At the ETU's Pontevedra Premium European Cup race the unthinkable seems to have happened - Vanessa Fernandez was a DNF!! For the full story on the race and why Vanessa didn't finish, see this report. The race was won, no surprise there, by Javier Gomez and Olly Freeman came a very respectable seventh. Todd Leckie was 11th and Gavin Noble (IRL) was 20th. In the absence of Fernandez, the women's race went to Kathrin Mueller (GER) with Abbie Thorrington just missing the podium in 4th place. Vanessa Raw, who needs to shine if she's to get one of those discretionary slots at Madrid, was sixth, Jess Towl was seventh, Heather Jackson 12th and Natalie Barnard was a DNF. Full results are available here.
The double-header of Ironman China and Ironman 70.3 China ran through Saturday night and into Sunday morning here in the UK. The race was nearly a victim of the first typhoon of the season but the weather seems to have cleared just in time and the race was held in hot and humid (90°F and 94%) conditions which made it similar to Malaysia and Korea in terms of a racing environment. Matthieu O'Halloran and Ute Mueckel were the early leaders but by the 90k mark on the bike the men's race was being headed up by Matt Clark with Tim Marr chasing in second place. By T2 Marr had passed and opened a two minute lead on Olaf Sabatchus who, in turn, was five minutes up on Clark. By the end of the first of three laps on the run Sabatchus was in the lead and held that to the finish for his third Ironman win while Park Byung Hoon ran through into second place ahead of Marr. Belinda Granger took over the women's lead and held that to the finish with Mueckel fading fast while Donna Phelan and our very own Ali Bayley moved up through the field to complete the podium. Brits on an Ironman podium in the last three races - top result!
A couple of people of note in the race were Stefaan Engels who is trying to race a record-breaking 20 ironman-distance races this year, we met him last week in South Africa, and Luis Alvarez. Both completed the race, that's the third Ironman on the trot for Stefaan and Luis also did a back-to-back, he raced at Arizona last weekend. We'll catch up with Engels in a couple of weeks at Ironman Lanzarote, if you want to check out his schedule for the year see his website: www.worldtour2008.org And, as regular readers will know, no comment about multiple Ironman races in a year would be complete without a mention of Petr Vabrousek and, you guessed it, he raced here as well finishing ninth in under ten hours.
We have very little information on the 70.3 race other than it was won by Steven Waite (AUS) - more when we get it! You can catch all the live commentary on IronmanLive: www.ironmanlive.com
||Olaf Sabatchus (GER) 8:52:14
||Belinda Granger (AUS) 10:08:37
||Park Byung Hoon (KOR) 9:13:15
||Donna Phelan (CAN) 10:37:11
||Tim Marr (USA) 9:14:17
||Abigail Bayley (GBR) 10:43:11
We also haven't had much in the way of a report from the National Elite Duathlon Championships at Bryn Bach Park - other than to say that the conditions were pretty miserable and that the tough survived... Wins went to Philip Wylie and Felicity Hart in the Seniors, Jonathan Brownlee and Jodie Stimpson in the Juniors, Barney Reed and Rebecca Eaton in the Youth. A full set of results is here and you can read a race report on the British Triathlon site.
Sunday's results kicked off with the third of TriQuay's Aldershot Duathlon Series races. Actually it was only the second time they have raced, the last one was wiped out by the snow a couple of weeks ago... The winners were David Branfoot in 0:53:00 and Kim Hurst in 0:58:00 - and, yes, we know the times in the results don't add up correctly but that's all we have so far! A full, but presumably provisional, set of results is here.
Concept Sport's Winchester Fast Twitch Triathlon was a sell-out and the winners there were James Gilfillan (Primera) in 1:24:51 and Tracy Cook (North Dorset Tri/Tri-UK) in 1:41:11. Provisional results are available here.
The University of Wales (Newport) held its seventh ISCA Duathlon and the winners were Rhys Jones in 0:59:34 and Katherine Broomhall in 1:14:26. A full set of results is here.
At the Rayleigh Aquathlon organised by East Essex Tri Club there was a home win for Joe Giggins (EETC) in 0:23:32 with the women's title going to Justina Heslop (Clapham Chasers) in 0:25:46. Full results are here and the results of the children's aquathlon are here.
The Sevenoaks Tri Club's Spring Sprint Triathlon was won by Ben Ward (Larkfield AC) in 1:21:59 and Nikki Treacy (Raw Energy Pursuits) in 1:31:50. A full set of results are here, but can you spot the celebrity??
The fourth of Goggle Pedal Trainer's Tewkesbury Aquathlon Series was won by Joel Enoch (Team Fitness 4 Less) in 0:23:08 and Katie Silke (Coventry Tri) in 0:25:55. Full results are here.
We are still waiting for an official report from Powerman Holland but we did get an email from Jez Cox who was on the ferry back. Apparently Michelle Lee won the women's race with Michelle Parsons in third and Emma Dews also getting a good place. Matt Moorhouse was ninth, Lee Peircy was 13th and Jez Cox, who twisted his ankle during the first run, was 33rd. The results should come up on the Powerman site: www.powerman.nl
The Ayr Duathlon saw wins by Raymond Johnston (East Kilbride Tri) in 1:15:18 and Shona Forrest (Glasgow Tri Club) in 1:24:50. A full set of results is here.
Another of the early season classics, the Cambridge Duathlon was won by Stephen Harrison in 1:49:18 and Esther Evans (Thamse Turbo/Sigma Sport) in 2:02:23. A full set of results is here.
The City of Durham Triathlon saw wins for Haydn Maughan (Ryton Tri Club) in 1:19:01 and Hilary Ross (Durham Tri Club) in 1:38:21. Full results are here and a report on the race from John Howells is here.