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1st Mar 2011Issue 188

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Can sport help a country recover from disaster? As I'm sure you will all have seen, Christchurch New Zealand last week suffered a terrible earthquake killing over 200 residents. Tri247 columnist Jo Carritt was in Christchurch at the time along with her partner Steven Lord, and fortunately both are safe and well, despite the enormity of the shock - "like the whole cinema was a bucking bronco" said Steven - they encountered. You can read their first hand experiences in Jo's blog and Steven's blog.

With ironic timing, this coming weekend is Ironman New Zealand in Lake Taupo, where Cameron Brown will be aiming to become the first athlete to win the same Ironman event ten times over. How fitting would it be for the home favourite to be able to claim his tenth title, and in some very small way, bring a little cheer in these tough times? On the ladies side, Ironman World Champion Mirinda Carfrae will be racing in her first full distance event outside of Kona, and will provide a tough challenge to Kiwi Joanna Lawn in search of an eighth Ironman New Zealand title herself.

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Weekend action

Domestic Racing

A busy weekend of racing included the first Age Group qualifying event of the year at the Big Cow Emberton Duathlon, taking place just one week prior to the British Duathlon Championships. In our preview we suggested keeping an eye on Catherine Pickthall, but with her not starting Eimear Mullan proved to be the class of the ladies field with a totally dominant win. The men's event was a much closer affair, with Ironman specialist Nick Saunders proving his class over a much shorter format to come out on top. Full results HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Nick Saunders 1:56:37 Eimear Mullan (Team MK) 2:07:21
2nd Ian Habgood 1:56:59 Laura Trimble 2:23:46
3rd John Whitworth 1:58:03 Lucy Kershaw (Farnham Tri Club) 2:25:05

Ian Cardy, a World Age Group Duathlon Champion in Edinburgh last year won a competitive Big Adventure Store Chilly Duathlon at Castle Combe, where Louise Bardsley (TVT) got the better of Powerman winner Michelle Parsons (Tri UK) for the ladies victory. Full results HERE, plus results of the South West Children's Duathlon Championship HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Ian Cardy (DB Max Tri) 44:24 Louise Bardsley (TVT) 50:43
2nd Lee Rankin (DB Max Tri) 45:21 Michelle Parsons (Tri UK) 51:23
3rd Richard Wilder (San Domenico) 46:08 Anja Heijnan (Votwo/USN) 52:13

There was another full field at Race 2 of the Maxifuel Nutrition Winter Duathlon Series at Dorney Lake - James Turton and Felicity Cole (One Triathlon) recording the fastest times of the day in the feature race. Full results HERE. We also have results from the Novice Duathlon (HERE), plus the 5km and 10km runs.

Pos Men Women
1st James Turton 1:07:48 Felicity Cole (One Triathlon) 1:16:45
2nd Tom Newman (PRO VO2) 1:08:38 Gretchen Bourdillon 1:18:02
3rd Richard Winchester (Imperial College Boat Club) 1:08:44 Tara Wood (B2P) 1:21:31

A "very wet and muddy New Forest" saw plenty of triathlon familiar names on the podium at the Heartbreak Half Marathon organised by RaceNewForest. Full results HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Nick Buis (Totton RC/Team Feat) 1:20:55 Tracy Cook (Dorset Doddlers) 1:37:38
2nd Steve Osbourne ( 1:21:02 Diane Hier (Warminster RC) 1:40:07
3rd Graham Bungay (Totton RC) 1:25:21 Ciaran O'Sullivan (Southampton AC) 1:40:47

The debut of the Monster Duathlon Series saw Oliver Bradley (Thames Turbo/Powerbar) and long distance specialist Lucy Gossage (TFN) ensure there were some speedy winners for this new race. Full results HERE.

The Taunton Deane Foot Anstey Aquathlon offers both a long (1k/10k) and a short (500m/5k) option, and the top three in both events can be seen below. Full results: LONG and SHORT.

