Tri247 Newsletter


6th Apr 2011Issue 190

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It didn't take too long. "I just couldn't handle the 'what if' question that would come up in 4 - 5 years time when it'll be too late. I can't have a race like IM Arizona and then just pretty much leave the sport!" Those are the words of British Ironman Record Holder Tom Lowe to me last week, who after returning to full-time employment after his debut at Ironman Arizona late last year, has had a change of heart and decided to try and see where he can get to in the sport after such an encouraging start to his iron-distance racing. Tom will be heading up the new Team GI Tri Bridgtown as we announced this week.

Great racing ahead this coming weekend with the return of the ITU World Championship Series (Sydney), Ironman 70.3 Texas (US Pro Championship) and the 2011 racing debut of Chrissie Wellington at Ironman South Africa in Port Elizabeth. Your Editor will be in South Africa for the race, so look out for plenty of race news on the site during the week as we bring you all of the behind the scenes news on what is shaping up as a very talented professional start list. We will of course bring your our predictions...

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Weekend action

International Action

The Rohto Ironman 70.3 California in Oceanside was clearly the biggest international race of the weekend, and a top quality field produced two fantastic races with Andy Potts and Mirinda Carfrae coming out on top in two very close races. More of the same from the rest of the Ironman 70.3 season, please!

Check out our full race round report HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Andy Potts (USA) 3:55:49 Mirinda Carfrae (AUS) 4:26:18
2nd Rasmus Henning (DEN) 3:56:07 Heather Jackson (USA) 4:26:26
3rd Michael Weiss (AUT) 3:56:29 Magali Tisseyre (CAN) 4:27:22
4th Ronnie Schildknecht (SUI) 3:56:57 Heather Wurtele (CAN) 4:28:25
5th Jordan Rapp (USA) 4:00:29 Kelly Williamson (USA) 4:29:27

The Tristar111 Nevis race over their 1km/100km/10km format didn't bring huge numbers of athletes, but did allow competitors to race with a smile on their face. Men's winner Chris McCormack commenting on his Twitter feed "racing in the caribbean, white sands, loud Bob Marley music on every corner, Rhythmical drums & the sweet smell of marijuana. An experience."

It was also a first professional win for GB's Emma-Kate Lidbury, who recently finished tenth at the Abu Dhabi International Triathlon. Full results HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Chris McCormack (AUS) 3:34:18 Emma-Kate Lidbury (GBR) 4:07:09
2nd Olivier Marceau (SUI) 3:49:14 Fernanda Keller Nunes (BRA) 4:43:16
3rd Wolfgang Guembel (CAN) 3:50:27 Janine Herweijer (NED) 5:00:59

Sunday was also the inaugural running of the ICAN Marbella Triathlon, a half-iron distance event from the expanding Spanish organisers - more on their races HERE

Eneko Llanos was the headline name for this race and duly took the win, as British athletes Nick Saunders, Nicholas Ward Muñoz and Helen Jones made the podium positions with excellent races.

You can read Nick's race report from the race HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Eneko Llanos (ESP) 4:00:44 Anja Leuendorff (GER) 5:01:43
2nd Nick Saunders (GBR) 4:05:12 Maria Zuniga 5:07:18
3rd Nicholas Ward Muñoz (GBR) 4:08:18 Helen Jones (GBR) 5:07:58

Great Britain had four athletes racing at the 2011 Antalya ITU Triathlon European Cup event in Turkey yesterday. Non Stanford (seventh) and David McNamee (eighth) earned top-10 finishes in an event won by Ireland's Aileen Morrison and France's Vincent Yohann. TriGold athletes Mark Buckingham and Matt Gunby in their elite triathlon debut races had a baptism of fire, finishing down in 42nd and 52nd respectively.

Pos Men Women
1st Vincent Yohann (FRA) 1:41.57 Aileen Morrison (IRL) 1:51.00
2nd Frederic Belaubre (FRA) 1:42.00 Mateja Simic (SLO) 1:51.20
3rd Rostyslav Pevtsov (UKR) 1:42.01 Anne Haug (GER) 1:51.36

UK Racing

The Oulton Park Duathlon gave Age Group athletes the opportunity to qualify for the ITU World Championships in Spain later this season and the Xtra Mile Events race saw Matt Moorhouse and Any Forshaw take top honours. Full report HERE, and results HERE (plus Sprint results HERE).

Pos Men Women
1st Matt Moorhouse 1:41:03 Amy Forshaw 1:57:46
2nd Hywel Davies 1:45:44 Rachael Elliot 1:59:06
3rd Richard Wilder 1:46:28 Donna Edmonsson-Booker 2:04:39

That was duathlon racing on Saturday in Wales at the Mumbles Duathlon, which featured a Long (results) and Short (results) edition. James Hockin and Jessica Parry-Williams dominated the long races.

Dorney Lakes once again played host to the USN Votwo Duathlon Series and saw some fast racing at the sharp end, where Matt Clarkson's cycling enabled him to take the win from top runner Darren Deed. Lucie Custance was a clear winner for the ladies. Results: Standard and Sprint

Not too many miles away the first Hillingdon Triathletes Duathlon event of the year took place at Minet Park Cycle Circuit, where Carl Ferri (despite forgetting his helmet in T1 initially), and Gillian McAlister (despite starting almost two minutes late...) were winners in some great April weather. Results: Adults and Tristar/Youth

Nick Slim from Tewkesbury Tri Club reports that after the final event of their four race Aquathlon series (results HERE), the overall winners are:

Gender Cat Name   overall
Male Vet Andrew Shipton 01:08:50
Male Open Robert Biddlecombe 01:14:14
Female Open Emma Gill 01:22:43
Male SuperVet Roy Lewis 01:23:16
Female Veteran Ruth Ruck 01:39:16
Female Super Veteran Cathy Booth 01:15:24*
*only two race completed

We have a report on the Craft Humber Triathlon HERE, plus results from all of the other events this past weekend on the links below.


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.

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.

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.





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