Tri247 Newsletter

19th May 2008Issue 61

Welcome to the newsletter

The Editorial team is a little light this week! The Editor is away sunning himself in Lanzarote supporting his wife, who will be one of over a thousand brave competitors, who will take part in what is considered by some, as the toughest Ironman on the circuit. It has to be said though, that it is doubtful that he will have much time to sunbathe, and it is more likely he will be feeding back all the very latest info and news from the great volcanic island, where the Ironman will take place in just five days time. A second member of the team is also in Lanzarote, but they're more than likely training from dawn to dusk rather than taking a well earned break lying around the pool. So that leaves only one member of the editorial team at home, a scary prospect when you realise her computer skills leave a lot to be desired. Apologies in advance if the newsletter isn't up to it's usual standard, but we promise next week, that normality will resume.

Well once again the GB long distance athletes are proving to be a real force to be reckoned with and it was great to see Leanda Cave and Paul Amey standing on top of the podium, at the Ford Ironman 70.3 Florida. What was probably even more exciting, was seeing the very popular, former World Champion Spencer Smith, not far off the pace and also on the podium in third place. Rumour has it that Spencer will be back in the UK on the 15th June to take part in the UK Ironman 70.3. Commenting on his third place in Florida he said, "It wasn't a bad result, a little rusty being my first race big race of 2008, but still, I can't complain". Lets hope we see a lot more of this legendary and colorful triathlete this year!

There was more good news for the Brits abroad at the first round of the French Grand Prix series, which took place in Dunkerque. In the men's race; the Brits took four out of the top ten places, with the best place going to Stuart Hayes who finished in third, just ahead of Wil Clarke in Fourth. Young Alistair Brownlee, who finished sixth, looks like he's beginning to find his form ahead of this weekend's Olympic Selection race at the Madrid World Cup. He'll be joined by Hayes, Clarke, Don, Johns and Freeman; it's anyone's game as, as yet, no one has been officially selected. Tim Don decided to stay on home territory and raced head to head against Kris Gemmel (NZ) at the first Corus Elite Series event in Reading. Don out sprinted Gemmel and proved that his team mates will have a tough task ahead of them, if they are to get the better of him next week. The women's race was won by a very brave Kirsty McWilliam. The current junior European Silver medalist showed, just like Hollie Avil, that she's not afraid to take on the big girls. She stormed out of the swim and never looked back, almost making a mockery of the chasing group, the young lass from Scotland will definitely be one to watch out for in the future!

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Weekend action

Saturday's racing got underway with well over a thousand souls on the start list for the first of the Eton Super Sprint races at the Dorney Lake Rowing Centre - with close to 2,500 people racing there this weekend and another couple of hundred attending the Zoggs Open Water Swim sessions with blueseventy and Bill Black it wass definitely the busiest venue of the weekend. The presence of a film crew from the Paul O'Grady Show who were recording the efforts of five of their colleagues for a segment that will go out on Monday plus a flying visit from blueseventy athlete Chrissie Wellington only served to make the atmosphere even more special. Chrissie raced her first ever triathlon at Eton just a couple of short years ago - and now she's a multiple Ironman winner and the 2007 Ironman World Champion. Something in the water, perhaps?

Ignoring the two fastest times of the day (we suspect a bit of mis-keying or a missed lap...) the winners were Jonathan Hotchkiss (Thames Turbo/Sigma Sport) in 0:52:34 and Lucy Bowen (Thames Turbo) in 1:00:22. The provisional results from Saturday's racing are here.

British Triathlon staged the first of its Corus Elite Series races at the new venue of Reading's GreenPark (no, we haven't left the space out, that's the way they write it) and we have a separate report on that here from Annie Emmerson. The headline news is that the women's race was won by an in-form Kirsty McWilliam (she picked up Silver at last weeks' Europeans) with Andrea Whitcombe taking second place and Heather Jackson in third. In the men's race the previews all forecast a race-off between Tim Don and Kris Gemmell (NZL) and that's what we got with the two of them in a sprint finish in which Tim Don just managed to nick the win. Richard Stannard raced well, getting away off the front after the swim and holding a slight lead through much of the bike and the running through for third place. A full set of results is here.

Pos Male Female
1 Tim Don 0:53:50 Kirsty McWilliam 1:00:40
2 Kris Gemmell (NZL) 0:53:51 Andrea Whitcombe 1:01:53
3 Richard Stannard 0:54:44 Heather Jackson 1:02:38

The Ford Ironman 70.3 Florida showed that the GB long distance squad continues to fire on all cylinders with wins for both Paul Amey and Leanda Cave. Plus, as an added bonus, Spencer Smith popped up in third place as well. Full results are still filtering through but you can see the top ten on the IronmanLive site already.

