegri, in Girona, Spain. The prize includes en-suite accommodation, large breakfasts, three course lunches and dinners, coaching, hydration and nutrition while training, two massages, and local transfers. And the good news is, it couldn't be easier! All you have to do is go to www.gironacycling.com click on the competition banner logo and enter your details.

To find out more about Girona Cycling go to: www.gironacycling.com

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!

Check out www.f3events.co.uk for more details of their 2010 race calendar.

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