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31st Mar 2010Issue 155

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Don't you love it when a plan comes together? The world of professional Ironman racing is a pretty tough one. While the likes of 'Macca', 'Crowie' and ' Chrissie' may be able to enjoy the (much deserved) benefits that their undoubted talents and performances have earned, you don't have to be too far down the Ironman performance hierarchy to be struggling to survive financially. At the end of 2009, Scotland's Scott Neyedli lost the crucial financial support that his Commerzbank Team membership provided, when his contract wasn't renewed. Despite that, he finished second at Ironman Western Australia in December, recording one of the fastest times ever from a British athlete.

When we spoke to him in December, Scott revealed that he had decided to stay in Australia during the winter rather than travelling home to manage his budget. He set his sights on Ironman Australia this past weekend, and despite a few crashes and injuries in the build up, his dedication paid off with another second place finish to the Ironman Australia specialist Patrick Vernay. Ok, so the perfect story would have ended with a victory, but it was another great effort from the 2007 Ironman UK winner who has gained the valuable support of a number of sponsors over recent months. Ironman isn't glamourous, it's hard work and takes a lot of dedication - chapeau! Scott. We look forward to following Scott's racing during 2010, as we know he feels he has the ability to take the British Ironman record.

Plenty of great racing action this past weekend at home and abroad - check it all out in our roundup below, for everything you need to know about triathlon.

In this issue:

Results

Weekend action

International Racing

Plenty of weekend action overseas this week - here is a summary of what happened, and where you can find out more...

Ironman Australia

Scotland's Scott Neyedli had spent all of the winter down under, since finishing second at Ironman Western Australia to Patrick Vernay in December, training for Ironman Australia in Port Macquarie on Sunday. Another great race, another great result - but still that Vernay is damn tough to beat in Australia (!), so it was a close second again.

As I had suggested in the weekend preview, it was Carrie Lester - in her first Ironman - who took the win ahead of race favourite Rebekah Keat.

Full report available HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Patrick Vernay (NCL) 8:23:54 Carrie Lester (AUS) 9:23:46
2nd Scott Neyedli (GBR) 8:27:58 Rebekah Keat (AUS) 9:33:10
3rd Trent Chapman (AUS) 8:32:52 Amelia Pearson (AUS) 9:46:09
4th Courtney Ogden (AUS) 8:35:54 Diana Riesler (GER) 9:57:04
5th Matty White (AUS) 8:36:39 Kirsten Molloy (AUS) 9:59:10

Mooloolaba ITU World Cup

More Brits on the podium here courtesy of Stuart Hayes (second) and Liz Blatchford (third), with the wins going to Brad Kahlefeldt and Vendula Frintova (ITU World Duathlon Champion).

Full report (Men) available HERE, plus RESULTS

Full report (Ladies) available HERE, plus RESULTS

Pos Men Women
1st Brad Kahlefeldt (AUS) 1:51:31 Vendula Frintova (CZE) 2:03:15
2nd Stuart Hayes (GBR) 1:51:41 Tomoko Sakimoto (JPN) 2:03:17
3rd James Seear (AUS) 1:51:58 Liz Blatchford (GBR) 2:03:43

Ironman 70.3 California

Current and former Ironman 70.3 World Champions Michael Raelert (GER) and Mirinda Carfrae (AUS) made light work of tough fields a Oceanside to walk off with the wins in what on paper looked like it was set up for close finishes. Again, British interest on the podium courtesy of another Scot, this time Lesley Paterson who put in a storming run to take second place.

Full report available HERE, with result HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Michael Raelert (GER) 3:58:27 Mirinda Carfrae (AUS) 4:20:29
2nd Matt Reed (USA) 4:01:17 Lesley Paterson (GBR) 4:24:31
3rd Rasmus Henning (DEN) 4:02:07 Samantha McGlone (CAN) 4:26:43

XTERRA Guam

Top GB off-road triathlete Sam Gardner will be a happy man this weekend, as he completed a grand slam of wins on his Pacific tour, adding the XTERRA Guam title to the XTERRA Saipan and Tagaman Triathlon wins he reported on for us HERE. This one 'looks' as though it may have been the most straightforward of the three wins, without the same depth of field as the previous two weekends. Indeed, Renata Bucher (SUI) finished second overall, as ladies finished 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th! Full results HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Sam Gardner (GBR) 2:43:55 Renata Bucher (SUI) 2:52:07
2nd Taro Shirato (JPN) 3:07:33 Shonny Vandlaningham (USA) 2:55:11
3rd David Spelger (GUM) 3:08:28 Mieko Carey (SPN) 3:00:43

Brit Emma Ruth Smith finished fifth overall (fourth lady), and Daz Parker ninth overall (fifth lady).

