I wanted to write an editorial about how sport seems to be getting more and more self-centred these days. About how athletes seem to be totally focussed on their result or achieving their goal - often at the direct expense of others - and how their actions to achieve this sometimes beggar belief. I wanted to ask why athletes sometimes refuse to take responsibility for doing stupid things and then taking out their frustration in actions that have the potential to ruin other people's enjoyment of the sport. But then I read about Katie Hewison's win in Cancun at the ITU's Triathlon World Cup race and remembered that in order to win at the highest level you just have to be focussed and self-centred and driven and ...
Hewison's been spending 2012 building herself back up after injury and picked up Silver at the ITU World Duathlon Championships a couple of weeks and after a string of decent results this year it's a great result to round out the season with and I'm expecting we'll see many more from her over the coming years.
I wasn't referring to professional athletes like Hewison though, rather the weekend warriors who somehow find it impossible to read instructions, listen to briefings or even see large yellow structures that many other hundreds of people seem to have no difficulty with. And, inevitably, when their mistake is pointed out, why do they have to lash out with an action that has the potential to spoil pretty much everyone else's day? Guys, it's sport... It's supposed to be fun...
And, talking of fun, I'm really sorry to have missed out on what should have been a great party this weekend. Slightly belated congratulations to Mike Martin and Freya Bloor who tied the knot at Belstone on Saturday - best wishes from all of us at Tri247.
Saturday's off-road action at the XT Duathlon at Hawley Lake had wins for Dafydd Hollis and Emma Welch in the full distance race while Tom Robertson and Liz Cloke took the tape in the half distance version. A quick update in from the organiser, allabouttriathlon, about the course conditions after 12 solid hours of rain and pictures of mud-spattered people explain why personal best times were not on the cards this weekend! Full results for the main event are HERE, the short distance ones are HERE.
The off-road action continued up at the Kielder Water Run Bike Run with both team and individuals going over the tracks and trails round the man-made lake. Results for this one are all on the Race Timing Systems website, we'll get a local copy shortly.
Yet more duathlon action on Sunday with the Carsington Duathlon which was won by Daniel McCarthy (Huub TFN RT) and Emilie Verroken (Equus Planet X) with the results on the StuWeb site HERE.
The StuWeb teams were out in force this weekend as they also timed the Oulton Park Duathlon, the Rowers Revenge (results HERE) and the St Lukes Hospice Triathlon (results HERE).
The Bedford Sprint Series is a regular feature on the Eastern Region's calendar - it's been going in one form or another for the best part of 20 years! This year the first one of the series was wiped out by that awful spell of bad weather which disrupted huge chunks of the early season but this weekend's final had decent enough weather to finish on a high. Wins went to Phil Holland (Team Corley Cycles Blue) and Kathryn Berry (Tri Camp Race Team) and a full set of results are HERE.
Born2Tri's Great Notley Duathlon was won by Chris Nicholls with victory in the women's division going to Katie Sherwood. Full results are HERE.
Despite being billed as a run/bike/run the results from the Newport Duathlon only have times for a run and bike and the total - there's no explanation on their website as to why so if anyone knows please do tell us! Results as posted are HERE.
Another event making up for weather disruption earlier in the year was the Speedo Open Water Swim at Hampton Court. With river temperatures down to an official 12°C and a much stronger flow than in previous years due to the recent rain the winning times were very fast indeed. Over 1,100 swimmers completed the course with only three abandoning during the 2.25 miles. Provisional results are on the Human Race website, we'll load the final list shortly.
There were aquathlon races aplenty on Sunday. The Solihull Tri Club held its Tudor Grange Aquathlon event for both adults (results HERE) and TriStars (results HERE) while both the Devil's Aquathlon at the Sandford Parks Lido in Cheltenham (results HERE) and the London Fields Aquathlon (results HERE) got the StuWeb timing treatment.
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.