Tri247 Newsletter


28th Apr 2010Issue 159

Welcome to the newsletter

We haven't even reached May yet, but that was a seriously busy weekend - so much so that your newsletter is a little late this week...

British result of the weekend may well have been in The Netherlands, where Matt Moorhouse, a regular winner on the domestic duathlon circuit made the podium in the European Powerman Duathlon Championships. A fantastic result which deserves highlighting. Elsewhere, Liz Blatchford scored another World Cup podium in Japan, while the relatively unheralded Alison Rowatt of Scotland took second overall at the Lisboa International half-iron distance. Read more about the busy weekend programme in our race roundup below.

Another big (Bank Holiday) weekend coming up, with the European Duathlon Champs, St. Croix 70.3, Wildflower and a large domestic racing programme. No holiday for the Editor then!

Also this week, British Triathlon are making a major announcement about the sport on Thursday in London. We don't know too much about it yet - though we will be there reporting - and you can be there too. Check out this article to find out more. A few places are still available, and all attendees will receive 'a special item of "money can't buy" limited edition clothing'. We have seen that, and very nice it is too! If you want to join us, and meet many of Britain's top triathletes, get in touch.

In this issue:


Weekend action

International Racing

As we indicated in the weekend preview, Philip Graves ( was a late entry, adding some additional British interest to the Memorial Hermann Ironman 70.3 Texas - the US Pro Championship. After a DNF in the ITU World Cup Monterrey, he was looking for a good training race to get himself back on track - and get to take a close look at Ironman bike demon Chris Lieto.

Andy Potts made his traditional swim break and had David Khan for company. They had one minute on Graves, Terrenzo Bozzone (NZL), Timothy O'Donnell (USA) and Bryan Rhodes, with Chris Lieto a further minute back with Paul Amey, Richie Cunningham (AUS) and TJ Tollakson.

Graves hit the front in the early stages of the bike, as Lieto put in his expected charge through the field. By 35 miles the pair were together, a minute clear of O'Donnell and Bozzone, before Lieto pushed on and was able to gap Graves by approx two minutes at T2. Lieto rode 2:04:35 versus 2:08:10 for Graves.

Into the running shoes, and Lieto ran strong, while Graves faded quickly. Behind them though, Bozzone and O'Donnell weren't done. 11.5 miles in, and Bozzone and O'Donnell had passed the Trek/K-Swiss athlete to hit the front, the former Ironman 70.3 World Champ looking in great shape. Bozzone was pushed hard by O'Donnell, but held on to take the win with Lieto third.

Paul Amey took sixth (3:54:07), while Phil Graves finished eighth (3:58:26).

Pos Men Women
1st Terrenzo Bozzone (NZL) 3:49:06 Samantha McGlone (CAN) 4:17:22
2nd Timothy O'Donnell (USA) 3:49:35 Amanda Stevens (USA) 4:18:26
3rd Chris Lieto (USA) 3:50:35 Kelly Williamson (USA) 4:19:02

We said it might well be a hometown winner at the Spec-Savers Ironman South Africa, given two of the race favourites in Raynard Tissink and James Cunnama - though it was Raynard, rather than our pick of James who took home the big win!

Our man in Port Elizabeth, Henry Budgett will check-in with a report from the 'inside' over the next day or so, but here is a quick run-down on events.

Anton Storm (RSA) produced his usual blazing swim to lead out of the water, but he had only a small margin over Stephen Bayliss, Mathias Hecht (SUI), Daniel Fontana (ITA) and brother Brad. These five had a healthy lead in the region of 2:30 over the chasers including Tissink, Cunnama and the other Brit pro racing, Dion Harrison.

For the ladies, defending champion Lucie Zelenkova leading by a big margin was as expected, with Bree Wee (USA), Caroline Steffen (SUI) and Bella Bayliss chasing around three, four and five minutes behind respectively. At this stage, 2009 second placer Sonja Tajsich (GER) was a whopping 12 minutes in arrears.

