Tri247 Newsletter


12th Mar 2012Issue 216

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Among the many reasons to enjoy being a triathlete is that we get to use lots of fantastic kit and equipment. There are plenty of triathletes around driving to races where the bike hanging on the back window is worth more than the car it's attached to!

Electronics is one of the areas of rapid development that has benefited us as athletes in recent years, and Garmin are one of several companies who have successfully tapped into the multisport arena with their developments. We recently tested the latest Garmin Forerunner 910XT, and now, you can get one (if you are lucky...), for free.

To celebrate the launch of the new Tri247 Facebook page (, we've secured TWO of the most desirable new pieces of multisport technology on the market. Sign up now, fill in the competition details and remember to 'Like' the Facebook page to ensure you can keep up-to-date with the latest triathlon news for the UK's No.1 Triathlon Resource. More on this great competition HERE. You've got to be in it to win it...

This past week your Editor also managed to put pen to paper (fingers to keyboard?) to review the Chrissie Wellington autobiography, A Life without Limits. Chrissie has proven herself to be a fine athlete... and in our opinion is a brilliant writer too. Truly, it's a brilliant read. Read our review explaining why HERE.

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Weekend action

The ITU's OTU Triathlon Oceania Championships in Devonport, Tasmania weren't really on the radar for any British interest but the results there may well have helped Australia towards ensuring it earns all three of the possible slots for both men and women in Hyde Park this Summer. Only Kris Gemmel's second place in the men's race prevented a clean sweep by the Australians with Brendan Sexton and Emma Jackson taking the Championship titles.

With the advantage of being several thousand miles to the East it was all pretty much done and dusted at XTERRA Guam before most of the UK had even had breakfast. A pretty successful day for the Brits as well, absent Sam Gardner who was actually racing at TrailMan and didn't make the trip for imminent family reasons. Cedric Lassonde notched up third place with Graham Wadsworth in fifth while Jacqui Slack took third in the women's pro field. Mark Shrosbree (the country code says JPN but we're pretty sure he's GBR) was 17th overall and won the 50-54 category, Full results can be found HERE.

Graham Wadsworth has been in touch with a quick update (the official report is HERE) on what sounds like an amazing race:

For the three Brits; Jacqui Slack, Cedric Lassonde (Frenchman living in UK) and Graham Wadsworth, XTERRA Guam was an unforgettable race and experience. XTERRA courses are always somewhat of an adventure but the first round of the three-race Asia-Pacific XTERRA Tour is surely one of the most extreme triathlons in the world? When you travel this far to race, you're looking for something a little different to the norm and XTERRA Guam did not disappoint.

The swim in the warm waters of the Pacific is beautiful; the bike is tough and also technical; the run is just plain insane! No race in the UK would ever get away with the risk assessment for this run course. At times I could not believe I was still on course. I was throwing myself down a near vertical drop off a waterfall; with heart rate banging up at around threshold; dehydration kicking in after two and half hours of max effort; and trying to actually race to catch the guy in front - oh yes, and no St John's Ambulance to be seen at the bottom either! Everyone survived to tell the tale though and the beachside after party was probably the most fun you can have at an awards ceremony, without actually being on top of the podium. If you like an adventure, put XTERRA Guam on your triathlon bucket list.

The XTERRA Asia-Pacific Tour rolls on to Cebu in the Philippines on 18th March...

Pos Male Female
1 Ben Allen (AUS) 2:29:42 Renata Bucher (SUI) 2:47:25
2 Olivier Marceau (FRA) 2:33:22 Carina Wasle (AUT) 3:02:26
3 Cedric Lassonde (GBR) 2:34:08 Jacqui Slack (GBR) 3:07:10

The Asics Off-Road Series had its final outing of the winter at a brand new venue, Eridge Park near Tunbridge Wells, under the TrailMan banner. The beautiful countryside held more than a few surprises for contestants and a number took an early exit. Sam Gardner is suffering from an infected bite and called it a day after the first run and he was the first of many to figure out that the last one was definitely the hardest. Great racing from Richard Stannard who trailed into T1 but soon took command on the bike and then did enough on the second run to guarantee the series trophy. Fay Cripps monstered the women's field placing ninth overall and 12 minutes clear of series leader Kate Robson but Robson was certain of the series win although she didn't seem to be quite as sharp as in the previous outings. Full results are HERE, we also have the results from both the 6k and 13k runs as well.