Pos Male Female
1 Paul Amey (GBR) 3:52:51 Leands Cave (GBR) 4:22:52
2 Santiago Ascenco (BRA) 3:56:33 Nina Kraft (GER) 4:24:15
3 Spencer Smith (GBR) 3:59:04 Dede Griesbauer (USA) 4:24:15

Over the Channel in Dunkirk the British were playing their part for French clubs in the French Grand Prix series. The French Federation website ( reports that the order of business was rather similar to last weekend's Europeans except that this time Tony Moulai got the better of Frederic Belaubre and either Stuart Hayes or Will Clarke was third - there's some confusion between what the athletes are saying and the website! Al Brownlee was seventh and Karl Shaw 29th. In the women's race Jodie Swallow was xx.

The BSLT events are getting themselves a reputation this year for delivering results in record time and this weekend was no exception; their Triathlon Scotland ranked Tweedbank Duathlon times dropped into the inbox way ahead of the rest of the pack. Winners were Iain Grant in 1:10:14 and Lynn Morrice in 1:25:34. A full set of results is here.

One Step Beyond's Timex Sprint Series continued with its second event, the Mansfield Triathlon where a 200+ field was headed out by Andy Tarry (2XU/TFN RT) in 0:42:30 with the first woman being Emilie Verroken (Team MI Racing) in 0:52:08. A full set of results is here.

The Manx Tri Club runs a series of races through the Summer and the first of their Peel Triathlons was this morning. The winners were Juan Kinley in 1:10:47 and Eve O'Hare in 1:19:56. A full set of results is here.

At the East Grinstead Ladies Try a Tri triathlon Bethany Hawkins (Team Viper) was a clear winner in a time of 0:41:18 followed by Yasmin Coleman (Bodyworks XTC) in 0:44:01 and in third place Jane Molten (Team Lifestyle) in a time of 0:44:10. A full set of results can be found here.

At the East Grinstead Sprint Triathlon Yvette Grice (Bodyworks XTC) won in a time of 1:17:32 followed by Sarah Lovelock (Bodyworks XTC) in 1:19:24 and third place went to Christine Johnson 1:21:26. In the men's race Neil Harris (Team VO2) was first in 1:06:55, Chris Birch ( was second in 1:07:47 and Paul Holdaway (Lifestyle Gym) was third in 1:08:05. A full set of results can be found here.

At the Tewkesbury Sprint Triathlon Richard Oram (EXEX) took the honors in first place in 57:55. Jonny Rawlings (Tri Team Glos) was second in 58:45 and was closely followed by Phil Parsons (husband of long course duathlon specialist Michelle Parson) who finished third in a time of 58:54. In the women's race Rachel Hobbs (Worcester Tri) finished first just five minutes behind the men in 1:03:02, second place went to Karen Hathaway (Bad Tri) in a time of 1:04:22 and Emma Gill Finished third in 1:08:07. A full set of results can be found here.

The winner of the Eton Super Sprint, Jonathan Hotchkiss (Sigma Sport/Orca) had an impressively busy weekend; one win obviously wasn't enough so he headed to the Big Cow Sprint Tri 1 and won that one as well. Jonathan's time of 57:08 gave him a clear victory over second place Joel Jameson (Total Fitness Bath) who finished in time of 58:39. Mike Auger (2XU TFN Racing Team) was third in 59:50. The Women's race saw a former Elite GB athlete, Loretta Sollars (Brat Club) take first place in a time of 1:05:42, Sophie Whitmore (Planet X) was second in 1:07:19 and in third place was Carla Fisher (Bedford Traktors) in 1:10:35. Full results can be found here.

Unfortunately at the time of posting the newsletter several events still hadn't sent in their results, please keep checking the site, as we will endeavour to post them as soon as they do become available to us.

Win stuff with Tri247

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There are three places available at the Mazda Blenheim Triathlon, just email us at and we will add your name into the draw. Make sure that you include your full name and get us your entry before 5pm on Friday 23rd May, we'll notify the winners on Tuesday 27th (or earlier) by email. Please note that by entering the competition you agree for Powerbar to send you an email informing you about their exciting new range of products.

Winners of the Orca S2 wetsuits were Mandy Deex and Alan Ward who spotted that two athletes are both Tri247 columnists and Wiggle bloggers; Michelle Dillon and Craig Doyle.

Winners of the 30 Years of the Ironman books were Roland Brown, Daniel Green and Euan Lees who all knew that the year there were two Hawaii Ironman races was 1982. The first one was in February (Scott Tinley and Kathleen McCartney), the second was in October, now the traditional date, (Dave Scott and Julie Leach).

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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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