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6th Feb 2012Issue 211

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Your Editor has been having another one of his regular (iron) stat-attacks. Perhaps he should get out a little more?! Possibly, but judging by our site viewing figures quite a few of you out there like a statistic too...

Having looked in depth last year at the fastest British iron ladies, it was time to pull together a similar piece for the British men. Specifically, how many British men have recorded iron-distance finishes under 8:30. Ever.

Of course, pulling together and analysing such data brings up some interesting facts in itself. The first being that Chrissie Wellington's performances sit pretty high in the British all-time rankings, male or female. You can check out the full analysis HERE.

Top of the pile at the moment -- and very close to the sub-8 hour mark -- is Paul Amey, following his great race at Ironman Arizona last year. Last week I sat down and chatted to the veteran athlete about his 20+ year career, missing out on an Olympic Games through injury, his passion for the sport and much, much more. Check back to the site later this week for that one.

Phew, got all the way through the editorial without mentioning the snow...

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Weekend action

Round Four of the Asics Off-Road Series was the TuffMan at Pippingford Park in East Sussex where the ground was rock hard but despite the conditions we had some great racing with Richard Stannard and Kate Robson both topping the podium to virtually secure their series championships with just one race, the new TrailMan at Eridge Park near Royal Tunbridge Wells, remaining. The conditions were obviously not extreme enough for one athlete; Fay Cripps mis-judged a corner and went straight into the lake for an unplanned extra swim session - the term taking an early bath comes to mind - and needed some serious warming up in the care of the medical crew. Both Jim McConnel and Kate Robson have already produced race reports for us and full results are available HERE, the top places were:

Pos Men Women
1 Richard Stannard 1:27:46 Kate Robson 1:42:24
2 Jim McConnel 1:28:24 Aileen Anderson 1:47:36
3 Colin Dixon 1:28:54 Farah Azirar 1:56:43

One Step Beyond's first foray into the 'off-road run with extras' market, Mud N Madness, saw over 160 people geting down and dirty at the Stubbers Adventure Centre in Essex. Triathletes headed the field around the series of challenges with Peter Dyer (East London Tri) taking the win while Deborah Coyle (Greenwich Tritons) was first female home in third place overall. Results are HERE.

Sunday's planned USN Dorney Duathlon was a 'go' right up until late on Saturday night when snow dumped all over the South East and the decision was taken to postpone the event for obvious safety reasons.

At the first of Exeter Tri's Aquathlon Series, this one at Dawlish, the home club took a clean sweep of the podium places. Pete Wilby was a comfortable winner by almost three minutes, breaking the course record for the 600m/5k event in 24:53. Sam Jackson was second in 27:40 with James Haigh was third in 28:30.

In the women's race Isabelle Stoate took the win in 33:29, 26 seconds ahead of junior Laura Wakeham and Louise Harris who both finished on 33:55. The novice race (300m/5k) proved to be very close with only three seconds separating the top three. Joanna Humphreys was the winner in 30:33, second was Ken Lamont in 30:34 and David Goldsmith was third in a time of 30:36. Full results are HERE, the novice times are at the bottom of the sheet.

Lots of action in the southern hemisphere over the weekend as Australian and New Zealand athletes start to get really serious about their form in preparation for Olympic selection. The ITU Oceania Triathlon Championships produced wins for Kate McIlroy (NZL) and Aaron Royle (AUS) but also showed some interesting form from the Dutch pair of Rachel Klamer and Danne Boterenbrood who have been training down there under the eye of the former New Zealand coach, John Hellemans, who is now running the Dutch national programme. In the standard distance race, the championships was a sprint, Cameron Brown and Jo Lawn took the wins in a warm-up for the Ironman at Taupo next month.

In the enduro event at Caloundra, Queensland Courtney Atkinson put a year of poor form behind him and won the men's race while already selected Emma Jackson won the enduro format event overall off a 4:50 start advantage. GB's Liz Blatchford took third place behind Erin Densham.

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!


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Royles Zipp 404 deals

Royles have limited stocks of Zipp 404 clinchers (2011 edition) in both Shimano and Campagnolo variants at a special deal price of £1150. This represents a £750 (39%) saving on the RRP of £1900. At these prices we wouldn't expect them to hang around long - it's worth remembering that if they are out of the variant you need you can swap the freehubs and even with the cost of the new body it will still be a decent deal.

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Leonard Cheshire Disability entries open

Following the success of the first annual Tri Together Triathlon in September 2011, Leonard Cheshire Disability are delighted to announce the event will be taking place once again on Sunday 19 August, meaning you too can be part of the summer of sport in 2012.

Train with the best in Fuerteventura

From the 3rd to 10th of March 2012 Triathlon Performance Solutions (TPS) and BodyZen Multi Sports (BMS) will come together to hold the first ever Total Tri Camp at the magnificent Playitas resort in Fuertaventura. Coaching will be provided by the GB Men's Olympic Coach Ben Bright, UK Ironman podium finisher Nick Saunders and BMS Head Coach Lee Zohlman. The focus of the week will be to get in lots of sunny miles in a relaxed atmosphere and to help each athlete to achieve their targets for 2012.

For more information including details of an earlybird discount see this article on the website.

Ride Across Britain

The Deloitte Ride Across Britain is the ultimate UK cycling challenge and now is the time to sign up for one of the remaining places. Whether signing up solo or with a group of friends, from the moment you are on board they take care of everything.

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