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5th May 2008Issue 59

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There's no accounting for the British weather... Last Bank Holiday Monday we all froze our assets off, this time it's been really rather pleasant - which probably means the next two Bank Holidays will feature plague and pestilence just to round out the set! A packed national and international calendar with Brits doing pretty well all round the place from California; Leanda Cave's second and Fraser Cartmell in fifth at Wildflower (much to the consternation of the Americans who hadn't a clue who he was) through to Felicity Hart's storming fifth at St Croix, a season's best from Richard Stannard in South Africa (and another solid performance from Emma Davis) and a host of GB semi-pros enjoying their race at La Santa. Variety - we love it!

Here at home we have been kept pretty busy over the weekend trying to manage the deluge of results from all round the country and, judging from the times it looks as though the warm weather has been agreeing with you. Getting good times in early in the month will bring your name tothe atention of our resident Statto, John Levison, who is polishing off the announcement of April's Gatorade Athlete of the Month for release later this week. Mind you, you'll have to keep on delivering as the competition is getting very intense - and that's just for the self-nominations!

As well as great features this week there are a couple of competitions that run out in the next few days: there's a weekend training to be won with the Herbalife Academy and two Orca S2 wetsuits from Wiggle so do check out the Offers and Competitions page to make sure you haven't missed out on anything.

The observant among you might have noticed a few tweaks to the site last week as we improved the second level of navigation - where there's a subsection (like Open Water Swimming in Swimming) you should now be able to see that much more clearly and we've fixed a couple of oddities where the features page was suffering from a split personality! Please let us know if there's anything that bugs you about the site, or even something you just can't figure out, just use the Contact Us form at the bottom of the page.

In this issue:


Weekend action

It wouldn't be a Bank Holiday without a Thames Turbo Triathlon at Hampton Pool and the race this morning could hardly have been in greater contrast to the miserably freezing conditions of Easter Monday! The organisers reckon that times wre on average four minutes quicker and the winner, Dan Corner (Shorter Rochford Exclusive Ranges) made it home in 0:55:21 with Jonathan Hotchkiss breathing down his neck all the way. Edwina Carter (Optima Racing Team) won the women's race in 1:03:15. You'll find a complete set of results here, check out the Tri247 contingent of John Levison and Bob Holloway while you're there.

Another May Day Bank Holiday stalwart is the Tonbridge Lions Triathlon in Kent - it's been around so long that even the Editor remembers doing it a couple of times! Winners today were Ben Ward in 1:01:42 and Rachel Joyce in 1:05:10. A full set of results is here.

Sunday's races

It seems like the World Cup series is trying to match Formula 1 racing with a race taking place just about every weekend! This weekend saw the World Cup series head to Richards Bay in South Africa for the fifth World Cup this year, and we've only just reached May! In the men's race; current World Champion Daniel Unger (GER), who up until today surprisingly hadn't won a World Cup, took the honours ahead of Matt Reed (USA), who was closely followed by last year's winner and local favourite Hendrik DeVilliers (RSA). The only Brit in the race was Richard Stannard, who had his best race of the season so far finishing in 12th place. In the women's race there was another first timer; Carolyn Murray, whose previous best was an eighth place at the Corner Brook World Cup in 2005, shocked the women's field by storming to victory ahead of Felicity Abram (AUS) and Sydney Olympic bronze medallist Magali Di Marco Messmer (SUI). Kerry Lang finished slightly down on the field in 25th and Emma Davis (IRL) finished ninth.

Pos Men Women
1 Daniel Unger (GER) 1:52:49 Carolyn Murray (CAN) 2:03:32
2 Matt Reed (USA) 1:52:50 Felicity Abram (AUS) 2:03:35
3 Hendrix DeVilliers (RSA) 1:52:50 Magali Di Marco Messmer (SUI) 2:03:41

A full set of results can be found here.

