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28th May 2012Issue 227

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What a difference a bit of sun makes. Fewer clothes and more sunburn in the case of this fair-skinned Editor. More sun screen please.

A couple of weeks ago the thought of dusting off the wetsuit and voluntarily heading off for an early morning open water swim was madness. At least, it was in my household! All change now, the water temperatures are perfect and the lakes and races are filling nicely. We're almost into June, the season is almost up to full speed. No rest till October then...

For several nervous elite athletes their Olympic season will be coming to an end imminently and as the final selections are made it will be time to invoke 'plan B' for the remainder of their 2012 racing schedules. The slopes of Casa de Campo park in Madrid this weekend represented the final step on a journey to, or perhaps not, London 2012. While Vicky Holland appears to have cemented her place in our eyes, the final places on Team GB will take up many column inches of discussion.

One man immune from that pressure though is Jonathan Brownlee. His domination of the Madrid race was... reminiscent of his brother. Praise doesn't come much higher than that. Outstanding. Tuesday 7th August 2012 could be a very special day in the history of this sport.

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Results

Weekend action

Friday? Hot! Saturday? Hot and windy! Sunday? Hot again... Even the lakes are warming up nicely with all this solar attention but don't fret, it's Wimbledon soon and that can only mean that more rain is on the way!

Friday saw a clutch of corporate events with the Jones Lang LaSalle Property Triathlon filling Dorney Lake and the Speedo Big Workplace Challenge and the National Emergency Services Triathlon Championships taking over Nottingham's Holme Pierpoint. Judging from the busloads of property types exiting Eton College's private Olympic facility and the chronic traffic on the M25 (probably not at all related but something has to take the blame!) a whole load of fun was had by all - even if some of the competitors clearly had difficulty in getting their heads round the triathlon concept at times...

With all the media attention focussed on the ITU World Triathlon Series in Madrid you might be forgiven for thinking that nothing else mattered but as we've covered the women's race HERE and the men's HERE and there's a packed domestic calendar to report on we'll skip straight to that...well, after briefly highlighting the Half Challenge Barcelona HERE and Ironman Brasil HERE at least!

Saturday saw a return to Dorney for a much smaller affair, the Dorney SuperSprint - full results are HERE - while the Nottingham venue hosted the Speedo Big Nottingham Triathlon and the first of two domestic championships this weekend, the Tata Steel British Paratriathlon Championships.

Middle distance fans took to the surrounds of Belvoir Castle for The Beaver and with previous Ironman Lanzarote second placer Lou Collins living up to her favourite tag and taking the win. Overall victory went to Sam Baxter of Team Freespeed with the podium looking like this. Full results are on Stuart Steele's site HERE.

Pos Male Female
1 Sam Baxter 3:49:24 Lou Collins (TFN Huub RT) 4:14:54
2 Chris Panayiotou (Torq Fitness) 3:51:10 Emma Cranfield (Pactrac) 4:21:46
3 Martin Cain (RedVenom) 3:52:56 Jo Haley (Southampton Tri Club) 4:32:50

The hardy annual that is the Ian Hesketh Memorial Duathlon saw wins for Mark Tickle (Manchester Tri) in 1:15:41 and Hilary Ross (Durham Tri) in 1:29:20. Full results, courtesy of John Schofield, are HERE.

Back to Dorney Lake (again...) for the Speedo Open Water Swims, a clutch of High Performance races for the Tristar 3, Youth and Juniors and then a mixed bag of distances in the Nuffield Health Triathlon. Links to all of these can be found in the results section.

Big Cow hosted the British Sprint Triathlon Championships which went to a sprint finsh for the women that had to be decided on fractions of a second - dead heats aren't allowed! Full results are HERE.

Pos Male Female
1 Roger Witz Barnes Manchester (Triathlon Club) 0:58:06 Victoria Wilkinson (Tri Team Glos) 1:05:27
2 David Bartlett 0:58:08 Louise Bardsley (Torq Fitness) 1:05:27
3 Andy Tarry (TriCamp Race Team) 0:58:20 Stacey Penn (Northants Tri) 1:05:34

The Shiplake College Sprint was won by Mark Portman and Claire Vallance, full results are HERE.

Results Triathlon staged their version of the Swanage Bay Triathlon, wins went to Richard Horton (Primera) and Jenni Sweetlove. Full results are HERE.

Bucking the triathlon trend was the Tweedbank Duathlon, part of the BSLT series and full results for that 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!

FULL WEEKEND RESULTS LISTINGS

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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.

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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