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20th Aug 2012Issue 236

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A week ago there might have been some sort of sporting event going on. I think the Sky+ caught some of it (good job we picked the 1TB version...) and when winter gets here I'm sure there will be a moment or two to catch up on what I missed.

While the Olympics were undoubtedly a brightly burning star and, despite much naysaying and cynicism, there's no doubt that team GB delivered - that's the whole team rather than just the athletes - normal life seems to have been returned to with barely a pause for breath.

And I use the word normal with a certain poignancy. Because this past weekend we have seen two triathlons taking place whose aim is to help people who have a far from normal life. The Jenson Button Triathlon devoted its cause to Help for Heroes while the Tri Together! event is put together by Leonard Cheshire Disability - both seem to have done a pretty decent job of it too, I had the pleasure to be at the Jenson Button event while others in the team went to help out at Tri Together!.

And, in case you had forgotten, the whole Olympics cycle isn't over yet as the Paralympics start next week. Now there are some athletes who totally re-define the whole meaning of the word normal. I have the feeling that the Sky+ box is about to take another hammering...

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Weekend action

Another weekend of glorious sunshine and great racing both here and abroad - especially good to see Stephen Bayliss returning to form at Challenge Vichy, see the report HERE and full results are HERE. The Editor has been sending in regular 'postcards' from Kalmar in Sweden which seems to have all the makings of a hugely popular community-driven Ironman while at home the Jenson Button Triathlon attracted some high-profile racing and seems to have been enjoyed by the curious mix of pro athletes and charity fundraisers who took part.

Powerman Austria seems to have been held under similar hot conditions to Challenge Vichy - we say 'seems' because the release came in German and while Google does a pretty good job of translating we wouldn't want to bet the farm on it...

Joerie Vansteelant and Susanne Svendsen took the wins with Matt Moorhouse and Michelle Parsons both getting a fourth place, David Vaughan (IRL) and Helen Dyke were eighth - some wierd kind of symmetry going on here!

A small but select field launched the inaugural Midnight Man, a brave concept of an iron-distance race that ran overnight on closed roads in Dartford. Tim Male took the win in 9:25:10 with Bernie Wolff (East London Triathletes) clocking 11:23:52 for the fastest female. Lawrence Wintergold (Mid Sussex Triathlon Club) and Nicola Brinkmann were the winners in the half-distance race. Full results for both races can be found HERE.

The MK Triathlon hosted the standard distance English Championships where Phil Holland claimed victory with Esther Rodriquez (Cambridge Triathlon Club) taking the women's trophy. Full results are HERE.

The Luton Hoo Estate played host to the Jenson Button Charity Triathlon and there were a few high-profile triathletes in the mix as well as Jenson himself. No slouch at multisport, unless he's accidentally wearing his partner's wetsuit, Jenson brought a few friends along to spice up the competition. With four different TV crews on hand to cover both the morning heats and the afternoon finals there was a great atmosphere and given the very short distances of 300m, 9k and 2.5k even the folk just doing it to raise funds for Help the Heroes weren't left too far behind. The results are all on the Human Race website but the headline winners were Brian Keane (IRL) in the men's final ahead of Carl Shaw and Sam Wade while the women's cumulative winner was Emily Mcloughlin ahead of Stacey Penn and Lucy Smith.

Another charity triathlon, Tri Together organised by Leonard Cheshire Disability, celebrated its second year at the Crystal Palace Sports Centre on Sunday, there's a report on the day HERE and the results are HERE.

The Welsh Sprint Championships were at the Tuska Triathlon and Liam Lloyd, a junior athlete from the Welsh Talent Squad was the winner along with Carol Bridge (Rhondda Tri). Full results are HERE.

Thorpe Waterski Lake is another of the growing group of small venues in the M3/M4 triangle that are not only providing an open water swim location but are also beginning to build a healthy events calendar. Sunday's race was adopted as the South East Championships and Jamie Hinton was an emphatic winner with over nine minutes advantage over Jim Burdett while the women's race was won by Rachel Coe-O'Brien. Full results are HERE.

No splits for the Newmarket Duathlon yet but the headline wins went to Iain Robertson (Tri-Anglia) and Katie Sherwood (Cambridge and Coleridge AC). There's a link to the provisionals HERE.

The Concorde Triathlon holds fond memories from the 1990s as one of those classic club-organised pool-based races with a glorious backroads bike course through the Berkshire countryside and a marginally evil run. Hopefully it hasn't changed much in the decade or so since I last raced it... This year the wins went to John Marriott (Team Kennet) and Anna Plumridge (Box Bell Fit). Full results are HERE.

The Monster Middle Distance had a pretty decent turnout and a female winner less than 30 minutes behind Joe Skipper (Manchester Tri). Mind you, it was Lou Collins (Huun TFN RT) and so it's hardly surprising that all but seven of the field got chicked! Results, courtesy of Stuweb, are HERE.

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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Touch a bit of the Olympics

On August 26th all the competitors at the Vachery Triathlon Festival will get the chance to touch a bit of Olympic triathlon history because they'll be entering and exiting the water using the actual pontoon in used on the Serpentine, Hyde Park at The London Olympics. The event has road triathlon races over standard and sprint distance in the morning, 1500 and 3000 metre swims in the middle of the day and two distances of off-road triathlon, including a round of the Scott X Tri Series, in the afternoon.

Vachery Triathlon Festival organisers have a last few Lezyne Caddy bags to give away to entrants so get your entry in by MIDNIGHT on Monday if you want one of those free bags as well as the chance to touch a bit of Olympic history.

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