Powerman Alabama

If we had to bet our house on one results this weekend, I guess we would have picked on Joerie Vansteelant to win Powerman Alabama, and he duly delivered on our expectations. The event also incorporated the USAT National Elite Duathlon champs, titles won by Matthew Sheeks and ladies race winner Marisa Asplund. Full results HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Joerie Vansteelant (BEL) 2:42:51 Marisa Asplund (USA) 3:06:05
2nd Matthew Sheeks (USA) 2:45:28 Jessica Jacobs (USA) 3:06:57
3rd David Thompson (USA) 2:46:27 Deanna Newman (USA) 3:13:23

Domestic Action

There was plenty going on in the UK too, and here is a summary of the movers and shakers on what was a big weekend for duathlon.

Prestwold Hall airfield, Loughborough was again the venue for the Elite National Duathlon Champs. A shorter format (5k / 20k 2.5k) this year lead to some fast and close racing. We had predicted a win for Kat Grimmett, champ for 2009, but on this occasion were wrong! Katie Ingram, who was selected to the TriGold scheme last year showed she has made the transition to cycling at least, with a clear win over multiple age group world champion Emma Dews, and Eimear Mullan. Kat finished down in sixth place, and you can read her report on events HERE.

Elite triathletes Tim Don and Will Clarke had a battle for the win in the senior men's race, with Don taking the honours in a sprint finish.

Big thanks to timing guru Stuart Steele (www.stuweb.co.uk) for managing to update all the results from Loughborough so swiftly on Sunday. Here is a summary of all of the events.

Elite Senior

Full results: MEN | WOMEN

Pos Men Women
1st Tim Don 56:34 Katie Ingram (Horwich RMI Harriers) 1:03:19
2nd Will Clarke (Cambridge Tri Club) 56:36 Emma Dews (The Big Adventure Store) 1:04:08
3rd Mark Buckingham (Holmfirth Harriers) 57:03 Eimear Mullan (Team MK) 1:04:57

Elite Junior

Full results: MEN | WOMEN

Pos Men Women
1st Thomas Bishop (Ceepo TFN RT) 57:22 Lucy Smith (Loughborough Students) 1:08:37
2nd Rhys Davey (Leeds Metropolitan University) 1:00:03 Lucy Chittenden (Farnham Tri / East Street Cycles) 1:09:23
3rd Peter Anderson (Fleet Feet Triathletes) 1:01:30 Lucy Hall 1:09:37

Elite Youth

Full results: MEN | WOMEN

Pos Men Women
1st Daniel Murphy (Team MK) 35:38 Sky Draper (Hillingdon Triathletes) 39:02
2nd Simon Cooper (South West Triathlon Academy) 35:57 George Schwiening (Cambridge Tri Club) 39:33
3rd Patrick Hough (Bodyworks XTC) 36:26 Ellie Walton (Farnham Tri / East Street Cycles) 39:39

Para Duathletes

Full results: HERE

Pos Men Women
1st Tom Perkins (Chippenham Harriers) 1:11:43 Claire Cunningham 1:22:45
2nd Iain Dawson (Tri-Anglia) 1:11:48 Charlotte Ellis (Cleveland Triathlon Club) 1:24:33
3rd Haseeh Ahmad (Leicester Tri Club) 1:12:28  

The was also a championships event north of the border, as the Scottish Duathlon Champs were held at the Stirling Duathlon, which was also an age group qualifying event. Elite athletes David McNamee and Catriona Morrison dominated the head of affairs. Full results online HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st David McNamee (Stirling Tri Club) 1:49:38 Catriona Morrison (West Lothian Triathlon) 1:58:08
2nd Iain Grant (Herbalife / Dooleys RT) 1:52:26 Gillian Palmer (Sandy Wallace Cycles) 2:06:02
3rd Kenny Riddle (Highland Hill Runners) 1:53:46 Parys Edwards (Ful-On Tri) 2:08:31