Pos Men Women
1st Martin Rogers (West Country Triathletes) 49:54 Helen Dyke (Torbay Tri Club) 53:25
2nd Tom Robertson (Phoenix Tri) 50:02 Celia Miall (West Country Triathletes) 57:41
3rd William Collins 51:08 Rachel Bown 58:39
Pos Men Women
1st Sam Hopton 25:40 Helen Banbury (North Devon Triathletes) 29:02
2nd Sam Wordley 26:57 Lorraine Ayers (Somerset RC Tri) 31:12
3rd Russell Brown (Somerset RC Tri) 27:42 Hannah Norrish 33:53


Liverpool Triathlon entries now open

The Liverpool Triathlon ( takes place on Sunday 26th June 2011, and is now open for entries. The Liverpool Triathlon is now part of the the prestigious worldwide 5i50 triathlon series, and will act as a qualifier for the world’s richest triathlon -  the Hy-Vee Triathlon in Des Moines, Iowa - which will be the 5i50 series Championship event and will be held in September.

To join the thousands of triathletes of all abilities over the Super Sprint, Sprint and Olympic Distance events, go to now to secure your place

Race for Marie Curie Cancer Care this Summer

Marie Curie Cancer Care provides high quality nursing, totally free, to give people with terminal cancer and other illnesses the choice of dying at home, supported by their families. Contact the Triathlon Daffodil Team on 08700 340 040 or email

Find out more about Marie Curie and Triathlon events HERE.

Leonard Cheshire Disability launch Tri Together Triathlon

The charity Leonard Cheshire Disability has launched Tri Together, a triathlon uniquely designed so that disabled and non-disabled people can take part side by side.

Tri Together is a sprint distance event which allows people to participate as individuals or as a team of two or three people. It has one of the lowest entry fees on the market - just ���£30 per person. Sign up today and you could take part in this swimming, cycling, and running challenge with your friends and family, while raising funds for Leonard Cheshire Disability.

CLICK HERE for more information on this exciting new event.

Register now for the London Duathlon 2011

The 2011 London Duathlon takes place in Richmond Park on Sunday 11th September.

With three different distances on offer, there is something for everyone in the truly stunning surrounds of Richmond Park, including traffic free roads.

Secure your entry early via

Challenge Vichy: the fastest in France?!

Challenge Vichy ( was recently added to the growing list of Challenge Family events, and it has a mission - to become the fastest triathlon in France!!!

If you are looking for a potentially fast ironman-distance race this Summer, then a trip across the Channel to Vichy could be just what you are looking for - 21st August 2011 is the date for your diary.

Find out more about Challenge Vichy in our dedicated race section HERE, or check out the official race website:

Royles massive wetsuit sale

Royles ( are offering a huge sale on 2010 wetsuits at the moment, up to 50% off some items from your favourite brands such as Orca, 2XU and Speedo. If you are looking for a really great price on some quality kit then pop over to their website to find out what they have on offer.

Check out THIS ARTICLE for full details.

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You can now get all of the latest news, events, results, training, products and more, straight to your i-phone. And best of's FREE! Check it out, and download it now. Full details on the app can be found HERE, or go straight to iTunes HERE

ICAN Mallorca Triathlon - Saturday 17th September 2011

The ICAN Mallorca Triathlon 2011 offers both a full and half-ironman distance triathlon in the beautiful venue of Palma, Mallorca. The debut half distance event this year was a great success, won by Spain's top long distance athlete Eneko Llanos, and 2011 promises to be even bigger and better with the addition of the FULL ICAN iron-distance race.

To find out more about the exciting addition to the European event calendar check out the website at, or also see our dedicated event section on the main site.

The International Airport of Son Sant Joan in Palma is situated only 8km from the city and is the entrance to the island of Mallorca. As such, travel by air to the event should be straight forward, for a great end-of-season long distance event and the organisers are keen to attract athletes from the UK to take part.



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