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5th May 2010Issue 160

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I think it's fair to say that the girls 'won' this weekend!

Wildflower (Julie Dibens), St. Croix (Cat Morrison) and Escape from Alcatraz (Leanda Cave), three of the most iconic events in the sport and all won by British ladies. An amazing effort, especially when you consider that we also have two top-six Hawaii finishers (Chrissie Wellington and Rachel Joyce), plus Bella Bayliss, 15 times a winner over the iron-distance to add into the mix. It should make for a very interesting year. Morrison and Bayliss will shortly race head-to-head at Ironman Lanzarote, and you can check out the season plans of all of our long distance pro athletes HERE. With a touch of luck, we could/should see all six athletes racing in Kona.

Congratulations too, to the GB Duathlon team in Nancy, France. TriGold athlete Katie Ingram proved her worth, only losing out on gold in a sprint finish, while Kat Grimmett showed see is coming back to the form she showed in 2009 with a hard earned bronze. Read more in our roundup below.

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Weekend action

International Racing

A busy and very successful weekend on the international front for British athletes - with the ladies dominating three of the most iconic races in the sport, and securing two of the top three spots at the ETU European Duathlon Championships.

ETU European Duathlon Champs, Nancy, France

The GB elite team secured silver and bronze (ladies senior) through Katie Ingram and Kat Grimmett, and further bronzes via Lois Rosindale (ladies Under-23) and Tom Bishop (male junior). A great effort from a small, primarily 'developmental' squad.

Pos Men Women
1st Sergey Iakovlev (RUS) 1:37:43 Ruth dan der Meijden (NED) 1:51:08
2nd Victor Manuel Del Corral Morales (ESP) 1:37:55 Katie Ingram (GBR) 1:51:13
3rd Ronnie Schildknecht (SUI) 1:38:10 Kat Grimmett (GBR) 1:52:58

You can read a more complete report with times / results HERE.

The GB Age Group team returned with the usual massive haul of medals, including TEN gold. Here is the roll of honour, which also includes nine silver and 14 bronze medals.

Parys Edwards F30-34
Esther Evans F35-39
Hilary Ross F55-59
Elspeth Knott F60-64
Barbara Law F65-69
Daniel Bailey M18-19
Phil Holland M30-34
Peter Wheddon M50-54
Howard Doe M60-64
Arnott Kidd M75-79
Natasha Blunt F20-24
Louise Bardsley F30-34
Helen Russell F35-39
Tonya Antonis F40-44
Trish Mellor F50-54
Oliver Bradbury M20-24
Paul Rogers M45-49
Jeremy Tomlinson M50-54
David Peck M75-79
Danielle Stewart F25-29
Chiin-Hooi Tan F30-34
Fran Bungay F35-39
Sue Walker F40-44
Aileen Brown F45-49
Ann Marshall F50-54
Anna Priestly F55-59
Patrick Owen M20-24
Charles Hammon M40-44
David Wilkinson M45-49
Simon Osbourne M50-54
Trevor Roberts M65-69
Eric Barber M70-74
Paul Thomas MPara3

Ironman 70.3 St. Croix - US Virgin Islands

St. Croix, with the infamous climb of 'The Beast' is one of those iconic, must do races on most triathletes wish lists. Catriona Morrison not only did it, but won it (by over ten minutes), retaining the title she won in 2010. Fellow Scot Fraser Cartmell secured fifith, in a race won by Terrenzo Bozzone (NZL) in another close encounter with Timothy O'Donnell.

Check out the full report HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Terrenzo Bozzone (NZL) 4:06:02 Catriona Morrison (GBR) 4:31:06
2nd Timothy O'Donnell (USA) 4:06:39 Sam Warriner (NZL) 4:42:28
3rd Tyler Butterfield (BDA) 4:10:38 Erin O'Hara (NZL) 4:54:27

Avia Wildflower Half Ironman - California, USA

In a weekend crammed with iconic events in the triathlon world, the best of the best were at Wildflower. Both Ironman 70.3 World Champions (Michael Raelert and Julie Dibens) were present, both were favoured to win, we predicted both to win...and of course they delivered to everyone's expectations in fine style. Actually, that is probably not true - they were better, crushing their competition by over six and seven minutes respectively, racing from the front and not looking back.

There really is little doubt that Raelert and Dibens are currently the top dogs at this distance...will they be able to take this form to Ironman? Dibens is committed to Kona 2010, while Raelert could well be there too, alongside older brother Andreas. It could get very interesting - though our money is still resting very firmly on the shoulders of Miss Wellington...

Philip Graves had an excellent race, finishing in fourth position, just 20 seconds back of Abu Dhabi winner Eneko Llanos (ESP), and ahead of 2009 European Long Distance Champion Rasmus Henning. Scotland's Lesley Paterson took tenth, while Joe Gambles was second for the men - we're not 100% sure whether the former European Long Distance Champion (in GB colours) is racing as an Aussie or a Brit these days however!

