Tri247 Newsletter


13th Aug 2007Issue 23

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Last week we posed the question as to whether size mattered... After two weekends of massively promoted events with international attention and media coverage it was a delight to get back to the fundamentals with the National Club Relays. It seems like these have been going forever but in reality it's only 17 years... The Editor's memories date from the early 90s when he raced there a couple of times with Thames Turbo but it seems that nothing much has changed in either format or atmosphere over the years. Although, one hopes that the water quality might have improved a bit...

While all the clubs were battling it out for honours in Nottingham the rest of the Tri247 team decamped to Dorset for another of those events which just seems to encapsulate the grass roots element. Swanage is one of the toughest standard distance races you could find (which probably explains why the field is never that big) but the atmosphere here hasn't changed much over the years either. This year saw a couple of concessions to progress in that the transition area actually had a security cage around it and the timing was of the chip variety but pretty much everything else was unchanged.

The organisation of any event can get tested by the simplest of things and at Swanage this year that turned out to be the unwelcome attention of some people who had obviously enjoyed rather too much alcohol the night before. Turning a couple of signs round may seem like a bit of a lark at 5am but the subsequent disruption to the leaders in the sprint race wasn't something that they would have to deal with. We suspect that next year's upgrade to the event will be industrial strength cable ties rather than string... Still, if you fancy a serious test of your mid-season fitness, a really friendly atmosphere and some of the best bacon rolls the South Coast has to offer make a date in the calendar for next year's event.

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Weekend action

The National Club Relays were held at the National Watersports Centre near Nottingham on Saturday and clearly the excellent weather had a bearing on the quality of racing! Reports from the venue indicate that the racing was excellent and the organisation, as always, pretty much spot on. We are hoping for a fuller breakdown later in the week and we believe that John Coxon has a gallery of images online already. Full results are here.

PosMale TeamCrew
1 TFN 2XU A 2:57:04 Fanous, Redwood, Yelling, Tarry
2 Team MK Happy 2:59:34 Howton, Glossy, Brown, Brook
3 TFN 2XU B 2:59:45 Swaine, Cresswell, Smith, Couldwell
PosFemale TeamCrew
1 BRAT A 3:18:38 Sollars, Hanson, Smith, Ruscius
2 Planet X 3:22:05 Whitworth, Hoare, Ford, Lee
3 Oxford Tri 3:23:18 Lidbury, Burnett, Dionello, Stokes
PosMixed TeamCrew
1 TFN Mixed A 3:11:44 Hope, Collins, Butler, Mytton
2 Birmingham Uni 2 3:12:15 Hoath, Norman, Richards, Cornes
3 Tri London 1 3:12:36 Parker, Carritt, Lord, Couson

In the men's race at the Tiszaujvaros BG World Cup the somewhat predictable winner in 1:47:44 was Javier Gomez (ESP) with Kris Gemmell (NZL) taking second ahead of Frederic Belaubre (FRA). GB had no male athletes in the race.

Sam Warriner (NZL) made up for the relative disappointment of a second place at Salford by winning in 2:00:11. Second place went to Emma Moffatt (AUS) after a close-fought battle with Debbie Tanner (NZL) who had to settle for third. Vanessa Raw finished 17th in her comeback race from injury, having remained in the lead group up until the run where she lapped consistently but at about 35 seconds off the pace set by the front runners. Kerry Lang, who led out the swim and rode with the lead group on the bike seems to have ended up as a DNF on the last lap of the run. Full results are on the ITU website:

1Javier Gomez (ESP) 1:47:44Sam Warriner (NZL) 2:00:11
2Kris Gemmell (NZL) 1:47:52Emma Moffatt (AUS) 2:00:31
3Frederic Belaubre (FRA) 1:48:03Debbie Tanner (NZL) 2:00:35

The French Grand Prix series went to the legendary Embrun Triathlon, famed because of the hills, and even over the sprint distance race they managed to stick some of the lumpy bits in there. Will Clarke obviously found it to his liking and put in a major effort as part of a group of six to get into the lead for the run but the race seems to have ended up as a dead heat with Laurent Vidal - although Clarke gets the nod for the win. Paul Amey finished 9th, he has been racing in the recent Iron Tour over there, Nathan Shaw was 15th with brother Karl 17th and Stuart Hayes was 21st. Jonathan Grady (IRL) was 38th, Aaron Harris 43rd and Mark Threlfall 55th. In the women's race Magali di Marco Messmer took the win ahead of Andrea Hewitt and Ricarda Lisk with Carol Bridge 14th and Alice Hector 18th. Victoria Wilkinson was a DNF. You can find results online on the Embrunman website:

