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20th Apr 2010Issue 158

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Volcanoes impacting triathlon events? That's as unlikely as the Liberal Democrats topping the opinion polls...

One of the side-effects of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano activity (yes, I did have to Google that...), is that with triathlon now being a worldwide sport, plenty of athletes have not been able to make their planned races. This past weekend the whole of the British squad destined for Turkey, never made it to the Antalya ITU Triathlon European Cup, and today we hear that several top pro athletes are unlikely to make it to Port Elizabeth this coming weekend for Ironman South Africa. Thankfully for British pro prospects, Stephen and Bella Bayliss are flying in from their TeamTBB base in Asia, though we know there will be a host of GB based age groupers hoping that their Winter training hasn't been for nothing. Fingers crossed for you.

Even trying to get to Ireland proved impossible for Will Clarke and Hollie Avil, and they had to swap the Great Ireland Run for the Sheffield Lord Mayors 10km. Read how they got on in our weekend roundup below.

Talking Ironman, last week we published our popular roundup of the 2010 plans of the 'Iron-Brits' - those athletes from Chrissie Wellington at the peak, to the just-turned-pro age group athletes who will be racing in the pro ranks at Ironman-distance during 2010. An exciting new addition to the list for 2010, especially after her win in Abu Dhabi, is Julie Dibens. Her plans for the year? "I will 'just' be racing Kona this year. My aim is to crush Chrissie like a grape!..." Read all about it!

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In this issue:

Results

Weekend action

International Racing

The major long distance event of the weekend was the Ochsner Ironman 70.3 New Orleans, which promised a good race with the likes of Chris McCormack, Andy Potts, Dirk Bockel, Terrenzo Bozzone and Frederik Van Lierde in the lineup.

We picked Chris McCormack out in the weekend preview as our likely winner - and were way off the mark this week on that one! Chris suffered on the bike, pulling out of the race early and then saying, via his Twitter account, "6wks travel showed 2day. U can't bluff it. Struggled with power and fitness...". Oh well, we can't get them all right...

As usual, swim demon Andy Potts showed the way in the water, building a minute and half lead over virtually all the main contenders. Bozzone (NZL) and Van Lierde (BEL) proved to be the strongest on the bike, and were able to bridge the gap to Potts, while everybody else lost more time, leaving a three-way fight for the win on the run. This was to leave Van Lierde up against two former Ironman 70.3 World Champs as T2. Could the Belgian, recently fifth in Abu Dhabi match the two 70.3 specialists?

Potts proved conclusively that he was the best athlete on the day, a scorching 1:12:42 half marathon leaving him over three and a half minutes clear of Kiwi Bozzone. Behind, Van Lierde couldn't maintain his position, as Britain's former World Duathlon Champion Paul Amey ran a 1:15:45 to catch the Belgian in the late stages of the run to clinch the final podium position.

In the ladies race...well, we got that one wrong too!

2006 Ironman UK winner Dede Griesbauer set the pace on the swim, her 27:58 leaving her a minute clear of Meredith Kessler (USA). Surprisingly to us, former ITU World Cup Series winner Samantha Warriner (NZL) gave up almost four and a half minutes, with our pick, Yvonne Van Vlerken (NED) just 45 seconds further in arrears. The Van Vlerken charge didn't really happen on the bike, and she made next to no inroads on Griesbauer on two wheels. Amy Marsh (USA) followed up a strong (29:42) swim with a solid bike, and caught Griesbauer by T2, leaving both athletes with over four minutes on Linsey Corbin (USA), Kessler, Warriner, Heather Jackson (USA) - who blitzed the bike course after a very poor swim - and Van Vlerken. Those five all left T2 within a minute, and looked likely to be in the battle for third.

It was all change on the run course! Sam Warriner, who to our eyes had a terrible swim given her ITU background, certainly had the running legs today and charged through for the win, her 1:21:35 allowing her to pass Corbin for a one minute margin on the Ironman specialist. Amy Marsh paid for her efforts on the swim and bike, but a 1:30:01 was enough to secure third place.

Pos Men Women
1st Andy Potts (USA) 3:43:44 Samantha Warriner (NZL) 4:16:44
2nd Terrenzo Bozzone (NZL) 3:47:17 Linsey Corbin (USA) 4:17:51
3rd Paul Amey (GBR) 3:49:52 Amy Marsh (USA) 4:20:23

British interest in the ITU Monterrey World Cup in Mexico today was, as explained in the weekend preview, centred on 'Ironman' Philip Graves and triathlon newcomer and TriGold athlete Katie Ingram.