Pos Men Women
1st Michael Raelert (GER) 3:55:57 Julie Dibens (GBR) 4:27:53
2nd Joe Gambles (AUS/GBR) 4:01:58 Desiree Ficker (USA) 4:35:02
3rd Eneko Llanos (ESP) 4:03:34 Virginia Berasategui (ESP) 4:39:46

Escape from Alcatraz

Even non-triathletes have heard of the 'Escape' triathlon. And with Cat taking St. Croix and Julie crushing Wildflower, it was left for Leanda Cave to make it a British ladies sweep of three of the most famous swim-bike-run events in the world, taking another win - her third, having won in 07 and 08 - at the San Francisco classic.

In the preview I said "Bevan Docherty is listed for the men, and must be a massive favourite in a relatively small pro field." Well, I guess I hadn't looked at the entire pro field! It was a little stronger than I'd first read, and though Docherty still did well - second - he was beaten to the line by fellow ITU race Hunter Kemper (USA). Well, can't win them all.

Pos Men Women
1st Hunter Kemper (USA) 1:58:21 Leanda Cave (GBR) 2:14:34
2nd Bevan Docherty (NZL) 2:00:24 Jenna Shoemaker (USA) 2:14:47
3rd Andy Potts (USA) 2:02:02 Mary-Beth Ellis (USA) 2:17:27

Volcano Triathlon, Lanzarote

The pre Ironman warm up race took place on Saturday, with the usual mass of British athletes present. Check out all the news and results HERE. Great job by Richard Hobson in securing a top-10 finish there.

Ironman St. George, Utah, USA

The latest edition to the M-Dot Ironman series was St. George, Utah. Former Olympic mountain bike rider Michael Weiss of Austria took the win, while Heather Wurtele (CAN) added St. George to her previous win at Ironman Coeur D'Alene.

You can catch up on all of the race coverage from Ironman Live HERE

Pos Men Women
1st Michael Weiss (AUT) 8:40:08 Heather Wurtele (CAN) 9:25:36
2nd Ben Hoffman (USA) 8:52:54 Meredith Kessler (USA) 9:46:58
3rd Chris McDonald (NZL) 8:54:52 Caitlin Snow (USA)10:07:27

Domestic Racing

The Cambridge Duathlon was the final race in the National Duathlon Ranking Series, and saw some fine racing. Jeanette Thomas reports:

"Great racing between Lee Piercy and Matt Moorhouse. Moorhouse had a slower T2 and then couldn't quite catch Piercy despite a blistering second run. Piercy managed to defend his title but had to work hard so beat his time from last year in the process despite the wind, damp, and cold conditions. John Whitworth took third place. Victoria Gill (Ed - as we predicted!) won the women's race with some fast paced running which helped her beat Libby Cameron into second place by almost five minutes. Local Juliet Vickery came third to the delight of Cambridge Triathlon Club. It turned sunny again as soon as the presentations were over!"

Full results HERE.

Pos Men Ladies
1st Lee Piercy 1:51:20 Victoria Gill 2:12:51
2nd Matt Moorhouse 1:51:30 Libby Cameron 2:17:41
3rd John Whitworth 1:57:22 Juliet Vickery 2:20:49

No results on yet, though we believe that David McNamee was the winner of the British Universities Triathlon Championships, ahead of 2009 winner Mark Threlfall. Both are members of the British Triathlon performance squad. More news soon hopefully.

Fastest results of the weekend were from the BLOC Steyning Triathlon, where we have the 'Standard' (HERE) and the 'Sprint' (HERE) online. If ever it were needed, the men's race was a lesson in 'triathletes don't grow old, they just get faster', as the top three men are all in the 'vet' ranks, and we know that Mark and Peter in particular have been racing hard and fast for the best part of 20 years. Consistency counts! Claire Hitchings (7Oaks Tri Club) was a clear winner for the ladies, adding another victory to a nicely growing CV.

Pos Men Ladies
1st Mark Tickner (Amphibians 2) 1:38:38 Claire Hitchings (7Oaks Tri Club) 1:54:37
2nd Peter Younghusband (Tri-UK Gatorade) 1:39:51 Moyra Amess (Steyning AC) 1:58:01
3rd Phil Gall (SLH Tri Club) 1:41:16 Wendy Martin (Born 2 Tri) 1:58:39
Pos Men Ladies
1st Tom Wilson (Chichester Westgate Tri Club) 53:07 Sam Herridge (The Tom Hills Experience) 56:36
2nd Nathan Gosling (RNRM Tri) 53:20 Niki Treacy (Team REP) 58:30
3rd David Jones (MSTC / David Jones Personal Training) 55:09 Frederique Sumption (Greenwich Tritons) 1:00:25

More fast racing, and even more of that 'experience' at the New Forest Triathlon on Sunday. Joanne Iles reports "early morning downpours cleared fortunately in time for the start but standing water and a brisk northerly wind led to testing conditions on the bike. However 2009 champs both successfully defended their titles!"

