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8th Jul 2010Issue 168

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Timing is everything. Particularly where times are concerned...

It is not without coincidence or planning that last week I published my Sub-8 iron men: a history article, charting the complete history of iron-distance race finishes achieved under the magic eight hour mark. With Klagenfurt and Frankfurt on the Ironman menu last weekend, I felt there was a reasonable chance that 'sub-8' would again hit the headlines. And sure enough, Belgium's Marino Vanhoenacker produced a stunning performance in Austria, recording the fourth fastest time ever. With Challenge Roth to follow, proven to be the fastest iron-distance race around, I suspect that another update will be due soon. I think the article proved its worth in the triathlon community too, judging by the quantity of statistical Ironman time references I've read on the web over the past few days, all of which seem to have a remarkable degree of accuracy and similarity to this one record. I'll take that as a compliment...

As for the ladies Sub-9 listing, I'm predicting, in the style of Top of the Pops, "a new entry at number one" within the next 10 days ...I think you can guess who from!

Some amazing results this weekend - but you can read more about Alistair below! I spent Sunday at Emberton Park, Nr. Milton Keynes, the venue of the Cowman / Big Cow Sprint races, and being present to watch Rob 'The Fridge' Creighton and Team Laws complete their epic challenges was truly inspiring, and makes you realise - again - just what a great sport we have, and that there are so many ways to finish the day as a winner. If you can, please do support their charity efforts - details below.

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Results

Weekend action

Plenty of action taking place this past weekend. Here is a summary of the key results.

ETU European Championships, Athlone

Can anyone stop Alistair Brownlee? Another sensational effort, and perhaps one of his most domination performances ever. Read the full report HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Alistair Brownlee (GBR) 1:44:24 Nicola Spirig (SUI) 1:57:58
2nd Javier Gomez (ESP) 1:45:04 Carole Peon (FRA) 1:58:10
3rd David Hauss (FRA) 1:45:31 Lisa Norden (SWE) 1:58:20

Congratulations also to Lucy Chittenden who earned a silver medal in the junior race. There were so many medals one in the age group and paratriathlon categories, we can't list them all here - but you can find them all HERE.

Ironman European Championship - Frankfurt

It was no surprise to see true quality at the head of the 2010 edition of arguably the most prestigious Ironman outside of Kona. Just as his younger brother Michael has done all season at the 70.3 distance, Andreas Raelert was an incredibly impressive winner here. But for a longer bike course this year due to road closures, he would surely have joined the short list of men who have broken eight hours for iron-distance. The ladies race was also a thriller, with defending champion Sandra Wallenhorst (GER) eventually catching and passing Caroline Steffen (SUI) very late in the marathon. Full report HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Andreas Raelert (GER) 8:05:15 Sandra Wallenhorst (GER) 9:04:27
2nd Timo Bracht (GER) 8:10:22 Caroline Steffen (SUI) 9:06:42
3rd Chris Mccormack (AUS) 8:14:43 Yvonne Van Vlerken (NED) 9:10:21

Ironman Austria

This was a one-man Marino Vanhoenacker show! The Belgian made it five straight wins, and also smashed his way into the sub-eight history books. His 7:52:05 was the fourth fastest Ironman time on record, and sets a real marker for Kona 2010. Full report HERE and thoughts from our man 'on the ground' Henry Budgett, HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Marino Vanhoenacker (BEL) 7:52:05 Eva Dollinger (AUT) 9:18:50
2nd Dennis Denvriendt (BEL) 8:12:51 Karina Ottosen (DEN) 9:34:50
3rd Michael Weiss (AUT) 8:14:50 Beate Göertz (GER) 9:38:56

Sendai Bay ITU Triathlon Asian Cup

2004 Olympian Marc Jenkins continued his return to form and fitness with a third place in Japan this past weekend. We have his thoughts on the race available HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Ryosuke Yamamoto (JPN) 1:51:36 Yuka Sato (JPN) 2:04:19
2nd Cameron Good (AUS) 1:52:54 Akane Tsuchihashi (JPN) 2:04:40
3rd Marc Jenkins (GBR) 1:53:20 Hideko Kikuchi (JPN) 2:06:13

Domestic Racing

FULL WEEKEND RESULTS LISTINGS AVAILABLE HERE. Here are just a few weekend highlights:

There was some stunning action taking place this weekend at the Cowman Middle Distance event at Emberton Park. Putting aside the impressive wins of Joel Jameson and Yvette Grice for a moment, there were some other heroes on this day. Rob 'Fridge Man' Creighton finished the event despite carrying a full size domestic fridge around the whole course! He pulled it in the swim, rode with it on a trailer on his bike, and then did the run with it on his back! It was a seriously impressive - and emotional - sight to see, as he raised money for Help for Heroes. If you can, please sponsor hinm HERE. Alongside Rob, Team Laws (see them HERE), also completed their challenge - despite a puncture, and losing a wheel from the trailer carrying son Ewan at 25mph! You can support the charity efforts of Team Laws HERE.

