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5th Mar 2012Issue 215

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Well, that was a busy weekend. And it's only the beginning of March!

Balls were busted at Box Hill, races were won in Ecuador, others were cancelled in New Zealand, awards were presented at Sandown Park and the heat was on with some brilliant racing in Abu Dhabi. We didn't make it to Ecuador or New Zealand, but we were at the others!

The heat was certainly on in Abu Dhabi - and this year it wasn't because of the furnace-like conditions of 2011. Mild (relatively!) temperatures and moderate winds provided perfect conditions for the third annual Abu Dhabi International Triathlon, and this event is now even further cemented as one of the marquee events of the early season. I've been at all three - and this was the best racing yet.

Ironically, it was the absence of twice winner Julie Dibens which contributed to the ladies event being compelling from start to finish. Without the gun-to-tape fireworks of the Brit, pre-race talk was that the ladies race was wide open. And it was. Huge thanks to all of the ladies that made it such a classic, and of course to Nikki Butterfield for prevailing after seven hours in the Emirate.

Nearer to home it was the tenth anniversary for the Triathlon Show. That, of course, is accompanied by the annual 'Triathlon Oscars', the 220 Awards. The whole team at Tri247 would like to add a very sincere 'thank you' to everyone who voted for us and enabled us to win the Triathlon Website of the Year category. Your support and readership means a huge amount to us, and we are truly honoured to have won this award for the fifth time.

On a personal note, after a very difficult few months last year following major surgery and the recovery from that, I am hugely indebted to the small team here at Tri247 for keeping the site so well without me there. Thanks guys, this award is yours.

In this issue:

Results

Weekend action

Our roving Editor will have a full round-up of all the goings-on out in Abu Dhabi online shortly for those of you who weren't following the live coverage on our Twitter feed. The headline winners in the long distance race were as follows:

Pos Male Female
1 Rasmus Henning (DEN) 6:21:44 Nikki Butterfield (AUS) 7:00:22
2 Faris Al-Sultan (GER) 6:22:11 Angela Naeth (CAN) 7:03:00
3 Eneko Llanos (ESP) 6:22:42 Caroline Steffen (SUI) 7:04:29

Fraser Cartmell was ninth, Daniel Halksworth 11th, Stephen Bayliss 13th, Bryan McCrystal (IRL) 17th, Nicholas Ward Munoz 20th and in the women's field Rachel Joyce fifth, Jodie Swallow sixth and Emma-Kate Lidbury seventh. Leanda Cave didn't start. Full results are HERE.

Winter triathlon saw its ETU European Championship decided in Valsesia and the sole GB athlete in the elite field was Nick Dawes who placed 19th. Richard Gentry picked up Silver in the 25-29 category, Kelly Haniver took Gold in the 35-39 ahead of Sarah Thomas who claimed the Silver. Results are on the ITU website HERE

Pos Male Female
1 Andreas Svanebo (SWE) 1:20:47 Helena Erbenova (CZE) 1:37:55
2 Daniel Antoioli (ITA) 1:21:22 Borghild Løvset (NOR) 1:41:32
3 Nicolas Lebrun (FRA) 1:21:52 Andrea Huser (SUI) 1:43:57

The GB women's squad continued its winning form at the Salinas Premium Pan American Cup race with a podium topping performance by Lucy Hall. Vanessa Raw was fourth and Abbie Thorrington ninth. In the men's race Mark Buckingham was three seconds off the winning time of Luciano Taccone and ended up as the middle layer in an Argentine sandwich. Matthew Gunby was fourth, Harry Wiltshire 13th and Lawrence Fanous (JOR) 16th with Nick Beer in 18th. Full results are HERE.

At the ITU's Clermont Sprint Pan American Cup race Kerry Lang was 10th, best result for an (ex-) Brit was Jess Harrison's fourth, while Adam Bowden did well with a fifth place just 16 seconds behind the winning time of Jarrod Shoemaker (USA). Ritchie Nicholls was eighth, Aaron Harris ninth, Matthew Sharp 18th and Todd Leckie DNFd on the run. Full results are HERE.

