Tri247 Newsletter


27th Apr 2011Issue 191

Welcome to the newsletter

It's holiday time - Bank Holiday anyway! After a brilliant few days of weather last weekend - and thanks to the Royal Wedding for providing us all with an extra day this week - fingers crossed for more of the same this weekend.

As we move into May, we are about to see a big increase in the number of events taking place, and the open water lakes opening their doors to the rapidly increasing number of triathletes and open water swimming fans looking to get away from the thin black lines of the local pool. Remember, if you are still looking to plan your season then Tri247 is your best destination to find out what's on with the largest and most complete multisport calendar in the sport. Check out our Ultimate 2011 Event Calendar which currently has approaching 1500 races listed for you.

Right, with so many event on the calendar this weekend, we're off to write the Weekend Preview!

In this issue:


Weekend action

International Action

What a wonderful Bank Holiday weekend that was. Hope the sun was shining with you as much as it was with me. Perfect timing too, as the open water swimming lakes begin to open up their gates for the season ahead, with around 250 swimmers reported for the first day at Liquid Leisure indicating that the popularity of triathlon and open water swimming events is on the ride again for 2011.

On to the weekend race action...

It was a happy birthday (plus one day) for Alistair Brownlee who celebrated his 23rd birthday on St. Georges Day, as he lead an EC Sartrouville clean sweep of the podium at the first French Grand Prix Series race of the season in Nice on Sunday.

The Series, typically run over the Sprint distance attracts many of the world's top athletes representing French clubs in team/league format through the season.

Alistair races for EC Sartrouville, and when you also have brother Jonny and World Champion Javier Gomez on the team, it's no surprise that they are the defending men's champions, and took the win again today to kick off 2011, with Ali leading home Jonny and Javier at the line - a job well done for maximum team points, which is the primary aim here rather than individual victory.

The ladies race was won by the very in-form Barbara Riveros Diaz (CHI), with Andrea Hewitt (NZL) and Emmie Charayron (FRA) completing the podium.

Pos Men Ladies
1st Alistair Brownlee (GBR / EC Sartrouville) Barbara Riveros Diaz (CHI / Tri Val de Gray)
2nd Jonny Brownlee (GBR / EC Sartrouville) Andrea Hewitt (NZL / Poissy Triathlon)
3rd Javier Gomez (GBR / EC Sartrouville) Emmie Charayron (FRA / Lagardère Paris Racing)

In non-triathlon action, Philip Graves achieved a nice cycling benchmark on Friday when he broke the 19-minute mark for 10-miles for the first time at the City RC (Hull) 10. His 18:58 was still only good enough for third fastest on the day, though when the winner is British Time Trial legend Michael Hutchinson (18:04), then that is nothing to complain about. Going one better than Philip was sister Vicky Graves who won the ladies race, in her first ever 10-mile TT, in a swift 21:30 and must therefore be back to pretty good fitness after missing most of the 2010 season.

Full results: MEN / LADIES

UK multisport racing began on Friday with the Good Fri Tri organised by Chris Donohue and Laura Fenwick lead home the field. Full results HERE.

The Warwick Aquathlons took place on Saturday organised by Coventry Triathletes, and we have the full results on site for the Adults and the Juniors. David Jubb (Worcester Tri Club) and Samantha Anderson were the quickest seniors of the day.

The Monster Duathlon Littleport Race 3 on Sunday saw some very close action at the front, with barely 30 seconds separating the first two athletes home after more than two hours of racing. Full results HERE and full report HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Matt Ellis (Human Performance Unit) 2:04:25 Lucy Gossage (TFN) 2:10:40
2nd Pete Norris (RAF Tri / Tri UK) 2:05:00 Kelly van der Toorn (Fusion Triathlon Club) 2:18:50
3rd Carl James (Ely Tri Club) 2:09:29 Louise Rolfe (Walden Tri) 2:26:27

The Kendal Sprint Triathlon on Sunday was another very tight race at the sharp end - full results HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Beau Smith (COLT) 56:19 Samantha Wilson (Army Tri Association) 1:08:44
2nd Jon Fletcher (Arragons Cumbrian Tri Club) 56:48 Samantha Howard (Mersey Tri) 1:08:53
3rd Steve Worthington (Wakefield Triathlon Club) 57:55 Christine Johnson (Ashford Tri Club) 1:09:38

The always popular Bedford Sprint Triathlon Series kicked off on Sunday, and also incorporated the Bedfordshire County Championship. Full results HERE and podium positions below.

