Tri247 Newsletter


23rd Jul 2007Issue 20

Welcome to the newsletter

Well, a real mix of a weekend - and a wet one too for those of you unfortunate enough to live in bits of the country affected by the flooding - we only know of one race that was washed out but it's bound to have affected people on a more personal level as well. On the brighter side was a great performance by the U23 athletes in Finland where two individual Gold and two team Gold medals show once again that GB really does have strength in depth among the younger athletes.

Away from the Championships there was some great racing at Kitzbuhel where Will Clarke managed a second consecutive outing without being affected by the bike gremlins and placed a decent sixth. Michelle Dillon had a slightly less satisfying day but then they should both be up for a home crowd performance at Salford next weekend. The Tri247 team is heading for Manchester on Wednesday and, apart from providing our services to the ITU on the technology front, we'll be covering both the build-up and all the action as it happens from our little ivory tower above the transition area. The forecast doesn't look that good - three dry Salfords on the trot might just be a bit too much to hope for!

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Weekend action

At the European U23 and Junior Championships in Kuopio, Finland GB had a great start on Saturday as Rosie Clarke and Ritchie Nicholls both pulled off wins. In Clarke's case it was a matter of being in the front group of both swimmers and bikers before surging ahead to take the win but things were a little tougher for Nicholls. As in previous races this season we have seen that he's a great biker and runner but misses out in the swim section but, being a Championships, things play a little differently. Dann Brook went ahead with the lead bike group to keep them in check while Philip Graves waited back for Nicholls to come out of the swim and then paced him across the 80 second gap and through the field into the leading group. Once there he was able to turn on the power in the run and take the win by three seconds.

Rosie Clarke said that she had a really great race, “I was expecting the girls to come back at me on the run so I decided to put the negative thoughts out of my head and just kept my stride going. To be able to have time to celebrate in the final straight was a fantastic feeling!”. Ritchie Nicholls took time out to thank his team mates, “That was a really close one! I couldn’t have won today without Phil [Graves] and Dann [Brook], so this is really a team medal. We all worked so hard for it and to come away with the win is a great feeling. Now I’ve got to go back home and improve my swimming for next year.”

The win for Rosie Clarke makes a unique brother/sister double as Will Clarke won the U23 European Championships (and the Worlds too) last year. Who knows what might happen in Hamburg!

On the Sunday the Youths raced as a team event and GB took both Golds. The teams were; Jonathan Brownlee, Tom Bishop, Josh Cardwell and Sophie Coleman, Lucy Hall, Vicky Graves.

Pos Men Women
1 Ritchie Nicholls (GBR) 1:48:57 Rosie Clarke (GBR) 2:05:24
2 Alexander Brukhankov (RUS) 1:49:07 Renata Koch (HUN) 2:05:57
3 Charles Rusterholz (SUI) 1:49:22 Camille Cierpik (FRA) 2:06:02

Out in Austria at the Kitzbuhel BG World Cup the women's race managed, against the odds, to keep with the interesting statistic that in every World Cup race so far a home country athlete has finished on the podium. Local eyes were all on Olympic Champion Kate Allen but she was stuck in the chasing group on the bike with Michelle Dillon some 1:50 back at T2. No matter, Eva Dollinger was there to keep the faith in the lead group and she literally ran out of her skin to challenge Andrea Hewitt (NZL) for the win. In the end it was Hewitt who took the victory but Dollinger was a mere three seconds behind in what must be the race of her career and Nicky Samuels (NZL) was third. Ex-Brit Jess Harrison (FRA) was 10th and Michelle Dillon was 18th.

OK, so that statistic about home country athletes being on the podium turned out to be bogus - odd, given that it came from the man who is the 'voice of the ITU', Barry Shepley! Turns out that there was no Japanese athlete on the podium at Ishigaki... Well, let's just hope that Salford next weekend continues the recent 'trend' and that this hasn't put a blight on the whole thing. And, please, no more emails!!!

