Tri247 Newsletter


8th Mar 2010Issue 152

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Congratulations to Daniel McCarthy and Eimear Mullan, who took home the first British Championships titles of the year by winning the National Duathlon Champs at the Clumber Classic on Sunday. Reports of the event all seem to be referring to the high quality and speed of the racing, which bodes well for the season ahead and is always great to hear.

Coming up this week we will be bringing you a couple of videos from the TCR Show 2010, including a truly inspiring story. Check out the site on Tuesday for more. We will also be bringing you on site updates from Abu Dhabi, as your Editor will be departing these (very cold) shores for some warmth, and to cover the first, and much hyped Abu Dhabi International Triathlon. If there is one thing that can generate top quality triathlon racing, it's money - check out the finish from the 2009 Hy-Vee ITU Elite Cup if you need evidence! The Abu Dhabi event gives the long distance athletes a total of $250,000 to chase, and there are plenty of Brits seeking a share of it. There will be daily updates on the site later this week.

Plenty of race action now we are into March, and we've got all the latest news and results here for you. Read on...

In this issue:


Weekend action


By all reports, the British Duathlon Champs, Clumber Classic, saw some of the fastest duathlon racing in the UK for many a year. As well as championship honours, National Ranking Series status plus European and World qualifying ensured a high class field.

In our weekend preview I highlighted six ladies I thought would be in contention for the win - and while I wasn't (quite) on the mark with the winner - five of those finished in the top six (and Michelle Parsons didn't race...). Danielle Stewart (fourth) was the one I missed out on - sorry Danielle!

Eimear Mullan continued her great form from the TCR 10km, and held off multiple World Age Group Champion Emma Dews to take the British title, finishing with a 1:30 winning margin after the two fastest runs of the day, and a second best cycle leg for a strong all round performance.

For the men, Daniel McCarthy took home the win. A fast opening run, followed by a blistering bike leg - bettered only by second placed Wayne Smith - set him up for a one minute win over the former National Champion. The final podium spot was taken by our pre-race pick, Lee Piercy. Double Olympic Champion rower James Cracknell showed that he really is committed to multisport, with an excellent 14th place finish in a very fast race - one of only nine athletes to record a sub 60 minute bike leg. With his proven endurance, surely there is a pretty impressive Ironman performance to follow from him sooner or later?!

Full results are loaded for the Clumber Classic and Clumber Sprint.

Clumber Classic
Pos Men


1st Daniel McCarthy 1:49:37 Eimear Mullan 2:01:51
2nd Wayne Smith 1:50:46 Emma Dews 2:03:21
3rd Lee Piercy 1:51:54 Esther Evans 2:05:18
Clumber Sprint
Pos Men


1st Mike Cornes 59:08 Lucy Hall 1:06:52
2nd James Gibson 59:29 Lucy Smith 1:06:57
3rd David Bishop 59:32 Victoria Johnston 1:12:04

The Tri and Run Spring Ballbuster Duathlon was held on Saturday morning at Box Hill, Surrey.

The men's race was a one-two for Thames Turbo Tri Club, with Andrew Mercer doing all of the damage on the bike leg, for a five and half minute win over team mate Paul Perry. Fiona Moorehead-Lane (Planet X) finished with a seven minute buffer over Charlotte Maurissen (Evo TC) for the ladies.

More reports and pictures coming soon. Full results HERE.

Pos Men


1st Andrew Mercer (Thames Turbo) 2:47:40 Fiona Moorehead-Lane (Planet X) 3:17:40
2nd Paul Perry (Thames Turbo) 2:53:12 Charlotte Maurissen (Evo TC) 3:24:44
3rd Aodh O'Neill (Serpentine) 2:55:35 Ellen Tune (BRAT) 3:32:19

Thanks to Phil Elms for supplying results from the Dunmow Duathlon which are now loaded HERE.

Pos Men


1st Benvenuto Baldelli 1:24:09 Louise Rolfe (Walden Triathletes) 1:37:46
2nd Jack Peasgood 1:25:52 Kathryn Berry (Trent Park Running Club) 1:40:32
3rd Carl Lane (Army Tri Assoc) 1:27:54 Bernie Wolff (Farrow Tri) 1:42:17

The big international race of the weekend was Ironman New Zealand in Taupo. If familiarity breeds contempt, that certainly doesn't apply here, as Cameron Brown (for the ninth time) and Joanna Lawn (seventh) added yet more accolades to their bulging CV's. Neither had it easy however - midway through the cycle leg, Brown was over seven minutes in arrears of fellow Kiwi and former Ironman 70.3 World Champ Terrenzo Bozzone. Experience counted however, and Bozzone began to pay for his swift speed in the latter stages of the bike. While he started the run ahead, by 10km the mercurial Brown hit the front and pulled away to an 8:21 clocking courtesy of a 2:47:35 marathon.