Pos Men Women
1st Phil Holland 1:02:44 Kathryn Berry 1:14:01
2nd David Glossy 1:03:26 Molly Mckenzie (Human Performance) 1:15:33
3rd Tim Downing (Cambridge Tri) 1:04:07 Annie Wilson 1:15:48

From the XLP Research Trust Triathlon on Sunday:

"The 4th annual XLP Research Trust Triathlon was a resounding success with 80 triathletes taking part in a 20 mile triathlon around Romsey; with all proceeds for the event going into life saving medical research into a rare genetic condition.

"The first swimmers were in the pool at 8am at the Romsey Rapids and were soon cycling sixteen miles across the Test Valley taking in Lockerly and Carters Clay before completing the event with a three and a half mile run around Romsey and then back to the Rapids.

"Despite the heat the results were excellent again this year with the ‘top 3’ in the three categories as follows:

Pos Men Women
1st Colin Humm – 01:15:46 Nicci Threlfall – 01:20:00
2nd Jimmy Hunt – 01:16:27 Stephanie Robson – 01:24:26
3rd Nathan Rigsby – 01:16:58 Angela Burnikell – 01:27:46
1st Team Holdaway - 01:18:31
2nd Team Fewtrell – 01:25:48
3rd The Big Hitters – 01:26:28

"The XLP Research Trust would like to thank the Romsey Rapids for their ongoing support and allowing us use of the pool, Romsey Lions for providing the stewards and Waitrose, Hildon Water, The Co-Operative and Kimbridge Farm Shop for providing sustenance to the triathletes.

"David Hartley, Chairman of the XLP Research Trust said; ‘We were delighted to see so many familiar faces again this year along with a large number of first time triathletes. There was a great atmosphere and the charity has already raised several thousand pounds as a result which will go directly into our medical research fund’."

The Thames Turbo Sprint Race 1 may well have been the most competitive event of the weekend, with plenty of very swift athletes taking on the popular Bank Holiday sprint course in "glorious weather". Provisional results available HERE, where Ironman 70.3 Taiwan winner Jonathan Hotchkiss and 2010 ITU World Age Group Duathlon Champion Vicky Gill took the honours in this Zone3 Triathlon London League event.

Pos Men Women
1st John Hotchkiss : PowerBar/Sigma Sport/Profeet 56:15 Vicky Gill : Thames Turbo Triathlon Club 1:03:50
2nd Ollie Bradbury : Thames Turbo PowerBar 56:40 Ruth Hutton : Thames Turbo PowerBar 1:03:55
3rd Matt Chapman : SLH Tri Club 56:56 Sarah Gailey : Ful-on Tri 1:05:01

The final event of the weekend was the Ashington Sprint Triathlon from the crew at Tri Northumberland. Full results HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Alan Copland ( 54:17 Jane Mooney (Ryton Tri Club) 1:01:11
2nd Calum Johnson (Ryton Tri Club) 55:01 Emma Pearson 1:03:44
3rd David Barker (Tri Northumberland) 55:13 Natalie Batey (Tyne & Wear Fire & Rescue) 1:04:17


WCS London: Buckingham Palace Age Group Bike Course Preview

7th August 2011 will see thousands of Age Group triathletes race through the closed roads of central London during the ITU World Championship Series event, through Hyde Park Corner, Constitution Hill, Buckingham Palace and the Wellington Arch.

If you are one of the lucky athletes to have secured your spot for this highlight of the UK triathlon season, then make sure you don't miss our in-depth bike course preview!

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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Foot Factor

Top 10 Article Of Last Week
  1. Brownlee wins French Grand Prix opener in Nice [updated]
  2. WCS London: Buckingham Palace Age Group Bike course
  3. Weekend Roundup: 22nd-25th April 2011
  4. Relish The Great Outdoors 10km Series launched
  5. The water really is lovely!
  6. British Triathlon brand Zone3 supporting Help For Heroes
  7. Stronger for longer with new Multipower Endurance range
  8. Countdown begins to the Norwich Triathlon
  9. Meet the Outlaws: Hywel Davies
  10. Stuart Lumb: Another year, another season, another race!

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