Powerman Belgium's was won by Benny Vansteelant in 2:32:49 with Mariska Kramer taking the women's race in 2:58:17. Best GB performance was from Michelle Parsons in third with Felicity Hart sixth. On the mens's side we have Matt Moorhouse in seventh and Oliver Mott in eighth. Full results are here and the event website is due to have a photo gallery uploaded on Monday:

Down at the Swanage Triathlon on Sunday the local inebriates managed to move a few arrows around causing the first half dozen or so in the sprint wave to cut the run route short by a massive margin - a rather unhappy start to the day. After the sorting out it emerged that Rosy Murray (Chapel Tri Stars) was the overall winner in 1:25:16 with the first man home being Jamie Roberts in 1:26:07. In the standard distance race there seems to have been a major draft fest going on at some point - judging by the number of DQ and two minute penalties issued by the motrocycle referees. These didn't affect the winners, James Gilfillan (Primera Bournemouth) and Alex Savage. Both athletes led through their entire race and both held off serious challengers, in James' case it was Colin Dixon, a previous winner here on more than one occasion and in Alex's it was local rival Tracy Cook.

The Editor's camera has been clicking away again and you can find a photo gallery here. Usual deal applies, if you want the high-res version email him directly and he'll send it on. Full results for the standard distance are here and the sprint results are here.

At the Jersey Triathlon, Tri247's roaming Ironman, Nick Saunders, appears to have carried off the spoils in a time of 1:54:38 with Catherine Powrie picking up the women's trophy in 2:28:01. Nick has a report for us which will be online tomorrow (Tuesday). Full results are here.

The Ayr Open Water Sprint, which was actually a duathlon as the current in the river was too strong for swimming, was won by Ian Grant in 1:09:45 with the women's trophy going to Vicky Begg (Glasgow TC) in 1:22:26. Full results are here.

The Wensleydale Triathlon (the first of our cheese-related events this weekend, the other being the Cheddar Children's Triathlon...) was won by Richard Hunt in 4:07:14 with Helen McVicker the first woman home in 5:31:36. Full results due soon.

Pacesetter Events continued their weekend of fun at the National Watersports Centre with the Nottingham Triathlon. The men's winner was Chris Fothergill (Wakefield Tri Club) in 1:02:10 with Ellie Debenham (Chester Tri Club) winning the women's race in 1:10:56. Full results are here.

ORCA Classic & Sprint Triathlon Competition

SBR Sports have now signed up with, which is fantastic news. The company is the official retailer of the London and Blenheim Triathlon, London Duathlon and F3 Events and they have stores located in Windsor and London.

The ORCA Classic and Sprint triathlons on September 23rd are filling fast, enter now so as not to miss out. And, to celebrate their new partnership with Tri247, SBR Sports are offering two free entries to the event. All you need to do is tell us where this event is taking place? Drop us an email with your answer to The draw will take place on Friday 17th August, so if you are a winner you'll have time to include it in your race plans!


Trek to support Tri247 results service

Since its launch, Tri247 has been dedicated to bringing you the latest results direct to your desktop just as soon as they are available. We know that our results page is one of the busiest sections of the site and we are constantly looking for ways to improve the service to enable you to monitor your performance and log your personal times throughout the season.

We are delighted to announce that another company for whom association with winning performances is a key reason for their involvement with the sport has kindly agreed to support the section for the next twelve months. That company is, of course, Trek who are already sponsoring top triathletes including the current World Triathlon Champion, Tim Don, world-class events like the London Triathlon and the British Triathlon Federation. Please visit the Trek website for more information on their outstanding bike range including the new Madone used by Tim Don at London this weekend and the recently reviewed Equinox:


Route planning

Have you seen the exciting Routeplanning section supported by Garmin and Motion based? It tells you all you need to know about how planning and preparation can help with getting more information from your training sessions and how technology, if used appropriately, can make that easier and more fun!

It isn't exactly a 'Route of the Month' but we had the Garmin taken around the XTERRA UK bike course by Sam Gardner, Julie Dibens and Harry Wiltshire who also recorded a photo montage of the route. Now that looks like a mother of a tough bike section! Check it out here.

Why not send in your requests for which routes you would like to be analysed? Or, perhaps, you would like to ride it for us? We'll even lend you a Garmin Edge! Send your suggestions to


Shoe advice

Did you know Tri247 has a Shoe Advice section supported by Saucony?

Every month one lucky reader gets a free pair of trainers by having their shoe question published as the "Question of the month" -- why don't you send in yours and you too could be sporting some great new footwear.

Have you got any questions about running shoes? Then make sure you email them in to and we will get the experts to answer them online!



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