For Phil it was DNF, as the ITU Twitter feed indicates he had a mechanical on the bike which turned out to be a host of loose spokes on a borrowed front wheel as he had punctured another one just before the race start. Katie meanwhile finished 12th in her first World Cup race, finishing with the second fastest run of the day, just three seconds off that of winner Paula Findlay (CAN). A solid start, but a (very) quick review of the results suggests that another couple of minutes off of that swim time is going to be needed to put that running speed to good use at the highest level. Still, 12th place in a World Cup event in possibly your second (?) triathlon is encouraging.

The full ITU race report ia available HERE. Full results HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Joao Silva (POR) 1:44:40 Paula Findlay (CAN) 1:56:40
2nd Matt Chrabot (USA) 1:45:05 Ai Ueda (JPN) 1:57:13
3rd Gregor Bucholz (GER) 1:45:08 Line Jensen (DEN) 1:58:25

Domestic Racing

You may have seen from the weekend preview that a number of GB elite triathletes were due to run the Great Ireland 10km in Dublin at the weekend. Well, along with many others their travel plans were scuppered by Icelandic volcanoes, however a back up plan was put into place. Rather than Dublin, the Sheffield Lord Mayors 10km was to be the revised venue.

Will Clarke won the event in a swift 30:10, while Hollie Avil finished second to Emily Pidgeon, the 2005 European Junior Champion over 5km.

Full results HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Will Clarke (Cambridge & Colleridge) 30:10 Emily Pidgeon (Stroud AC) 32:22
2nd Andy Ward (Clowne Roadrunners) 30:31 Hollie Avil (Rugby and Northampton AC) 34:29
3rd Paul Miles (Owls AC Leicester) Sarah McCormack (University of Sheffield) 36:39

You can read Will's report on his race on his website www.will-clarke.com. Despite the time, Will describes his race: "It went really badly and I was pretty disappointed!".

A pretty busy weekend on home turf, and thankfully after our terrible predictions at New Orleans, we did at least get one right for the Sevenoaks Triathlon! The Sevenoaks event is one of the very best races around, as proven by its 220 Triathlon award recently at the TCR Show. We said in the preview that Tristan Shipsides would be racing here after spending much of the winter training in South Africa, and while the distances may be a shorter than his Ironman 70.3 plans for the year, he did record the fastest time of the day (1:18:23), but as agreed with the organisers in advance of the race, he wasn't categorised for prize purposes, competing as a Pro athlete.

Mike Clyne reports:

"With utterly perfect conditions, the Sevenoaks Triathlon had another successful outing. A last minute hiccup with one supplier meant the registration marshal spent until 2am rectifying the problem and was then on site at 4am for setup.

"As the sun rose, many of the early competitors were experiencing their first triathlon. The challenging course meant that it would stay in their minds for ever and the large number of friendly 7Oaks Tri Club marshals ensured that they were well looked after.

"At the front, there was as ever some fast racing. Mark Bruce sealed the win with a lead of over two minutes while Lara Hawkins won with only 37 seconds to spare. The large numbers that stayed for the awards were rewarded with a prize draw worth sticking around for.

"The next Sevenoaks Triathlon will be on Sunday 19th September. Entries will open in mid May – if you want to get on the mailing list to ensure you are notified, click here."

Full results HERE, courtesy of www.stuweb.co.uk.

Pos Men Women
1st Mark Bruce (ICAP) 1:18:52 Lara Hawkings 1:35:04
2nd Matthew Foord (Wildside Zoot RT) 1:21:19 Lauren Whitmore (Crystal Palace tri) 1:35:41
3rd Mark Yeoman (Sigma Sport / Lanson Running) 1:23:58 Penny Bulley (7Oaks Tri) 1:42:01

The Duston Triathlon was another StuWeb timed event, and you can find the full results HERE. John Whitworth added to his win at Luton, while Emma-Kate Lidbury won an event she also won in 2008.

