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3rd Mar 2010Issue 151

Welcome to the newsletter

Ah, the joys of a holiday and some winter warmth - a chance to relax, sea, sun...and a bloody nightmare of a cough to welcome you back to England! Oh well, back to the day job and the antibiotics... Big thanks to the 'H' for standing in while I was away, and keeping the Tri247 machine well oiled.

March now, and the season really takes off this coming weekend. The National Duathlon Champs (Clumber Park) and the Ballbuster are just two classic events to kick off the weekend on Saturday, while on the other side of the world Ironman New Zealand will see home favourite Cameron Brown looking for his ninth title. Our columnist Jo Carritt won't actually be racing due to injury, but partner Steven Lord will. A year ago the roles were reversed, as Steven was in a hospital bed having just had major surgery on a foot injury. A year later, and he is hoping to podium in his age group and gain another Kona spot. As one of the hardest training athletes around - pro or age grouper - we wish you well.

This week we also released the first of our TCR Show Video interviews, with XTERRA World Champion Eneko Llanos. Watch out for plenty more of these to follow in the coming weeks.

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Weekend action

In a relatively quiet weekend of race action, the major overseas event was also the first full-distance M-Dot race of the year: Ironman Malaysia. Regular Tri247 readers will know that we like to have a little prediction or two in our weekend preview, and Editor-at-large Henry Budgett, who was standing sitting in the hot seat last week while your Editor found some sun and relaxation, was spot on in stating "the smart money might tend to favour Marino Vanhoenacker".

The powerful Belgian athlete crushed the bike leg, with only Romain Gulliame (FRA) riding within 25 minutes of his flying 4:21 split. With a solid 3:06 marathon, Marino took a very big win - 28 minutes clear of Hiroyuki Nishiuchi (JPN).

Belinda Granger (AUS) is one of the hardest working - and successful - Ironman athletes on the circuit, and clearly loves the Malaysia race. This was her third consecutive win. Full results HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Marino Vanhoenacker (BEL) 8:22:31 Belinda Granger (AUS) 9:23:33
2nd Hiroyuki Nishiuchi (JPN) 8:50:52 Edith Niederfriniger (ITA) 9:35:02
3rd Romain Gulliame (FRA) 8:54:38 Hilary Biscay (USA) 10:10:59

The ever reliable Will Whitmore ( had both race organiser and time-keeper duties at The Big Adventure Store Chilly Duathlon, but still provided timely results - Adults race HERE, and the South West Childrens Duathlon Champs HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Hugh Mackenzie (Imperial College Boat Club) 44:47 Lisa Greenfield (BAD Tri) 52:32
2nd Lee Rankin (DB Max Tri) 45:25 Fran Bungay (Driven to Tri) 54:49
3rd Richard Wilder ( 45:47 Nicky Russell (BAD Tri) 54:59

In other news, Saturday was one of the big running days of the year - the English National Cross Country Championships - held this year in Roundhay Park, Leeds. The Senior Mens race was won by Andy Vernon (38:01), and there was some good runs from Will Clarke (23rd, 40:17) and Matt Gunby (28th, 40:27). The ladies event was won by Stephanie Twell (27:52), while in 24th (30:01), we spotted Georgie Rutherford, who according to the Darlington Harriers website had warmed up with a three hour bike ride in the morning...

Planet X - SRAM Red Planet X Stealth

Check out THIS ARTICLE to pre-order the 220 Triathlon 'Bike of the Year', equipped with SRAM Red, deep-rim carbon wheels and more for just £1999!

There's limited stock of these arriving on the 15th March, so you'll need to be quick to be quick! ORDER 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 / +44 (0)20 3048 2015 to get some help getting your company involved!

Sports Tours Special

Sports Tours International ( has teamed up with the organisers of ELBAMAN to offer a 1-week triathlon training camp on the beautiful Elba Island off the Tuscan Coast of Italy. It will take place from 10th-17th May in the week building up the Elba Cup featuring a Sprint distance race on Sat and an Olympic Distance race on Sunday.

The Camp will be hosted by former PRO triathlete Federico Girasole, (2008 Elbaman Winner, 8.34 IM Austria, Italian National Long Distance Triathlon Coach). He will be assisted by his wife Silvia who is a European & World Masters Swimming Champion & Record Holder who will be able to give valuable technical advice and coaching on your swim technique.

The 1-week camp is based in the beautiful town of Marina di Campo on the stunningly beautiful Elba Island based right at the race site. As a special offer if you book before 10th March you can get £40 off per person. Just quote 'Tri247 Elba Camp Offer'.

There will be a limited number of places available so book now to avoid disappointment.


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.

ZOOT plus Tri and Run at the NEC

If you are heading the to Outdoors Show this 26th-28th of March at the NEC, Birmingham why not pop by stand TL400. The chaps from Tri and Run will be there with Zoot and flying the flag for triathlon.

See the website for more details.













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