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30th Apr 2012Issue 223

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On a day when the two biggest Manchester football clubs meet for the title decider, for elite British triathletes it is certainly approaching what United manager Alex Ferguson would call 'squeaky bum' time in relation to the final places available on the London 2012 Olympic team.

Less that two weeks from now - probably, hopefully - the situation will be clearer following the results of the debut San Diego round of the ITU World Triathlon Series. While Ali, Jonny and Helen know where they will be this August, who will be joining them? This last week we spoke in depth to Will Clarke, who many (most?) see as the clear 'third man' based upon results over the past year. Will revealed to us that the selectors have indicated that it's 'medal contender only', if you want to avoid the situation of domestiques supporting our top athletes, and that means proving it in San Diego. That would appear to make the British ladies situation even tougher than for the men, given none of the current contenders - outside of Helen Jenkins - have threatened a podium finish at that level over the past year.

It's an interesting situation. Should the 'best of British' get to represent their country at the Olympics, medal contender or not? Would it be reckless not to use team tactics to help individual success when we have such potential? There are valid arguments for and against, but given today's 'other' Olympic news, I'd rather see Britain's best triathletes racing and not winning than the best reformed drug-cheats wearing their Olympic rings on their tracksuits...

And I bet you though the Editorial would mention the weather!

In this issue:

Results

Weekend action

Saturday's Triathlon England Duathlon Championships at the Ashbourne Duathlon was held - like most races this weekend - under grey skies and falling rain. Will Clarke may well have been the biggest name in the field but it wasn't going to be his day - not with the San Diego WTS race coming up - and the men's title went to Julian Lings. Parys Edwards dominated the women's race and followed up her European Triathlon Age Group Gold medal last weekend with an overall win. There's a Triathlon England release HERE and the full results, courtesy of Stuart Steele (www.stuweb.co.uk) are HERE.

Overall Results
1st Julian Lings, M25-29, Team Accelerate 2:05:50 Parys Edwards, F35-39, Ful-On-Tri 2:28:04
2nd Carl Shaw, M30-34, Huub TFN RT 2:07:07 Esther Evans, F35-39, Thames Turbo 2:31:33
3rd Hugh Mackenzie, M-30-34, ProVO2 2:08:05 Julia Matheson, F45-49, Newcastle (Staffs) Tri Club 2:32:21

Over in Lanzarote it looked a good deal warmer and drier for the Volcano Triathlon, Club la Santa's perennial standard distance race which serves as a bit of a sharpener for some of the folk doing Ironman Lanzarote next month and is also the focus of a number of training camps over there. The race was won by Rasmus Petraeus (DEN) in 1:58:07 and Louise Keller (GER) in 2:20:19. Notable performances from the large British and Irish contingent include Matt Molloy (IRL) in fifth, Captain Quads himself (Richard Hobson) in sixth, Gayle Vickers as fourth woman, Darrelle Parker and Melissa Brand in fifth and sixth with Debbie Cooper in ninth. Full results (it's a PDF file) are linked HERE.

Even overseas races in glamourous locations like Cannes can get hit by bad weather! The TriStar 111 race in the south of France had the swim cancelled which must have made T1 a bit of a bun fight as they started the race from the swim exit! The race was won by Romain Guillaume and Delphine Pelletier and there's a report HERE.

Lucy Gossage stepped up a notch on the ladder of elite long distance women and tucked the ETU Powerman European Duathlon Championship title into her resume with a clear win at Horst ann de Mass in Holland. The same event hosted the Sprint Distance and Junior Championships where Richard Horton picked up a Gold and Georgine Schwiening the Silver in the Junior race. There's a report on the elite race HERE, on the Junior race HERE plus a roundup of the age group medals HERE.

Jodie Stimspon picked up third place and Stuart Hayes was seventh at the St Anthony's Triathlon in St Petersburg, Florida. You can see the results HERE.

Sunday here was, to be blunt, a bit of a write-off... John was left holding the umbrella while Henry sloped off (only because the wind was pushing him along at an angle!) to Milton Keynes to help with timing the first marathon to held there. As the morning moved on we heard from event after event that things were re-scheduled or just plain binned so the following is slightly briefer than our normal coverage!

The Sevenoaks Triathlon became an aquathlon after the bike course was strewn with tree debris and floodwater. The organisers made the call at 5am and competitiors were told when they arrive about the change but apparently everyone seemed to happy to still be racing so carried on and enjoyed themselves. There's a set of results HERE, courtesy of Stuart Steele.

