Tri247 Newsletter


10th May 2010Issue 161

Welcome to the newsletter

I've received a couple of cracking emails over the past two weeks from duathlon specialist and speedy runner Kat Grimmett. Regular readers of the site will know that we've been following Kat since she first burst on to the duathlon scene in early 2009. You may also know that your Editor likes - mild understatement - results, and takes a pretty keen interest in as many age group and pro results as he can squeeze into his over-stretched brain.

Having interviewed Kat in early 2009, it was pretty obvious to me that aside from being a delight to chat too, she was also completely unaware of her potential and talent. I practically fell off my chair when she told me she had no competitive running background at all, and she asked "do you think I should do some running races then?". Shortly after that she beat the reigning Olympic Marathon Champion over 10km in her first race...

In late 2009 Kat was knocked off her bike when poised - potentially - for victory at the ITU World Duathlon Championships, and took quite a beating in terms of bruises and scars, taking many months to recover and get back to proper training. Her early season form this year wasn't great - while 1:15 for a half marathon would make most ecstatic, on a fast course in Bath it didn't really show progress for someone who produced a 1:13 in her debut half marathon last year. After that, sixth in the National Elite Duathlon Champs - a race she won in 2009 - was hardly a confidence boost either, and by her own standards, a disaster.

Fast forward a few weeks, and Kat has taken a bronze medal at the ETU European Duathlon Champs, and this weekend she won a half marathon in Denmark, racing for an England select team. You can read for yourself what this means to her in our roundup below.

Results aside, what comes across is the simple joy of competing and having to opportunity to strive to be the best you can be - which is so refreshing to see and hear. Great stuff Kat, keep up the good work and that passion and drive will take you a long way. Well, perhaps as far as the London 2012 Olympic Marathon anyway...

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Weekend action

International Racing

The big international race of the weekend was the Dextro Energy Triathlon - ITU World Championship Series in Seoul Korea - second round of the 2010 series. Sprint finishes were the order of the day, where Jan Frodeno and Daniela Ryf were the swiftest of all. Check out our full roundup of the race, race reports, current standings and all of the British results HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Jan Frodeno (GER) 1:51:49 Daniela Ryf (SUI) 2:00:59
2nd Courtney Atkinson (AUS) 1:51:49 Barbara Riveros Diaz (CHI) 2:01:02
3rd Brad Kahlefeldt (AUS) 1:52:17 Emma Moffatt (AUS) 2:01:04

In the US, the first of the Rev3 Triathlon Series events was held in Knocksville, over a super tough non-drafting Olympic Distance. The Tri247 prediction machine got this one right on the money! Another Julie Dibens win, with a Matt Reed, Terrenzo Bozzone, Chris Lieto 1/2/3 was exactly as we told you it would be. Our colleagues in the US at Slowtwitch were on site and covering the event - check out their report for full details on how it all panned out.

One interesting issue - could this race change Kona 2010? The Rev3 Series offers a $150,000 bonus for athletes winning all three races - the remaining being a half-iron and an iron-distance. Julie Dibens is scheduled to race the half in Quassy, 6th June, and given her Ironman 70.3 World Championship and current form, is likely to be race favourite, alongside Mirinda Carfrae. Now, if she wins would be very tempting to go for the payout on 12th September, which is just four weeks before Kona...

Pos Men Women
1st Matt Reed (USA) 1:51:55 Julie Dibens (GBR) 2:03:48
2nd Terrenzo Bozzone (NZL) 1:52:42 Sam Warriner (NZL) 2:07:04
3rd Chris Lieto (USA) 1:52:48 Kelly Williamson (USA) 2:07:06

Also overseas, but this time running only - with a triathlon/duathlon connection - Kat Grimmett, who won bronze last week in the ETU European Duathlon Championships was representing England in a Half Marathon in Denmark - and she won it too! She reports:

"Absolutely thrilled to win and to do it representing England a very proud moment for me and another special moment to treasure, need to bank those...

"The race was great, held in Middlefart in Denmark, very beautiful place by the sea and where lego was invented. 

"Still being an inexperienced racer when the gun went off I shot off with the men and held on for about 1km, had a thought, 'awesome, I am going to run this race with the men' and my lungs then told my brain that this was a bloody stupid idea. The course was up and down with a few cheeky hills, cold and the wind was blowing but not too hard. I ran alone for around 7 to 8km and then the Danish favourite caught me up and drafted me for the next 8 ish km. This is fine with me I am happier controlling the pace and she thanked me after the race for taking the wind so I really appreciated her good sportwomenship. I then pushed on a bit and when I reached 20km I looked back and could not see the pretty Danish lady anymore, so I thought I am going to treasure this moment on the straight which I did to the cheering crowds and the commentator speaking loudly in Danish which I could not make out a word apart from "Kat Grimmett". What I did not know was the Dane was sprinting head down behind me. Thank God I crossed that line before she caught me, just awesome. I did 74.08 for the time and apparently it is not a PB course and running alone in the wind I am very very pleased with the time." 

Kat's ultimate aim is a marathon place on Team GB at the London 2012 Olympics.

Domestic Racing

Members of the TFN Race Team dominated the Grendon Triathlon for the men, with James Ratcliffe taking the top spot. Jenny Latham (Leeds Bradford TC) took the ladies win, a relatively new name to us, ahead of well known figures of Sophie Whitworth and Yvette Grice.

