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11th Mar 2013Issue 258

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Now that was a cold weekend. However, there is a saying often used that there is no such thing as bad weather, just inappropriate clothing...

That said, watching half of the field disappear off onto the bike in little more than a couple of bits of lycra at the Dambuster Duathlon on Saturday at the British Age Group Duathlon Championships, perhaps multisport athletes aren't really 'normal' anyway?! Congratulations to Hugh Mackenzie and Anna Turvey, the first British Champions of the season.

The weather - and the attire - wasn't much different at the Cambridge Half Marathon on Sunday (watch our video for evidence!), where plenty of triathletes (including current British Elite Duathlon Champion Lucy Gossage, who we interviewed post-race), were racing. Some had even done the Dambuster on Saturday too... and are probably still de-frosting.

And to think, just over a week ago your Editor was enjoying some winter sun in Abu Dhabi. He won't be needing those shorts for a few months in the UK at the current rate....

Wrap up warm folks!

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Results

Weekend action

I'm sure Sam Gardner will provide an update but the headlines from XTERRA Saipan are that it was another win for Ben Allen while Jacqui Slack continues her conquest of the off-road scene with another trophy for the women's race - she was eighth overall. Sam was fourth, Rory Downie seventh and Daz Parker fifth. Full results are HERE.

Pos Male Female
1 Ben Allen (AUS) 2:36:36 Jacqui Slack (GBR) 3:06:00
2 Dan Hugo (RSA) 2:44:18 Carina Wasle (AUT) 3:13:30
3 Bradley Weiss (RSA) 2:50:54 Renata Bucher (SUI) 3:16:49

Out in New Zealand for the OTU Triathlon Oceania Championships the sole GB representation was Alexandra Mckibben who picked up 13th place in the Junior race.

One thing we are sure of, it would have been warmer in Saipan than it was at the Dambuster Duathlon. Driving up on Friday evening the weather was pretty murky and then the evening weather forecast was even muttering about snow and falling temperatures. The knock-on was a pretty significant DNS list but although it was breezy and definitely on the cool side the racing was pretty hot. With both National Championship medals and the prospect of qualifying slots for the ITU Duathlon World Championships up for grabs there were more than a few sprints for the finish line. The referees were happy people for once, just one penalty issued in the entire race and no reported drafting offences at all - perhaps a first for a major event? Results are online HERE but are provisional (the guy showing at the top with a stupidly fast time is a known problem!)

Pos Male Female
1 Hugh Mackenzie (Pro VO2) 1:54:12 Anna Turvey (Start Cycles) 2:06:49
2 Phil Holland (Team Corley Cycles Blue) 1:54:41 Ruth Brennan Morrey (Tri Rochester USA) 2:10:14
3 Daniel Jenkin (Durham University) 1:55:02 Amy Forshaw (Tri London) 2:10:37

A quick dash down the M4 on Sunday morning to look in on the Newbury Duathlon revealed that the weather might have dried up a bit but up on the Berkshire Downs the wind was bitingly cold and none of the competitors seemed to be enjoying the conditions much. Gareth Watkins was the first man home with Fran Bungay heading a small but competitive women's field. Results are HERE.

The first of a three-race series, the Portsmouth Duathlon One was won by Gary Brind and Fay Cripps, full results are linked HERE and you'll need to click your name to see your splits.

The off-road action this weekend was up at Grizedale where Tom Gibbs (adidas TERREX) and Sally Ozanne (Team Mountain Hardwear) posted the fastest times. The winning pair were Desmond Thorpe and Andy Preston. Results are HERE, there don't seem to be any splits.

Results are in from the Carlisle City Tristar Aquathlon and you can check them out HERE. Results for the adult race are also available HERE.

Triathletes were out in force at running events this weekend, check out our separate report HERE. Results for all the New Forest Running Festival events over the weekend are on the StuWeb site HERE.

No news in yet from either the Sidmouth or Burntwood aquathlons, we'll add them to the archive as soon as we get some data.

Click below for links to all the results from this weekend, and remember, where you see the triVIEWER icon, you can re-live your race in graphical simulation form!

FULL WEEKEND RESULTS LISTINGS

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