Exeter Tri Club posted the first set of results on Sunday with news of their Sidmouth Earlybird Aquathlon. Winners here were Steve Ferguson (Packet of Three) in 0:27:57 and Julia Hector (Somerset Tri) in 0:33:44. A reports from the organisers and a set of results are here.
DB Max held the first of their Trybike Chilly Duathlons at the Castle Combe circuit and the winners there were Junior Heffernan (Carrick on Suir TC) in 0:45:50 and Rhiannon Ace (Pembroke Tri) in 0:50:36. A full set of results is here. In the accompanying EAS 10k race the winners were Paul Holley (Newmarket Joggers) in 0:33:59 and Sarah Urwin-Mann (Team Bath AC) in 0:37:48. Full results for that race are here.
Dorney Lake saw F3 Events hold the second of their Winter Duathlon Series with Dan Corner (Shorter Rochford/Exclusive Ranges) winning in 1:04:59 and Edwina Carter (Optima Racing Team) taking the ladies prize in 1:14:59. A provisional set of results for the race is here. In the shorter race the winners were Matthew Myers (Optima Racing Team) in 0:41:28 and Danni Shrosbree (VO2) in 0:45:34. A provisional set of results for the race is here.
At Results Triathlon's Mad March Triathlon the usual set of bib-number order results appeared on their website and we've figured out that Paul Ryman was the winner in 0:47:38 and the first woman was Rosy Murray in 0:55:07. We've re-formatted the data as best we can and a set of results is here.
First set of results through the door on Saturday were from allabouttriathlon's G3 10k race at Guildford. Winners here were Andy Ward on 0:43:28 and Sarah Rollins in 0:47:09. A full set of results are here.
Not that far away on the outskirts of Camberley, Human Race staged the second of their Merrell Mudman events. In the off-road duathlon the winner by a considerable margin was Sam Gardner in 1:43:16 (obviously all that XTERRA racing has made the difference) while the women's winner was Kim Hurst in 2:11:17. Full results and a report from the winner are here. In the accompanying off-road run the winners were Rob Karn (Herne Hill Harriers) in 0:28:54 and Poppy Meadows in 0:35:46. Full results are here.
The main event for Saturday was the Clumber Park Duathlon with its qualifying slots for the World Duathlon Championships in Rimini in September. In the main race the winners were David Vaughan in 1:45:47 while Felicity Hart (thetriathloncoach.com) blew the women's field apart in 1:53:46. A full set of provisional results is here. Elite triathlete Will Clarke (Cambridge Tri) did, indeed, make an appearance at the event but he only did the half-distance race - and won it in 1:05:19. Jill Parker (Tri London) won the women's race in 1:12:01. A set of provisional results are here.
||David Vaughan 1:45:47
||Felicity Hart (thetriathloncoach.com) 1:53:46
||Jez Cox (Planet X) 1:46:03
||Michelle Parsons (Tri-UK) 1:57:36
||Mark Couldwell (2XU TFN) 1:46:55
||Vickie Wilkinson (Climb On Bikes/Tri Team Glos) 1:58:05
There was racing on the international scene that, while not directly affecting UK athletes, will have a bearing on who goes to the Beijing Olympics in the Summer.
South Africa dominated the ATU African Triathlon Championships in Tunisia and their results guarantee the country at least one representative in the men's and women's triathlon competitions in Beijing. The women's race was an expected battle between Rabie and two-time defending champion Kate Roberts, also of South Africa, and the two women set the pace early. Rabie exited the water first, with Roberts just eight seconds behind but on the bike Rabie pulled away, putting distance between her and Roberts. She didn't let up on the run, posted the fastest run split of the day and cruised to victory by three full minutes. Roberts held on for silver while Corinne Berg, finishing fourth to Beatrice Lanza (ITA), took the bronze making it a complete South African sweep of the podium. Her victory assures South Africa at least one Olympic spot but it does not guarantee that spot will go to Rabie. In the current ITU Olympic rankings, both Rabie and Roberts are ranked high enough to earn South Africa two Olympic spots for the women but if both decline in the Olympics rankings, South Africa would still retain at least one Olympic spot by virtue of Rabie's win.
In the men's field, all eyes were on defending champion Hendrik DeVilliers. He emerged from the water first but with Kent Horner (RSA) and Emilio D'Aquino (ITA) right behind him. On the bike, Toumy Degham (FRA) rode back into contention with the fastest bike split of the day and so it came down to a duel on the run between DeVilliers and Erhard Wolfaardt (RSA). Despite hammering out the fastest run split, Wolfaardt didn't have enough to overtake DeVilliers who took his second straight African title. Wolfaardt took the silver with Degham third. Brian Jenkins (IRL) was 12th. As a non-African athlete, Degham was not eligible for a spot on the podium so that went to Kent Horner. Like the women, South Africa is assured at least one men's Olympic spot. However, as no individual is allowed to earn their country more than one Olympic spot, DeVilliers' win may raise some questions as he is almost certain to earn South Africa a spot anyway purely based on his own Olympic ranking.
At the OCA Triathlon Oceania Championships in Wellington, New Zealand the big winners were Emma Moffatt (AUS) and Shane Reed (NZL). Their wins give both Australia and New Zealand a guaranteed spot on the start line in Beijing. Moffat crossed the line almost two minutes clear of Annabel Luxford (AUS) with Nicky Samuels (NZL) in third. The two Australians dominated the majority of the race exiting the water in the lead and pulling away on the bike with Andrea Hewitt (NZL) before Moffatt took command early on the run. The victory gives at least one Olympic spot to Australia but it does not guarantee that spot will go to Moffatt. Moffatt's win coupled with the high rankings of Luxford, Emma Snowsill and Felicity Abram means Australia is likely to field a full women's team of three in Beijing.
In the men's event, the story would be whether Australia could come away with a victory and claim a third Olympic spot. The traditional triathlon powerhouse is on the bubble and is currently in a position to only send two athletes to Beijing and their chances were further hampered by the withdrawal of top contenders Craig Walton and Peter Robertson. A group of 15 athletes exited the water close together and headed out in the heavy winds for the bike. Off the bike it quickly became evident it was a day for experience and strength with the wind buffeting the athletes around the picturesque Oriental Bay. Bevan Docherty was the first to surge with only Reed responding and eventually running clear to the adulation of the large pro-Kiwi crowd. Bevan Docherty took silver with James Seear (NZL) in third. Reed's win has secured a starting spot at Beijing for New Zealand he still has work to do to earn a start himself. Jersey's Daniel Hawksworth was a DNF.