For the first half of the bike, the lead group of men stayed pretty close, with Bayliss the first to crack around the 120km mark. Hecht turned up the pace in the latter stages of the cycle, dropping Brad Storm to come in to T2 alone and clear. Storm was second, but not noted for his running - but Tissink and Cunnama are. Tissink was over five minutes back, despite a good cycle leg, while James had a further six minutes to catch - though recent performances on the run at Buffalo City and Singapore meant that he couldn't be ruled out.

Caroline Steffen is a renowned cyclist at 70.3 level, and she caught Bree Wee as Zelenkova pulled out of the race at 120km. Steffen and Wee reached T2 together, while Tajsich was making up ground with the fastest cycle of the day (5:01:55). Could she run through, and make a step up from second in 2009? Bella was passed on the bike by Tajsich, her 5:14:42 split not reflecting the ability we have seen in past events. That said, she has often won on the run - but could she do that here?

On the run, Hect ran a solid, but not spectacular 3:03:18, but behind him home town resident Tissink was on a charge, and running his way through the field to victory. A 2:52:08 proving more than enough to take another win to add to his 2005 triumph, and time to enjoy the crowds on Marine Drive. Hecht took second, while Daniel Fontana (ITA), second in the Ironman 70.3 World Champs last year took third, 10 minutes back on Tissink. Stephen Bayliss recovered from a tough cycle to hold fifth by the finish with a 3:01 marathon, passed in the process by the days fastest runner, Jason Shortis (AUS) - in his 50th Ironman race!

Dion Harrison - racing with a broken toe - was 13th pro finisher in 9:32:15. You can read Dion's race report HERE.

German athlete Tajsich secured her first Ironman win with a very impressive 3:07:14 marathon, passing Caroline Steffen during the run. Having won Ironman 70.3 events already this season in Australia and Singapore, Steffen found the transition to the full marathon a little tougher, but still looked thrilled with her second place, secured with a 3:17:50 marathon. Belgium's Tine Deckers took the final podium spot, just breaking the 9:30 mark.

Pos Men Women
1st Raynard Tissink (RSA) 8:23:28 Sonja Tajsich (GER) 9:16:55
2nd Mathias Hecht (SUI) 8:28:53 Caroline Steffen (SUI) 9:22:00
3rd Daniel Fontana (ITA) 8:33:48 Tine Deckers (BEL) 9:29:58

Liz Blatchford, as we predicted, gained another podium at the ITU World Cup Ishigaki, Japan. In a close finish she was edged out by home athlete and three-time Olympian Kiyomi Niwata. The men's race was won by Valentin Meshcheryakov of Russia - his first win at this level.

Full report for ladies HERE and men HERE. Full RESULTS HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Valentin Meshcheryakov (RUS) 01:54:02 Kiyomi Niwata (JPN) 2:07:21
2nd Yuichi Hosoda (JPN) 01:54:07 Liz Blatchford (GBR) 2:07:32
3rd Ryosuke Yamamoto (JPN) 01:54:20 Tomoko Sakimota (JPN) 2:08:11

Several Brit's made the top-10 at the highly competitive St. Anthonys Triathlon, a non-drafting Olympic distance event in St. Petersburg, Florida. Stuart Hayes was fourth, as was Jodie Stimpson, with Jodie Swallow seventh. Sarah Haskins was a clear winner for the ladies, while Cameron Dye was a surprise winner of the men's race. Interesting to note - and a measure of his ability - is that double Ironman World Champion Craig Alexander finished third overall, just 10 seconds back on Greg Bennett and ahead of Stuart Hayes. Proof, were it needed, that you need speed and endurance in Ironman racing.

Pos Men Women
1st Cameron Dye (USA) 1:48:44 Sarah Haskins (USA) 1:58:49
2nd Greg Bennett (USA) 1:49:04 Mirinda Carfrae (AUS) 2:00:20
3rd Craig Alexander (AUS) 1:49:14 Jillian Petersen (USA) 2:00:35

There was a British podium finisher at the Lisboa International half-iroman triathlon on Saturday, as Alison Rowatt took second behind Sophie Goos (BEL). Dennis Devriendt (BEL) was the male winner. Full results HERE.

