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21st Nov 2011Issue 205

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Another weekend, another record tumbles somewhere in the world. Not so very long ago there was a seemingly impenetrable barrier to women going sub-nine. That, as we all know, has been torn away and discarded by, in the main, British women. It was almost as though they needed just one person to break through and then a whole raft of them (more like a medium-size cruiser full these days) proceeded to chip bigger and bigger chunks off the time. One Ms C Wellington being notably in the vanguard but ably assisted by the likes of Bella Bayliss and Cat Morrison. This weekend Leanda Cave, her previous best a 9:03 in Kona this October, found her special key somewhere out there in Arizona and gave our master statistician another re-write job with an 8:49.00 win. Not that he wasn't busy enough updating things with Paul Amey chopping huge chunks off the best GB men's times and oh, so nearly joining the sub-8 club himself.

And don't think that breaking through a barrier is just something that the women are doing. Until two weeks ago the fastest time any man had recorded in a North American Ironman race was over eight hours - another one of those benchmark times. And then Ronnie Schildknecht ducked under the mark at Florida ... Here we are, two weeks later, and Eneko Llanos, another European, repeats the process shaving a further four seconds off. There's no doubt in my mind that they are just the first of what will become a regular breaching of yet another perceived barrier.

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Results

Weekend action

Saturday morning saw the first of Human Race's Asics Off-Road Series in the form of the IceMan at Frimley. With a slightly re-jigged course compared to last year the feeling seemed to be that it was even tougher and the early withdrawal of Jez Cox left the field open for a three-way between Richard Stannard, Colin Dixon and Jim McConnel. Dixon had the advantage at T1 but a strong bike from Stannard closed the gap down and on the second run he overtook Dixon while Chris Panayiotou overhauled McConnel in the closing stages to take the third spot. Full results are online here and the trail run results are available too. There's also a race report from Jim McConnel here.

Pos Male Female
1 Richard Stannard 1:50:51 Kate Robson (BRAT) 2:10:29
2 Colin Dixon 1:54:20 Aileen Anderson (Bath Amphibians) 2:14:39
3 Chris Panayiotou (Torq Fitness) 1:54:34 Marna van Deventer 2:22:09

There's only an overall set of results from the Salisbury Tri Club Off-Road Duathlon with the wins going to Mark Threlfall and Lucy Elliott.

Sunday morning kicked off with the last of the 2011 ITU World Cup races in Auckland New Zealand and the home turf advantage saw Kris Gemmell and Andrea Fisher take the golds. There's a full report here and a full set of results are here. Vicky Holland turned in another top ten performance and Irelands's Benjamin Shaw was 33rd.

Pos Male Female
1 Kris Gemmell (NZL) 01:59:58 Andrea Hewitt (NZL) 02:14:12
2 Bevan Docherty (NZL) 02:01:05 Tomoko Sakimoto (JPN) 02:15:09
3 Ryan Fisher (AUS) 02:01:18 Mariko Adachi (JPN) 02:15:22

Well, if one person can break the 8-hour barrier then so can another! Just two weeks ago Ronnie Schildknecht produced the first official sub-8 Ironman on North American soil at the Ford Ironman Florida and in Sunday's Ford Ironman Arizona Eneko Llanos went a whole four seconds quicker! For a while it looked as though Paul Amey might take the victory but in the second half of the run Llanos proved the stronger and despite a last minute surge which brought him up to within five seconds, Amey dropped two minutes in the closing couple of miles which although it only gave him second and put him just outside the magic sub-8 is, subject to the statistics meister's confirmation, now the best Home Nations time beating Tom Lowe's 8:11:31 by a whisker over ten minutes. Scott Neyedli had an excellent race as well turning in a 08:29:03 which gave him 11th.

Leanda Cave ran a solid race which saw her second in off the bike behind Amanda Stevens who she rapidly dropped on the the run and then shrugged off all potential challenges from Linsey Corbin and Meredith Kessler to notch up the first official Ironman win of her career in 8:49:00 - good enough for 25th overall. More updates will be needed in the statistics pages there as well! Fraser Cartmell continued the great British day out in Arizona finishing just behind Cave in 08:50:14. Corbin also went sub-9 but Kessler missed out by just 14 seconds with her third place.

Pos Male Female
1 Eneko Llanos (ESP) 7:59:38 Leanda Cave (GBR) 8:49:00
2 Paul Amey (GBR) 8:01:29 Lindsey Corbin (USA) 8:54:33
3 Viktor Zyemtsev (UKR) 8:14:36 Meredith Kessler (USA) 9:00:14

No details from the Big Adventure Store Chilly Duathlon but it looks as though Lee Piercy is back on form with a clean win around the Castle Combe circuit. Women's honours went to Maria Powell (Pactri). Full results are here.

Pos Male Female
1 Lee Piercy (Performance Cycles/Trideals) 0:43:26 Maria Powell (Pactri) 0:51:35
2 Lee Rankin (DB Max Tri) 0:45:50 Leanne Tiley (DB Max Tri) 0:53:27
3 Ramsey Kechacha (RNRM Tri) 0:46:03 Jo Davies 0:54:02

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