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25th May 2010Issue 163

Welcome to the newsletter

This past weekend really represented the highs and lows of this sport.

For most in the UK, warm, sunny weather probably meant many of you - like me - enjoyed a wonderful few hours in the sunshine, training or racing. After the miserable and cold year to date, I haven't enjoyed a bike ride that much for a long time.

In Lanzarote, we witnessed one of the most exciting Ironman events for a long time, with Catriona Morrison overcoming a delay of 40+ minutes due to snapped chain to tear back through the field and - just - spoil the fairy tale of British Age Grouper Louise Collins winning, overall, an Ironman in her first attempt at the distance.

And then on Sunday we hear the terrible news that an athlete collapsed and died towards the end of the run at the Swashbuckler Triathlon in the New Forest. Our thoughts go out to the family, friends and clubmates of Tim Wilks.

Read on for full details of the highs and lows of the week.

In this issue:

Results

Weekend action

International / Elite Racing

With the addition of Strathclyde, 'international' racing took place on home soil this weekend, so we start our roundup by looking at the key elite events of the weekend across Europe.

Ironman Lanzarote

Stunning! Quite possibly the race of the year so far. In short, Eneko Llanos (ESP) and Cat Morrison won - no surprise there, they were our race favourites.

But how that all panned out...well, we came very very close to seeing British Age Group athlete Louise Collins win her first Ironman. Overall...

Check out our race report on the ladies race HERE. We had Henry Budgett reporting for us from Puerto del Carmen all week, and what a great job he did too. Check out Henry's coverage and pictures on the following links: Postcard #1, Postcard #2, Pros and bikes, Race Day and One day on.

We've also added a full roundup of the top British performances HERE, where a host of Brits made the podium and qualified for Kona.

Pos Men Women
1st Eneko Llanos (ESP) 8:37:43 Catriona Morrison (GBR) 10:03:52
2nd Bert Jammaer (BEL) 8:39:36 Louise Collins (GBR) 10:05:20
3rd Maik Twelsiek (GER) 8:42:53 Nicole Woysch (GER) 10:11:17

French Grand Prix - Dunkerque

The first round of the highly competitive French Grand Prix triathlon series kicked off on Sunday in Dunkerque. The series, where athletes race for French clubs attracts a host of the world's top elite racers, racing over - usually - a sprint distance triathlon, and includes many of the top British athletes.

Alistair Brownlee may be out of action at the moment...but that needn't stop a Brownlee name taking victory.

Younger brother Jonny took the honours today, racing for EC Sartrouville. In second, the star of last weekend's Manchester 10km was Tim Don. Tim, and three of his team mates from Beauvais made the front break away group of the swim, and hammered the bike - team work essential in this format for maximum points, if sometimes to the detriment of individual results. Perhaps the work from Beauvais ultimately cost Tim personally with his current run shape, but certainly worked to team advantage. Still, Jonny ran very strongly for a clear win.

Olly Freeman (7th), Will Clarke (9th), Karl Shaw (22nd) and Thomas Bishop (25th) were the other British males.

Andrea Hewitt (NZL) won a close battle from Erin Densham (AUS) in the ladies race, where Vicky Holland (13th), Lois Rosindale (29th) and Holly Lawrence (49th) were the GB finishers.

Pos Men Women
1st Jonathan Brownlee (GBR) 51:45 Andrea Hewitt (NZL) 58:17
2nd Tim Don (GBR) 52:04 Erin Densham (AUS) 58:18
3rd Frederic Belaubre (FRA) 52:05 Kathy Tremblay (CAN) 58:39

FULL MEN'S RESULTS / FULL LADIES RESULTS

GE Strathclyde Park ITU European Cup Triathlon

The first round of the 2010 British Triathlon Super Series (www.britishtriathlonsuperseries.com) kicked off today at the GE Strathclyde Park ITU European Cup Triathlon.

Ritchie Nicholls, who briefly 'retired' from triathlon 18 months ago showed his focus is very much on swim-bike-run by taking the win ahead of Scottish athlete David Mcnamee. Ireland's Bryan Keane recovered from a poor swim with a flying bike and run to take the final podium spot.

TriGold athlete Adam Bowden finished fifth - the interesting thing to note being that he really has progressed on his swim since 2009, exiting the water right with the leaders. Ironically, it was his run which (slightly) let him down today, but with a 29:31 track time from 2009, the pure run speed is there, and so this must be seen as a positive step forward. It will be interesting to watch how his season progresses, as sooner rather than later he will surely be capable of putting all three disciplines together and producing a superb result.

Jaqueline Slack made it a British winner in the ladies race too, ahead of Tondeur (BEL) and McShane (AUS). Next Brit was Charlotte Roach who, like Adam Bowden, came into elite triathlon via the TriGold scheme. Charlotte suffered a horrific bike crash in November last year, so to see her racing at all is amazing, and we hope her recovery and fitness continues.

