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22nd Mar 2010Issue 154

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Next weekend sees the first national elite Championships of the season take place, the British Elite Duathlon Championships at Prestwold Hall airfield, near Loughborough. For 2010 - at the athletes request - the senior racing takes place over a shorter 5k / 20k / 2.5k (draft legal) format. As with 2009, a prize fund of £5,000 is up for grabs, which should ensure some fast and exciting racing.

The entry lists look strong with far more depth this year - for the ladies, defending champion Kat Grimmett is back after such a great 2009 season. She will likely be challenged by double World Junior Duathlon Champion Sophie Coleman plus TriGold scheme member Katie Ingram. As you can read below in the weekend race roundup, Katie has picked up a couple of promising wins already this season so it will be interesting to see what happens at this level of racing as she transitions from running to multisport.

There is a strong men's lineup too. While 2009 winner Alistair Brownlee is still recovering from injury, silver medal winner Matt Gunby will be racing - and Matt has recorded some superb early season running results. He will be joined by reigning British triathlon champ Will Clarke, Adam Bowden and more in what could easily be a tough sprint finish.

Racing kicks off at 9am at Prestwold Hall airfield, near Loughborough on Sunday (28th). If you are in the area, why not go along and give the athletes some support. More details available HERE.

Congratulations to off-road specialist Sam Gardner for securing two very tough wins out on the Pacific island of Saipan over the last two weeks. Sam won both the XTERRA Saipan (off-road) and Tagaman (on-road), and you can read his report on the events HERE.

In this issue:

Results

Weekend action

International Racing

Well, the results at Ironman 70.3 Singapore didn't pan out (quite) as we predicted. Sure, Ironman World Champion Craig Alexander secured another win to add to that from Geelong last month, but that was an impressive second - again - from South African James Cunnama. James, who finished second at Ironman Austria last year, also finished second on home soil at Ironman 70.3 South Africa in January, and ran a 1:16:03 in tough conditions against 1:15:31 from the amazing Alexander. That bodes well for James, as prep for his hometown race - Ironman South Africa - in Port Elizabeth next month. Alexander defended the title he won last year.

For the ladies, we had predicted that like Craig, Jodie Swallow would retain the 2009 win, with nearest challenger Caroline Steffen (SUI) likely to be suffering after Abu Dhabi last week...wrong! While Jodie, as always, led out of the swim and on to the run course, Steffen's run (1:25:54) was too much for Swallow (1:37:08), leaving the Swiss athlete with a comfortable eight minute margin at the finish line - an impressive effort just a week after taking fourth in Abu Dhabi.

Pos Men Women
1st Craig Alexander (AUS) 3:53:31 Caroline Steffen (SUI) 4:18:14
2nd James Cunnama (RSA) 3:54:23 Jodie Swallow (GBR) 4:26:32
3rd Aaron Farlow (ASU) 3:55:45 Margaret Shapiro (USA) 4:31:37

Sam Gardner continued his great 2010 season, adding the Tagaman Triathlon (2k / 60k / 15k - road) to the XTERRA Saipan title he won last week. There is a full race report available in the Saipan Tribune. Next stop for Sam, we believe, is XTERRA Guam next weekend. Congratulations too to Sam's Berkshire Tri Club team mate Michael Hiscott who took third, while Emma Smith from Great Britain was fifth lady. Full results HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Sam Gardner (GBR) 2:59:23 Dan Bi Hong (KOR) 3:20:47
2nd Mike Vine (USA) 3:00:10 Shonny Vanlandingham (USA) 3:23:53
3rd Michael Hiscott (GBR) 3:06:55 Renata Bucher (SUI) 3:24:36

