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Watts and Parsons win at Worcester Triathlon
Worcester Triathlon Club held their annual triathlons on Sunday 27th June at Top Barn Activity Centre, Holt Heath. On one of the hottest days of the year so far, 195 competitors took part. The event consisted of two separate races, a sprint distance triathlon with a 750m swim, 28km bike and 5km run, or a longer double-sprint distance option of a 1500m swim, 56km bike and 10km run. Worcester Triathlon Club members were out racing in force, as well as organising and marshalling at the event. Tom Watts, although still a junior, was the stand out winner in the sprint event, in 1:16:59, over three minutes clear of the second place finisher. He exited the water in a very impressive 9:07 swim time - again over 2 minutes faster than the next athlete. Watts said of the race: ‘It means a lot to me to win at one of my home events, after being close in the past two years’. This result continues an excellent season so far for Watts, which has seen him place fifth Junior at the National Duathlon Championships and complete his first Olympic distance event racing in an elite international field at the European Cup in Strathclyde. In searing heat, he finished 30th overall, with many world class athletes failing to finish. Watts also took the bronze medal for the junior division at the Blenheim Triathlon. He now goes to race at the next round of the European Cup in Geneva, Switzerland in August. There was also Worcester success in the double-sprint distance event, with Worcester Triathlon Club's Michelle Parsons finishing as fastest female in 2:50:32 and also placing a very good 8th overall in a strong field. She was particularly happy with her bike, which was the fastest female time by almost five minutes and was bettered by only four males. Michelle will hope to utilise this form on the bike in the National 100-mile cycling time trial event on 11th July. She then competes in the Ironman race in Switzerland on 25th July. Kevin May, Henry Walker and Mark Howe all had strong races and finished the double course in 3 hours or better. In both the sprint and double-sprint events there were a number of novice club members racing for the first time and all had excellent races to complete their first ever triathlon, many in very good times for a first racing experience. Ellen Winter posted a very creditable 1:45, taking part in her first ever triathlon. Race director, Gav Vickers said: ‘The Top Barn races are the highlight of the Worcester Triathlon Club calendar held at one of the top multi-event venues in the country. Athletes came from all over the country to race - from London, Ipswich, Bridgend, Bristol, Stoke, Hereford, Portsmouth, Somerset as well as nearby towns and cities. "There was great racing in both the Sprint and Double events and some stand out performers; Tom and Phil Jenkins’ swims, Michelle’s double race to win by six minutes and Sam Orgee’s run in the sprint really stood out for me as the individual highlights. It was great to see so many competitors finishing their races following weeks or months of hard and dedicated training. "Everyone involved from the organisers to the marshalls to the competitors had a great time and everyone we spoke was keen to come back next year. The Tri club would like to thank everyone involved at the venue, all the local businesses who contributed and the club members and their families for making the day pass so smoothly.’ The club's next event is the Droitwich Sprint Triathlon on 1st August, which consists of a 400m pool swim, 20km bike and 5km run – an ideal event for those new to triathlon to try a race. Details can be found in the event section of Worcester Triathlon Club’s website – Worcester Triathlon Club results Sprint Triathlon 1. Tom Watts – 1:16:59 7. Neil Crump – 1:24:49 25. Gavin Vickers – 1:32:12 34. Ed Hardy – 1:36:09 39. Tony Knight – 1:37:53 63. Ellen Winter – 1:45:25 80. Ben Martin – 1:52:00 83. Alison Dunn – 1:53:09 90. Andrew Muir – 1:57:08 Double Sprint Triathlon 7. Kevin May – 2:47:24 8. Michelle Parsons – 2:50:32 12. Henry Walker – 2:54:11 20. Mark Howe – 3:00.13 31. Mark Elliott – 3:09:07 33. Steve Poulton – 3:11:59

Postcard from Austria
Tri247's Henry Budgett is out in Klagenfurt, for this weekend's Ironman Austria, a real favourite with British athletes, Pro and Age Group. Henry will be the 'words of the race' during the event once again, as he'll be in the hot seat bringing you the play-by-play updates from the course. He's managed to squeeze in a few words for us too in this postcard from Austria.... Best of British! As anyone who has ever been to Ironman Austria will tell you, the Expo here is one of those places that you'll find hard to exercise restraint in. This is a proper Expo - even back in 1996 when Jen and I first came here it was pretty good - and now it's even bigger as they have given over half of the main food tent for more retail space. Infinit are the drink sponsors for Triangle's events and Michael and Emmy are here spreading the word about that and Speedfil, their other triathlon line. Given the current shortage of Profile and Bontrager front-mounted bottles in the UK at the moment it's good to see that Spedfil are in plentiful supply and, being frame mounted, don't need that pesky little bracket that's also completely sold out. (And, yes John, I know you found one at some tiny little Halfords branch but, trust me, that was the last one in the UK!). Also making a colourful splash here is BikeBoxAlan. Well, let's be a bit more accurate - the boxes are making a colourful splash here, I'm not sure that Alan is! With his main competitor, SciCon, just over the border in Italy it was a bit of a surprise to see him here but he told me that he had done a deal with a local outlet which enables him to use Austria as a distribution point. Apparently he's even making moves to supply North America once he can figure out the age-old issue of the cost of shipping air... The weather over here is oppressively hot - for the last couple of years we have had rain on race day, particularly so in 2008, and it would be good if we could get rid of some of the heat before then as they are talking about 32degrees on Sunday if it doesn't break. In the meantime we are just living in the ice cream fridge while everyone watches the Holland game on the big screen in the finish chute - they had to test it somehow... The pro press conference, mainly in German so I've no idea at all what they were saying, was earlier today and all the main players had their regular game faces on. Pretty much all are agreed that Marino and Bella are the athletes that they will be trying to beat while both of those have their own agendas; five in a row for Marino (with the possibility of a sub-8) and three sub-9s in a row for Bella. And not only will you be able to follow my random comment generator through the race on Sunday but you'll also have the luxury of live video streaming from 6:50am. The start is always special here so if you can spare the time it's worth watching. I'm off to try out the swanky new coffee machine they've just installed and I'll be back tomorrow with more updates.

