Tri247 Newsletter


19th May 2010Issue 162

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Triathlon, live on BBC1 in May? Not quite, but Tim Don managed to make his mark on Sunday at the Great Manchester 10km, smashing his road personal best with a 28:56 clocking behind the ultimate running legend Haile Gebrselassie. The first 5km managed to generate a few 'and there is triathlete Tim Don' type comments from Steve Cram and Paula Radcliffe, but when he was still there and running strong at 8km, their interest certainly picked up a few notches, and along with Haile, Tim was one of the first athletes they wanted in front of the camera for interview on crossing the line. You can read our interview with Tim on our sister site HERE.

We have had a few 'iconic' races taking place in recent weks; Wildflower, Escape from Alcatraz, St. Croix to name three for example, but this weekend is perhaps the first European icon of the season, Ironman Lanzarote. Tri247 are well represented on-site this weekend through columnists Richard Hobson, Jo Carritt (in her first 'pro' start), and Henry Budgett. While Jo and Richard will be racing, Henry will provide his unique view on proceedings in his role this weekend of chief supporter, bag carrier, photographer and - we suspect - man who can't stop himself getting a job on race day...even though he is supposed to be on holiday. Check back over the next few days for updates from the race where "Normal limits do not apply."

Keeping the iconic theme, all three of the named races above were won by British ladies... and with Cat Morrison and Bella Bayliss starting at Puerto del Carmen, will there be another British success to add to the record books? With Stephen Bayliss and Phil Graves racing, is a British male win possible too? We'll find out on Saturday evening.

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Weekend action

Well, the 'triathlon' performance of the weekend may well have taken place in a 10km run around Manchester - and it's not often that a GB triathlete gets that much air time and focus, live on prime time BBC1...and manages to outshine what Alistair Brownlee did in the same event last year!

The Great Manchester 10km may have been won by his hero Haile Gebrselassie, but 2006 World Triathlon Champion Tim Don grabbed more than his fair share of plaudits from the BBC commentary team, including Cram and Radcliffe, for his fantastic single sport performance.

Smashing his road PB, Tim ran a stunning 28:56 around the streets of Manchester, proving that his 2009 injury worries are behind him. It is also well ahead of the time of Alistair Brownlee at the same event in 2009, who recorded 29:35. Tim finished in seventh, and second Brit overall, less than a minute behind the legendary Ethiopian.

Pos Men Women
1st Haile Gebrselassie (ETH) 28:02 Werkenesh Kidane (ETH ) 31:19
2nd Ayad Lamdessam (ESP) 28:09 Jessica Augusto (POR) 31:47
3rd Sergiy Lebid (UKR) 28:29 Ines Monteiro (POR) 32:02
7th Tim Don (GBR) 28:56  

Full results HERE.

Great Britain's Leanda Cave continued her impressive 2010 campaign by retaining her Ironman 70.3 Florida title today. The all-round athlete proved that she can win events under different circumstances. Usually in the first group out of the water, the presence of ITU swim specialist Sarah McLarty changed things, as the American exited the water over two and a half minutes clear of Leanda in third, with American Amanda Stevens (USA) - the eventual second placer - also hitting T1 in second, one minute back on the swift McLarty.

The three reached the second transition in close contention, as Cave set the fastest bike time (2:17:37), before then setting the fastest run time of the day too - 1:26:29 - and pulled away to a clear four and a half minute victory. Emma-Kate Lidbury took the last spot in the top ten, finishing in 4:40:50.

The men's race looked to be going against forecasts, as American TJ Tollakson smashed the bike course (1:59:57), putting almost nine minutes into the likes of defending champion Dirk Bockel (LUX), ITU World Long Distance Champion Timothy O'Donnell (USA) and Richie Cunningham (AUS), a truly stunning ride against such a standard of competition. Still, 'it's not about the bike' as someone once said, and he paid the price on the run, a 1:30:26 split only being enough for seventh.

Up at the front, O'Donnell kept up his own excellent 2010 form, doing enough to hold off the fast running Ukrainian Ironman specialist Viktor Zyemtsev who produced a swift 1:13:53. Bockel ran strongly, but this year had to make do with the bronze.

Alun Woodwood (11th, 4:11:16) took the scalp of former Ironman UK Champion Bryan Rhodes (NZL). Rich Allen produced a strong swim and bike - reaching T2 with Zyemtsev, but was a DNF on the run.

Pos Men Women
1st Timothy O'Donnell (USA) 3:51:18 Leanda Cave (GBR) 4:14:22
2nd Viktor Zyemtsev (UKR) 3:52:39 Amanda Stevens (USA) 4:18:55
3rd Dirk Bockel (LUX) 3:52:55 Magali Tisseyre (CAN) 4:23:10

In Spain, the second edition of the Challenge Barcelona-Maresme half-iron distance was raced on Sunday. Sylvain Sudrie (FRA) dominated the race from the swim, while Tiina Boman (FIN) pulled away on the run for a clear victory over Sofie Goos (BEL). Age Group Brit Anita Jones finished 11th overall "despite bashing up her foot on the T2 dismount", and went under five hours for the first time. Rob Johnson was first Brit male (17th), with rough seas making for "interesting sighting", as he went for the wrong buoy on the last section of the swim and did some "dead leg running." Still, his aims are are double this distance and he has bigger objectives later in the year.