Pos Men Women
1st James Ratcliffe (Ceepo TFN) 1:04:28 Jenny Latham (Leeds Bradford TC)1:14:52
2nd David Bishop (Ceepo TFN) 1:06:14 Sophie Whitworth (G.S.Henley) 1:15:30
3rd Nick Dunn (TFN Race Team) 1:06:29 Yvette Grice (Bodyworks XRC) 1:16:16

The new Goodwod Duathlon took place on Sunday, and we have results online for the Classic and the Sprint event. James Gilfillan and David Vaughan were in a different class to the rest of the field, with James' cycling enough to secure the win from former Age Group World Champ David.

Like Goodwood, the Cotswolds Triathlon was timed by the DB Max crew, and as with Goodwood results were very fast. Great Job guys. The SuperSprint results are HERE and the Youth/Novice race HERE.

The Woodhall Spa Triathlon saw Mark Redwood secure possibly his first race win since his serious bike accident in November 2007. Close behind him was Ironman specialist Rob Johnson, showing a handy turn of speed at a distance around eight hours too short for his liking. Elizabeth Burrows was the first lady. Full results HERE.

Interesting results at the Hatch End~Harrow Triathlon, with close finishes in both events. David Savory (two seconds) and Helen Mussen (six seconds) took very narrow wins from 2009, and indeed multiple prior winners at this event, Clark Schofield and Colette O'Neill, both from local club Hillingdon Triathletes.

Clark finished on an identical time to club mate Tom Korff, which is ironic, given they are going to Best Man at each others weddings later this year - both are marrying fellow Hillingdon Triathletes members. Indeed, Tom was given the second place award, by virtue of the timing chips showing his finishing time as 48:10.5 versus 48:10.6 of Clark! Come on, you don't get trivia like this on any other triathlon website do you...

Full result HERE, courtesy of

Pos Men Women
1st David Savory (ESC D3 Triathlon) 48:09 Helen Mussen (Serpentine) 55:00
2nd Tom Korff (Hillingdon Triathletes) 48:11 Colette O'Neill (Hillingdon Triathletes) 55:06
3rd Clark Schofield (Hillingdon Triathletes) 48:11 Nicole Oh 58:21

Simon Hill reports from the Wilmslow Triathlon (full results HERE)

"The men's race was won by Roger Witz Barnes of Manchester Tri Club and the women's race was won by Eleanor Haresign of Glasgow Tri Club. Contrary to the metoffice reports the sun shone throughout the race. Witz Barnes led from the start posting the fastest swim time of 4m43s for the 400m, he extended this with the fastest bike time taking him into the run TWO minutes ahead of second place Paul Skipper. In spite of a valiant run by Skipper, Witz Barnes’ lead was too much he held on to win by 1m 38s.

"The women's race was a similar story with Haresign posting the fastest swim and bike giving her an unassailable lead in spite of Amy Hibbert's faster run.

"Thanks go to all our sponsors – Edinburgh Bicycle Cooperative, Up & Running, Pool Mate, Accelerade, Riverford Organics, Sportmed, For Goodness Shakes!"

We have a full report and results on site for the Morden 6n6 Aquathlon HERE, won for the third consecutive year by James Lock, setting another course record.

Another aquathlon report with a video too this time, is the OWS Race #1 at Liquid Leisure on Saturday. Check it out HERE. Jonathan Hotchkiss and Carin Hume were fastest on the day.

Other race results include the Lydney Triathlon and Harlech Triathlon, Waveney Valley, Cleveland Sprint, Exe Valley (Sprint and Novice) plus the 'Hairy Legs Challenge' (Individual and Relay).

Planet X - Big Italian Week!

Planet X to set a new benchmark for Campagnolo
After years of being asked, hassled, reminded and begged, Planet X have finally managed to get a Campagnolo build into their range and what a stunner it's going to be. More >>

Guerciottis are coming!
Planet X boss, Dave, has a super soft spot for Italian brand Guerciotti as it's the first bike he ever bought. Well ok, his dad bought it! 30 years on, after a chance meeting at Eurobike with Alessandro Guerciotti they are going to be bringing one of the classic Italian marques to the UK market. More >>

La Squadra is launched
What started out over a few beers at Sheffield's finest Italian restaurant has snowballed into La Squadra, a squad open to amateur and professional cyclists who like to combine training with good food, fine coffee and camaraderie. More >>

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

NEW Total Fitness Bath catalogue available online

Total Fitness Bath New PDF catalogue is now available HERE. 100 pages of some of the very best triathlon products money can buy. Check it out!

Redrick Lake now open

Redrick Lake open water swim centre opened on the 24th April 2010. Approx a 750m loop lake, which is set in 260 acres of multi terrain. Also planned for 2010 is a running trail through the undulating countryside and a mountain bike track. Opening hours have been confirmed as:

Saturday: 8-10am
Tuesday: 6-7.30pm
Thursday: 6-7.30pm

These days may be extended subject to demand. Open to all BTF MEMBERS ONLY, which gives individual insurance cover whilst training. Find out more HERE

Runaround Sports 15% off ALL women's running clothing

A really great offer from the Runaround team, save 15% on ALL women's running clothing. See here for more details or give them a call on 01905 622288

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Blue Rhino Sports Products has teamed up with us to offer athletes a 10% exclusive introductory discount on their first purchase order. To learn all you need to know about COOLMOVE footcare benefits and to claim your exclusive triathlon discount quote promotion ID: MJ10 on the online checkout form, visit:













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