The men's race had some interesting moments too, seeing Simon Whitfield (CAN) at the front of the field after the swim isn't something that usually happens in a World Cup race and the renowned runner was also trying to make a break on the bike as the massive 50-strong group lumbered around. But, as is usual in a World Cup, it all came down to strength on the run and the sport's top runners, Whitfield, Frederic Belaubre (FRA), Brad Kahlefeldt (AUS), Sven Riederer (SUI) of Switzerland, Andreas Raelert (GER) and Will Clarke were running shoulder to shoulder. With two kilometres the pace increased dropping Raelert and Clarke. Next to go was Riederer, leaving just three together with one kilometre left. At 300 metres, Whitfield kicked, putting five metres into the other two and then went into cruise mode for the victory with Belaubre edging out Kahlefeldt for second. Will Clarke finished 6th, Andrew Johns 26th and Gavin Noble (IRL) was 32nd. Full results and race reports are on the ITU website:

Pos Men Women
1 Simon Whitfield (CAN) 1:42:56 Andrea Hewitt (NZL) 1:54:31
2 Frederic Belaubre (FRA) 1:42:57 Eva Dollinger (AUT) 1:54:34
3 Brad Kahlefeldt (AUS) 1:43:01 Nicky Samuels (NZL) 1:54:45

The Nautica New York Triathlon saw repeat wins for Greg Bennett and Emma Snowsill with Julie Dibens taking second place for the women. Julie is having a belter of a year so far showing her strength on the bike can win her non-drafting races as well as being a force to be reckoned with off-road as well. She'll be back in the UK to do some work at London and then she's racing XTERRA UK the following month. Full results are here.

Hyde Park on Sunday morning saw the finale of the Corus Elite Series with an Australian-style super sprint eliminator race. Both the mens and womens fields were divided into two heats with the top eight from each plus the four fastest losers going through to the final race. Because of the late announcement of the series and other committments the number of real 'elite' athletes was slightly lower than one would have hoped but it provided an opportunity for the development squads to get out there and show what they were capable of. Several last-minute changes mean that Paul Amey and Flora Duffy were non-starters but there were enough headline names to make a decent race of it.

The men's final saw a relatively straightforward win for Tim Don with Christian Weimer (GER) taking second place and then a full-on sprint deciding third place with Alistair Brownlee just edging out Stuart Hayes. Hayes's consolation was that he picked up the overall series prize. In the women's race the winner was Erin Densham (AUS) with Hollie Avil putting in a very strong run from the chase group to take second place ahead of Andrea Whitcombe. Whitcombe picked up the series prize for the women's races.

It will be interesting to see what the races all look like on TV later this year because reports from Hyde Park indicate that it, like the other two events, was not exactly mobbed by crowds of spectators. But, as been pointed out before, this is a start and unlike other 'starts' in the past this one may well have the legs to carry on. What the athletes want are events that fit into their race schedule and offer decent prize money. The prize money side of things seems sorted and, hopefully, with next year's series a bit better co-ordinated into the overall race calendar and more of the top GB and overseas athletes able to fit it into their schedules it could prove to be an interesting domestic alternative to races like the French GP series.

Pos Men Women

Tim Don

Erin Densham (AUS)
2 Christian Weimer (GER) Hollie Avil
3 Alistair Brownlee Andrea Whitcombe

The Cheltenham Try a Tri on Saturday was completely washed out by local flooding with both the Leisure Centre and the transition area underwater. The organisers managed to contact the majority of competitors by phone and will re-arrange the event once the damage to the facilities has been assessed. Check the club's website for more details:

Maintaining their almost unblemished record for delivering results before anybody else were the Concept Sport crew who were organising the Winchester Fast Twitch race. James Gilfillan (Primera Bournemouth) won the men's race in 1:30:52 with Tracy Cook (North Dorset Tri Club) taking the women's trophy in 1:51:38. Full results are here.

Big Cow put on their signature event, the Milton Keynes Triathlon, and a new name came to the fore with the men's race being won by Christopher Lionnet (Greenwich Tritons) in 1:48:07. Rhian Roxburgh (Carneddau Tri Club) had a worthwhile journey from Wales with a 1:58:46 win in the women's race. Full results are here.

