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16th Jul 2012Issue 231

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Wet, wet, wet.

I hate complaining about the weather. Well, it's actually people complaining about the weather that gets a little dull... but, it is one thing the British are world leaders at. Much like triathlon then!

Jokes aside, the weather is becoming, well, a joke. It seems like every weekend we are getting updates on cancelled events and dangerous river currents which is frustrating for everyone involved, not just athletes and organisers. And it's not just the UK either: too hot, too cold, too wet, too windy - I think pretty much every combination of natural events has caused cancellations at home and abroad this year.

All that said, while some events have (had to) been cancelled, plenty of others have gone ahead - in different formats and distances if necessary - through the efforts of organisers, local authorities, volunteers, timing companies and more. Further, the athletes have still raced.

All of which is reflects another British trait, "keep calm and carry on." With Ironman UK coming up this weekend, and forecast conditions being 'unpredictable'... that British stiff upper lip might be needed again on Sunday. Good luck to everyone involved.

In this issue:

Results

Weekend action

Lots of action, very little sleep once again and an enormous "Thank You" to the wonderful people who drive round in yellow vans and dig idiot folk out of axle deep mud. A certain groundsman is going to be a bit upset when he sees his once-pristine playing field this morning...

The major international races have been covered in their own features: our report on the new format ITU Tiszaujvaros World Cup is HERE plus there's a roundup on the elite race at the ETU's dress rehersal for next year's Cross Triathlon World Championships HERE with an overall GB medal roundup HERE. Full age group results are on the ITU site HERE and we'll be building a local copy later today.

We've also got the roundup for the weekend's three Ironman 70.3 events HERE, while Bella Bayliss added another podium and Ronnie Schildknecht a SIXTH win at Iroman Switzerland HERE.

The Great River Swim, held on the tidal part of the Thames at Chiswick, managed to balance on the tides to get both the mile and kilometre distances away safely. The mile winners were Jake Stevens and Amy Claridge and the kilometre by Nick Adams and Sakura Hingley. A combined set of results is HERE.

Provisional results for the Boundary Breeze triathlon show wins for Hamish Shaw (Knutsford Tri Club) and Dominique Searle (City of Chester Tri Club) but seem to be missing bike and run split times so we've just included a link until these are confirmed.

The Black Sheep Ripon Triathlon (there really should be more events sponsored by a brewery, just like the old days!) was won by Richard Howarth (Rock Racing Team UK) and Maddy Winzer. Full results are HERE.

After a rain-soaked Saturday TriStar Aquathlon where there seemed to be more water outside than in the pool the Natures Foods Chichester Triathlon was a relatively dry and event, for a few glorious minutes, sunny affair. Although the main event is called 'Olympic' it actually only had a 600m swim, a crucial difference which meant that Phil Holland (Corley Cycles Team Blue) accidentally got himself seeded early and the advantage of clear roads meant he showed a clean set of heels to the rest of the competition which included Peter Younghusband (TriUK) and Mark Davies (Raw Energy Pursuits) who had much later starts. Mary Campbell (Chichester Westgate Triathlon Club) was the clear women's winner. Full results are HERE. The Try a Tri event was won by Harry Leleu (Chichester Westgate Triathlon Club) and Michelle Rideout, results for that one are HERE.

Judging by the swim times in the Maxifuel Standard Triathlon at Marlow it looks like they shortened the distances to suit the river conditions. Winners in the main race were Adam Moore and Lou Collins who placed ninth overall. Results for all the swim and triathlon distances are on the StuWeb site HERE.

The Maldon Triathlon was won by Richard Greaves (Team Trek China) and Ali Hollington (Human Performance Unit), full results are HERE. The sprint event was won by Nick Wetheridge (East Essex) and Anna Ferguson (Serpentine), full results are HERE.

The Brigg Bomber Quadrathlon which was also hosting the British and European Championships, was won by Mat Stephenson (Lincsquad) and Becky Schofield (Tri-anglia). Full results are HERE.

From the Brighton Beach Aquathlon (800m swim - 5km run - 400m swim): "This original open water aquathlon featuring a swim-run-swim format took place on about the only morning it would have been possible in the so called British Summer of 2012. The race was won by local triathlete legend Tracy Harris in the men's division and by local lifeguard Polly Mosley in the women's."

Pos Men Women
1 Tracy Harris 37:34 Polly Mosley 39:59
2 Joe Pascoe 42:50 Nicole Patterson 43:32
3 Ed Walker 42:53 Michelle Cartwright 45:30

There are LOTS (!) of other results in the UK's number one triathlon results database - click below to find yours. Remember, where you see the triVIEWER icon, you can replay your race in graphic simulation form.

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