Pos Men Women
1st Ritchie Nicholls (GBR) 1:50:34 Jaqueline Slack (GBR) 2:05:54
2nd David Mcnamee (GBR) 1:50:52 Alexandra Tondeur (BEL) 2:06:56
3rd Bryan Keane (IRL) 1:51:03 Charlotte McShane (AUS) 2:07:53

FULL LADIES RESULTS / FULL MEN'S RESULTS

Senec ITU Triathlon European Cup (Slovakia)

Courtesy of British Triathlon:

Katie Ingram continues to impress with a third place finish in the 2010 Senec ITU Triathlon European Cup.

Katie, part of British Triathlon's trigold programme funded by Barrie Wells adds the podium placing to her silver medal achieved in Nancy at the ETU Duathlon European Championships in April.

With a finishing time of 1:58.22, Katie was only nine seconds behind the eventual winner Rebecca Robisch from Germany. Upon finishing the race, Katie commented: "For only my second triathlon race, I'm delighted with third. It was a very hard race and a very fast bike, but each race is a learning curve for me and I'm looking forward to building on this through the season".

The event shows continual progression from Katie, having finished 12th in Monterrey, an ITU Triathlon World Cup, just over a month ago.

Katie is part of British Triathlon’s trigold programme funded by sports enthusiast and successful entrepreneur, Barrie Wells who has also created the charity, Wells Sports Foundation to support sport at grassroots level. Find out more about the Foundation at www.wellssportsfoundation.org.

Domestic Racing - Saturday

First results in were from the OWS Aquathlon, we have a full report, video and results here, where - in a weekend of 'blasts from the past' (see Hobson and Brice in Lanzarote!), Annie Emmerson raced (and won) at Liquid Leisure.

Another Dorney weekend saw the Eton Half Olympic. Full results HERE, where Josh Daniels (PACTRAC) and Clare Scott (Hereford Tri Club) were the fastest athletes of the day.

Leybourne Lakes had a small warm up for next weekend's TriGrandPrix event (results HERE), and we also have results from the Prestwick Spring Aquathlon (Tristar/Youth) HERE.

A busy day in Marazion, West Cornwall with a Middle distance (RESULTS) and Standard distance (RESULTS) event.

Middle
1st Nicholas Horton 4:30:13 Joanna Swallow 4:59:17
2nd David Bartlett 4:36:08 Lisa Picton 5:07:34
3rd Henk van Laar 4:40:43 Rosemary Terribile 5:28:12
Standard
Pos Men Women
1st Michael Birchmore 2:34:48 Kirsti Robertson 2:58:26
2nd Alan Ward 2:40:41 Anne Maskell 3:05:17
3rd Mark Lewarne 2:48:14 Maria Hindle 3:09:52

Domestic Racing - Sunday

James Gilfillan and Lucy Gossage were dominant winners of the Swashbuckler Middle Distance in the New Forest, much to our expectation. Lucy is a training partner and team mate of Louise Collins, star of Ironman Lanzarote, so all in all a great day for Nottingham! Full results HERE - thanks to Jo Iles for forwarding. Tragically the results of he event were overshadowed by the death of an athlete, Tim Wilks, who collapsed and died towards in the final miles of the run course. Full details HERE.

Fastest Sunday results - but we are used to that now - was from DB Max, for the Moti Mizuno Bradford Triathlon. You can find the results HERE. Tom Room and Dani Goodman took the wins in fast racing.

We also have results loaded from the Keswick Mountain Festival. Long race HERE, and the short HERE.

The latest race in the Triathlon London League was the Crystal Palace Triathlon, results of which are HERE, while the Eton weekend continued, this time in the guise of the ultra-FIT challenge races - half distance HERE, 3Quarter distance HERE.

Swim Smooth Stroke Correction Clinics

Swim Smooth are excited to announce nine Clinics in Bolton, Birmingham, York, West Lothian, Windsor and Maidenhead in June. If you are a triathlete looking to improve your speed and efficiency in the water, this is the perfect one day course for you! The day features full analysis of your stroke from video footage above and below the water. From the pool and classroom sessions you'll come away with a clear picture of what's holding you back and exactly how to improve your individual swimming.

Full details at: www.swimsmooth.com/clinics.php

Tri Smarter Tri Camp with Joe Beer at Club La Santa

23rd-30th September 2010: Aimed at beginners and intermediate level triathletes looking to find clear, concise and helpful coaching. This provides the perfect jump up the learning curve in a sport many take five years or more to be successful.

This is the camp to understand how to plan a winters training and be ready for next spring – from swimming technique and bike fit to run training and nutrition.

The sessions are perfect for athletes from beginner to intermediate levels and the aim is to mix practical workouts with talks and workshops. Athletes from single sports who have a few years endurance experience will find it manageable and great fun.

Find out more HERE.

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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 Campbell.gray@richemont.com

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