Sunday also saw the Powerman European Duathlon Championships take place at Horst aan de Maas, Netherlands. We're not sure whether pre-race favourite, and the dominant force in Powerman Duathlon Joerie Vansteelant was a DNF/DNS, but he is nowhere to be seen in the RESULTS. French athlete Anthony Le Duey took the title in fine style, well over a minute clear of Aksel Nielsen (DEN). Third place - and we imagine one of the best results of his life - was Brit Matt Moorhouse, a regular winner on the UK duathlon circuit. Congratulation on a fantastic result. Camilla Lindholm was a very dominant winner of the ladies race.

Lee Piercy finished seventh (2:53:58) and David Vaughan 18th (2:59:45). We're also reliably informed that Lee's result could well have been even better were it not for mechanical issues on the bike.

Pos Men Women
1st Anthony Le Duey (FRA) 2:48:47 Camilla Lindholm (SWE) 3:06:27
2nd Aksel Nielsen (DEN) 2:50:14 Ulrike Schwalbe (GER) 3:11:13
3rd Matt Moorhouse (GBR) 2:50:50 Maud Galdsteyn (NED) 3:11:36

There was also British interest off-road at the XTERRA West Championship in Las Vegas, Nevada. Lesley Paterson took third place, with first year XTERRA Pro Daz Parker 10th. Conrad ' the caveman' Stolz (RSA) and Shonny Vanlandingham (USA) took the wins.

Pos Men Women
1st Conrad Stolz (RSA) 2:06:47 Shonny Vanlandingham (USA) 2:24:14
2nd Josiah Middaugh (USA) 2:07:26 Melanie McQuaid (CAN) 2:28:21
3rd Brian Smith (USA) 2:10:01 Lesley Paterson (SCO/GBR) 2:30:04

Domestic Racing

National Age Group Champion Daniel McCarthy was a dominant winner of the National Ranking Series Ashboune Duathlon on Saturday. He finished well over four minutes clear of James Ratcliffe (Ceepo TFN RT), with Thomas Vickery in third place.

Lou Collins, our pre-race pick for the win did start, but pulled up during the first run, we understand with a sore quad and withdraw to protect her preps for Ironman Lanzarote. Reports are that several runners didn't make it around the first run, suffering cramp on the hilly course. The ladies win went to Jo Walker (LINCSQUAD), who also had a four minute margin over Julia Myatt. Full results HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Daniel McCarthy (Trisport UK) 2:01:58 Jo Walker (LINCSQUAD) 2:24:08
2nd James Ratcliffe (Ceepo TFN RT) 2:06:20 Julia Myatt (Newcastle Staffs Tri) 2:28:09
3rd Thomas Vickery (Cambridge Tri / PB Science) 2:07:30 Claire Weldon 2:35:49

Super fast results in - again - from Will Whitmore ( from the VOTWO Dorney Duathlons. We have the results loaded from the SPRINT and SUPER SPRINT races.

Sprint Duathlon
Pos Men Women
1st Charles Ashwanden (Eton Tri) 1:12:43 Natalie Barnard 1:20:00
2nd Julian Fairley (Eton Tri) 1:14:00 Martha Hall (Garden City Runners) 1:25:10
3rd Matthew Hammersley (Park Club) 1:16:00 Ursula Schulz 1:27:20
Super Sprint Duathlon
Pos Men Women
1st Martin Dunlop 39:20 Victoria Goulding 39:50
2nd James Norris 41:19 Julie Tracey 47:08
3rd Mark Richens 41:26 Louise Kennedy 48:49

The Ful-On Duathlon at Kempton Park features some interesting results, as there are 34 DQ's! No, not drafting...race organiser Siobhan Brownlow explains: "on the second wave (female open, male vets & female vets), the lead athlete took a short cut on the second run lap despite the large yellow straight-on arrow spray painted on the road, and sadly 33 of the fastest vets and females followed him. The result is that they cut 600m off the first run, so we had little choice but to DQ them. Probably of note is that the first runner to follow the correct course (and not follow the strays!) was Hugo Woddis of Thames Turbo who was our eventual vet winner!"

