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28th Apr 2008Issue 58

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When you get more comments posted to the site about a single race than were contributed in the whole of the previous three months you might just get the feeling that something didn't go quite right! Organising events isn't the easiest job in the world, even the professional organisers out there sometimes get it badly wrong, and there are always two sides to every story but it does appear that a couple of races this weekend might have experienced the odd 'difficulty'. We're always glad to get feedback on events, articles and pretty much anything we publish on the site but do please remember that this is a public place and all the normal rules apply so appropriate language is considered a minimum requirement. It's also worth remembering that if your comments are intended for the organisers (as opposed to just some spleen venting) then you cannot assume that they will read them and you should always send them a copy too. Most organisers are grateful for constructive feedback as it's in their interests to get you back racing next year. In regard to the two affected events, as soon as we get some more meaningful results we'll post them on the site with an update.

Another race that experienced a problem at the weekend was the BG World Cup race in Korea but here the 'difficulty' was caused by the wind which led to a shortened men's bike course. A great win by Tim Don, who looks like he's building up nicely for the BG World Cup in Madrid at which the GB Olympic team nominations will be decided. Teenage wonder Hollie Avil stepped up another level and took second place in only her second World Cup, this time giving Sam Warriner a run for her money - again, it looks like Avil is going to be a serious threat for Madrid. As to who else is going to be racing there for GB, well that's not been announced yet but we are standing by our predictions of last week that the men's squad will be Don, Johns, Freeman and Hayes with Clarke and Brownlee getting the discretionary slots. Richard Stannard is trying the European Championships as his route to get into the final selection as he's missed out on points. The women's squad will be Whitcombe, Avil, Blatchford and Tucker with Lang and Swallow getting the discretionary slots. Wellington didn't sparkle in Korea, there's a very honest assessment of her race on her TBB Blog, and with Dillon not racing at all so far this year we think she's out of the running.

In the pipeline of this week is the long-awaited second part of Simon Ward's age group training programme (sorry, we know it's late...) and a whole raft of other great stuff too so please do keep popping back for more. Next weekend is a Bank Holiday so everything will slip to accommodate that on the Monday but we'll be working through the long weekend as always to bring you all the latest news and race results.

In this issue:

Results

Weekend action

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.

Pos Men Women
1 Tim Don (GBR) 1:38:14 Samantha Warriner (NZL) 1:49:49
2 Bevan Docherty (NZL) 1:38:20 Hollie Avil (GBR) 1:49:58
3 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.

Win stuff with Tri247

We have two competitions running at the moment on Tri247 with some tow quality swag for you to collect. First up is a pair of Wiggle's exclusing Orca S2 wetsuits - one man's and one woman's. To get your mitts on one of these email us with the answer to the question: "How many of Tri247's featured columnists also contribute to Wiggle's Bloggle"? (Click here to visit the Bloggle if you're not already sure of the answer). Full details of the competiton are here.

The second competition is to win one of three copies of the new 30 Years of the Ironman book by Bob Babbitt. Fully updated and a veritable goldmine of information for the Ironman obsessed, a copy could be yours if you can email us the answer this question: "In what year were two Ironman Hawaii races held, and who won them?" Full details of the competiton are here.

Race for the Red Cross

Whether you're looking for a new challenge or just want to take part for fun -- why not join up with the British Red Cross! They have participated in the London Triathlon for the past three years, and they're hoping this year will be an even bigger success than 2007 - where over £25,000 was raised for the charity.

Joining the British Red Cross 2008 triathlon team means that you will get top support for your training and fundraising from the moment you get a place in the triathlon. They will provide you with training plans and advice, nutritional tips, a comprehensive fundraising pack and a British Red Cross running vest. For more information or to sign up go: www.redcross.org.uk

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