Finishing the race with a baby elephant, we'll assume that it's a real one and not you hallucinating, can only mean one thing - you just won the Laguna Phuket Triathlon. One of those legendary events that has been around for almost as long as the sport itself it defies convention with a completely non-standard set of distances and usually attracts a quality pro field. This year it's also part of a double header of racing in Thailand as it's alo playing host to the Asia Pacific Ironman 70.3 event next weekend and so attracted a record thousand-plus field.
We've already posted a great report from Freespeed's Richard Melik here, the headline news was wins for Massimo Cigana (ITA), his third at the event, and Radka Vodickova (CZE). There were some excellent British and Irish performances - a lot of familiar names cropping up in the results - and the best among them were Richard Hall in ninth overall, Ireland's Dierdre Casey winning the 25-29 category and first female Brit home was Laura Walsh who took the 45-49 category. Full results including nationalities are here.
||Massimo Cigana (ITA) 2:32:51
||Radka Vodickova (CZE) 2:54:18
||Alberto Cassadei (ITA) 2:36:56
||Belinda Granger (AUS) 2:57:33
||Romain Guillaume (FRA) 2:37:08
||Katja Rabe (GER) 2:59:17
It looked as though the Swiss might steal Ironman Cozumel but in the men's race Mathias Hecht's challenge was pretty much over at the end of the bike and Michale Lovato's tactical run saw first Horst Reichel and then Christian Ritter briefly lead and then fade before he cruised through to take the win building an eight minute buffer over any remaining challengers.
The European contingent had a better time of it in the women's field with Simone Benz hammering the bike and maintaining that advantage through the run. Defending champion Yvonne Van Vlerken called it a day on the run leaving Sonja Tajsich set a run course record to take second ahead of De Groote.
No British pro athletes in the field but a couple of handfulls of age groupers including a couple of familiar names, Mark Kleanthous being one, in the athlete tracker on IronmanLive.
||Michael Lovato (USA) 08:23:52
||Simone Benz (SUI) 09:14:08
||Patrick Evoe (USA) 08:30:36
||Jonja Tajsich (GER) 09:23:15
||Alejandro Santamaria (ESP) 08:32:50
||Sophie De Groote (BEL) 09:26:07
Pretty much the only multisport race we can find on the calendar was the Rempstone Roast MTB Duathlon in Dorset, honours here went to Steve Ferguson and Helen Dyke (Exeter Tri CLub). A full set of results is available here.
Elsewhere the weekend seems to have been all about running, and mainly off-road at that. Saturday saw the Muddy Mo-Run in Bracknell's Swinley Forest - a popular mountain bike hangout - while some complete lunatics did both Saturday and Sunday Hell Down South events at Longmoor Camp. Lots of triathletes having fun in the mud at both and you can get results for these races off the Race Timing Systems website.
Runners preferring something a bit firmer and drier underfoot had the Downton Half Marathon courtesy of RaceNewForest or Fun2Tri's Cheshire 10k - results from these are now all in the system.
Click below for links to all the results from this weekend, and remember, where you see the triVIEWER icon, you can re-live your race in graphical simulation form!