ZipVit Sport powers triathlete Tim Don to early season glory
Former ITU World Champion triathlete Tim Don has paid tribute to the "best sports nutrition products available" after a enjoying a flying start to the season. The 32-year-old, who won the world title in 2006, has secured a number of early season victories, notably the prestigious Hy-Vee ITU Triathlon Elite Cup, the richest race on the calendar, which was held in West Des Moines, Iowa, USA, this month. This season Don is sponsored by ZipVit Sport, which is supplying him with a full range of energy and recovery products, including drinks, gels, bars and chews, as well as vitamins and minerals. Don has identified 2010 as key to his preparations for the Olympic Games in London in two years time and, as well as his American triumph, has won the Blenheim Triathlon and the British Elite Duathlon Championships. He also set a new personal best in the Manchester 10k. He said: "This is a hugely important season for me and so much of it will come down to knowing that I'm using the best of everything. "That’s certainly the case with ZipVit Sport, which in my opinion supply the best sports nutrition products available. What’s more, they are able to give me everything I need, from energy bars to vitamins. No other supplier I know can do that." Don is particularly impressed with ZipVit Sport’s energy products, which, like the rest of its range, have been specially formulated for endurance athletes. They proved their worth in Des Moines, when Don broke from the pack early in the 10k run and had enough in the tank to maintain his lead until the end. He said: "It’s hard to maintain the optimum balanced diet when you’re out and about competing, so energy products are vital for giving you everything you need. "The bars in particular taste great. In the past I have had bars that are unpleasant to eat, but these are very enjoyable. That’s vital, because if you enjoy eating something, you'll eat more of it, and that will benefit you even further. "It is very reassuring to know that everything is batch tested, meaning that it’s 100 per cent legitimate. That gives me total peace of mind." Don has joined a growing number of top flight endurance athletes using ZipVit Sport products, including top pro cycling teams Cervélo TestTeam and Team RadioShack, as well as Irish triathlete Emma Davis. Warren Bailey, CEO of ZipVit Sport, said: "Tim has enjoyed considerable success in his career and is a true star in world triathlon. "Not only are we thrilled that he is using – and enjoying – our products, we are delighted to see that they are helping him to enjoy success in what is a vital season for him." ZipVit Sport uses only the highest quality ingredients, with no artificial colourings or flavourings. Formulated using the latest scientific research, its product range uses whey protein, glutamine, beta-alanine and branched-chain amino acids, all of which help to boost athletes’ performance and optimise their recovery times. It is also the only sports nutrition supplier to include colostrum in its recovery products, which helps athletes to build and repair lean muscle as well as protecting them against infection. To find out more about ZipVit Sport visit

GE to sponsor Hyde Park WCS race for 2010 & 2011
GE to sponsor London Leg of Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship Series 2010 and 2011 GE, the Elite Partner of the British Triathlon GB Team, has announced that it is to become a local main sponsor of the Dextro Energy Triathlon London presented by Tata Steel in Hyde Park in 2010 and 2011. The World Championship Series event will this year take place on the 24th and 25th July 2010 featuring high profile athletes including current world champion Alistair Brownlee, and 2009 Series final bronze medalist Helen Jenkins Comments Mark Elborne, President and CEO of GE in the UK: “As a worldwide partner of the Olympic and Paralympic Games and the Elite Partner of the British Triathlon GB Team, GE is keen to be involved in the Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship. The London events over the next two years will provide the British Triathlon GB Team athletes with a high standard of competition and will serve as an important testing ground for the challenges they will face at the London 2012 Olympic Games. This event also provides an important opportunity for GE staff involvement as 12 of our Age Groupers will be able to take part in the competition.” Says James Robinson, Commercial Director of event promoters Upsolut Sports UK Ltd: “We are delighted to have GE on board as a sponsor and are looking forward to working with them over the next two years to maximize their involvement. It is thanks in part to top tier commercial sponsors like GE that the event is enjoying such a growth in popularity and profile” Zara Hyde Peters, OBE, CEO British Triathlon said: “It is great that GE want to build on the newly signed sponsorship of the British Triathlon elite team by sponsoring our best event that will really showcase the sport in the UK” The Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship Series allows the world's top athletes to compete head-to-head on an ongoing basis. This format features six world-class events in Sydney, Seoul, Madrid, Hamburg, London, and Kitzbuhel as well as an exciting Grand Final in Budapest 8-12 September 2010. With the support of global partners such as Dextro Energy and Sunnto, presenting partner Tata Steel and local sponsor GE, the new series introduces exponential growth in athlete prize money, media coverage and sport exposure. With a year-end bonus pool of $500,000 and a $150,000 prize at each event, high stakes are on the line in the battle to become ITU's 2010 World Champion.

Nokia Windor Triathlon on Channel 4 this Sunday
Check out the TV / set your recorders for this Sunday, 4th July at 7.55am as Iwan Thomas presents the twentieth anniversary Nokia Windsor Triathlon.

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