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16th Apr 2012Issue 221

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Well that was a very good weekend... and there's at least another six months of the triathlon season to go!

Not that there should be any doubt, but once again Helen Jenkins proved her class and genuine Olympic medal contender status with a silver behind Erin Densham at the ITU WTS Sydney (very!) early on Saturday morning, UK time. That the BBC covered the coverage live via their 'red button' service provides further evidence that the sport is growing.

It was very much normal service resumed for Helen. For the rest of the GB ladies, 11th was by far the best result of Non Stanford's career. Liz Blatchford was consistent again (18th), but with Vicky Holland (38th) and Jodie Stimpson (45th) off par, it looks as though the contenders pool to join Helen in London has just grown. San Diego and Madrid will be very interesting with both spots still on offer. Who will grab them?

For the British men, perhaps the opposite is true? Will Clarke (eighth) was once again top Brit in the absence of the Brownlee brothers, and his status as "third best" behind Alistair and Jonny appears to have been further cemented. Tim Don has the class to challenge him, and his 11th was a strong result, but it would appear, to us at least, that the third London 2012 slot is going to Clarke unless someone can put together two exceptional races over the next two WTS events. Currently Clarke himself appears the most likely to do that.

In this issue:

Results

Weekend action

Saturday was all about international racing and for some it was a very early start with XTERRA New Zealand and the ITU World Triathlon Series in Sydney meaning a very early wake-up call. We have already covered the XTERRA race HERE, great result for Jacqui Slack, and the ITU womens with a second place for Helen Jenkins (HERE) and mens (HERE) races in separate articles. As if that weren't enough there was a fantastic showing at Challenge Fuerteventura with a win for Emma Kate Lidbury and second places for Daniel Halksworth and Lucy Gossage plus a welcome return for Bella Bayliss as well. And all that before lunchtime!

Results for the ITU race are HERE, the XTERRA and Challenge races are also up but only as links at the moment.

Back home the Ful-on Duathlon played out at Kempton Park racecourse (a lot nicer than Aintree...) as the next instalment of the London League and the wins here went to Matt Chapman and Beckie Woodland. Full results are online HERE.

The final serving of the three course Winter Feast Duathlon was won by Sean Macfarlane in 1:28:37 on what the organiser described as "a stunningly beautiful day, cold and dry with a fresh covering of snow on the mountains". A finish line tie for the women between Fiona Beattie and Marie Meldrum at 1:52:58 effectively means that they share the series honours. Full results are HERE. The other Saturday race was the Ampleforth MTB Tri, overall times only are HERE.

Sunday's first international offering was the TriStar Mallorca with yet more impressive performance from the British long distance brigade. You can read our report HERE but the headlines were that the über-duathlete Joerie Vansteelant (BEL) proved that he can swim too and took the win with Eimar Mullan (IRL) repeating her 2011 success. Tamsin Lewis, Ben Howard and Anna Turvey filled out the podium slots making it another success for Long Distance Team GB.

While Jacqui Slack was winning XTERRA New Zealand, Great Britain's XTERRA World Champion Lesley Paterson came just about as close as it's possible to winning at the XTERRA West Championship in Las Vegas... only to come second by the closest finish in XTERRA history, just 3/10ths of a second behind Swiss Miss Renata Bucher. Watch it HERE!

Paterson, talking to XTERRA Media said: "We ran the last 200 yards like that together. I tried to pass real quickly but she held on and sat on my tail...my thighs were burning and I was dying, then I went for the sprint and it was downhill - and I'm really good at that and thought I had it - but …”

Bucher, for her part said "It was so hard, oh my goodness. I left everything I had on that course, and I ran my heart out. What a great race. Lesley made me work so hard. I wish we hadn't sprinted like that, though, it really hurt.”

For the men, XTERRA legend Conrad Stoltz took an emotional win - with his father having passed away on Monday - and now heads back to South Africa for the funeral. Doug Hall (who previewed the race HERE) took eighth (2:18:03) in his first XTERRA event, while Richard Stannard was a DNF having lead out the swim. Full results are available HERE. You can also read Doug Hall's report on the men's race HERE.