Human Race's spring edition of the Kinetica Ballbuster saw a field of just over 300 take to the slopes of Box Hill. The morning started grey, cool and slightly misty - a possible excuse for the people who managed to drive into the transition area - and then went to that horrible fine rain before bright blue skies and sunshine arrived. Bizarre weather we're having at the moment! David Vaughan took no prisoners and out-ran and out-biked the rest of the field to the tune of ten minutes in 2:38:21 while Victoria Gill (Swim for Tri) finished 12th overall in 2:58:41 and left her opposition over 17 minutes in arrears.

Pos Male Female
1 David Vaughan 2:38:21 Victoria Gill (Swim for Tri) 2:59:41
2 Sam Wade (Brighton Phoenix Tri) 2:48:47 Gemma Farrell 3:17:25
3 Nicolas Saillard (Bike Science/Planet X) 2:50:12 Manuela Maxwell (Chiltern Triathletes) 3:19:23

Hatfield Forest saw Dunmow Tri's Muddy Duathlon with Dave Copland heading the field home by the best part of four minutes. Fastest woman on the course was Lientjie de Villiers. Full results are online HERE.

The Kelloggs's Nutri-Grain Ironman New Zealand finally got underway a day late and shortened to a 70.3 after Saturday's race was postponed because of a severe weather warning. This isn't the first time the Taupo race has been hit by weather, in 2006 storms turned the lake into a heaving cauldron and the race converted to a duathlon (and blueseventy got some awesome photos for their Helix launch as a by-product!). Marino Vanhoenacker had less than 50 seconds in hand at the finish line ahead of Timothy Reed but in the women's race Meredith Kessler had a clear ten minute gap on Kate Bevilaqua.

Pos Male Female
1 Marino Vanhoenacker 3:55:03 Meredith Kessler 4:22:46
2 Timothy Reed 3:55:51 Kate Bevilaqua 4:30:37
3 Cameron Brown 3.56:38 Joanna Lawn 4:30:40

After their January race was hit by snow, Votwo rolled the field into the second of the USN Duathlons at Dorney Lake. Will Newberry and Kate Robson took the honours in the sprint distance race, results HERE, while Robert Osborne and Liza Croft were the winners in the super sprint event, results for that are HERE.

With more than a few competitors looking like they had enjoyed the awards party the evening before the Saucony 10k @ The Triathlon Show saw wins for Dan Watts in 31:39 and Julia Henderson in 37:40. First vet home in eighth place overall was Mike Trees (Triathlon Consultants) and hopefully Jonathan Hotchkiss's nasty tumble at the last corner won't interrupt his planned start to the season in a couple of weeks time. Last we saw of him there was a large ice pack wrapped around a somewhat battered knee although he reckoned that Chrissie Wellington wouldn't even call it a scratch! Full results are HERE.

Tuff Fitty's annual aquathlon races, the Frosty and Frostbite, have their own write-up here and full results are online HERE and HERE.

In Dorset the first triathlon of the season, appropriately called the Mad March Triathlon, saw wins for Niall Laming (Bustinskin) and Natalie Butler (North Dorset Tri Club) and full results are HERE.

The third round of the MPH Winter Duathlon Series was held at Aboyne and the winners there were Dan Whitehead and Emma Martin (Three Peaks Tri). Full results are available HERE.

The Nottingham University Aquathlon Series kicked off with Nick Evans (Nottingham University Tri Club) and Christine Howard (Matlock AC) getting points on the board. Full results are HERE.

Results are in from the Fire Fighters Duathlon, we had some format issues so hopefully the data is OK, and you can check them out HERE. Also now online are the results for Chester Tri's Bolesworth Mountain Bike Duathlon - both the Open and the Junior are in the same set HERE.

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