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23rd Apr 2012Issue 222

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Less than 100 days to go to 'the Games', and once again London triumphantly held perhaps the biggest sporting dress rehearsal possible - in fine style too - in the form of the Virgin London Marathon.

I suspect many take it for granted now, but it really is an amazing spectacle, and just as importantly for what lies ahead this Summer, a true feat of organisation. It's also something quite special to take part in. Alas, for me my last participation was eight years ago now, but I hold out hope that one day perhaps my body will co-operate enough to return. I don't think I'll ever see 'sub-three' again mind you!

Walking the floor of the Marathon Expo last week, it was apparent that British pride is currently on the 'up', despite the increasingly gloomy local and international economic news we hear on a daily basis. Check out these images from just a selection of British-inspired products that we think you will be seeing a lot more of in 2012. And for our English newsletter readers... happy St. Georges Day.

Some great triathlon-linked marathon performances too yesterday, with star of the show being Phil Anthony, a long-time member of Deal Tri, who was third British athlete overall in an incredible 2:16:40. I did a couple of overseas training camps with Phil many years back when he was an elite junior triathlete and at the time most of us knew him as 'fast Phil'. I think he's earned that title. Congratulations Phil, awesome effort.

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Results

Weekend action

Aside from all the ETU European Championship action in Eliat, which we have covered throughout the weekend, and a couple of Ironman races this has primarily been a domestic one. And it started off with the first open water race of the year at Dorney Lake, Fix Events' All Nations Triathlon. A lot of kettles must have been boiled and emptied into the lake but it did genuinely manage to make it to the 11° level required for swimming the 400m and over 200 intrepid souls ventured in. To be honest there's no way that I would have been one of them... ...double that and I might be tempted! We have full results for the race HERE and there were some impressively fast times - the weather was actually remarkably kind with no wind and it even stayed dry the whole morning.

The TriStar and Youth Aquathlon organised by Tri Sport Epping at Upminster also contributed an early set of results which can be found HERE.

Sunday dawned really early - the ITU Triathlon World Cup in Ishigaki had a slightly odd field as most of the class European athletes were in Eilat. That didn't stop France's David Hauss picking up the win or Ireland's Aileen Morrison taking second place in the women's race. There's a report HERE and the results are HERE.

The Spec-Savers Ironman South Africa, a race that both John Levison and I have been lucky enough to go to on several occasions, seems to have had a very difficult weather conditions producing some quite unexpected results! Based on the IronmanLive event blog the wins have gone to Clemente Alonso-Mckernan (ESP) and Natascha Badmann (SUI) while the likes of Raynard Tissink and Andi Boecherer are well down the listings. Craig Twigg was seventh.

Pos Male Female
1 Clemente Alonso-Mckernan (ESP) 8:34:45 Natascha Badmann (SUI) 9:47:10
2 Cyril Viennot (FRA) 8:41:48 Simone Brundli (SUI) 9:52:26
3 Mike Aigroz (SUI) 8:46:04 Diana Riesler (GER) 10:01:14

Sunday's other Ironman race was the Ochsner Ironman 70.3 New Orleans and forecast high winds for the weekend meant that the swim leg was officially cancelled late on Friday night with bike check-in also being held over until early Sunday. The swim was replaced with a 2-mile run and the bike course trimmed to 52 miles because of storm debris while the run route also got tweaked. Tom Lowe, well know for his duathlon expertise, obviously didn't mind the change too much and got third.

Pos Male Female
1 Trevor Wurtlee (CAN) 3:23:51 Sarah Piampiano (USA)3:43:58
2 Richie Cunningham (AUS) 3:24:04 Heather Wurtele (USA) 3:45:53
3 Tom Lowe (GBR) 3:24:05 Mirinda Carfrae (AUS) 3:47:28

Heading south for the Bluebell 10k at Angmering in West Sussex it looked as though the weather was going to live up to the forecast but somehow both the 10k and the new 10 mile runs both passed without a drop of rain (but many drops of Dinkychino's excellent coffee...). As trail runs go the 10k has become a South Coast staple with some cracking times (results are HERE) given that it was both pretty muddy and definitely not flat - the uphill leg to the finish can best be described as brutal. And, judging from the reaction of the runners, it looks like the 10 mile (results are HERE) is going to have legs as well - another winner from Mick and the team at Raw Energy Pursuits.

The Bicester Triathlon seems to have been the focus for Thames Valley-based triathletes who didn't fancy the extra tingle of a dip in Dorney Lake. Sam Blanshard (Hillingdon Triathletes) and Clare Lalty (Tri2o) were the winners and full results are HERE.

Pos Male Female
1 Sam Blanshard (Hillingdon Triathletes 1:03:48 Clare Lalt (Tri20) 1:12:59
2 Matthew Hammersley (Abingdon and Vale) 1:04:12 Emma Claydon 1:14:21
3 Mark Yeoman (Sigma Sport/Viceroys) 1:05:05 Georgina Sculthorpe 1:19:28

The Duston Triathlon fielded nearly 500 athletes and saw wins for Ian Lawton and, in tenth overall, Stacey Penn. Full results are HERE.

Ribby Hall looks like a high class venue to hold a triathlon - not sure whether competitors got to sample the spa afterwards - with Chris Joyce (Huub TFN RT) and Nicola Rowley the winners. Results, courtesy of John Schofield's UK Results, are HERE.

Black Country Triathletes held their traditional Spring Sprint Triathlon at Wombourne Leisure Centre. Both winners, Adam Thomson (Tri 1st Race Team) and Anna Bartlett, (Sy Tri) are in the 40+ category and showed the younger athletes how it's done. Full results, courtesy of Stuart Steele's www.stuweb.co.uk, are HERE.

Pos Male Female
1 Adam Thomson (Tri 1st Race Team) 0:54:19 Anna Bartlett (Sy Tri) 1:02:56
2 Mike Cornes (Mammoth Lifestyle RT) 0:54:40 Emma Dobson (Telford Harriers) 1:06:28
3 Christopher Wood (Black Country Triathletes) 0:55:18 Lauren Evans (Black Country Triathletes) 1:09:07

Rossendale Tri's Stonyhurst Sprint Triathlon also had its results with John Schofield's UK Results service and we wonder if the winner, Stephen Schofield (Triclan) is related? Molly Ralphson (Trawden AC) won the women's division. Full results are 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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