To regain the title she lost last year, Lawn would have to get the better of reigning champ Gina Crawford. In 2008 Crawford recorded two sub-nine hour iron distance races (Roth and Busselton), and had already won Challenge Wanaka this year so was not going to be an easy opponent. After gaining a small lead on the bike, Lawn was to pull away on the run - so much so that she set a course record in the process (9:14:35), to finish a delighted winner. Lawn was originally named on the start list for next weekend's Abu Dhabi International Triathlon - will she make it, AND be able to race well just a week later?


First results in on Sunday were from the Frosty (and Frostbite) Aquathlons - thanks Clive! You can read the full race report HERE.

Results are loaded for the Frosty (long) and Frostbite (short) events.

Frosty (800m / 10km)
Pos Men


1st Olivier Pinchard 49:30 Polly Mosley (For Tuff Sake) 51:04
2nd Kevin Pearson (For Tuff Sake) 49:36 Kate Everley 53:24
3rd Liam McNally (Phoenix Phlyers) 49:43 Erica Martin (Phoenix Phlyers) 56:02
Frostbite (400m / 5km)
Pos Men


1st Matt Lambert 24:21 Claire Nichols (Southampton Tri Club) 25:08
2nd Pavan Pooprai (Thames Turbo) 24:30 Emily McLoughlin (Crawley Tri Club) 26:01
3rd Luke Penney (Thames Turbo) 24:33 Pauline Freestone (Brighton Dolphin SC) 29:06

We don't have the full results (yet) from the Earlybird Winter Aquathlon (Machynlleth), but the top three positions are below. Junior international Elinor Thorogood came close to winning the race overall.

Pos Men


1st Dafydd Davies 23:41 Elinor Thorogood 23:52
2nd Dylan Lewis 24:31 Anita Saycell 28:53
3rd Sion Owen 24:49 Caroline John 29:09

More aquathlon action in Burntwood, where we have the results of the Adults (HERE) and Tristar/Youth (Here) events. Alex Mead and Kate Wright took comprehensive wins.

Pos Men


1st Alex Mead 25:33 Kate Wright (Stratford upon Avon AC) 29:52
2nd Cameron Scott-Stamp (Wrekin RR) 27:13 Samantha Anderson (Rugby Tri Club) 31:32
3rd Stuart Geggie (BRAT) 28:14 Chloe Barton (Absolute Tri Club) 32:14

We also have the results of the Tewkesbury Aquathlon Race 3 (HERE) where Joel Enoch won with a four second margin over Sam Windless. Millie Barnes had a much more comfortable win in the ladies race.

Pos Men


1st Joel Enoch 22:57 Millie Barnes 27:00
2nd Sam Windless 23:01 Jessica Williams 29:24
3rd Jon Rawlings 24:35 Emily Tavernor 29:48

Stuart Steele ( was on timing duties at the Maidstone Duathlon, and sent in the results which you can find HERE. Barry Stewart and Sarah Sutton finished seven and four minutes respectively ahead of their chasers.

Pos Men


1st Barry Stewart (Kent Cycles RC) 2:07:09 Sarah Sutton (San Fairy Ann CC) 2:37:57
2nd Ashley Howes (Larkfield AC) 2:14:32 Stephanie Narbeth 2:41:52
3rd Jakub Bazant (White Oak Tri) 2:14:53 Caroline Terburgh (Larkfield AC) 2:43:48

Simon Roxburgh reports from the Llanrwst Winter Duathlon Race 3: "Spring was in the air in Llanrwst on Sunday and there was a spring in the step of a bunch of happy duathletes racing hard in Race 3 of the Llanrwst Winter Duathlon Series. Arthur Connell put in some strong running to beat the runner up of Race 2, Adrian Leonard into second, and the runner up of Race 1, Vince Edwards into third. Meanwhile for the ladies, Carneddau Tri's Vicky Ronald followed up her second place in the previous Llanrwst Duathlon to take the win." Full results HERE.

Pos Men


1st Arthur Connell 1:15:40 Vicky Ronald 1:40:04
2nd Adrian Leonard 1:16:57 Sharon Edwards 1:44:35
3rd Vince Edwards 1:18:28 Val Edwards 1:46:02

The one swim-bike-run event of the weekend was the Mad March Triathlon in Dorset where Marcus Dodd and Fran Bungay were first across the line. Full results HERE.

Pos Men


1st Marcus Dodd 48:26 Fran Bungay 57:39
2nd Alex Rothwell 50:49 Lydia Browning 58:00
3rd Nick Sepncer 50:49 Jessica Mitchell 1:01:38

Mud and Mayhem - March 21st

Entries are still available for the Round 2 of the Mud and Mayhem Off-Road Duathlon Series. The race takes place in Thetford Forest on Sunday 21st March, and entries are available HERE.

Previous races have attracted Sam Gardner (report HERE) and Tim McDowell (report HERE), plus athletes of all abilities looking for mud and fun.

For more details, visit

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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