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16th Oct 2012Issue 243

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That was a great race - I am of course talking about the 2012 Ironman World Championships from Kona, Hawaii. (You can check our our extensive coverage in our dedicated event section HERE).

Without Chrissie Wellington, maintaining the ladies title in British hands was going to be a tough ask. We knew it was possible (and explained why here!), but there was always a feeling that despite the undoubted qualities and potential of Rachel Joyce and Leanda Cave, the win looked set to be between Caroline Steffen and Mirinda Carfrae. So, with three miles to go, Steffen in the lead and the Carfrae Express closing in on the shoulder of Ironman 70.3 World Champion Cave to move into second, that thought looked set to come true. Could Rinny catch Xena? At which point... Leanda dug deep, and not only did she not let the Kona run course record holder past, she pulled away... and them passed Caroline herself to become World Champion for the fourth time. Superbird can fly! A brilliant and brave effort. This wasn't a day for fast times or course records, but it was over nine hours of head-to-head racing. It also leaves an amazing statistic - over the past six Ironman World Championships (male and female), Australia have won seven titles, Great Britain five and everyone else ....none.

Will 2012 see a changing of the guard though? With two first time winners in Leanda Cave and Pete Jacobs, DNF's from Chris McCormack and Marino Vanhoenacker plus an uncharacteristic 12th from Craig Alexander, it could be time for the next generation...or not! At almost 46 years of age, six-time champion Natascha Badmann finished sixth overall (less than eleven minutes behind Leanda), while 2005 champion Faris Al-Sultan went one better with a fifth place finish. Form is temporary, class is permanent. It's a little to early to be writing anyone off just yet.

In this issue:

Results

Weekend action

First up, a massive result in Kailua Kona for Leanda Cave and one that's well deserved. By one of those odd quirks of scheduling I've not bumped into her that often on the circuit although with 20+ years on the clock I've always been well aware of the potential that's been, at times, shadowed by others and also subject to the usual mishaps and misfortunes. Indeed, the last time I can remember seeing her race was at Kona in 2009 when I described her as 'walking on razor blades'. This result has been a long time coming, check out John's career synopsis, but I seriously doubt that it will be the last time we realise that GB has talent in long distance racing that arguably approaches that of even Chrissie.

Other racing on the international scene saw the slightly worrying spectacle of Arnold Schwarzenegger waving a gun around at the start of the TriStar 111 in Madrid (Victor Arroyo and Saleta Castro won that one) and the debut of TriStar racing in Rio de Janeiro where Santiago Ascenco and Vanessa Gianini topped the rostra. No headlining GB athletes in either of those as far as we can tell.

Somewhat tongue in cheek I contrasted the Hawaii Ironman with the Snowman Triathlon in the weekend preview and full credit to the field that took part in the North Wales event. The winner there was Ewan Brown (York Triathlon Club) who took 2:02:41 for the somewhat unusual 750m/31k/8k format which gives a good indication of just how tough it was. Sheona Schofield (Sheffield Triathlon Club) was the fastest woman over the course in 2:33:52. A full set of results is HERE.We've also got a full report on the event HERE.

The Stirling Aquathlon hosted the Scottish Aquathlon Championships and the winners were Cameron Milne and Kerry Lang, full results are HERE and the junior race results are HERE as well.

The Westcountry Boon dynasty is alive and well - Josh Boon (Tri UK) won the Burnham on Sea Autumn Aquathlon as a Junior although Caroline Jones was only just behind him to take first woman and second overall. Full results are HERE.

A full set of results from the Hartside Duathlon which was won by Daryl Oguona and with the majority of the women seeming to be in team entries the first solo female we can find is Deborah Turner. A full set of splits is HERE.

The Herts Charity Triathlon was won by Martin Beare and Zoe Doyle, a full set of results are HERE. The event also staged a duathlon and results for that are HERE.

We missed the Broxtowe Duathlon completely - good job the StuWeb crew didn't, thanks to them for a full set of results HERE.

Only overall results from the Autumn Fast & Furious Duathlon which show that Colin Lewin took the overall win with Clare Elms taking the female trophy. Headline results are HERE.

We have headline results from the Mud & Mayhem Duathlon at Delapre Abbey where Richard Lewey and Kate Sealy topped the results list, you can see the summary sheet HERE, along with an event report HERE.

The Bristol Run Rider Offroad Duathlon had to be moved to an alternate location after bad weather in the week made the original site unusable and the results are in a structure that we are having a bit of difficulty getting into our normal format but you can check them out 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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