Pos Men Women
1st John Whitworth 55:47 Emma-Kate Lidbury 59:02
2nd Henry Sleight (www.drag2zero.com) 56:03 Charlotte Roach 1:02:17
3rd Mark White (Leicester Tri/2XU/Newton) 56:10 Stacey Penn (Northants Tri)1:02:44

The Dragon Slayer Duathlon was the second event in the popular London League, ensuring a high quality turnout of athletes. Thames Turbo dominated proceedings with a both wins, and a clean sweep of the men's podium positions. Unfortunately their fifth scoring member was a DQ with one missing bike lap... Full results HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Andrew Mercer (Thames Turbo Triathlon Club) 1:53:28 Victoria Gill (Thames Turbo Triathlon Club) 2:06:53
2nd Timothy Male (Thames Turbo Triathlon Club) 1:55:15 Parys Edwards (Ful-On Tri) 2:09:00
3rd Ryan Tomlinson (Thames Turbo Sigma Sport) 1:57:11 Amy Forshaw 2:10:36

Will Whitmore (www.dbmax.co.uk) timed, raced AND made the podium spots at the SPW Triathlon in Hyde Park! Full results HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Joseba Iztueta 50:48 Michelle Lloyd 56:03
2nd Richard Totten 50:53 Alice Keane 57:06
3rd Will Whitmore 52:14 Julia Wedmore 1:01:33

Full results also in from the Galashiels Triathlon in Scotland (HERE), where Martin Gore and Louise Smith were the fastest athletes on the day.

Pos Men Women
1st Martin Gore 1:02:34 Louise Smith 1:12:43
2nd Jon Fletcher 1:02:41 Jackie Reid 1:13:57
3rd Andrew Fish 1:04:03 Jane Holmes 1:16:57

Portsmouth Triathletes held a 'long' and a 'short' Spring Duathlon, and we have the results from both for you loaded - Long HERE, Short HERE. Race Director Nigel Selley reports:

"In contrast to the cold, windy conditions that has dominated many training sessions, Goodwood was warm, sunny and free from wind. Competitors were delighted to race on the circuit free from potholes, roundabouts and Sunday motorists.

"It was a feature of the results that many Vets placed higher that non vets and in the short course the first three female vets beat their younger competitors, proving the old adage that life begins at 40.

"Vet Stuart Morgan (Farnham Road Club) dominated the short course, a full 2.40 ahead of nearest competitor Christian Ashmore (Team Dillon) who won the male senior event. Jane King (Tuff Fitty) led the female vets home in 1.18.06 while Rosie Thompson won the female senior race in 1.24.48.

"In the Long course (4K/40K/8K) Phillip Moseley returned after six years to win his second Spring Duathlon title from Nathan Gosling (RNRM Tri) and Paul Davies (Panasonic /Scott). Owen Harries (Team Southampton) won the Vet category from Peter Younghusband and Robert Brown.

"Rachel Clay won the long course female senior in 1.57.40 over 18 minutes ahead of Sarah Davies and Sulette Klopper. Elaine Armour (EtonTri) won the female Vet race in 2.06.06 from Alison Ford (A3CRG) and Lindsay Bamford (FarnhamTri).

"Over 100 competitors took part, with a field that included a range of novices. Many completing for the first time say they have been bitten by the bug and are looking to complete more races in the future. Thanks go to Portsmouth Triathletes for supporting this event and introducing more people to our sport."

Long
Pos Men Women
1st Philip Mosely 1:37:08 Rachel Clay 1:57:40
2nd Nathan Gosling (RNRMTri) 1:38:06 Elaine Armour (Eton Tri) 2:06:06
3rd Paul Davies (Panasonic / Scott) 1:39:00 Alison Ford (A3crg) 2:07:27
Short
1st Stuart Morgan (Farnham Road Club) 1:06:07 Jane King (Tuff Fitty) 1:18:16
2nd Christian Ashmore (Team Dillon) 1:08:49 Cathy Allen (Portsmouth Triathletes) 1:18:57
3rd Jeremy Bushell (Team Tri UK) 1:09:01 Poppy Holmes (Southampton Tri) 1:20:25

Martyn Daykin reports from the Kempley Two Counties Duathlon: "We had 41 entries for our 3.5 mile run/17 mile cycle/3.5 mile run and were delighted with all the positive feedback on this our first event. It was particularly gratifying that many of the competitors insist that we hold the event again next year." Full results HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Luke Mosely 1:22:29 Marianne Day 1:50:37
2nd Lee Rankin 1:23:25 Linda White 1:55:45
3rd Sam Windless 1:29:18 Sally Green 1:56:16

Thanks to Graham Lee for results from the Uckfield Spring Super Sprint Triathlon, which are available HERE, where Mat Clarkson and Faye McClelland (Brighton Phoenix AC & Tri) took the honours.

The 9th University of Wales ISCA Duathlon was won by Matt Newman and Bethan Fowler, who had just an eight second margin on Laura Jackson. Full results HERE.

We also have the results from Saturday's Lakeside Aquathlon HERE, and the Ayr Duathlon HERE.

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