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25th Jun 2012Issue 228

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Does anyone have any cotton wool? If so, any chance of wrapping Alistair Brownlee up in it until August 7th please... And if you have any spare, some for brother Jonathan too!

"Shampoo, blow dry and a 10km run" is how some have described ITU draft legal racing lately. Do you still think that after watching the ITU World Triathlon Series Kitzbühel race?

The Brownlee brothers have simply changed the game. Swim, bike, run - no weaknesses - combined with a level of drive and competitive aggression that echoes the days of Spencer Smith 15+ years ago. On the face of it, tactically at least, you might say that the pair are too aggressive in their racing style. Do the two best runners in the sport really need to attack from the opening stroke of the swim? Probably not, but who is to criticise? On Sunday they smashed the opening 10km of the bike so hard, they were only reeled in by top work from the German team... but then simply ran away, as though that bike effort had no impact. Staggering but, importantly, absolutely brilliant to watch.

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Results

Weekend action

One person's loss is another person's gain and for the first time in a long while Sunday became a day off from the "other" job as the Henley Classic Swim was cancelled at the last minute which meant that the sleep-free night turned into a lie-in... OK, so all that really meant was that it was possible to catch up on all the results a bit quicker!

International events have been covered in detail already with the ITU's Triathlon World Series in Kitzbuhel here and here, Jodie Swallow's great return to form at Syracuse here and there's an overall Ironman 70.3 roundup here. If you are looking for the coverage of Lance Armstrong's first full-distance race at Ironman France in Nice you've obviously missed the news that he's been suspended from racing at WTC events while the latest round of 'investigations' are ongoing - but, as you'll read from this report, it probably wouldn't have been his day anyway!

Saturday's racing saw an early start with the third OWS Aquathlon at Liquid Leisure allowing Richard Stannard to fit in a early training session, full results HERE, while further west the Llandudno Sea Triathlon saw wins for Arthur Connell (Evolution Bikes) and Emily Marrs (SY Tri) in the main race (results HERE) and Huw Jack Brassington and Dominque Searle (Tri UK) in the sprint race (results HERE).

In County Antrim the Glenarm Triathlon was won by Brian Campbell and Trudy Brown, full results HERE. Those seeking a full-on endurance event were much further north at the Celtman! and 128 hardy folk tackled the course with 122 finishing. Rather freakily, overall winner Alex Glasgow and the female winner, Susanne Buckenlei, both shared their birthdays with the event... Full results are linked HERE.

Late in the day, but dependent on the tides, was the River Arun Swim which got chip timed for the first time with just under 300 people making the 3.8k swim down from Ford to Littlehampton. The men had a five minute head start over the women and the first person out was Russell Campbell but his winning time of 48:20 was swiftly crushed by first Lucy Chittenden (Farnham Tri Club) in 47:09 and then Chloe Pollard in 47:48. Great atmosphere and a real buzz about the place - a shame the sun didn't shine and the wind was so strong: it took most of my lunch right off my plate! Mick Dicker has sent in his report with some pictures from Sussex Sport Photography, check it out here.

Despite canning the Henley Swim the authorities let the Maxifuel Half Iron race at Marlow, just a few miles downstream, go ahead with a shortened distance - no we can't figure that one out either... There's a report here and you can see the full results HERE.

The Bridge Triathlon, one of a rare set of races these days that gets to shut down a major bit of road for a triathlon, was won by Mark Yeoman (Viceroys) and Deborah Coyle (Greenwich Tritons). Full results are HERE together with the sprint and supersprints.

With an increased level of blue-green algae in the water it looked for a while as if the Shropshire Triathlon might get reduced to a duathlon but the organiser allowed it to go ahead on the basis that athletes signed off on the risk. Full results are on the StuWeb site HERE.

Pos Male Female
1 Carl Shaw (Huub TFN RT) 1:51:46 Amy Forshaw (Tri London) 2:06:05
2 Neil Eddy (Cycle Logic) 1:53:41 Anna Turvey 2:07:29
3 Sam Wade (Brighton Phoenix Tri) 1:54:36 Stacey Penn (Northants Tri) 2:08:07

The Northampton Triathlon was won by Steve Young (Royal Navy) and Samantha Anderson (Rugby Tri) with the sprint distance race going to Ian Smith and Caroline Cooper. Full results are linked HERE.

Tri Hard, organisers of A Day in the Lakes, are considering changing the event's name to 'A Lake in a Day' given the amount of rain that fell... With the Great North Swim cut to a single day because of the weather conditions up there in the Lake District it's indicative of just how tough the going was. The wins went to David Garner (Ryton Tri Club) and Claire Shea-Simonds. Full results are HERE.

Those looking for a longer day out were at the Cotswold 113 event where Steve Yates (Cirencester Tri Club) and Nikki Bartlett (Debra Charity) were the winners. There's a full set of results HERE courtesy of the DB Max team. They were also timing at the City of Bath Triathlon where the honours went to Edward Castro and Robyn Golding in the standard distance (results HERE) while Matt Brown and Zosia Brown (related?) won the sprint (results HERE).

Way north of the Cotswolds, like several hundred miles north, the Tighnabruaich Triathlon got in a very early set of results with Gordon Clarke (Edinburgh RC) and Kirsten Ness (Edinburgh Triathletes) heading the field. The full set of times are HERE.

A bit late for the regular weekend roundup - they do have a decent excuse though! - is news from Joanne and Richard Iles at RaceNewForest on the Primera Forestman and Boskman events. Mainly wet, although it dried up later and certainly wasn't as awful as on the Isle of Wight, the main full-distance race saw wins for Lee Rankin (DB Max Tri) in 10:37:15 and Victoria Waight in 12:01:11. The shorter Boskman was won by Will Newbery (Primera TBC) and Sharon Young (Virgin Active Brighton). Results are HERE for the Forestman and HERE for the Boskman.

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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