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23rd Jan 2012Issue 209

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A new year, another race and a decisive win, job done. Congratulations to Jodie Swallow on defending her 2011 win at the Spec-Savers Ironman 70.3 South Africa in Buffalo City on Sunday. A great start to 2012, a confidence booster and a few pennies in the bank too. But, perhaps - and I hope - the most important result from Sunday's race was Jodie's post-race comment, "so happy to enjoy my race and be foot pain free".

2011 for Jodie started with a win at the same venue, but that was achieved in some discomfort and certainly without such an expression of happiness at her performance. After that, in her own words it was a case of "when foot takes over" with painful and frustrating foot injury induced DNFs at Ironman St. George and Alpe d'Huez Long Course amongst others followed. Having won the Ironman 70.3 Worlds in 2010, and the ITU World Long Course title in 2009 - both in dominant style - such a frustrating 2011 was not in the plan and certainly wasn't reflective of her ability.

Despite those successes (and many others over the years), I still believe that as yet Jodie's racing CV has under performed versus her potential - and that is meant as a compliment. A full senior Great Britain international in swimming and running, combined with, when healthy, fastest bike splits in the majority of her races makes for a triathlete of incredible potential. I certainly don't think we have yet seen the best of Jodie and I have my fingers crossed that her health can stay together to produce the performances and results that her talent and tenacity are capable of. With a certain someone taking a sabbatical from Ironman, at least for this season, I believe Jodie can step forward and join the likes of Leanda Cave, Rachel Joyce, Catriona Morrison and others to keep that Kona ladies title in British hands.

I'd highly recommend that you 'follow the Swallow' via her website, Facebook page and Twitter - Jodie doesn't really do 'bland', they always make good reading and at times are brutally honest and open. We certainly plan to be following the Swallow's progress here on Tri247 throughout 2012.

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Results

Weekend action

The first of the weekend's long distance races was the Challenge Wanaka in New Zealand where Australia's Aaron Farlow came through a strong field to win. The Ironman UK 2011 champion broke the tape in 8:41:53, 10 minutes ahead of defending Wanaka champion Jamie Whyte with Kieran Doe another six minutes behind in third.

Farlow, a rising Canberra-based professional, took his first Ironman win last year in the UK and showed his class with a steady performance that brought him from three minutes behind in the swim to an emphatic win. He was clearly spent at the finish. Doe and veteran pro Bryan Rhodes both dipped under the swim course record of 49:97 but Rhodes' race was ended 150k into the bike with a double puncture.

The women's race was dominated from gun to tape by three-time Challenge Wanaka champion Gina Crawford who is newly returned to full-time racing after having her first child six months ago. Crawford was never seriously challenged until the run, she reached the finish in 9:44:06 after holding off a hard-charging Britta Martin on the run. "It's just great to push yourself to the line and see how far you can go," Crawford said. "It's great to be back, I've missed racing."

Pos Male Female
1 Aaron Farlow (AUS) 8:41:53 Gina Crawford (NZL) 9:44:06
2 Jamie Whyte (NZL) 8:51:53 Britta Martin (GER) 9:47:39
3 Kieran Doe (NZL) 8:57:17 Simone Maier (GER) 9:57:42

A slightly less star-studded field than usual at the Lanzarote International Duathlon at Club La Santa on Saturday was brought home by Fred Belaubre (FRA) in 00:57:04 and Jenny Schuls (GER) in 1:06:28. Lucy Gossage was a DNS but among a clutch of GBR names we spotted Nicholas Ward Munoz, well it is his local!, and the redoubtable Stuart Dinwoodie. Full results are on the Club La Santa site HERE.

Pos Male Female
1 Fred Belaubre (FRA) 00:57:04 Jenny Schulz (GER) 1:06:28
2 Victor del Corral Morales (ESP) 00:57:16 Natascha Schmitt (GER) 01:06:39
3 Aurélien Lescure (FRA) 00:57:30 Katrine Trolle (DEN) 01:16:19

Conditions at the Asics Off-Road Series Wildman on Hankley Common were disappointingly mild and the rain had never managed to get its act together to fill the pond at the bottom of the bike leg so it was just down to the sandy trails, the leg-sapping hills and the wind to take their toll. Richard Stannard's run of form ran out as Cedric Lassonde showed him a clean pair of heels in all three legs but despite having said she was likely to be a no-show with lower back issues, Kate Robson dug very deep and pulled a third successive win out of the bag. She has promised another of her excellent write-ups as soon as she's able to sit at a keyboard. Full results are linked HERE.

Pos Male Female
1 Cedric Lassonde (Tri-UK) 1:52:01 Kate Robson (BRAT) 2:21:33
2 Richard Stannard 1:54:49 Aileen Anderson (Bath Amphibians) 2:25:36
3 Paul Davies 2:01:48 Fay Cripps 2:27:18

Sunday's racing started in the southern hemisphere with the Spec-Savers Ironman 70.3 in Buffalo City. We have a full write-up online HERE but the headlines went to Marino Vanhoenacker and Jodie Swallow giving them both a perfect start to 2012. Great results too for Britain's Mark Threlfall (4th), Joel Jameson (6th) and Susie Hignett (5th).

Pos Male Female
1 Marino Vanhoenacker (BEL) 04:06:25 Jodie Swallow (GBR) 04:39:01
2 Ronnie Schildknecht (SUI) 04:12:56 Lucie Zelenkova (CZE) 04:43:56
3 Domenico Passuello (ITA) 04:18:37 Tine Deckers (BEL) 04:46:13

We also said that we would keep an eye on the Vina del Mar ITU Triathlon Pan American Cup in Chile where Ritchie Nicholls was on the start sheet. As you can read HERE the lad had a good day and came away with the win.

The F3 Events Maxifuel Duathlon at Dorney Lake saw a sneaky appearance by Vanessa Raw in the sprint race where she took the win along with Hugh Mackenzie. In the main race the overall win went to a team entry with Chris Nicholls the fastest individual in 2:06:32. Quickest woman was Gemma Farrell in 2:26:19. All the results are linked in from the StuWeb site.

Pos Male Female
1 Chris Nicholls 2:06:32 Gemma Farrell 2:26:19
2 Ian Gosling 2:07:04 Katie Marshall 2:39:36
3 David Notman 2:10:31 Eleanor Murphy 2:43:11

The Glentress Duathlon (Short) moved to the Red Squirrel area of the forest for the run/bike format race with individual wins going to Tom Owens and Joanne Thom (Edinburgh RC). A full set of results is HERE.

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