At the David Lloyd Sprint Triathlon in Lincoln Mark Redwood (2XU TFN RT) once again stamped his authority on the race with a 59:19 win. Melanie Hayward (Barracuda Tri) took the honours in the ladies race with a 1:05:21. Full results are here.

At the Turriff Sprint Triathlon, part of the MPH Series, the wins went to Martin Goodlad (Tri Changing Gear) in 1:13:07 and Posy Musgrave in 1:23:59. The organisers also put on a Novice Triathlon where wins were recorded by Terry Christie (Peterhead AAC) and Beverkey Childs (RAFTA). Sprint results are here, Novice results are here.

The ladies-only Royles Deva Divas Tri organised by Chester Tri saw a junior win overall. Samantha Wilson turned in a time of 1:03:40 to beat Kelly Crickmore (Chester Tri) with Vicki Wade (Manchester Tri) in third place. Full results are here.

Down on the South Coast, Raw Energy Pursuits staged the Worthing Triathlon as the third event in the National Triathlon Ranking Series. The storms of Saturday had passed and left calm seas, conditions that are reflected in the fast swim times. After a number of lead changes during the bike stage it was Colin Dixon who took the win in 1:57:35 after being behind James Third at T2. In the women's race it was another win for Felicity Hart, finishing 11th overall in 2:09:03 and showing that she really in the athlete to beat this year. The relay event was won by Sussex team JNR. Full results (including the relays) are here.

A little further down the coast, the Westgate Leisure Centre Triathlon in Chichester saw wins for Toby Jameson (Total Fitness Bath) in 1:52:01 and Fay Cripps (Chichester Runners AC) in 2:13:34. Full results are here.

At the Hathersage Hilly Triathlon (a 'ronseal' event!) the wins went to Eugene Grant in 1:09:39 and Elizabeth Bullivant in 1:22:56. They also staged a Relay event, the winners were Team Awesome in 1:11:01. Full results are here, relay results are here.

We are still waiting for results from the Bananaman races at Dorney Lake, Gullane, Ringmer, Lime Kiln, Aberfeldy and ChildLine. As soon as they come through we'll get them online.

ORCA Classic & Sprint Triathlon Competition

SBR Sports have now signed up with, which is fantastic news. The company is the official retailer of the London and Blenheim Triathlon, London Duathlon and F3 Events and they have stores located in Windsor and London.

With the London Triathlon rapidly approaching they still have wetsuits available to hire at unbeatable prices. And remember, there's 10% discount on all orders over �£75 until the end of July. You can make a final check on how your open water swimming is going at the Dorney Lake open water race on July 29th. As well as the 1.5k swim the facility will be open afterwards for an extended training session.

The ORCA Classic and Sprint triathlons on September 23rd are filling fast, enter now so as not to miss out. And, to celebrate their new partnership with Tri247, SBR Sports are offering two free entries to the event. All you need to do is tell us where this event is taking place? Drop us an email with your answer to The draw will take place on Friday 17th August, so if you are a winner you'll have time to include it in your race plans!


Route planning

Have you seen the exciting Routeplanning section supported by Garmin and Motion based? It tells you all you need to know about how planning and preparation can help with getting more information from your training sessions and how technology, if used appropriately, can make that easier and more fun!

Our current Route of the Month features the bike route from the Bournemouth Triathlon, so if you fancy a day out by the sea and a bit of a blast then this one's definitely for you.

Why not send in your requests for which routes you would like to be analysed? Or, perhaps, you would like to ride it for us? We'll even lend you a Garmin Edge! Send your suggestions to


Shoe advice

Did you know Tri247 has a Shoe Advice section supported by Saucony?

Every month one lucky reader gets a free pair of trainers by having their shoe question published as the "Question of the month" -- why don't you send in yours and you too could be sporting some great new footwear.

Have you got any questions about running shoes? Then make sure you email them in to and we will get the experts to answer them online!





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