Tri247 Newsletter


20th Feb 2012Issue 213

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Formerly known as the TCR Show, the Triathlon Show ( returns for its tenth year to Sandown Park, Esher, Surrey from 2nd-4th March 2012 - bigger and better than ever.

With over 150 exhibitors displaying and retailing the latest swim, bike and run gear, it's a great opportunity to check out the latest offerings for the 2012 season. We've been previewing many of the exhibitors at the show HERE with more to come over the next week.

The show is about more than products however - included with your entry ticket is access to the 220 Triathlon Seminar Theatre which will include a packed schedule of talks and workshops from top coaches and elite athletes to improve your triathlon performance, whatever your standard.

If swimming is your weakness then the Zoggs SwimZone is where you'll want to be, with plenty of demonstrations - and you'll even have a chance to have your own stroke analysed, so bring your kit, wetsuit and get your name down early to secure a spot.

If you want to race, no problem! Enter the Saucony 10km race on Sunday and you get a free ticket to the show or try out the Powerbar Indoor Time Trial over a virtual 5km.

Lots more on offer too including performance testing from Surrey Human Performance Institute, pedal technique analysis with Wattbike, the Soleus Perfect Pace Challenge (details HERE) ... and more, including the Fit Brands Fashion Show!

Tri247 will be at the show once again with our video interview lounge and our sister site Run247 ( will feature the revolutionary AlterG Anti Gravity Treadmill for you to test out. Check out this video to find out more about this revolutionary running tool - and remember your running shoes to give it a go.

It's well worth booking your tickets now - advance adult tickets (£9) save £3 on the on-the-door price, or why not take advantage of the British Triathlon member 2-for-1 offer: buy one ticket online and collect your second on the door free on production of a valid BT licence.

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Weekend action

The rain kindly held off until the very end of the Race your Pace half marathon pacing run around Dorney Lake on Saturday morning. Despite a delayed start owing to a last-minute change in the parking arrangements which saw cars being distributed round the Olympic rowing venue meaning a long walk for some, the fastest two-legged competitor was Matthew Jones (Thames Hare & Hounds) in 1:12:38. Stephen Lightbown was actually the fastest man round the circuit at 1:10:27 but he was in a racing wheelchair. Quickest woman on the circuit was Issy Menzies in 1:22:47. There were a number of identifiable triathletes getting in some IM training as well, Tom Swift (Ful-on Tri) was the fastest in 1:19:47 and we spotted Jim McConnel (Driven to Tri) in the early finishers as well. Full results are HERE.

Saturday's No Fuss Winter Feast Duathlon saw a near photo finish with David Wilby and Ewan Thorburn just a second apart at the end. We suspect that the first listed woman is actually a team entry, Rogue Xmen is just too odd to be real..., so we'll credit Louise Crilly with the win. Full results are HERE.

Pos Male Female
1 David Wilby 1:45:54 Louise Crilly 2:12:09
2 Ewan Thorburn 1:45:55 Vicky Wright 2:12:56
3 Graham Whyte 1:54:49 Fiona Beattie 2:15:01

Not a huge amount of detail on the inaugural Ironman 70.3 Sri Lanka but the first running of this event seems to have managed to pull everything together in an environment that has to be one that regards triathlon as something more than a little out of the ordinary. Faris Al-Sultan and Lucie Zelenkova took the wins fairly comfortably although if Bryan Rhodes hadn't had a spill on the bike it could well have been closer. Headline results are below, the IronmanLive athlete tracker is HERE.

Pos Male Female
1 Faris Al-Sultan (GER) 3:51:39 Lucie Zelenkova (CZE) 4:30:17
2 Bryan Rhodes (NZL) 3:59:14 Katja Rabe (GER) 4:34:13
3 Alessandro Degasperi (ITA) 4:00:54 Christie Sym (AUS) 4:36:38

The South Africans dominated at the ITU African Cup in Cape Town with Richard Murray and Carlyn Fischer taking the titles. A cold swim, wetsuit legal at 14°, saw a pack of 20 hit T1 but despite a breakaway by Jens Toft (DEN) giving him a 40-second advantage at T2 the pack soon closed it down and then Murray pushed through for the win. Tim Don finished in the bunch of chasers at eighth place with Gavin Noble (IRL) 16th - the top 17 all finished in the same minute. The women's race was headed out of the water by Mari Rabie (RSA) but the bike leg saw the top three women break free and the race was pretty much sorted from then on. Non Stanford was tenth and new recruit Catherine Picthall tailed the field in 18th after a hard introduction to international-level racing. Full results are HERE.

We don't have the full details but reports suggest that Jodie Stimpson took the women's title at the Kingscliff Triathlon in Australia, Courtney Atkinson won the race overall.

At the third of Results Triathlon's Rempstone Roast MTB Duathlons Will Newbery (Primera) showed the field a clean(ish) pair of heels while Olivia Hetread headed the womens race. A full set of results is HERE.

Pos Male Female
1 Will Newbery (Primera) 0:55:47 Olivia Hetread 1:11:47
2 Mark Bickford 0:58:53 Samantha Toop (Army Tri) 1:16:45
3 Nigel Brain 0:59:28 Rebecca Lever 1:24:33

The second of the Gravesend Cyclopark Winter Duathlons had the best website comment we've seen in a while thanking the competitors for the great race in the morning and promising results as soon as the Spurs match was over! Carl Ferri took the overall win with Kate Curran taking the women's trophy. Full results are HERE.

Pos Male Female
1 Carl Ferri 1:03:50 Kate Curran 1:16:30
2 Glyn Williams 1:04:20 Katherine Henderson 1:21:30
3 Barry Stewart 1:06:09 Engela Niekerk 1:25:36

No detailed results from the Mudrunner Icebreaker Duathlon but over 300 people seem to have indulged in lashings of the dirty stuff. Heading the pile were James Bingham - over 10 minutes clear of the field - and Emma Burrows. As soon as we have splits we'll load the results into the archive.

The Kingswood Duathlon organised by Ashford Tri Club was cancelled "owing to unforseen circumstances" according to a posting on their website which also says that they hope to re-schedule for later in the year.

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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Win an Outlaw slot with Compressport

The world's number one compression brand, Compressport are giving one lucky winner the chance to win a place at this year's sold out Outlaw Triathlon on the 1st July. Compressport are once again the official compression partner. Along with the entry they will give you a pair of blue quad and calf guards to train and race in. Check out the other new products at or go and see them at the Triathlon Show on stand H34.

So, what do you have to do to win this amazing prize? Just answer this simple question and email your answer to Compressport at with Tri247 Competition as the subject.

How many World Championship titles has Compressport athlete Chrissie Wellington won?

Entries must be in by 5pm GMT on Thursday March 1st and the prizewinner will be announced at the Triathlon Show. Good luck!

Canoe, bike, run... Strategise, navigate, analyse

The Intelligent Sport UK Challenge is a three day, four night adrenaline-fuelled adventure event, highly acclaimed as the most unique team development concept in the world. Consisting of roughly eight multisport stages, within which teams have to complete various missions designed to thrill, inspire and push themselves to the limits -- it truly is the event which will take you out of your comfort zone both physically and mentally!

To find out more please email or call 020 9233 5891 or visit

B2P job opportunity

B2P is a triathlon store in Windsor catering for beginners to professional athletes and everyone in between, specialising in the sports premier brands. Their business is growing rapidly and they are looking for an expert retail manager to manage the growth and join the successful team. To find out more please visit: their recruitment page.

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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