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30th Jul 2012Issue 233

Welcome to the newsletter

And so the time has come.

By the time you read next week's newsletter the Ladies Triathlon event of the Games of the XXX Olympiad will have been done and dusted. Having paid several visits to Hyde Park in recent weeks to check out the venue build for the triathlon event, it will be an immense spectacle. If the crowds for the cycling road races are a guide, it will be a spectacle that hundreds of thousands will be descending on Hyde Park and its surrounds to see.

Of course, we've got our fingers crossed that Helen Jenkins can show the form and deliver the performance that her development as an athlete over the past four years deserves. With the likes of Hewitt, Spirig, Findlay and the Aussies on the line, it should be a very tough race and difficult to pick a winner. Four years ago Helen started the Olympic Games as ITU World Champion but with few expectations from the public at large of winning a medal. She is ITU World Champion again now - but has fully earned her favourite tag. She is the only athlete to have won on the Olympic course. Let's hope that is still the case at around 11am on Saturday.

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Results

Weekend action

While the nation was seemingly either glued to the sofa for the entire weekend or out jamming up half of Surrey (and the mobile phone networks...) and West London while trying to get around the Road Race course while avoiding Eton Dorney - a wierd feeling for triathletes, we know - there were one or two events going on that didn't have anything to do with the Olympics.

The TriGrandPrix at Kilkenny in Ireland (one wonders just how many South Park jokes have been made at that town's expense...) was won by Colm Sheahan in 2:00:05 with Vanessa Fenton taking the top women's place in 2:13:00. Full results are available HERE, we'll get a local copy live shortly. Results for the sprint, corporate and supersprint events are on the same link.

The Castles Challenge Triathlon Weekend started off with Tristar and sprint distance races on Saturday, Tim Don easily winning the sprint, nearly five minutes ahead of Daniel Johnson (Ryton Tri Club) with Emma Pearson the first woman. The full results are HERE.

Saturday morning also saw another of the almost weekly races at Leybourne Lake, this time it was one of the Team Outrageous Sprints and results are available HERE. The Gullane Beach Triathlon gave Scott Neyedli (Fleet Feet) a nice outing, he picked up the win ahead of Phil Edgley (Total Endurance) while Joanne Thom (Edinburgh RC) had a much closer race with clubmate Jo Phillips to win the women's race. Full results are HERE.

In possibly the quietest World Championship this year - at least in terms of media coverage as pretty much everyone's attention is on London 2012 - the ITU's Long Distance Triathlon Championships saw Macca finally get his mojo working and he took the title after a disappointing year focussing on trying to get into the Australian Olympic squad while Caroline Steffen hit the front for the women. We've got a report HERE and the elite results are HERE. The age group results are HERE.

The GB medal table (sadly we can't count Ali Hollington's Gold in the 45-49 as she's long since become a New Zealander) was as follows:
Gold: Catherine Faux 25-29, Tracy Cook 40-44, Cristina Milton 60-64
Silver: Matt Molloy (IRL) 40-44, Steve Yates 45-49, Nicky Deane-Simmons 55-59
Bronze: Jodie Swallow Elite, Paul Lunn 40-44

Tabor in the Czech Republic hosted an ETU Junior European Cup event - and British athletes were out in force, taking four of the six podium positions. Top spots went to Norway and Germany respectively but Gordon Benson / Georgia Taylor-Brown (silver) and Marc Austin / Sophie Coldwell (bronze) filled the other top-three positions. Taylor-Brown is, of course, the reigning 2012 European Junior Champion from Eilat, where Tabor winner Sarah Wilm (GER) took the bronze. Sophie Coldwell is also having an excellent season, finishing second overall at Blenheim where she won the British Junior Triathlon Championship.

Full Results: Junior Men, Junior Ladies

Pos Men Women
1 Kristian Blummenfeldt (NOR) 55:35 Sarah Wilm (GER) 1:02:05
2 Gordon Benson (GBR) 55:50 Georgia Taylor-Brown (GBR) 1:02:23
3 Marc Austin (GBR) 56:04 Sophie Coldwell (GBR) 1:02:55

Just the one WTC/Ironman event this weekend - Ironman 70.3 Calgary. Rasmus Henning (DEN) and Magali Tisseyre (CAN) took narrow wins, with Rich Allen and Tom Lowe fourth and fifth. There's a report on that one HERE.

Pos Men Women
1 Rasmus Henning (DEN) 3:51:02 Magali Tisseyre (CAN) 4:17:24
2 Chris Legh (AUS) 3:51:42 Heather Jackson (USA) 4:18:12
3 Jeff Symonds (CAN) 3:52:36 Melanie McQuaid (CAN) 4:23:09
4 Rich Allen (GBR) 3:54:00 Sara Gross (CAN) 4:25:18
5 Tom Lowe (GBR) 3:5:08 Lisa Mensink (CAN) 4:26:17

The TriStar 111 race at Milton Keynes saw wins for Philip Graves and Lucy Gossage over the hybrid 1k, 100k, 10k distances. Graves killed off his nearest rival, Ben Howard, with a blistering bike which gave him an eight minute lead in the run which wasn't going to be catchable. His 3:11:46 finish time sets a new 111 record beating Maik Twelsiek's previous 3:12:45. Gossage headed the race with a clear five minutes over Anna Turvey. Results can be found HERE with the shorter 333 distance results HERE.

Pos Male Female
1 Philip Graves (York Tri) 3:11:46 Lucy Gossage 3:35:55
2 Ben Howard (Primera TBC) 3:19:41 Anna Turvey 3:40:35
3 Rich Hunt (Army Tri) 2:23:48 Eleanor Haresign (Glasgow Triathlon Club) 3:47:38

The standard distance race at the Blithfield Triathlon was won by Carl Shaw (Huub TFN RT) and Vicky Wade (Manchester Tri) while the sprint event went to Mark Redwood (Huub TFN RT) and Grace Hobbs (4Life). Full results are on the StuWeb site HERE.

New on the middle distance roster last year was the Fambridge Yacht Haven Middle Distance event and Oliver Milk (redvenom) returned for the 2012 edition and defended his title while the women's race went to Fiona Stephens. Full results are HERE.

No splits yet for the Bedford Classic or the Bedford Mini but the overall results are live on their site (HERE) and show that the wins went to Sam Wade and Yvette Grice.

The Castles Challenge Triathlon continued on Sunday with a middle distance event and honours here went to Daniel Jenkin (Durham University Tri Club) and Hazel Smith. Full results are HERE.

For the geographically challenged, like us, it seemed logical that the Hatfield Triathlon would be in Hatfield - that's in Hertfordshire... ...right? Er, no! Turns out that this one is just outside Doncaster. Good job we had Google Maps... Anyway, the race has been going since 2000 so it's a well-established event which means lots of folk must have figured out where it is! Elliot Smales (Sheffield Tri Club) and Lucy Farquar (Holmfirth Harriers) - both juniors - took the wins and a full set of results are HERE.

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