Pos Male Female
1 Richard Stannard 2:01:54 Fay Cripps 2:15:49
2 Colin Dixon 2:02:53 Kate Robson (BRAT) 2:27:53
3 Paul Davies 2:04:26 Farah Azirar (Care for Health) 2:42:50

A large field for the third running of the Dambuster Duathlon which was doing duty as the National Championships saw some close racing in the men's field but the women went even closer with just four seconds separating the top two. Overall victory went to Phil Mosley in 1:54:13 and Anna Turvey took the women's title in 2:11:12. We've got the full (provisional) results HERE but the BTF will need to sort out the qualifying slots so keep an eye on their website for that.

Pos Male Female
1 Phil Mosley (35-39) 1:54:13 Anna Turvey (30-34) 2:11:12
2 Paul Carroll (40-44) 1:55:39 Amy Forshaw (30-34) 2:11:16
3 Hugh Mackenzie (30-34) 1:56:12 Louise Bardsley (30-34) 2:12:10

First result in on Sunday was from the Peopleton Duathlon organised by the Worcester Tri Club. Andy Day won that for the home team along with clubmate Michelle Parsons who finished a cracking sixth overall just ahead of Paula Moseley (Hereford Tri) so an awful lot of men got chicked at that one! Full results are on the StuWeb site HERE.

Pos Male Female
1 Andy Day (Worcester Tri Club) 1:19:17 Michelle Parsons (Worcester Tri Club) 1:24:40
2 Alex Garwood-Gowers (Absolute Tri Club) 1:19:42 Paula Moseley (Hereford Tri Club) 1:26:05
3 Danny Harris (Worcester Tri Club) 1:21:13 Helen Russell (Tri UK) 1:30:20

The Parbold Duathlon saw two of the top three mens places go to Manchester Tri Club and they grabbed a third in the women's field too although the race was won by a junior. Full results are HERE.

Pos Male Female
1 Mark Roberts (Mancheter Tri) 1:23:40 Madelaine Winzer 1:35:49
2 Phil Ellison (Ashurst Bike Club) 1:25:25 Emma Pearson (Absolute Tri RT) 1:38:57
3 Mark Tickle (Manchester Tri) 1:26:49 Anna Thomas (Manchester Tri) 1:46:41

At the Avon Aquathlon the winners were Steve Fergusson (Team Certini) and Hannah Drewett who was fourth overall. Full results are HERE.

Winners at the Tewkesbury Aquathlon were Eli Gibney and Karen Riley, full results are HERE.

Overall results are in for the Grizedale Duathlon, Tom Gibbs (adidas Terrex) and Karen Poole (Cleveland Tri Club) were the winners, we'll wait for the splits before we add them to the site.

The third of the Gravesend Cyclopark Duathlon series recorded wins for Andy Hudson and, with a single woman in the field, Rosemary Egbe. Full results are HERE. John Setford has released the dates for a series of four mid-week duathlons at the venue with a reduced entry fee, check out the Bridge Triathlon website.

Exeter Tri Club's Sidmouth Aquathlon results are now in and you can get the full set HERE.

One Step Beyond continued its expansion with the first running of the Saucony Cambridge Half Marathon and the triathlon interest here was that Lucy Gossage would be in the field - she pretty much lives on the start line. The race was won by Neil Addison (Shaftesbury Barnet) in 1:09:41 and Holly Rush (Team Bath AC) placed ninth overall to take the women's trophy in 1:14:04. Lucy was 19th overall for second place in 1:18:42. Full (provisional) results are on the One Step Beyond website HERE.

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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