Domestic Action

The first Luton Triathlon attracted over 100 athletes for a rare March triathlon in the UK. John Whitworth secured a narrow win for the men, but it was a different story for the ladies where British Triathlon TriGold member Katie Ingram finished third overall, almost 19 minutes ahead, recording the second fastest swim and run overall. Katie recently won one the Big Cow Duathlons, ahead of National Age Group Champion Eimear Mullan, so it will be interesting to watch her progress when the higher profile elite races kick off in a couple of months - a promising start however... Thanks to Stuart Steele (www.stuweb.co.uk) for the results, which you can find HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st John Whitworth 54:33 Katie Ingram (Trigold) 59:14
2nd Beau Harper 55:18 Caroline Smith 1:18:21
3rd Richard Lewey (Crystal Palace Tri) 1:01:28 Lorna Third 1:19:22

Will Whitmore (www.dbmax.co.uk) was once again very swift with results for the VOTWO Dorney Duathlons, and we have the results loaded for the Sprint and SuperSprint events. Charles Ashwanden (Eton Tri) got the better of team mate Julian Fairley, while the ladies event was won by Kirstie Morrison (Bath Amphibians).

Pos Men Women
1st Charles Ashwanden (Eton Tri) 1:09:11 Kirstie Morrison (Bath Amphibians) 1:24:14
2nd Julian Fairley (Eton Tri) 1:09:30 Amy Lomax (Southampton RC) 1:30:25
3rd James Hart (DB Max Tri) 1:10:17 Victoria Goodenough (Tri-Anglia) 1:30:45

The podium results from the final Earlybird Aquathlon in Wales (thanks Jane!) are below. Once again, junior international triathlete Elinor Thorogood came close to an overall win.

Pos Men Women
1st Dafydd Davies 23:32 Elinor Thorogood 23:42
2nd Owain Llyr James 23:44 Caroline John 28:18
3rd Scott Butterworth 24:15 Sophie Rossa 29:51

We also have the full results (HERE) from the 1485 No Frills Duathlon. In the weekend preview organiser Richard Billington had tipped Craig Twigg and Conor Murphy as the race favourites, and they did indeed take the one-two. No course record, but Craig did reduce the bike course record by over a minute. Ladies winner was Jeanette Foster.

Pos Men Women
1st Craig Twigg 1:09:10 Jeanette Foster 1:22:51
2nd Conor Murphy 1:10:19 Clair Shea Simmonds 1:26:10
3rd James Turner 1:10:58 Sue Street 1:27:20

Another correct shout from the weekend preview was a clear win for Lucy Gossage at the inaugural Dambuster Duathlon. It was a closer affair for the men, as Ashley Hurdman used his running legs to get the better of biker Mark Redwood. Full results HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Ashley Hurdman (Ceepo TFN) 1:56:00 Lucy Gossage (TFN Tri Club) 2:08:59
2nd Mark Redwood 1:57:14 Carrine Green (NYP Tri) 2:21:47
3rd Michael Westwell (RAF Tri) 1:58:38 Emily Dove (Tri UK) 2:23:10

The second Mud & Mayhem Off-Road Duathlon of the year at Thetford Forest was won in fine style by Hugo Hocknall and Eunice Alexander. Full results HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Hugo Hocknall 1:10:11 Eunice Alexander 1:27:50
2nd David Jones 1:14:31 Anne Corbett 1:40:00
3rd Andrew Johnsen 1:15:33 Tansy Challis 1:14:16

The Marlow Duathlon is quietly gaining an excellent reputation, and another strong field arrived to race on Sunday. Race of the day appears to be for the ladies, where Rebecca Slack had just two seconds to spare over Ros Viner. After losing three and half minutes to Ros on the first run, Rebecca crushed the bike leg to gain back eight minutes...before Ros almost did enough on the second run. By contrast, Andrew Mercer had over three minutes cushion in winning the men's event. Full results HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Andrew Mercer 1:37:05 Rebecca Slack (TriTalk) 1:56:45
2nd James Turton 1:40:50 Ros Viner 1:56:47
3rd Jon Darwent (TVT) 1:42:24 Rachel Hall 1:59:05

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