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14th May 2012Issue 225

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The negative stereotype of 'Brits abroad' may well conjure up images of "lager, lager, lager", but in the holiday resort of Puerto Del Carmen, Lanzarote this weekend it will be more about "lava, lava, lava" with the usual British invasion for Ironman Lanzarote.

Hard? Certainly. Hot? Probably. Windy? Always!

Saturday will see the 21st edition of this Ironman classic, the challenging elements of which seem to further enhance its iconic reputation, even if personal best times are almost guaranteed... not to happen. Lanzarote was also the first Ironman™ event ever won by a British athlete, through Matt Belfield in 1999. Plenty of British success since, for the ladies at least, with wins for Bella Bayliss, Cat Morrison and Rachel Joyce over the last three editions.

Ironman Lanzarote this season also sees the return to full-distance racing of Philip Graves, who became the youngest Ironman champion when winning Ironman UK in 2009. Two years ago it was also the scene of a DNF, early on the run and the Steve Redgrave-esque comment of "I am banning myself from all Ironman racing for at least 18 months! If you see me on a start line of an Ironman before then, please shoot me". After an illness and injury impacted 2011, Phil is back to the scene of his last (full) Ironman start and will be hoping for a much improved finish to his race this time around. And he didn't need to be shot. Good luck Phil!

If Ironman is a little tough for your tastes, but you fancy a little trip overseas this season, then check out our great competiton for TriStar Deauville. Thanks to CityJet, we have TEN free entries on offer for this June 17th event. CLICK HERE for your chance to win your entry to this new edition to the TriStar calendar.

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Weekend action

Oooh, what a difference a bit of blue sky and sunshine makes! It almost felt like Spring on Saturday and Sunday although the air and water were still definitely not up to the norm for mid-May as athletes at a couple of events discovered when things were shortened or switched at the last minute. Of course, as it's Monday it's now raining again but nevertheless, it was a great weekend for racing and there was plenty of it about to enjoy.

We'll skip right over the international stuff as the Ironman 70.3 Mallorca has already been covered in depth HERE and the ITU Triathlon World Series race HERE (women) and HERE (men).

2013 may seem a while off yet but the oddities of the event calendar mean that the first of the qualifiers for next year's European Championships was held at the Grendon Lakes event. A full set of results are HERE, please note that these are still labelled as provisional so if you are hoping for a GB slot you'll need to hang on a bit until the BTF have ratified them. The headline results are as follows:

Pos Male Female
1 Alexander Young (Cambridge University Triathlon Club) 01:02:14 Sophia Saller (Oxford University Triathlon Club) 01:10:16
2 Alex Thorley (TRIks) 01:03:35 Stacey Penn (Northants Tri) 01:11:14
3 Thomas Vickery 01:03:47 Emma-Lea Davis (Loughborough University) 01:13:09

Richard and Jo Iles must have breathed a sigh of relief that they managed to get the Primera Swashbuckler Middle Distance underway after losing the first race of their season to wind and rain a couple of weeks ago. It wasn't all good news as the water temperature meant that it was only a 750m swim but at least they had racing again. Full results are HERE, the winners were Tom Sturdy and Elizabeth Hutson (Wheels Cycles).

We highlighted the Kingfisher Aquathlon in the weekend preview and they repaid the mention with a nice early set of results that you can see HERE. Overall winners were up-and-coming youngsters Luke Penney and Ellie Walton, both from Optima Racing Team. The organisers also sent this brief report:

The 11th running of the annual Kingfisher Aquathlon saw 126 finishers compete under clear blue skies, a welcome change from recent weather! The top three male positions went to Optima Racing Team and all three were within 12 seconds of each other. Luke Penney took first place in a time of in 37:40 followed closely by Rory Atkins in 37:47 with Anthony Haynes in third place in 37:52. Top female honours went to Ellie Walton (Optima Racing Team) in 38:15, second place went to Susan Fairfax (Crystal Palace Tri Club) in 43:50 and third place to Suzanne Swaine in 46:50.

