Tri247 Newsletter


10th Feb 2010Issue 148

Welcome to the newsletter

Into February, and the (pre)season is definitely off and running now. Ironman World Champion Craig Alexander kicked off 2010 much as he finished 2009, by using his lightening fast run to secure another win at Ironman 70.3 Geelong in Australia. Closer to home, the Merrell TuffMan Duathlon certainly lived up to its name, and proved a fitting end to the Merrell Off Road Series, with XTERRA pro Sam Gardner taking a convincing win.

Performance of the weekend may well have to go to Hywel Davies however - and he was inside on a rowing machine! Never one to turn down a challenge, Hywel had set his sights on breaking the world record for 100km indoor rowing. He did it too, despite claiming it was the toughest thing he had ever done - and that includes winning Double Iron UK. Check out this YouTube video to get a sense of just what an effort it took. Hywel has an even bigger date this weekend - his wedding! Good luck and best wishes to Hywel and Julie.

Which is probably a good link into the big event coming up this weekend...if you love triathlon, what better than to spend Valentines weekend at Sandown Park for the annual TCR Show ( We have been profiling the show for several weeks now, featuring many of the exhibitors and events which will be taking place - it promises to be bigger than ever. As well as all of the latest kit (and a lots of bargain offers), you can also visit the 220 Triathlon Magazine Theatre, for seminars and workshops including Chrissie Wellington and Dave 'The Man' Scott. The TCR Theatre will also include talks from the likes of Simon Ward and Karen Pickering MBE. Entries are still open for the Saucony 10km on Sunday, and you can also take part in the Multipower Indoor Time Trial, where you can win a training day with Will Clarke.

Winning is something that all attendees of the show can do this year. Your show goodie bag - collect it on arrival - will have an individual number on. Visit the Tri247 stand at the show (I35), and you could win one of OVER 200 prizes, including a triathlon holiday, running shoes, cycling shoes, helmets, nutrition products, race entries, heart monitors and more. One lucky winner can win £1000 to spend at the show, courtesy of, but remember, you can only win by checking your number at the Tri247 stand. Would be a shame to miss out, wouldn't it? As well as the show goodie bags, there are lots of other competitions and prizes to win at the exhibitor stands - check out this summary of what is on offer.

See you at the show - do drop by and say hello.

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Weekend action

The weekend started off with some serious mud and a very challenging course at the fourth and final Merrell Off-Road Duathlon of the season - TuffMan. You can check out the official race report HERE, plus further stories from Jim McConnel and Colette O'Neill who both survivied - and enjoyed - the tough conditions.

Colin Dixon wasn't able to complete his grand slam of Merrell series races - despite taking a lead on the first run, he crashed out on the bike, and so it was XTERRA specialist Sam Gardner who took a decisive win, well over five minutes clear of Jim McConnel. Fay Cripps was the first lady home - improving on her second place at MudMan - with Claire Weldon second. Full results HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Sam Gardner (Berkshire Tri Club) 1:52:57 Fay Cripps 2:35:47
2nd Jim McConnel ( 1:58:20 Claire Weldon 2:42:55
3rd Paul Davies 2:05:07 Elizabeth Wilson (Clapham Chasers) 2:52:26

The Merrell TuffMan Run was also held at the same venue (full results HERE), where Adam Holland and Fiona Moorehead-Lane crossed the muddy line first.

Pos Men Women
1st Adam Holland ( Fiona Moorehead-Lane (Planet-X) 50:23
2nd David Hellard 40:52 Jane England 55:02
3rd Mark Dunbar 42:18 Yseult Whitaker 57:07

There was more mud "and chilly it was!" on Saturday at the Chilly MTB Duathlon in Warwickshire. We have full results HERE, plus results from the children's event HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Peter Hawkins 56:56 Maddie Horton (Team Certini-McCaulay's) 1:02:29
2nd Jay Horton (Team Certini-McCaulay's) 57:29 Karen Heslop 1:16:31
3rd Richard Merrell (Spa Striders) 1:01:49 Sian Evans (Sparkhill Harriers) 1:20:09

The final duathlon from Saturday was the Moors Valley event, and we also have full results from that one too HERE. Marcus Dodd and Anita Kelly took the wins.

Pos Men Women
1st Marcus Dodd 57:56 Anita Kelly 1:14:40
2nd Pete Rabjohns 58:21 Lesley Moore 1:16:42
3rd Mark Hanby 1:02:18 Michelle Carpenter 1:19:13

The first championship event of the year took place on Saturday - the Lygna ETU Winter Triathlon European Championships, for which we have the elite results online HERE. In the age group races, British Triathlon Federation President and ITU Vice President Sarah Springman OBE took away a silver medal (W50-54), as did Tom Philips in M40-44. The World Champs in the Winter Triathlon discipline takes place next weekend, also in Norway.