Next on the agenda was last month's Epic Event, the St Croix 70.3, which saw a host of top international athletes gather on the largest of the US Virgin Islands to take part in what is considered as one of the toughest 70.3 events. For Great Britain there was a very exciting moment when super biker, Felicity Hart, led the women's field which was packed full of current and past World Champions, a valiant effort and no doubt just a glimpse of greater things to come. In the men's race, last year's winner and Ironman World Championship silver medallist, Craig Alexander (AUS), had a relatively easy day in the office winning by over three minutes to Marino Vanhoenacker (BEL) and fellow compatriot, Richie Cunningham in third place. In the women's race the current 70.3 World Champion, Mirinda Carfrae (AUS), dominated the field and came home nine minutes ahead of Nina Kraft (GER), who was very closely followed by third placed Bree Wee (USA). Felicity Hart finished in a very commendable fifth place. As yet we have no news from Julie Dibens, Joanna Zeiger or Karen Smyers (USA) who all looked to have DNF'd.

Pos Men Women
1 Craig Alexander (AUS) 4:05:34 Mirinda Carfrae (AUS) 4:26:56
2 Marino Vanhoenacker(BEL) 4:08:41 Nina Craft (GER) 4:36:33
3 Richie Cunningham (SUI) 4:10:02 Bree Wee (USA) 4:36:45

Full results can be found here

Considered by Inside Triathlon as the toughest half Ironman on the planet, the Wildflower in California saw Chris McCormack (AUS) draw equal with Cameron Widoff's record of four victories at this year's legendary event. But he didn't have it all his own way, Eneko Llanos (ESP) went head to head with the current Ironman World Champion, and McCormack only managed to break the tough Spaniard in the last mile of the race. Chris Lieto (USA) rounded up the podium in third place. Britain's Fraser Cartmell was fifth, apparently the Americans haven't quite worked out who he is yet - they seemed very surprised that anyone could stay up with the leaders who they didn't actually recognise...

In the women's race, Samantha Mc Glone (CAN) celebrated her third victory at Wildflower having spent the bike battling it out with World Long Course Triathlon Champion, Leanda Cave (GBR). Leanda was in contention early on the run but couldn't stay with the fast running Canadian over the hilly half marathon course. Pip Taylor (AUS) who had led the swim finished in third place.

Pos Men Women
1 Chris McCormack (AUS) 4:00:33 Samantha Mc Glone(CAN) 4:31:38
2 Eneko Llanos(ESP) 4:00:52 Leanda Cave (GBR) 4:36:45
3 Chris Lieto (USA) 4:03:34 Pip Taylor (AUS) 4:39:25

For a full report and results click here

On the domestic front, East London Triathletes ran the first of their re-formatted Dragonslayer Triathlon event as an MTB triathlon as opposed to the traditional duathlon and it seems to have gone down well. Winners were Declan Doyle (Optima Racing Team) in 1:11:32 and a certain Fiona Moorhead-Lane who placed eighth overall in 1:19:58. A full set of results are here.

Jo Haley went down to the New Forest Triathlon to support a couple of athletes that she has been coaching and sent us this report: Well.. after a week of will-they-swim-won't-they-swim, the water temperature at Ellingham Water Ski Lake had risen to a balmy 14.5 degrees by race day meaning the swim remained at the full 1.1k for the 300 brave souls who lined up on the start line at 7:30am on a mild, wind-free morning in early May. The bike course, however, was slightly shortened due to a gravel problem on one of the roads.

Obviously eager to get out of the cold, a lead group of six men exited the swim together with Nick Buis being (Southampton Tri) credited with the quickest swim (plus T1 split). He, however, rapidly lost ground during bike course and James Gilfillan (Primera Sport) came into T2 with a 2 minute lead over his nearest rival Colin Dixon with Neil Harris (Team VO2) a further minute back in third. These were to be the final finishing positions with what was almost unanimously agreed to be a tough run failing to make a difference and Gilfillan crossed the line with nearly a minute and a half in hand over Dixon.

The ladies race too was a well-fought affair. The first two exited the lake together with the third hot on their heels but Sophie Whitworth (Planet X) posted one of only two female sub-hour splits on the bike to open up a gap over her competitors which neither eventual second placed Tracy Cook or third placed Helen Smith could close on the subsequent run. Thanks has to go to Richard and Joanne Iles for another well organised race with no-one I spoke to having anything but praise for the way the event was run. We look forward to rest of the season in the New Forest with anticipation!

James Gilfillan's winning time was 1:44:17 and Sophie Whitworth's was 1:59:22. A full set of results are here.

Rugby Tri Club organised its annual Spring Chick women's only events and the sprint distance race was won by Lindsey Sherring in 1:05:34, full results are here. The novice event was won by Gillian Jubb in 1:00:17, results for that race are here.

