First results in on Sunday, amazingly, were from the St Anthony's Triathlon in Florida! OK, so they are unofficial and we did get an early heads up from Blair Cartmell but that's still impressive. Based on the provisional results it looks like Matt Reed won the race ahead of Andy Potts and Greg Bennett with the women's race being won by Sarah Haskins ahead of Rebeccah Wassner and Mirinda Carfrae. Best GB performance was from Julie Dibens in 6th with Toby Jameson getting 23rd and Fraser Cartmell getting a puncture (hence the email from Blair...) and a DNF. The results are here.
Next up, from the ever-reliable Dave Pressley at Exeter Tri Club, was the Middlemoor Aquathlon. Winners here were Junior Heffernan (Packet of Three) in 0:23:56 and Katherine Broomhall (Torbay TC) in 0:30:05. A full set of results are here and the series results are here.
The Withdean Duathlon wasn't on our lists for this weekend but Jez Cox sent in a report anyway, check it out here while we wait for some results.
The MJH Executive Homes Bluebell 10km organised by Raw Energy Pursuits was won by Chris Jack (Chichester Runners) in 0:37:00 with Koreyjack Ulla the first woman home in 0:39:50. Provisional results are here.
The Duston Triathlon in Northamptonshire saw a packed field led home by Mark Bruce (Loughborough Students) in 0:52:27 and Emma-Kate Lidbury (Wiggle.co.uk) in 0:58:01. A full set of results is here.
The first running of the Scarborough Duathlon on the Oliver's Mount motorcyle race circuit saw wins for Richard Hunt (Army Triathlon) in 1:58:18 and Hilary Ross (Durham Tri Club) in 2:35:11. A set of provisional results is here.
The second running of the Students Parnership Worldwide Triathlon took place in Hyde Park with Tri247 defending its position as the Team Champions. John Levison, James Cracknell and Bea Downey raced for us and we have a report here but we are still awaiting a confirmed set of results to see if we held onto last year's trophy.
Saturday's racing started so early that some of the Tri247 crew were pretty much up all night covering it... The BG World Cup in Tongyeon, Korea was 'off the map' in so far as scoring points to get to Madrid went but was definitely 'on the map' for GB athletes looking to prove themselves ahead of that final opportunity to get into the GB team. In the women's race the field was rocked by Hollie Avil's performance which pushed even Sam Warriner to dig deep for the win. Avil made her mark a fortnight ago in Japan where she came third in her World Cup debut race and she went one better in Korea with a second place. Avil's place on the start line at Madrid is secure and it must be crossing the minds of some of the old guard that their positions are by no means secure.
Also racing in Korea, at her first World Cup race, was Chrissie Wellington. Four weeks out from Ironman Australia it was always going to be an interesting experience and it looks as though she missed out in the swim which denied her the shelter of the main bike group and while her 22nd place almost certainly won't be enough to get her that remaining discretionary slot at Madrid it does show that she has the potential to mix it up with the short course girls - even after a solid year of doing long course racing.
In the men's race the wind had picked up even more and the bike course was shortened to take out the exposed harbour bridge section. Andrew Johns picked up a puncture which took him out of the race but Tim Don held steady and by the time they were 1k into the run he was heading up the front group. From there on it was a case of head down and build the pace to shake off the chasers and he cruised in to take his first World Cup win since 2005 ahead of Bevan Docherty (NZL) and Jan Frodeno (GER). Great live coverage on the ITU website, the video highlights are already online and there's a full set of results here.
||Tim Don (GBR) 1:38:14
||Samantha Warriner (NZL) 1:49:49
||Bevan Docherty (NZL) 1:38:20
||Hollie Avil (GBR) 1:49:58
||Jan Frodeno (GER) 1:38:20
||Vendula Frintova (CZE)1:50:20
The other big international race for Saturday was the Lisboa International, a half-ironman distance race which usually attracts an interesting international field. There's not much news in English but we do know that Paul Amey won the race in 3:37:13 with Alun Woodward placing seventh. Best GB lady was Edwina Carter in 96th. There's a full set of results here.
Top race on the domestic scene was the National Ranking event at the Ashbourne Duathlon, last year's National Championship event. Wins here went to Joel Jameson (2XU TFN RT) in 2:02:24 and Victoria Wilkinson (Climb on Bikes) in 2:24:56. A full set of results is here.
Ful-On Tri held their first duathlon event at the former MOD Test Track in Chertsey, home of the infamous 'tank tracks' test hills. Wins in the full-distance race went to Andy McFarlane (Ful-On Tri) in 1:04:52 and Julia Warden (Thames Turbo) in 1:18:07 and a full set of results is here. A sprint distance race was also held and the winners of that were Nick Tidball in 0:34:03 and there was a dead heat between Jo Perriam and Barbara Vintcent (both Ful-On Tri) in 0:46:37, a full set of results is here. The organisers have also sent in a race report which you can read here.
The Mercedes Benz World Duathlon, held at the Brooklands Circuit near Weybridge, was slightly disrupted as the first wave ran a different route to the one that was intended. The overall mens winner was Richard Stannard in 1:04:56 and Michelle Ford (Hillingdon Tri Club) was the first woman home in 1:18:36. A partial set of results is here and a report from the organiser is here.