The Primera New Forest Triathlon, already converted into a duathlon by conditions at Ellingham Lake had to bite the bullet and cancel completely as weather made the course unusable. The organisers are sorting out event credits and transfers.

The Grantham Triathlon did actually go ahead and Point7 (www.Point7.co.uk) even managed to get an early set of results through the door as well - new organisers so keen to impress! Winners here were the legend that is Andy Tarry and Lincoln Tri female youngster Bo Haywood. Full results are HERE.

Pos Male Female
1 Andy Tarry (Tri Camp Blue Seventy Race Team) 0:51:56 Bo Haywood (Lincoln Tri) 1:06:02
2 Paul Noble (Barracuda Tri Club) 0:55:54 Lara Thornhill 1:13:18
3 Darren Sharpe (RAF Tri) 0:56:04 Katy Johnson (Stamford Tri Club) 1:14:57

The Kempley Duathlon didn't fare so well as the organisers report!

We had about 30 entries for our event today, but there was mutiny in the ranks! The conditions were absolutely diabolical - torrential rain and gale force winds, which understandably most decided were quite perilous for cycling. We had a vote - some were in favour of carrying on regardless, some wanted just two laps of the 3.5 mile run course and some wanted three laps. Some wanted the event to be postponed. It was decided that the competitors should run three laps (10.5 miles) and that the event would be held in full some time later this 'summer'.

A few brave souls squelched round and although we timed them, it may be an embarrassment to have results published. No prizes were given, since everybody was happy that these should be held over until the event proper. Attached are the times that we took. We will let you know when the event is re-scheduled.

Another casualty of the weather was the first of the Bedford Sprint Series races while the Dragonslayer Duathlon (still waiting on results) had a shortened bike as there was flooding on the circuit. The Harlech Triathlon was also abandoned, there's a short clip on YouTube which shows the state of the weather there!

The first Wimbledon Windmilers Womble Triathlon also suffered with the weather but managed to get a race. The organisers sent us this brief report:

Despite the terrible weather, the first ever Wimbledon Womble Novice triathlon was a great success. The race took place at King's College School in Wimbledon village, with a 420m swim, followed by a 3 lap challenging 12k hilly bike course and a 5.5k run on the famous Wimbledon Common. Everyone had a fantastic race despite the mud and there was even a real life Womble on hand to give out the medals!

The event was one of three triathlon events supported by lottery funding via Sportivate and included an eight-week training programme for 16-25 year-olds prior to the event.

The race was won by Graham Bell of Wimbledon Windmilers, followed by Mark Conway, with Tim Ferguson taking the over 40 prize. In the female race Jessica Pealing took the title followed by Amy Robinson with Ann Shellard winning the 40+ title.

The race was organised by the Wimbledon Windmilers (www.windmilers.org.uk) and supported by Hamptons, Fit As, Grand slam Events and Velosport. The Windmilers hope to make this an annual fixture in the triathlon diary!

The prize category winners, no full results yet, were:

Category Male Female
U26 Graham Bell 00:57:39 Jessica Pealing 01:08:27
26-39 Mark Conway 01:01:38 Amy Robinson 01:11:39
40+ Tim Ferguson 01:08:01 Ann Shellard 01:20:38

The Burnham on Sea Triathlon also converted to an aquathlon for both the senior and TriStar races. Results are HERE.

Looks like the Pendle Triathlon went ahead despite the conditions but all we've seen so far is a Tweet that Chris Joyce won with a time of 1:09:57 - more on that one later!

The Wincanton Sprint Triathlon was another race that dropped the bike to become an aquathlon with a win for Paul Ryman (Frome Tri Club) and Elizabeth Hutson (Wheels Cycles). Results are HERE.

Hedgehog Tri's Haywards Heath Triathlon did go ahead as scheduled and you can find a full set of results for both senior and novice races on their website HERE. Headline results from the senior race are as follows:

Pos Male Female
1 Gary Brind (Southdown Bikes) 1:10:31 Karen Pattison (Hurstpierpoint College) 1:27:53
2 James Dear (Mid Sussex Tri) 1:11:16 Fiona Bussell (Mid Sussex Tri) 1:31:52
3 Jonathan Hall 1:14:45 Lisa Jones 1:32:54

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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