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7th Jul 2008Issue 68

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How do you define legend? We're all used to comparing the past and the present, but just how good are Chris McCormack and Chrissie Wellington? Their performances this weekend at Ironman Germany would suggest they are simply exceptional and well on their way, if not already there, to such lofty status. For Chrissie of course, notoriety has come quickly. Only turning pro last year, and four Ironman wins from four starts including the World Champs already. Had she not been more interested in savouring the moment yesterday during the final kilometre, she could well have woken up as world record holder this morning too - not that she is bothered!

For 'Macca' though, surely he is a bone fide triathlon legend already. Alongside Allen, Scott, Lessing, Newby-Fraser, Reid, Baker et al, he surely has the most complete race CV of any active triathlete in the world right now. He talks-the-talk, but like the postman - he delivers! All around the world, at all distances, he's done it. And in most cases, several times over. Can he achieve the almost impossible though, and win Quelle Challenge Roth this Sunday, for the fifth consecutive time - just one week later?

With such an exciting weekend just gone, it's difficult not to just sit back and reflect. But how can we do that when this coming Sunday we have Ironman Austria, Ironman Switzerland, Challenge Roth and not forgetting of course the new UK-based Forestman! It's not just the elite though - all of these events will have massive GB representation in the age group ranks. It seems to me that there is now a gaping whole in the long-distance calendar, during August, for a mainland Europe based M-Dot event, on a fast course in a country where triathlon is strong and events are proven. I wonder how long it will before the WTC fill that hole? The potential location, to me at least, is blindingly obvious...and would likely guarantee several hundred entrants from the UK to kick-start it immediately. It will be interesting to see if the Ironman machine is following my thinking!

Coming up this week, we spotlight another athlete with his eyes on an Ironman World record. Unlike his sixth place finish in the Ironman World Champs in Kona 2001, Marc Herremans has different goals these days as he looks forward to racing in Klagenfurt this weekend. We'll also bring you another in our Route of the Month series, as we focus on one of the circuit's swiftest standard distance course, Milton Keynes, plus interviews, products and all the latest triathlon news.

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Weekend action

Well, I gave him the big build-up in the weekend preview, and sure enough Chris McCormack produced one of his best races ever to win Ironman Germany. He had no choice, as anything less would not have secured the win, and he needed to break eight hours to do it. Now, we suspect he may be spending the next few days wrapped up in compression kit, having hourly massages, sipping protein shakes...can he really recover, come back fresh and do it all again next week in Roth? I'll save my predictions on that one until Friday, but it will be fun watching!

Chrissie Wellington did what she does best: win Ironman races. That she broke the nine-hour barrier was news (though I also predicted that one...), that she almost broke the best female Ironman time ever was simply sensational.

Domestically, the Mazda National Age Group Champs in Wakefield were won by Andy Tarry and Louise Collins. I don't want to say I told you so, but...

Sunday's Frankfurter Sparkasse Ironman Germany saw some amazing performances. Both reigning Ironman World Champions were present, and both demonstrated exactly why they carry those titles. Australian Chris McCormack had to smash the course record, and dip under the eight-hour barrier to beat Spaniard Eneko Llanos, while Britain's own Chrissie Wellington recorded the second faster time ever in an Ironman, finishing in 8:51:24. Check out our separate reports on the men and ladies for more information.

Congratulations also to Joanna Carritt from Tri-London. We interviewed Joanna earlier in the year after a fantastic season of Ironman racing in 2007. Three weeks ago, she attended Epic Camp in Italy with Gordo Byrn and Scott Molina, and I know she was worried that she pushed herself a little too far...well, today she won the 30-34 Age Group in Frankfurt, was the first age-grouper overall, and finished eighth lady overall in a new personal best time of 9:43:19, so it must have worked! Fortunately, we spoke to Joanna prior to Frankfurt, and we hope to be hearing her first-hand report in the coming days.

Pos Men Women
1st Chris McCormack (AUS) 7:59:55 Chrissie Wellington (GBR) 8:51:24
2nd Eneko Llanos (ESP) 8:00:49 Nicole Leder (GER) 9:17:26
3rd Timo Bracht (GER) 8:04:16 Wenke Kujala (GER) 9:24:54

At the ITU BG World Cup race in Hamburg yesterday, 2007 World Champion Daniel Unger repeated his win of last year by sprinting past fellow German Jan Frodeno to take the win. Britain's Oliver Freeman, who is the reserve for Beijing, had his best finish of the season to take the final podium place. Harry Wiltshire finished 13th (1:49:12), while Peter Freedman (1:53:07) was 24th in his first World Cup event. German Ricarda Lisk was able to make it a home double today, winning the ladies event ahead of Felicity Abram (AUS) and Debbie Tanner (NZL). Full results are available here, along with the men's press release. There were no Brit ladies racing this week.

Pos Men Women
1st Daniel Unger (GER) 1:46:51 Ricarda Lisk (GER) 1:57:42
2nd Jan Frodeno (GER) 1:46:58 Felicity Abram (AUS) 1:58:09
3rd Oliver Freeman (GBR) 1:47:05 Debbie Tanner (NZL) 1:58:25

Hot news in from the lucrative French Grand Prix Series in Beauvais indicates that the four members of the GB Olympic squad racing were all on-song on Sunday, in what is an extremely competitive series. We understand that Hollie Avil tied for the win with Andrea Hewitt (NZL), while Alistair Brownlee, Tim Don and Will Clarke finished second, third and fourth respectively behind Kris Gemmell (NZL), apparently in a sprint finish. Jodie Swallow was 6th, Kerry Lang 7th and Carol Bridge we believe 10th.

