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19th Nov 2012Issue 247

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With the boss away getting a well earned break in a significantly warmer climate it was something of a relief that nobody managed to break either the eight- or nine-hour barriers at Ironman Arizona yesterday. Not that they weren't trying, it's just that all those IronStats pages are very much John's domain rather than mine and updating them is a job best left to those qualified!

Arizona was a breakthrough race for Nils Frommhold, a name more readily associated with standard distance racing and his move to the long course events was on the basis of seeing what would happen if he raced at a steady pace. Which, as all the learned works tell us, is exactly what you are supposed to do... Being told and doing are, as pretty much anyone who has done ironman-distance will tell you, are two very different things but the plan certainly seems to have worked this time. And, given that he was only three minutes and change off a sub-8 time I suspect that it's a plan that might get tried again!

Corinne Abraham's plan, and you can read her excellent blog/diary here, is best summed up by the final sentence: "As good as my season may have been, I'll still be striving for excellence this weekend." And she certainly delivered on that with third place. That's her third top five Ironman finish of the year following on from another third in Frankfurt and a fourth in Texas. The fact that there seemed to be virtually no coverage of her race at all was perplexing. OK, she has hopped back and forth between distances and disciplines and this is her first full professional IM year. Last year she DNFd two IMs and was still doing minor events like Steelman and the Windsor Swim with her two previous Ironman races in 2010 done as an AG. So, maybe the penny has yet to drop with the commentators... It will, and soon, if her results this season are anything to go by.

Leanda Cave's plan, I suspect, was to get a nice steady post-Hawaii race under her belt, tick that 2013 validation box and then kick back and have some fun at Laguna Phuket in a couple of weeks. Sixth place, cash in the bank and job done - now that's also a perfectly executed plan in anyone's book!

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Results

Weekend action

At the Ironman 70.3 Shepparton the Australians were denied a clean sweep by Terenzo Bozzone (NZL) who may have given up a few seconds on the swim but turned in a very tidy bike and then an even tidier 1:12:02 half marathon to leave himself 4:49 clear of a quality field - the rest of the top ten were Australian. The tables were turned in the women's race where Rebekah Keat also came through with a 1:22:01 run to clean up by nearly six and a half minutes and just a single non-Australian made the top ten - again a New Zealander, Julia Grant in eighth. Jacqui Slack just missed the top ten with 11th place in 4:47:36. Full results are HERE.

Ironman Arizona saw a debut win for Nils Frommhold which was only just shy of the magic 'eight' at 8:03:13 - there's a name to keep an eye on for the future - while Linsey Corbin topped out the women's field and put an end to a run of second places here. Great result for Corinne Abraham in third (barely a mention on the live coverage) and Leanda Cave was sixth with Paul Amey 21st. Full results, including some impressive GB age group times, are on the Ironman site HERE.

Pos Male Female
1 Nils Frommhold (GER) 8:03:13 Linsey Corbin (USA) 9:01:41
2 Paul Matthews (USA) 8:04:58 Meredith Kessler (USA) 9:06:41
3 T J Tollakson (USA) 8:07:36 Corinne Abraham (GBR) 9:15:10
4 Tyler Butterfield (USA) 8:14:41 Sara Gross (CAN) 9:18:04
5 Jarmo Hast (FIN) 8:16:09 Mirjam Weerd (NED) 9:24:27

Always in early with a race report, Jex Cox emailed to let us know that, despite picking up a penalty for lobbing a water bottle at the end of the first lap, he and Lucy Gossage topped out the Walden Off-Road Duathlon. That's the 70th win of his career while Lucy had been presented the Female Elite Duathlete award at the BTF Awards Dinner the night before. Jez, despite his first ever penalty, had nothing but praise for the organisers and the "really novel and exciting cross/road hybrid duathlon with some great technical sections and a big water crossing - no wonder it was sold out". Full results are online HERE and the times for the TriStar race are HERE.

Pos Male Female
1 Jez Cox (Team Bike and Run) 1:12:18 Lucy Gossage (Cambridge Tri) 1:21:46
2 John McAndrew (Ely Tri Club) 1:12:48 Emily Boldy 1:27:52
3 Royston Young (Born 2 Tri) 1:14:15 Kamilla Norrman 1:32:02

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