"Obviously very disappointing for me as race organiser, and very disappointing for the guys that got DQ’ed. It will also play havoc with the London League results. I hope to get you a full update on the London League scoring from the first three events by midweek next week." Full results HERE.

Winner last week at Sevenoaks, Tristan Shipsides (Ful-On Tri) took a narrow victory over Andrew Mercer (Thames Turbo Tri Club). Natalie Bent (San Fairy Ann CC) also secured a narrow win over another 'turbo', Liz Pinches.

Pos Men Women
1st Tristan Shipsides (Ful-On Tri) 1:02:58 Natalie Bent (San Fairy Ann CC) 1:18:09
2nd Andrew Mercer (Thames Turbo Tri Club) 1:03:04 Liz Pinches (Thames Turbo Tri Club) 1:18:25
3rd Richard Phillips (Serpentine Running Club) 1:04:10 Lynda Hart (Berkshire Tri Squad) 1:18:39

We also have the results from the Tri Sport Epping Junior Aquathlon HERE.

First results in on Sunday were from the Burnham-on-Sea Super Sprint Triathlon (HERE). Wies Woolants (Bristol) and Caroline Jones (Black Sheep Sports) were the fastest on the day in the short format event.

Also falling into the 'rapid results' category was the Ashington Sprint Triathlon from Tri Northumberland. Full results HERE. Race winner was Tony Weed, who I know has been involved in the sport for at least 20 years. He had a narrow margin over team mate Alan Copland. The ladies race was headed by Jane Mooney (Ryton Tri Club).

Pos Men Women
1st Tony Weed ( 59:32 Jane Mooney (Ryton Tri Club) 1:07:15
2nd Alan Copland ( 1:00:16 Emma Pearson (Alnwick District Tri Club) 1:09:27
3rd David Barker (Tri Northumberland) 1:00:18 Louise Roberts 1:10:51

The Hereford Duathlon was won by two athletes that we are familiar with seeing at ther top of many a duathlon results sheet. Lee Rankin and Michelle Parsons took the wins, in Michelle's case by a huge 13 minutes. Full results HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Lee Rankin (DB Max Tri) 1:28:10 Michelle Parsons 1:38:22
2nd Shaw Pye (Amazing Feet RC) 1:30:52 Louise Reynolds 1:51:44
3rd Peter Wheddon 1:31:17

Lorna Shaw 1:53:45

Stuart Steele has another busy weekend time-keeping, but we're sure he would have been pleased not to have to travel too far for the Wombourne Triathlon - full results HERE. Mike Cornes, and Non Stanford took the wins. Non is a former multiple Welsh Champion at cross-country / track, and transferred to triathlon last season, finishing second at the Blenheim Triathlon.

Pos Men Women
1st Mike Cornes 51:09 Non Stanford 56:25
2nd Andrew Davies 53:41 Ceris Styler 58:36
3rd Ryan Ordidge 54:34

Alex Cotterill 1:01:00

The Kendal Triathlon was dominated by junior athletes, with Beau Smith (COLT) and Maddie Winzer (Kudu Bikes Tri Club) both getting the better of their more senior competitors. Full results HERE.

Results also in from the Isle of Bute Sprint Triathlon (HERE) ind Isle of Bute Novice Triathlon (HERE)

We also have the results loaded from the Exeter Middlemoor Aquathlon events:

Main Race: 600m / 5k
Race: 300m / 5k
Tristar Race

Virgin London Marathon

Of course, we must make mention of the truly BIG event of the day! While not a primary focus for most triathletes, we suspect that plenty of Ironman, and prospective Ironman athletes were out on the streets of London today.

A few excellent results we have heard about: Paul Perry (Thames Turbo) 2:39:41, Matt Molloy (Bike & Run) 2:48:21, Toby Radcliffe (Team Timex) 2:48:32, Lucy Gossage (TFN Tri Club) 2:57:51, Jon Cowell (Olney Multisport) 2:59:00. We even spotted another triathlon 'name' at work on commentary duty: Mr Steve Trew!

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