The latest in the relentless bandwagon that is Ironman 70.3 racing was the Expedia Ironman 70.3 Lake Stevens. We don't have race details to hand, but you don't have to be a genius to work out, for the men at least, it was extremely close racing! Australia's Luke Bell, who recently recorded a third place finish at Ironman UK 70.3, Wimbleball took the win, just one second ahead of Joe Gambles, with another Aussie Chris Legh in third. Now, we 'think' (?) that may technically qualify as a British silver, assuming it's the same Joseph Gambles who raced for the GB elite team in both the European and World Long Distance Champs in 2007, and won Milton Keynes in 2006...

Pos Men Women
1st Luke Bell 4:00:16 Mary Beth Ellis 4:33:43
2nd Joe Gambles 4:00:17 Linsey Corbin 4:38:23
3rd Chris Legh 4:01:44 Fiona Docherty 4:40:59

Sunday also saw the Mazda National Age Group Triathlon Championship, hosted by Pace Setter events at Pugneys Country Park, Wakefield. Overall winners, repeating their wins from last month at the Dambuster triathlon were Andy Tarry (2XU TFN RT) and Louise Collins (TFN Tri Club). Provisional results are here.

Pos Men Women
1st Andy Tarry 2:01:30 Louise Collins 2:18:56
2nd James Third 2:01:58 Jill Parker 2:20:48
3rd James Radcliffe 2:03:27 Rachel Stoakes 2:22:10

Cold, wind and rain were order of the day at Cowman where the half ironman distance and sprint race took place. First out of the water in just over 24 minutes was Mark Stenning, followed 45 seconds later by Mike Corns. A minute 45secs back was Craig Twigg. A wrong turning on the bike put Stenning out of overall contention. His lead was taken by brothers Joel and Toby Jameson, who came off the bike together, three minutes ahead of their nearest rivals. The brothers matched each other stride for stride for almost the whole 21km before Toby took the lead and the win in just under 4:06. Joel followed in a few seconds back. Third place was taken by Liam Dolan nine minutes back in 4:14:40. Stenning made up for his bike mishap with a storming run to make up some time and eventually finished in ninth.

The ladies race was dominated from start to finish by Sophie Whitworth. Whitworth finished the swim with a lead of almost 90 seconds which grew to over six minutes on the bike. A strong run saw her finish in 4:54:05. Sarah Lovelock took second. Full results are on the Big-Cow website.

Pos Men Women
1st Toby Jameson 4:05:40 Sophie Whitworth 4:54:06
2nd Joel Jameson 4:05:51 Sarah Lovelock 5:01:20
3rd Liam Dolan 4:14:30 Jayne Parker 5:03:05

In the accompanying Big Cow Sprint (Race3), another big field of over 200 arrived to take the shorter option on offer. Full results are on the Big-Cow website. The top three finishers were:

Pos Men Women
1st Scott Wiseman 1:01:47 Lucy Smith 1:10:44
2nd Tom Curtis 1:02:00 Eimear Mullen 1:11:11
3rd Jamie Beacham 1:04:40 Carla Fisher 1:12:48

Adverse weather struck at the Bournemouth International Triathlon, where the planned sprint and standard distance events were amended to a 5km / 20km / 5km duathlon. Provisional results are available on the Concept Sport website.

The winners in the Hereford Triathlon were Gary Hughes (Team Tri Gloucs) in 46:48, while the first lady was Ros Viner, finishing seventh overall in 54:10. We have full results on the site. The Crewkerne Triathlon was run in "atrocious weather" according to organiser Max Field, but battling both the course and the elements to win were Lee Pester (36:06) and Julia Hector (40:41). We have full results here. We also have the results of their childrens aquathlon. Other tristar & youth events taking place include the Wirral Triathlon, and we have the results of that here, plus the Norwich Junior event, and we have those results here.

The Aberavon Beach Aquathlon hosted the Welsh Championships, and the overall winners, also qualifying as Welsh Champions were junior Luke Watson (Pembs Tri), and Katie Silke (Coventry). We have the results in our database.

The latest in the BSLT series took place in Hawick, Scotland. We have results on site for the novice and the sprint event, which was won by David Moffat and Lucy Ross. Elsewhere in Scotland, there were another two events taking place at the Skene Triathlons. The sprint was won by Peter Anderson (1:05:16) and Lisa Leonard (1:14:43), while the 'short' was won by Derek George (44:14) and Julie Wilson (49:11).

The 18th White Oak triathlon in Swanley, Kent saw wins for Neil Harris (Team VO2) and Khara Mills (Leeds and Bradford). Full results are available on the site. The Summer Sizzler triathlon in Dorset was won by Nicholas Spencer (1:27:01), while the ladies winner was Sarah Wheeler (1:29:34). Full results (finish times only) are available here.

First results in this weekend were from Saturday's Cleveland Steelman middle-distance event. Full results here, and we also have a race report.

Pos Men Women
1st Richard Hunt 4:11:30 Georgie Rutherford 4:47:07
2nd Phil Smith 4:14:31 Helen Macvicker 4:59:43
3rd Phil Coulson 4:15:29 Denise Parkin 5:00:50

Tri-Anglia were busy at the Norwich Triathlons this weekend hosting both standard distance and sprint events, a total of around 350 athletes. The standard distance race was won by Roy Young (Born2Tri) and Melissa Dowell (Born2Tri), while the Sprint was won by Will Dorsett (Mammoth Tri) and Laura Massey (Cambridge Tri Club). We have full results for the standard distance and sprint.

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