James Gilfillan (Team Feat / Primera) retained his title, edging out Colin Dixon. Those two most have an awful lot of silverware between them. Tracey Cook can't be far behind either...

Pos Men Ladies
1st James Gilfillan (Team Feat / Primera) 1:44:09 Tracey Cook (Tri-UK) 2:05:28
2nd Colin Dixon 1:45:26 Nicola Boyd 2:09:01
3rd Doug Hall ( 1:46:40 Nicole Walter ( 2:09:21

The Puretri Bedfordshire County Championships took place at one of our favourite pool-based events, Robinson Park, Bedford. Dave Glossy and Kathryn Berry took the wins. Full results HERE.

Pos Men Ladies
1st Dave Glossy (Phil Corley Pro Tri Team) 1:05:11 Kathryn Berry (Trent Park RC) 1:18:15
2nd Charlie Palmer (Bedford Traktors) 1:07:04 Gill Fullen (Bedford Harriers AC) 1:18:39
3rd James Elworthy (Bedford Traktors) 1:08:25 Annie Wilson 1:23:03

The Hillingdon Bank Holiday Duathlons on Sunday were run in freezing, frankly awful conditions best described a 'persisting it' down... Funnily enough, it didn't deter a few committed athletes (or should they be committed?) from entering on-the-day, which included second placed lady Gillian McAlister who was celebrating (!) her 18th wedding anniversary.

Big respect to all the kids, some as young as seven who competed in the Tristar/Youth race, which make up the biggest volume of athletes at the event.

Home club athlete Mark Edwards (Hillingdon Triathletes) was in a class of his own for the men, while Marianne Clark (Serpentine RC) repeated her win from the same event last year. Full results: MEN, LADIES, TRISTAR/YOUTH.

Pos Men Ladies
1st Mark Edwards (Hillingdon Triathletes) 39:12 Marianne Clark (Serpentine RC) 40:17
2nd Ian Gould (Hillingdon Triathletes) 42:04 Gillian McAlister (Hillingdon Triathletes) 41:25
3rd Mark Delahunty (Hillingdon Triathletes) 42:21 Christine Meek (Hillingdon Triathletes) 43:36

We also have results loaded for the Midlothian Sprint Triathlon (HERE), the Warwickshire Children's Aquathlon HERE , Cardiff Try-a-Tri HERE and Bank Holiday Monday results from Thames Turbo (HERE), Tonbridge (HERE), Hart Sprint (HERE) and Mallory Park (SPRINT, SUPERSPRINT and TRISTAR).

Race Hyde Park with Team Laureus

Olympic distance places may have SOLD OUT for this year's Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship Series London Hyde Park race, but you can still be part of the action by securing one of a limited number of start places with Team Laureus at the event.

The Laureus Sport for Good Foundation was announced as the Global Charity Partner of the International Triathlon Union at the World Championship Series launch in Sydney last month. Laureus World Sports Academy Chairman, Edwin Moses unveiled the opportunity for triathletes world-wide to raise funds for Laureus and give the gift of sport. All funds raised will go to projects bringing sport to hundreds of thousands of young people.

Finishing touches are being applied to an exciting programme for those signed up to Team Laureus in London, including an Olympic gold medallist as team coach and training guides provided by members of the Laureus Academy, a unique association of the greatest living sporting legends. As media partner of Team Laureus, Tri247 will bring you all the details as soon as they are announced.

Racing for Team Laureus in July promises to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for sports fans. If you are interested to find out more, please contact Campbell Gray at Laureus on 020 7514 2794 or

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Win £120 Asics shoes with The Goodwood Duathlon

The Goodwood Duathlon (, the latest edition to the events portfolio of Mass Participation Events, owners of the Liverpool Triathlon ( takes place for the first time on Sunday 9th May 2010.

The event, which takes place at the legendary Goodwood Motor Circuit, comprises of Classic Distance (10km / 40km / 5km) and Sprint Distance (4km / 20km / 4km) events, and entries are now open.

Tri247 readers can benefit on their entries by winning one of three pairs of Asics Kayano Running Shoes worth £120. To be eligible for this great prize, simply use the promotional code TRI247 in the personal details section when entering the event via THIS LINK, and you will be entered into the prize draw.

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Liverpool Triathlon: open water swim sessions available

Liverpool Triathlon are pleased to announce they have agreed three dates for Open Water Swim Sessions at the Merseysport Centre on Queens Dock to allow participants to practice their Open Water Swimming in their wetsuits - Sunday 23rd May, Sunday 6th June, Sunday 20th June.

For more information and details on how to secure your place, check out THIS ARTICLE.



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  2. The domestic (wet) weekend roundup...
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  5. The international weekend roundup: British ladies rule!
  6. GE become Elite Partner sponsor to British Triathlon
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