Winners at the first re-staging of the Talkin Tarn Triathlon were James Wilson (RedVenom) and Eleanor Haresign (Glasgow Triathlon Club). Eleanor placed eighth overall in the race, full results are HERE. Sadly the event had to be converted to a duathlon as the water temperature was barely 10° and by way of compensation for the change the organiser converted the cash set aside for the safety boat into spot prizes - now there's creative thinking!

It's a winning formula: take a beautiful country house, turn it into a top private school and run triathlons there. This time it's the turn of Stowe to host an event and results of the standard are HERE with the sprint results HERE. Note that in the standard results there's an extra column for the 1k run back to T1. Headline results for the main event were:

Pos Male Female
1 David Glossy (Phil Corley/Blue) 2:13:14 Kim Shaw (Team Cherwell) 2:36:01
2 Ian Mackerness (Team Trisports) 2:15:13 Jo Parker (Team MK) 2:36:46
3 Dan Blackburn (Oxford Tri) 2:15:41 Caroline Crawford 2:40:52

An early May regular on the West Country calendar, the Taunton Deane Foot Anstey Triathlon saw wins for William Collins, the only person to break the hour, and Celia Miall (West Country Triathletes). Full results are available HERE courtesy of DB Max.

There's a full set of results from the HSV Triathlon HERE but as they are missing the key gender info we've had to take a bit of a punt that the women's winner is Libby Free (Metropolitan Police Club)... The overall win went to Glyn Williams (Born2Tri).

Exeter Tri Club stepped up a gear from their Spring series of aquathlon races for the Exe Valley Triathlon. We could find the venue blindfold - although it's probably changed a bit in the 35 years since we were last there! Winners of the main race were Alan Ward (Plymouth Tri Club) and Helen Banbury (North Devon Tri). Full results are HERE and there are results for the novice race HERE.

Results for Concept Sport's Salisbury Fast Twitch Triathlon are now online HERE - looks like they had some traffic lights on the course to deal with so the splits only came through this morning. Overall win went to a team who put the best part of six minutes into the individual winner, Peter Younghusband. The winning female was Sarah Kemp (Salisbury Tri Club).

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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Physio4Life Open Day

Physio4Life are holding a free open day on Sunday 20th May at 125 Upper Richmond Road, Putney SW15 2TL. There's free physiotherapy advice and vidoe analysis of your running plus reduced cost massage and testing as well as a series of free specialist talks. Check out the details HERE.

Free Triathlon Summer Race Training Guide

Triple Dry and Helen Jenkins have created the summer race guide to help you cross that finish line. Click here to download your free copy.

The Long Course Weekend

Created by Activity Wales Events, The Long Course Weekend is a fantastic three day challenge, taking place from Friday 8th to Sunday 10th June 2012. The endurance triathlon consists of The Wales Swim on Friday evening on Tenby's beautiful North Beach, The Wales Sportive on Saturday challenges riders on a lapped course in stunning surroundings while The Wales Marathon and Half Marathon concludes the weekend on Sunday with full closed roads and an incredible atmosphere at the finish line in the centre of Tenby.

You can enter any of the events at various distances, but to take home The Long Course Weekend Medal, partake in all three long distances to complete the ultimate challenge. An amazing weekend and a great challenge to add to your 2012 event calendar. Registration is now open for this fantastic action weekend event in June. Click here for more details and to book your spot.

Hercules 1.0

Hercules Events ( are a new name on the organising calendar for 2012. Their first event, the Hercules 1.0 Triathlon takes place on Sunday 20th May 2012 based at Stanborough Park, Welwyn Garden City in Hertfordshire. The race will be a Standard distance (1.5km / 40km / 10km) with a "challenging bike leg". The good news is that the swim and run are reasonably flat though!

A devilish duathlon

After a successful launch in 2011 the Columbia HellRider will be back at West Wycombe Park (home of the Hellfire Caves) on June 2nd. Created by the team that bring you the infamous HellRunner races, this 'adventure duathlon' is designed for teams of three or five although it can also be tackled solo if you're really tough. The format is simple: there's a 5k trail run and a 7.5k MTB loop and you do as many of them as possible within the eight hours! It's a relay format so only one person can be riding or running and everyone has to do at least one of each. Check out the HellRider website for details, this one's a blast!



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