Pos Men Women
1st Sylvain Sudrie (FRA) 3:35:47 Tiina Boman (FIN) 4:05:17
2nd Francois Chabaud (FRA) 3:40:05 Sofie Goos (BEL) 4:09:30
3rd Jarmo Harst (FIN) 3:40:36 Monika Lehmann (SUI) 4:16:19

Domestic Racing

No surprise to see elite athlete Jonathan Hotchkiss take another win - his third in a week - at the Eton SuperSprint race on Saturday.Natalie Barnard was the fastest lady on Saturday. Full results HERE. John Whitworth (another frequent winner of late) and Samantha Wilson were the fastest racers on Sunday, though both had only a four second buffer over their chasers. Full results HERE.

Another Saturday event was the FRF Gower Olympic Duathlon (Welsh Champs), results HERE, and FRF Gower Sprint Duathlon, results HERE. Lee Rankin (DB Max Tri) and Bev Thomas (In2Sport) won the feature race.

The 25th anniversary East Grinstead Triathlon saw Charles Pennington (Royal Navy) and Elisabeth Brama (Brighton Phoenix) take narrow, and hard fought wins. Not too many ladies manage to out-split veteran Ruth Hutton on two wheels, proving Elisabeth's recent time trial performances have translated well to the triathlon arena. Full results HERE, plus results from the ladies try-a-tri HERE. You can also check out a race report from East Grinstead HERE.

Results now in from the Marshman triathlons courtesy of Stuart Steele, where we had far more success in predicting the Marshman+ than the Marshman half results... Ladies winner of the Marshman+, and Tri247 columnist Sarah Lovelock has published her race report HERE.

Marshman+ results
Marshman Half results
Mini Marshman results

Pos Men Women
1st Mark Stenning (Wildside RC) 6:19:25 Sarah Lovelock (Bodyworks XTC) 7:17:08
2nd Keith Sanders (Greenwich Tritons) 6:42:11 Emma Rand (LBT) 7:40:05
3rd Craig Hughes 6:52:43 Gillian Banks 7:52:08
Marshman Half
1st Ben Ward (Team Solo) 4:22:17 Claire Smith (Swindon Tri Club) 4:53:49
2nd James Doust 4:23:33 Katie Crowe (Crystal Palace) 5:20:33
3rd Kuok Yuen Teh (Bad Tri) 4:24:16

Caroline Terburgh (Larkfield AC) 5:29:50

Mini Marshman Sprint
1st Del Pitcher (Derbyshire Police) 1:03:41 Claire Clarke (Orpington Road Runners) 1:31:27
2nd David Fowler (Deal Tri) Claire Gibson (Newport Tri Club) 1:34:43
3rd Torren Peakman (Deal Tri) Naomi Collier 1:34:58

The first round of the Hillingdon Triathlon Series saw decisive wins for Matt Molloy (Bike & Run) and Sky Draper (Hillingdon Triathletes). 14 year old Sky exited the swim on the feet of top swimmer Molloy, and that was basically the last their competition got to see of them until the presentation. Second overall were brother and sister Mark and Yolanda Edwards, who I 'subtly' tipped for victory in the weekend preview. In mitigation, at the time I wasn't aware Sky was due to race! Full results HERE.

Carl Ferri (Herne Hill Harriers) beat off the challenge of Nick Shasha in the duathlon that ran alongside the tri. Full results HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Matt Molloy (Bike & Run) 1:09:37 Sky Draper (Hillingdon Triathletes) 1:17:04
2nd Mark Edwards (Hillingdon Triathletes) 1:11:50 Yolanda Edwards (Hillingdon Triathletes) 1:31:14
3rd Clark Schofield (Hillingdon Triathletes) 1:12:21 Gemma Riddell (Hillingdon Triathletes) 1:33:39

He may get older, but he never seems to get slower! Andy Tarry once again showed what a class athlete he is with a dominating win at the Barrow Sprint Triathlon, where Jeanette Foster (Leicester Tri Club) was the ladies winner. Full results HERE.

Fast racing in Salisbury at the Salisbury Fast Twitch event, where Elizabeth Hutson had just a 17 second advantage over Lucy Chittenden. Peter Younghusband proved (again) that the 45-49 age group is no barrier to overall race wins, as he finished ahead of another 'vet', Robert Hunter. Full results HERE.

Alan Copland ( prevented a home club double at the Alnwick Triathlon, where Emma Pearson (Alnwick District Triathlon Club) finished just 23 seconds ahead of Jane Mooney (Ryton Tri Club). Full results HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Alan Copland ( 00:59:42 Emma Pearson (Alnwick District Triathlon Club) 01:09:48
2nd Ian Simon (Alnwick District Triathlon Club) 01:02:03 Jane Mooney (Ryton Tri Club) 01:10:11
3rd Philip Aiston (Tyne Triathlon) 01:02:08 Helen Jones (Alnwick District Triathlon Club) 01:11:59

We have a full report online from the Driffield Triathlon, and the results are loaded HERE.

We also have results from the Basildon Off-Road Triathlon, Osprey Novice Super Sprint (More on that one HERE), Merchant Taylors' Triathlon, Newmarket Triathlon and Taunton Deane (Long and Short).

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

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