Dave Astins reports from the TriExercise Pembrokeshire Coast Triathlon: "It was a fantastic race, great atmosphere and some great competition for the Welsh Championships! Senior Welsh Champions were Rhys Jones (Rhondda Tri), and Ellie Jones (Pembrokeshire Tri) and the fastest relay was Newgale Surf Lifesaving Club. The club prize went to Pembrokeshire Tri (Oliver Simon, Luke Watson and Jonathan Pryke). Full results HERE.

Nicola Goodwin reports from the Hereford Triathlon: "Despite the blustery conditions, the annual Hereford Sprint Triathlon saw a record number of finishers and the swim and bike records were blown away.

Nick Slim of Tewkesbury Tri Club was the overall winner in 47:53. His bike split of 24:01 broke the previous record but he wasn't the fastest cyclist on the day. The new bike record holder is Mark Corbett in 23:28.

Paul Rogers of BCT continued his good form in this race and led his team home with a second placed finish of 48:12. In third place was Mark French of Tri Team Gloucester in 49:21. Mark, who's a junior, also broke the course swim record in 4:30.

Jane Wood of Tri Team Gloucester was the first woman to finish in 56:33. In second place was her team-mate Sally Poll in 57:16 with Hereford's Sharon Colley in third place in 57:39.

178 people raced with two injured competitors opting to do just the swim and the bike. As one put it "Just because we're not able to run doesn't mean we can't race!" Full results HERE.

Race for Laureus at ITU Hyde Park or Budapest World Finals

If you didn't get round to entering July's Dextro Energy ITU World Championship Series London Hyde Park, want to compete in Kitzbühel, or have just missed out on qualification for the World Finals in Budapest, you can still make it to the start line with Laureus.

Hyde Park has sold out, places in Kitzbühel are going fast and qualification for Budapest has now closed, you can still be part of the action by securing one of a limited number of start places at either event with the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation.

The Laureus Sport for Good Foundation was announced as the new Global Charity Partner of the ITU in Sydney in April by Laureus Academy Chairman, Edwin Moses. The Foundation supports over 70 projects world-wide, improving the lives of over one million children.

Racing for Laureus 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 0207 514 2794 or campbell.gray@laureus.com. Charity Number 1111364.

Join Breast Cancer Campaign's team in the London Triathlon on 7 and 8 August 2010

We now have places available in the Sprint, Super Sprint and Olympic distances for individual and team entries. The race to beat breast cancer has already started, help finish it by completing the London Triathlon for Breast Cancer Campaign and raising money for innovative research.

To secure your place today call 020 7749 3700 or email runners@breastcancercampaign.org

WIN with K-Swiss

The generous guys at K-Swiss (www.kswiss.co.uk) have put up a great prize for you to celebrate the launch of their new Union Jack shoes.

Check out THIS ARTICLE to win a unique pair of K-Swiss Union Jack shoes and a K-Swiss Triathlon outfit, as worn by their pro athletes.

New showroom opening for Planet X

Planet-X's new showroom in Sheffield will be open from Tuesday 6 July. Pop along and peruse their latest kit, see new products, book a bike fitting...

A chance to get your hands on On-One complete bikes, Planet X complete bikes, On-One frames, Planet X frames, complete range of wheels, Shimano, SRAM and Campagnolo groupsets, components, and their new clothing range.

The showroom will be open: Tuesday - Friday 9.00 am- 5.00 pm (closed Mondays). Click here for directions www.planet-x-bikes.co.uk/how-to-find-us.

Marlow Triathlon and River Swim

Entries are filling fast the first ever Marlow River Swim and Marlow River Sprint Triathlon on July 17th & 18th. In support for Help for Heroes, these events are set to sell out.

Marlow is located on the banks of the River Thames surrounded by the Thames Valley countryside. The swim takes participants up the river towards Bisham Abbey and the National Sports Centre, the bike meanders between two of the world's greatest rowing towns, Henley & Marlow, before heading out on the run and taking in the footpaths of the River Thames and finishing in Higginson Park, near the Sir Steve Redgrave statue.

For more information and to enter these great events, click on the links below.

Marlow River Swim
Marlow River Sprint Triathlon

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Top 10 Article Of Last Week
  1. Sub-8 iron men: a history [UPDATED]
  2. Brownlee takes Athlone Euro Gold
  3. Athlone: GB medals list
  4. Sub-8 for Vanhoenacker at Ironman Austria
  5. Meet the Outlaws: Mark Robertson
  6. Triathlon wetsuit guide
  7. Ironman Lanzarote video
  8. The Long Course Weekend
  9. Marc Jenkins third in Japan
  10. Postcard from Austria

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