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21st Sep 2011Issue 197

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Everything is back to front this weekend and it's all running a day late! Well, at least it seems that way as the rescheduled ITU World Championship Series race in Yokohama was going on in the very early hours of Monday morning rather than being on a 'normal' weekend day. And while the women's race saw another dominant performance by Beijing winner and 2011 championship runner-up Andrea Hewitt there were a couple of breakthrough performances in the men's race which saw Jaoa Silva take his first ITU win and Adam Bowden come home in seventh, one place ahead of Tim Don. That new crop of talent really is beginning to snap at the heels of the old guard. That said, what a blast to see yet another veteran, in this case Simon Whitfield, still turning on the style with a fourth place finish.

Just in case you thought the season was nearly over, think again! It will be the last weekend of September and the calendar still shows a whopping 64 events to choose from ranging from the World Duathlon Championships to two days worth of racing at Hever Castle, the XT Festival/British Cross Tri Championships and the Primera New Forest Middle Distance. Still, it's nearly October and that means just one thing to the long distance triathlete: Kona and a nice long break in the sunshine.

In this issue:

Results

Weekend action

Saturday morning saw the last of the six-race OWS Aquathlon Series and wins for Deon Coetzee and Kate Robson (BRAT). With double points of offer for the event Kate finished her unbeaten run while Deon also took the series trophy with only one point dropped when he came second in the third event.

Hopefully my limited Spanish has been enough to figure out that Eneko Llanos did, indeed, repeat his 2010 victory at Saturday's ICAN Mallorca in a time of 3:54:20 a little over a minute ahead of Peru Alfaro in 3:55:31 with Oliver Stankmann third in 4:04:49. Leading female on the day was Line Jensen in 4:22:11 ahead of Natalie Barnard and Kristina Wiegandin 4:25:28 and 5:03:54 respectively.

The Brownlee brothers will be heading off on holiday with an additional glow of satisfaction having taken the first and second places at the final of the French GP Series at La Baule, again on Saturday. Also mixing it up with the French clubs were Matthew Sharp, Tom Bishop, Will Clarke, the Shaw brothers and Holly Lawrence and Jacqui Slack. You can see the full results of the race here.

Headlines from the inaugural Challenge Henley, there's a full report and some nice finish line video on the site as well, are as follows:

Pos Male Female
1 Petr Vabrousek 8:37:58 Yvette Grice 8:47:35
2 Nicolas Peter Ward Munoz 8:39:33 Charissa Wernick 9:48:25
3 Aaron Farlow 8:40:10 Louise Collins 9:54:58

Excellent result for the triathlon world's most prolific journeyman, Vabrousek never really trains, he just races for what seems like eleven months out of every year picking up a pretty regular paycheck and the occasional bonus like today's result in Henley. Stephen Bayliss just missed out on the podium with fourth while Sam Gardner was 11th overall, just beaten out of the top ten by an age grouper. You can track the results live on the Challenge Henley website, there's plenty of racing still to come.

The TriStar circuit rolled into Split for the first time for a 111 distance event and saw victories for Andi Fuchs (AUT) in 3:49:51 and Barbara Alber (GER) in 4:36:55. Stephen Bell was the highest placed Brit in 13th place with Daniel Bell and Matthew Sweetman also showing up in the results. Check out the timings here.

The weekend crop of Ironman 70.3 races went like this. In Branson, Missouri Ben Hoffman had a commanding win over Matt Lieto and Kark Bordine with Jessica Myers taking the women's race ahead of Nina Kraft and Mackenzie Madison. The Cancun, Mexico race was won by Andi Boecherer ahead of Daniel Fontana and Timothy Reed While Christie Sym notched up her second 70.3 win of the year ahead of Heather Golnick and Melody Ramirez. At Syracuse, New York State Bart Aernouts rolled in the winner ahead of Paul Ambrose and Josh Rix with Richard Allen taking fifth place while Nikki Butterfield, who hasn't raced a 70.3 distance since 2005, made a winning return ahead of Caroline Steffen and Sam Warriner. Looks like the stand-in Editor's ability to pick finishers is way off as Karen Smyers is listed as a DNS... You can catch up on all the action at the IronmanLive site.

Sunday saw the return of the Boneshaker Duathlon in Oxfordshire with over 250 people taking part in this epic event, climbing right up onto and across the chalk hills of the ridgeway. Jez Cox, injured for most of the summer, made this his comeback race ahead of the winter cross duathlon season and the win was a nice send off as he heads out to Gijon on Tuesday as GB Team Manager for the Duathlon World Championships. He's even kindly offered to do some reporting for us while he's out there. Results for the Boneshaker are here.

The first running of the Sandman Triathlon in Anglesea put Paul Skipper (Manchester Tri Club) and Jem Dickson into the record books with times to beat for next year of 2:36:15 and 3:04:08 respectively.

The Swim South Lakes Ambleside open water swims were re-located to the Capernwray Dive Centre due to the treat of poor weather conditions - and how many organisers can boast a back-up swim site? Results for these are on their website, here.

The Esendex Last Minute Triathlon at Southwell shows an outstanding result in the women's race with Lucy Gossage coming fourth overall to annihilate the women's field by over 7:30! A full set of results is now online.

Pos Men Women
1 Nick Dunn (blueseventy TFN) 0:48:15 Lucy Gossage (TFN) 0:52:20
2 Tim Downing (Cambridge Tri Club) 0:50:02: Bo Haywood (Lincoln Tri Club) 0:59:58
3 Andrew Turner 0:52:08 Helen Dussek (4Life Tri Club) 1:01:43

Perfect weather, a record turnout and some excellent swimming at Lakeside, Essex contributed to a superb finale to the Swim for Tri's SwimFesT Open Water Series on Sunday. 17 year-old Alex Panayides produced an inspiring swim in the 5K race to win in a time of 1:03:56 with Pip Bennett finishing strongly to beat Simon Emm into third place by only 11 seconds. Super vet Peter Rae triumphed in the 3.8K race in a time of 0:58:00 followed by Kat Berry and Simon Trott in second and third respectively. In the 1500m race 15 year-old Charlie Smith just broke the 18 minute mark to comfortably win the two-lap event by 40 seconds with only four seconds separating Sonny Trigg and Theodore Ross behind him. Josh Coleby was victorious in the 750m race in a time of 0:9:09, 45 seconds ahead of Arran Rae, with Evangeline Foster in third. Full results are going online today.

FULL WEEKEND RESULTS LISTINGS

Capernwray Clearwater Autumn Triathlon (Olympic and Sprint Distance) - 2nd October

Hosted at Capernwray Dive Centre on the edge of The Lake District National Park on 2nd October 2011.

The swim takes place in the sparkling and still warm spring fed waters of the Dive Centre, which is possibly the safest and officially the second cleanest open water in the UK.

Find out more here www.adventure-challenge-solutions.co.uk/news-and-events/events/capernwray-clearwater-autumn-triathlon

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