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14th Nov 2011Issue 204

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Times change, that's for sure! It wasn't all that long ago when the BTA's (it was Association back then...) annual Awards Dinner was introduced as a way to try to get more people to attend the AGM and now the tail, as it were, wags the dog. Of course, now that it's the BTF the AGM really has little relevance to the individual members and all the fun of elections, motions and ballots it long departed but the Awards Dinner has grown in stature and, by all accounts, this year's was well attended and much enjoyed. Of course an evening in the company of legends present; Wellington, Brownlee, Jenkins, et al and legends past like Spencer Smith would be enjoyable on its own regardless of the trophies and awards!

And with the first of the awards ceremonies out of the way it's time to look towards the next one which will be the 220 Awards to be presented at the Triathlon Show in March (yes, TCR has been renamed...) Voting for those is open now and will close on January 9th so don't forget to make your electronic mark and give us all something to cheer at in March.

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Weekend action

In association with Orca

A damp and murky morning on Box Hill was the sight that greeted the nearly 400 duathletes who turned out for the RG Active BallBuster - the weather always has a part to play in this race! The race also had a surprise guest appearance, Spencer Smith turned up to watch the start before heading up to the BTF Awards Dinner to pick up his Gold Pin award later in the day.

With roads wet from overnight rain and the late Autumn leaf fall adding a little extra slip to proceedings there were a few tumbles and more than a few punctures. One of the fallers was Cedric Lassonde while late entry Lee Piercy also called it a day on the bike leg, both withdrawals leaving the field more open than usual. The first three men came across the line within 62 seconds - a closer result that we have seen in ages. Hugh Mackenzie and Ruth Clifton were the overall winners, full results are online here.

Pos Male Female
1 Hugh Mackenzie 2:41:09 Ruth Clifton 2:58:13
2 Paul Adams (Tri Force) 2:42:01 Alexie Shaw 3:02:24
3 Chris Dettmar 2:42:11 Victoria Basquill 3:05:11

Sunday's results started to arrive very early thanks to Powerman Malaysia and the headline news was that Joerie Vansteelant isn't invincible - he placed third in what appears to have been a pretty close contest. Good news is that the Belgians still came out on top as usual with Rob Woestenborghs claiming the honours for a change while Andy Sutz had to be content to be the Swiss filling in a Belgian sandwich... [We guess that would be chocolate between chips with a healthy (?) dollop of mayonaise but perhaps that's all going a bit too far!]

The women's race looks to have been pretty close at the front too with first and second places just over a minute apart while Michelle Parsons held off a challenge from Melanie Burke to take third.

Pos Male Female
1 Rob Woestenborghs (BEL) 2:40:15 Radka Vodickova (CZE) 3:03:44
2 Andy Sutz (SUI) 2:41:14 Airi Sawada (JPN) 3:04:53
3 Joerie Vansteelant (BEL) 2:43:44 Michelle Parsons (GBR) 3:08:36

At the Cirencester Off-Road Duathlon the winners were Ian Payne and Maddie Horton, a full set of results for the main race are here while the novice event results are here.

Pos Male Female
1 Ian Payne (Bikecity) 1:05:44 Maddie Horton (Certini/McCaulays) 1:10:28
2 Jay Horton (Certini/McCaulays) 1:06:17 Claire Smith (Swindon RC) 1:19:58
3 Lee Rankin (DB Max Tri) 1:07:19 Diane Hier (Black Cannon) 1:20:51


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