The Hillingdon Spring Sprint Duathlon in West London had a small, but very competitive and swift field. While Victoria Gill (Thames Turbo) lead from the start for a clear win in the ladies event, the men were separated by less than one bike length. Matt Molloy (Bike and Run) started his triathlon career a few years ago at the Hillingdon Summer Triathlons. Typically first out of the water, he would then typically drift back through the field - no more! These days Matt is a very rounded and talented swimmer, biker and runner - as his fastest run of the day showed. Behind him however, home club athlete Mark Edwards was storming the bike leg, and managed to close almost two minutes - and with 100m to go, both athletes were side-by-side in this run-bike event. Matt just managed to edge in front and get the nod from officials, both athletes given the same time. Ironically, it was the same scenario 15 seconds later in the battle for third place! Full results HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Matt Molly (Bike and Run) 1:02:02 Victoria Gill (Thames Turbo) 1:09:49
2nd Mark Edwards (Hillingdon Triathletes) 1:02:02 Susan Miles (Hillingdon Triathletes) 1:14:20
3rd Vincent Halpern (AWCycles.co.uk) 1:02:17 Monica Da Polenza (AWCycles.co.uk) 1:23:04

Rob Wilkins (www.trihard.co.uk) reports from the Stokesly Duathlon:

"The Triathlon/Duathlon season in the North East and North Yorkshire regions got off to a rip roaring start with a record and full entry of 350 eager competitors, which bodes for the rest of the year ahead. The setting of this race right in the town centre with the transition area on the doorstep of the Town Hall is popular with competitors and locals alike. Blessed with a bright and dry, if rather blustery day, 45 entrants in the novice set off shortly followed by the 250 main event racers.

First home amongst the men in the novice race was John Howey followed by Nick Woolly with Darren Smith third. The first three ladies were Victoria Howard, Amy Richards and Joanne Robinson who rather conveniently were also 4th, 5th and 6th overall. Novice results HERE.

The longer Main Race saw a fine victory by junior Douglas Roberts (Blackhawk Bikes.com) from Paul Lowe (BikeTraks Tri) and Elliot Gowland (Total Racing International). The ladies race saw Melanie Howard (Barracuda Tri) take top honours from Donna Edmondson-Booker (Leeds Bradford Tri) followed by Marie Stansmore." Full results HERE.

We also have the results from the Fast & Furious Duathlon (HERE) and the second Burnham-on-Sea Aquathlon (HERE)

Saturday

The latest of the Big Cow Winter Duathlons attracted well over 100 athletes to the Milton Keynes Bowl where elite athlete Richie Nicholls and Lauren Creamer (Birmingham University) were the fastest on the day. Full results HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Ritchie Nicholls 47:20 Lauren Creamer (Birmingham University) 58:19
2nd Lee Calderon (Extreme Sports Therapy) 48:46 Suzanne Hopper (Met Police Tri Club) 59:12
3rd Richard Ashton (Team MK) 49:04 Kate Armstrong (PACTRAC) 1:01:12

We also have full results loaded from the Tri Live Duathlon events at the Outdoors Show: FUN, MAIN and RELAY, plus the latest Moors Valley Duathlon where Jon Clemens and Sally Stapleton were fisrt across the line - results HERE.

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82 teams (and counting!) take on the Intelligent Sport® UK Challenge!

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The 2010 Intelligent Sport® UK Challenge takes place in the Aviemore, Scotland from 16-20 June. The Aviemore and Cairngorms National Park is the largest National Park in Britain, boasting 4 out of 5 of Scotland's highest mountains - as you can imagine, the 2010 course is going to be truly spectacular!

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TriGrandPrix UK now open for entries

The Outrageous Half is the UK event in the inaugural TriGrandPrix (www.TriGrandPrix.com) Series. The half-iron distance race takes place at Leybourne Lakes, Larkfield, Kent on Sunday 30th May, and has already attracted worldwide interest. £40,000 in prize money is available, with cash prizes to both the pro AND age group fields. The event promises a challenging bike course - to eliminate drafting - followed by a fast, flat, accurate run course.

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