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2nd Jun 2008Issue 63

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Two National Championships at the weekend but you could be forgiven for having missed them; the National Age Group Aquathlon Championship was integrated into Big Cow's TriFest weekend and the overall winners there were Andy Tarry (2XU TFN) and Lucy Bowen (Thames Turbo). The other was the National Disabled Triathlon Championships which was part of One Step Beyond's Rother Valley Festival. Fastest man was Colin Stiles (Rugby Tri Club) and the fastest woman was Melanie Barratt (Coventry Triathletes) but all 18 athletes who took part can be considered the winners in anyone's book.

It's quite amazing sitting in the office through the weekend trying to predict what results will come in first - this weekend we had all the big international results way before anything from the domestic scene. And we are still waiting for a significant number of those to deliver so apologies for the slightly scant coverage this week. As soon as we get them we'll load them up so do keep checking back on the site for updates.

For those of you who visit regularly there's lots to see on the site this week and we'll start with a warm welcome to our latest columnist, James Cracknell. His is not the only famous face to be gracing the screen this week either, another well-known celebrity triathlete will be making an appearance on Thursday. Plus, with all the age groupers jetting off to Vancouver for the World Championships there next weekend, perhaps now is the time to visit our new Travel section where you'll find lots of helpful advice and information about travelling abroad to train and race.

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Results

Weekend action

Three, yes, that's three, Ironman 70.3 races this weekend - which pretty much makes the point that not only has the WTC got its new franchise in the major leagues but that there's an insatiable worldwide apetite for long(er) distance racing. First of the three was Saturday's Ironman 70.3 Hawaii and here it was a double Mc-win with both last year's champions repeating their victories. Chris McCormack anihilated the men's field and Sam McGlone showed the women an equally clean pair of heels.

Pos Men Women
1 Chris McCormack (AUS) 4:04:22 Sam McGlone (CAN) 4:30:38
2 Luke McKenzie (AUS) 4:12:05 Tyler Stewart (USA) 4:34:21
3 Timothy Marr (USA) 4:15:17 Kate Bevilaqua (AUS) 4:35:03

In Switzerland, their Ironman 70.3 was won by Ronnie Schildknecht won what seems to have been a close-fought race with Konstantin Bachor while our very own Julie Dibens secured the women's title.

Pos Men Women
1 Ronnie Schildknecht (SUI) 3:51:45 Julie Dibens (GBR) 4:12:57
2 Konstantin Bachor (GER) 3:52:33 Nicola Spirig (SUI) 4:14:55
3 Sebastian Kienle (GER) 3:55:41 Erika Csomor (HUN) 4:26:57

The third of the 70.3 races was in Boise, Idaho - a new race on the circuit this year - and it had also enticed a strong field out to play. Here the victories went to Terenzo Bozzone in 3:53:28 and a charging Kate Major in 4:24:44.

Pos Men Women
1 Terenzo Bozzone (NZL) 3:53:28 Kate Major (AUS) 4:24:44
2 Chris Lieto (USA) 3:55:44 Desiree Ficker (USA) 4:31:20
3 Joe Gambles (USA) 3:55:54 Heather Wurtele (CAN) 4:31:47

Full results for all these 70.3 races are available through the 'athlete tracker' on the IronmanLive site: www.ironmanlive.com and once they are ratified we'll load a local copy.

We also managed to forget the ITU's memorial World Cup Duathlon for Benny Vansteelant which was held in Torhout, Belgium and won by Joerie Vansteelant. British interest was upheld by Michelle Parsons who finished third woman while Oli Mott was 12th and Jex Cox was 20th. Jez described the 10k / 30k / 5k / 30k 5k format as an "absolute killer" and says he's walking stairs like a crab this morning. Full results are here.

The National Aquathlon Championships were staged on Saturday as part of the Big Cow Trifest weekend. There is a set of results on the Big Cow website here but we haven't been able to get a local copy yet.

Ireland's big race was the TriAthy where a selection of imported talent served to spice up the occasion. Fraser Cartmell took the win ahead in 1:47:35 of Gavin Noble and Richard Stannard with a certain Spencer Smith getting fifth. The fastest woman was Rachel Boyd in 2:06:56. A set of results is here but there are no genders or categories.

Sunday's racing saw the second of the Big Cow Sprint series of races taking place as part of their TriFest weekend. Winners here were Phil Jenkins (Bedford Traktors) in 1:03:27 and Michelle O'Dea (Hillingdon Triathletes) in 1:12:39. Results are on the Big Cow website here.

At the Dorset Try a Tri the winners were Stephen Bartlett in 0:47:45 and Louise Bardsley in 0:54:52. There's a provisional set of results on their website here.

At the Braintree District Triathlon in Essex Glyn Painter (ATA) was the only person to break the hour with his winning time of 0:58:48 and he was joined on the top of the podium by Nicola Wood (BWAT) who was the fastest woman in 1:12:28. A full set of results are here.

Stirling Tri Club had a busy day with their sprint, novice and the Scottish Schools Championship children's races. In the main sprint distance event Fraser Cartmell (Stirling Tri) was the only one to go under the hour at 0:58:46 while junior Natalie Milne (East Fife Tri) won the women's race in 1:11:36. And, yes, we presume that was the same Fraser Cartmell who won the TriAthy race on Saturday... A provisional set of results which also includes the relay teams is here.

At Chase Race's Barton Marina Sprint the winners were Alastair Johnson (Team Chase Race) in 0:58:17 and Abbey Norman (Birmingham University) in 1:12:28. A full set of results are available here.

At the New Forest Middle Distance it seems as though the organisers had some problems with a swim buoy getting out of position and there was a nasty-sounding bike vs car crash on the course. Hywel Davies took the win, although he nearly lost it to James Gilfillan in the closing seconds, in 4:00:47 and Jenny Gowans was the fastest woman in 4:36:54. There's a provisional set of results on the Race New Forest website.

Leicester Tri's Flashman Triathlon saw wins for Adam Thomson in 0:56:08 and Liz Collingham in 1:10:09. A set of results are here.

Rated as one of the toughest standard distance races in the country, the St Ives Bay Triathlon was won by Mick Malynn (Ful-on Tri) in 2:22:16 while Helen Parkinson (Torbay Tri) won the ladies race in 2:45:43. A set of results are here.

Urban Race's Sussex Triathlon was won by Charles Pennington (Royal Navy) in 1:06:01 and Emily Bright (East Grinstead Tri) in 1:14:44. Provisional results are here.

We are still waiting for a lot of major results from the weekend; those missing include much of the Rother Valley Festival, the Celtic Trial, the Shropshire Triathlon and the Cheshire Triathlon.

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What better way to kick-start training for your next big triathlon! Bluewater Shopping Centre, Europe's largest retail and leisure destination, will once again be hosting the SheRunsHeRuns Bluewater 10k organised by Sweatshop on Sunday 15th June. All entrants will receive a free adidas technical t-shirt (worth £8), £20 adidas running shoe voucher, a quality medal and goody bag including discounts with particpating Bluewater stores. Places are filling fast for this event. For more details and to enter go to: www.bluewater10k.com

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For those of us bothered about global warming, getting hot and sweaty taking part in a triathlon might not seem an obvious way to cool things down, but the Rainforest Foundation UK (www.rainforestfoundationuk.org) is giving people the chance to do just that. They have a few remaining places on their team for the Mazda London Triathlon, call them on 020 7485 0193

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