Pos Male Female
1 Conrad Stoltz (RSA) 2:08:22 Renata Bucher (SUI) 2:27:24.18
2 Josiah Middaugh (USA) 2:10:02 Lesley Paterson (GBR) 2:27:24.50
3 Dan Hugo (RSA) 2:13:07 Emma Garrard (USA) 2:34:42
4 Chris Legh (AUS) 2:13:35 Danelle Kabush (CAN) 2:36:41
5 Branden Rakita (USA) 2:15:18 Melanie McQuaid (CAN) 2:37:10

2010 Age Group Duathlon World Champion Vicky Gill raced in France this past weekend in the Still Duathlon, the second round of the French Duathlon Grand Prix Series. Vicky was racing for the Cambrai Triathlon Club. The race was won by European Elite Duathlon Champion, Sandra Levenez (FRA), with Vicky taking sixth and Danielle Stewart (also Cambrai Triathlon Club), 15th.

There was British action in the men's race too with Rich Hobby a close second, Philip Wylie fifth, David Roper 16th and Rhys Park 23rd.

Women's Results / Men's Results

Pos Men Women
1 Benoit Nicolas (FRA) 1:15:06 Sandra Levenez (FRA) 1:11:13
2 Rich Hobby (GBR) 1:15:20 Monmarteau Godard (FRA) 1:13:01
3 Tin Van Hemel (BEL) 1:15:21 Linda Guinoiseau (FRA) 1:13:13

The Vale of Glamorgan Duathlon hosted the Welsh Duathlon Championships and the overall winners were David Vaughan (Shorter Rochford Emerald Racing) in 1:10:05 and Helen Russell (Tri UK) in 1:23:12. Both David and Helen race under an English licence, the Welsh Champions are the second placed athletes, James Hockin and Carys Griffiths. Full results are HERE.

Pos Male Female
1 David Vaughan (Shorter Rochford Emerald Racing) 1:10:05 Helen Russell (Tri UK) 1:23:12
2 James Hockin (Celtic Tri) 1:10:27 Carys Griffiths (Pencoed Tri) 1:27:52
3 Lewys Winfield Young (Pencoed Tri Cardiff University) 1:10:40 Jilary Hillhouse (Kingfisher Triathletes) 1:28:14

Those hunting for slots to the World Duathlon Championships in Nancy headed East to the Cambridge Duathlon where Lee Piercy (Performance Cycles) showed his class once again with a 1:26 advantage at the winning tape. Amy Forshaw (Tri-London) was the women's winner. We have a full set of results HERE but these should be taken as provisional in terms of slot allocation.

Pos Male Female
1 Lee Piercy (Performance Cycles) 1:54:08 Any Forshaw (Tri-London) 2:14:02
2 Julian Lings (Team Accelerate) 1:56:34 Gill Fullen (Bedford Harriers) 2:15:56
3 Ian Turner (NiceTri) 1:59:06 Kate Mapham (Ful-on Tri)2:16:37

The F3 Maxifuel Winter Series concluded at Dorney Lake with a full set of duathlon events, runs and a couple of sportives. In the standard distance duathlon the winners were Carl Ferri and Polly Rogers Dixon (full results HERE) and the sprint distance race was won by Dan Falconar and Liza Croft (full results HERE).

A turn-out of over 500 at the Skipton Triathlon saw the winner, Rhys Davey, duck under the hour for the 400m, 20k, 5k race - still no suggestions as to what we can officially call this distance after last week's appeal... Heather Sellars (Leeds Met Tri) took the women's title. Full results are HERE.

The Ringwood Triathlon was won in commanding style by Will Newbery (Primera/TBC) with a lead of over four minutes on the tough New Forest course. Leading woman was Lizzie Hutson (Wheels Cycles) who was ninth overall. The race also marked the triathlon debut of a certain Charlie Barnes - definitely a chip off the old block in terms of event nutrition we hear... Full results are HERE.

Another strong performance from Lee Rankin (DBMax Tri) put him at the front of the field for the Hereford Duathlon with Vanessa Lawson (Chepstow Harriers) putting in an equally dominating showing in the women's race. Full results are HERE and the novice results are HERE.

Pos Male Female
1 Lee Rankin (DBMax Tri) 1:31:41 Vanessa Lawson (Chepstow Harriers) 1:50:31
2 Nathan Bradford (Climb On Bikes) 1:33:25 Louise Reynolds (Sy Tri) 1:59:38
3 Paul Scriven (Worcester Tri Club) 1:33:46 Ros Townsend-Hope (Worcester Tri Club) 2:02:26

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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