Away from the mud, cold or snow, the main international race of the weekend was Ironman 70.3 Geelong in Australia. Reigning Ironman world champion Craig "Crowie" Alexander started the year in style, despite having to make up a five minute deficit at T2, to pull away to another win. Swiss athlete Caroline Steffen, fourth at the Ironman 70.3 world champs last season, and a new member of TeamTBB, dominated the bike leg, and then added a strong run to take a five minute victory, her first Ironman 70.3 title. We have a full report on the race HERE.

Position   Overall Swim Bike Run
1 Craig Alexander (NSW)  3:53:15 232:01 2:15:39 1:11:57
2 Leon Griffin (VIC) 3:54:35 23:13 2:15:29 1:13:21
3 Tim Berkel (NSW) 3:56:10 23:24 2:15:06 1:14:51
1 Caroline Steffen (SWI) 4:14:32 24:54 2:20:37 1:25:58
2 Carrie Lester (QLD) 4:19:32 25:52 2:24:50 1:25:50
3 Lisa Marangon (NSW) 4:19:49 24:50 2:25:42 1:22:23

In other news - we profiled it in the weekend preview - and Hywel Davies delivered, breaking the indoor rowing 100km world record on Sunday. You can read all about it HERE, and do click-through and read his 'race' report. When a double-ironman winner describes it as the "hardest thing I've ever...", you can be sure this wasn't an easy task.

The event was also raising funds for two charities, and if you would like to congratulate Hywel on his efforts, I know he would appreciate you doing so by supporting his efforts on either of the following links:

For Myton Hospice:
For Haiti Hospital Appeal:

Planet X - 20% off Dura Ace 7900

Planet X ( are currently offering a whopping 20% OFF the latest and greatest Shimano Dura Ace 7900 groupsets and Dura Ace 7900 equipped bikes.

You can now buy a full Dura Ace equipped Superlight Pro Carbon for under £1400. That is a steal!

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Puretri: new Performance Centre in Bishop's Stortford now open

Puretri ( is proud to announce their new Performance Centre in Bishop's Stortford in Hertfordshire. After huge success with their online retail store they are now offering an extensive showroom.

They are one of a small number of authorised 2XU dealers who will be stocking the new exciting “Project X Range” in store and have already been overwhelmed with the interest it has created. To see the new Project X and also the complete range of 2XU, give then a visit. They also offer brands such as Sugoi, Fusion, Asics, Newton running shoes, Brooks, Felt,Oakley, Blue bike, Ceepo and lots more others. Plenty of onsite parking.

Shop address: 4 Southmill Trading Centre, Southmill Road, Bishop's Stortford CM23 3DY.

UK Challenge 2010

For 2010, the Intelligent Sport UK Challenge will make its way to the stunning location of Aviemore, Scotland. Aviemore and Cairngorms National Park is the largest National Park in Britain, playing host to 4 out of 5 of Scotland's highest mountains - the 2010 course is going to be truly spectacular! Challenge your team and get signed up for 2010!

Contact the Intelligent Sport team via / +44 (0)20 3048 2015 to get some help getting your company involved!

Introducing the Nice2Tri Showroom

Nice2Tri are pleased to offer you the opportunity to Tri before you buy in our new Hertford-based showroom.

A short walk from Hertford North station, the showroom displays all the amazing brands we stock. And with dedicated space for you to get first-hand experience of every product we have online; you can be sure of finding the right equipment to meet your needs.

No Natural History Museum glass counters here. We positively encourage you to pick up, feel, smell, hear and taste whatever you like. After all, the kit is for using, not admiring.

The showroom is located at 16 Oakwood House, Mimram Road, Hertford, Herts, SG141NN.

Find out more HERE.

Abu Dhabi International Triathlon

The Abu Dhabi International Triathlon (ADIT), has become one of the most talked about new triathlons for many years, and with good reason - there is $250,000 up for grabs! It also offers age groupers the opportunity to race on the brand new Yas Marina Formula 1 circuit.

Last week the initial ladies pro field was announced, which includes multiple world champions, and the 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th placed finishers from Kona 2009.

For all the latest news on the event, check out our dedicated race section, as the build up to Saturday 13th March continues, or visit the race website at

Alpe D'Huez Triathlon

The Alpe D'Huez Triathlon may well be the most stunning venue in Europe for a triathlon, as these images show.

If you are looking for an iconic European destination to race in this summer, Alpe D'Huez may well be the race for you. Find out more in our dedicated race section, or visit the race website at



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