The Wick Mini Triathlon was won by Torquil Clyde in 0:34:08 and Becky May in 0:43:27. You'll have to look at the Wick Tri Club website for a full set of results as someone has turned them into a graphic which we can't break down for uploading on Tri247...

The Cardiff Try-a-Tri event was won by Patrick Lees in 0:56:43 and Julia Warner in 0:58:35. Full results are here.

Hillingdon Triathletes held another of their regular Minet Park Duathlons with Peter Cottington taking the win in 0:48:33 and Melissa Arkinstall winning the women's race in 0:54:12. Full results are here. The club also hosted a race for junior and Tristar athletes, the results for that are here.

Chase Race have moved their events into the water with the first of their summer triathlon series being the Three Spires Triathlon. Winners here were Alistair Johnson (Team Chase Race) in 0:59:26 and Rachel Stoakes (Mammoth/TCUK) in 1:05:29. Full results are here.

Missing from the calendar was the Tewkesbury Park Duathlon but Stuart Steele's StuWeb site reports that Lee Rankin was the winner in 1:14:03 with Fran Osbourne the fastest woman in 1:28:46. A full set of results is available on Stuart's site, here.

Sunday mornings wouldn't be the same without another in the Aldershot Duathlon Series, this time the winners were John Fitzpatrick in 0:58:07 and Helen Ladd in 1:06:47. A full set of results is here.

One Step Beyond's Southwell Sprint Triathlon was won by Andy Tarry in 0:46:33 and Hannah Mulcaster in 0:55:31. Full results are here.

The Warwick Triathlon, the first of the MIG Events races, was won by Stuart Tipton in 1:00:43. He must have had a bit of a shock as the first woman was just behind him, Zoe Hanson finished second overall in 1:01:29. Full results are here. They also staged a novice race and the results for that are here.

The Trisports Bedford Sprint Series got underway with its first race on Sunday. Winners were Oliver Mytton (Oxford Tri Club) in 1:02:03 and Carla Fisher (Bedford Traktors) in 1:11:47. A full set of results are here.

Epic Events staged their Horwich Triathlon on Sunday and the winners were Martin Cain (GMC Fire Service) in 2:06:49 and Nicola King (Tri Preston) in 2:29:03. A full set of results, courtesy of John Schofield's UK Results site ( are here.

MIA so far for Sunday are results for the Bishopbriggs races in Glasgow, VOtwo's Newquay Adventure Race, and the Kendal Spring Sprint Triathlon.

Saturday's races

The Accellerade Mid-Wales Ultra Triathlon was won by Shaun Lamb in 16 hours 53 minutes and Jo Carritt in 18 hours 44 minutes. The organisers report that Shaun led the field from T1 to the finish. The swim was shortened due to particularly cold water, and nine of the 11 starters finished the race - a brilliant result given the toughness of the event (swim approx 1½miles, bike 175 miles, run 32 miles) and the unrelenting hills. The weather held up almost throughout, big respect to all the competitors and their support crews. A full report, photos and video will go up on the accelerace site where you'll also find information on the Welsh Ultra and the West Highlands Ultra.

Saturday also saw the 24th running of Club La Santa's Volcano Triathlon. Belgian Bert Jammaer, (fourth in last year's Ironman Lanzarote) led the race from the start and finished with a clear difference of more than five minutes in 1:59:33 (and he took it easy on the run) upon runner-up Gregorio Caceres Morales, and seven minutes away from Brit living in Lanzarote, Nicholas Ward Munoz. In the women's race, the Belgian Francoise Wellekens took the victory with a time of 2:20:04, followed by young Danish triathlete, Michelle Vesterby, and the Dutch Heleen bij de Vaate who came in third. Loads of Brits in the results, Gary Gerrard was fourth, Stephen Barratt was tenth, Darelle Parker was seventh woman followed by Anne Fallows, Tamsin Lewis and Anna Ward. Full results are here.

Results for the Soll Vale Tristar Duathlon are here.

Results for the Warwickshire Children's Aquathlon are here.

MIA are results for the Fast Blast Knockout Triathlon at Stirling University and the Washington Aquathlon.

Win stuff with Tri247

We have two competitions running at the moment on Tri247 with some top 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 a place next weekend in the Herbalife Academy training weekend. All you need to be able to do is identify which athlete from the list Herbalife is a main sponsor of. 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:

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