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12th Nov 2012Issue 246

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Are we really three months to the day passed since the Closing Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games? With time seeming to fly so fast, at this rate it won't seem that long until we are talking Rio 2016 in the present tense, rather than as some seemingly distant milestone.

We've talked several times on the site about the Olympic cycle, and how the four year window closing can also be a changing of the guard. For the winners, typically, the subsequent months may well see performances fall away as the opportunities and responsibilities of that Olympic success mean a temporary (but well earned) diversion from the sole goal of elite performance. The Olympic hangover effect is nothing new. For others, the closing of an Olympic year represents closure on a career - hopefully on a high. In our sport, the end of an Olympic year will also mean a number of athletes deciding to move away from their Olympic Triathlon focus to other goals, typically by moving to long(er) distance events. We saw, potentially, just that this weekend at the inaugural Ironman 70.3 Lanzarote with former ITU World Champion Iván Raña taking a convincing win at his first attempt on the 70.3 circuit. Triathlon's most successful Olympic athlete, Simon Whitfield, has also just confirmed his switch to long course racing where he'll likely find familiar faces such as Will Clarke, Bevan Docherty and more.

Great Britain's Leanda Cave has shown just what can be achieved. 10 years ago she was the ITU World Champion. Today she is Ironman and Ironman 70.3 World Champion... and she also slipped in an ITU Long Distance World title on the way too! The coming weekend she races again. Ironman Arizona is the event, a race where last year she won and also joined the Sub-9 iron-distance club. If anyone deserves to have a year-end off it's Leanda, but history has proven that she is a superb late season racer, so expect another great effort from Superbird on Sunday.

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Weekend action

Oh, how I wish I had been at Club La Santa on Saturday! I always enjoy being in at the start of something new and, hopefully, the new Ironman 70.3 Lanzarote based out of there will become a regular fixture on the calendar. Of course, Ironman 70.3 events aren't always permanent fixtures - we have had events come and go on that calendar just like any other - but one thing we do know is that if you make them tough they will generally attract a loyal following. And tough it was... Check out the race report here, results are, as always, linked off the main Ironman website.

Pos Men Women
1 Iván Raña (ESP) 4:07:35 Danne Boterenbrood (NED) 4:40:05
2 Ronnie Schildknecht (SUI) 4:11:27 Sophie De Groote (BEL) 4:41:55
3 Boris Stein (GER) 4:12:59 Sonja Tajsich (GER) 4:44:03
4 Alessandro Degasperi (ITA) 4:13:32 Katja Konshak (GER) 4:48:16
5 Victor Del Moral Corral (ESP) 4:13:35 Eva Ledesma (ESP) 4:49:24

Had I been lucky enough to have enjoyed some late season sunshine in the Canaries (instead of getting a long weekend in Boston MA just ahead of Superstorm Sandy and a couple of damp days urgently re-building a website in Denmark) I would have missed the other super-tough event this weekend. I'm not entirely sure how many RG Active Autumn Ballbusters there have been, John Lunt says over 20, but I think I've only missed one and that was only because I was stuck in an MRI scanner! Not that I have ever raced it as a) I never liked duathlon that much and b) it's way too hard! It also felt really strange having it on a Sunday - although it has to be said that of the two days this weekend Sunday was definitely the better with a really cool, crisp Autumn feel and virtually no wind.

The field may have lacked some of the headline names of recent years but there was some very quick racing out at the front. Andrew Greenleaf (Serpentine) was definitely not hanging about and led the pack throughout to deliver a winning time of 2:37:59 while clubmate Richard Phillips confirmed his second place ahead of Hugh Mackenzie (Imperial College TC). Clare Miller dominated the women's field heading Sarah May (Calderdale Tri Club) by over seven minutes with late entry Fay Cripps closing out the podium in third. Full results are HERE.

Pos Men Women
1 Andrew Greenleaf (Serpentine) 2:37:59 Clare Miller 3:04:07
2 Richard Phillips (Serpentine) 2:41:15 Sarah May (Calderdale Tri Club) 3:11:15
3 Hugh Mackenzie (Imperial College) 2:43:52 Fay Cripps 3:12:34

Hillingdon Triathletes put on their Autumn Sprint Duathlon at the Minet Park cycle circuit where the wins went to Jean-Claude Besse (Imperial College) and Liza Croft (Hemel Hepstead CC). There must be some serious duathlon talent over at Imperial as they also picked up third, fourth and seventh (plus that third at Ballbuster)... Full results for the race are HERE, the results for the TriStar event are HERE.

The mud-obsessed had a double dip opportunity at Hell Down South with runs (one can't really call them races...) on both days over the Longmoor Camp venue just off the A3 in Hampshire. Now that's a very muddy place on a dry day so the report from a colleage that, "half the track was water and the other half was mud" probably isn't that far from being a literal truth! Results for both days can be found on the HellRunner site - just be aware that events like this often take a day or two to get settled as the technology can take a bit of a beating with conditions like this!

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