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24th Feb 2010Issue 150

Welcome to the newsletter

Sincere apologies for the not very up-to-date newsletter - something went awry in the mailer and it has been absent without leave for the past 36 hours...

It looks as though the Editor's article on triathlon being the new team sport a couple of weeks ago has been taken to heart by far more than just the professional triathlon community. Over the past few years many hundreds, if not thousands, of press releases about products, athletes and events have worked their way through our email system and there has often been a clear and sharp divide between the professional and the amateur. That division is now really starting to blur and announcements from clubs, teams and even individual athletes are starting to get more and more professional. Last week's release from Team TBAS was a full-on multimedia job with - and this is from a store-sponsored group of good but not exactly 'household name' age group athletes.

With similar squads of athletes now becoming more common there's probably a market out there for some more team-based events. Some already exist; enlightened organisers like Human Race have been testing this market for a few years with events like the Team Relays at the Bananaman and the National Club Relays have been a summer highlight for years, but how about staging something like the Iron Tour which has been going for years in France but, as far as I can remember, only ever saw the light of day here once. Get all these sponsored, semi-pro teams together and let us see who is the 'best of the best' competing in a range of events from aquathlons through to a team relay across a whole weekend. Any takers?

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Results

Weekend action

It's not often these days that I get to sit in the hot seat but as the Editor is sunning himself in some exotic foreign location and getting his sanity back in readiness for another multisport-filled year it seemed only proper that someone filled in... While John may be enjoying temperatures that we can only dream of events are still going on even as Winter refuses to release its frigid grip. As we drove down to Portsmouth in the early hours of Sunday morning to time a rain-lashed half marathon we heard that a sportive in Milton Keynes had been called off due to the snow - this run of miserable weather certainly isn't over yet!

Saturday saw the first race in the Big Cow Winter Duathlon Series at Milton Keynes Bowl and a victory for Joel Jameson who looks to have been in the driving seat throughout the race. The female winner, Katie Ingram, placed seventh overall and was less than 2:30 behind Jameson. Full results are HERE.

Pos Male Female
1 Joel Jameson 00:48:19 Katie Ingram 00:50:48
2 Phil Melling (Wooton Tri) 00:48:42 Eimear Mullan 00:53:17
3 Lee Calderon 00:48:57 Lucy Gossage (Cambridge University TC) 00:53:29/td>

Dorney Lake awoke from its Winter slumbers to host F3's Winter Duathlon Series and the Sparks 5k and 10k runs. In the main event, a sprint distance duathlon, Hugh Mackenzie and Melanie Briggs took the trophies while Trevor Morris and Liza Williams (who was second overall) were the winners in the novice event. Results for the sprint are HERE and for the novice are HERE, all courtesy of Stuart Steele's StuWeb timing site.

The 10k was won by Austin Swain (Berkshire Tri Squad) and Patricia Thomas, full results are HERE, while the 5k went to George Gardiner and Hannah Clews, full results are HERE.

Pos Male Female
1 Hugh Mackenzie 1:02:42 Melanie Briggs 1:20:57
2 Ross Muir 1:05:59 Katie Henderson 1:22:09
3 Vincent Halpern 1:06:11 Elizabet Stojanoska 1:25:57

Concept Sport always has a gentle start to its race calender and this weekend it was the turn of the Winchester 10k. Winners here were Mike Grist (Poole Runners) in 0:34:30 and Kate Towerton in 0:39:26. Full results are HERE.

Deep in the heart of Thetford Forest - no, we are not talking about Center Parcs... - Go Beyond staged their Mud and Mayhem Offroad Duathlon. We've been promised a report so it must have been a good one and the headline winners were Tim Mc Dowell in 1:23:22 and Eunice Alexander in 1:51:08. Full results are HERE.

Pos Male Female
1 Tim McDowell 1:23:22 Eunice Alexander 1:51:08
2 Hugo Hocknell 1:23:55 Tracy Holt 2:15:10
3 Jon Pettifor 1:35:50 Alison Lapper 2:19:23

Exeter Tri Club's series of aquathlons rolled into Dawlish and according to the organisers the competitors were treated to a 'Spring-like morning' - just shows what a few miles will do, in Portsmouth it was still definitely Winter! Sam Jackson, last year's runner-up, and Helen Smith took the wins in the senior race and, we presume, a family affair in the novice with Karn and Tessa Sandlands. Their next race is in Exmouth on March 14th and entries are still available. Full results for the senior race are HERE and the novice race is HERE.

Pos Male Female
1 Sam Jackson 0:26:14 Helen Smith 0:32:43
2 Martin Palmer 0:26:36 Katherine Broomhall 0:33:12
3 Luke Reed 0:30:33 Louise Harris 0:34:59

Results Triathlon's Rempstone Roast off-road duathlon down in Dorset seems to have attracted a mainly local crowd with the wins going to Jon Clemas and Fran Bungay. Full results are available HERE.

Pos Male Female
1 Jon Clemas 1:38:45 Fran Bungay 1:50:22
2 Steve Dring 1:39:59 Lydia Browning 1:54:07
3 Paul Tapper 1:40:25 Barbara Florek 2:04:02

As yet we haven't seen results for the Earlybird Aquathlon or the St Mary's Aquathlon but we'll get them online as soon as they come in.

Planet X - 20% off Dura-Ace 7900

Planet X (www.planet-x-warehouse.co.uk) 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! Check out this article, or find out more at www.planet-x-warehouse.co.uk.

Win a Garmin jersey signed by Alistair Brownlee

Chain Reaction Cycles (www.chainreactioncycles.com) are running a promotion that will appeal to all triathlon fanatics by giving you the opportunity of winning a Garmin jersey signed by Alistair Brownlee. They have three of these exclusive jerseys to give away to the lucky winners of the prize draw. To be eligible for a prize all you have to do is buy any Garmin Edge or Forerunner series GPS unit during the month of February.

For more details check out their web page HERE.

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 four out of five 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 intelligentsportUK@imgworld.com / +44 (0)20 3048 2015 to get some help getting your company involved!

Sports Tours Special

In an exclusive offer only available to Tri247 readers (and our sister sites Run247/Duathlon247) you can save £50 off the cost of a travel package to the 2010 Chicago Marathon on October 10th. All you have to do is book by February 28th through this special link and quote the reference 'Tri247 Chicago Offer'.

Hurricane hits Chain Reaction

Coming soon to Chain Reaction are TYR Hurricane wetsuits. This new wetsuit won the 'best in show' at Interbike 2009, largely because TYR felt it crucial to work with a renowned triathlete who is internationally recognised for his pack-leading swim - Andy Potts. The new TYR Hurricane wetsuit range is just being launched in the US and will be available through Chain Reaction Cycles in April/May. For more information see their website.

 
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