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8th Apr 2013Issue 261

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That might well have been one of the busiest and most varied racing weekends of the year so far - and for some at least, a slight hint of sun in the sky too. Perhaps we aren't at the beginning of a new ice age after all?!

Variety is the spice of life in the multisport world, but with repeat Auckland wins in the first round of the World Triathlon Series on Saturday from Javier Gomez and Anne Haug, consistency is also another trait that the very best in our sport display on a year-to-year basis. We're really looking forward to the San Diego event in two weeks time when the Brownlee brothers join in the WTS fun. Gomez certainly doesn't look in the mood to make it easy for them, or indeed, anyone else. Another great year in prospect.

Some great British pro performances this past weekend too. Matthew Sharpe was showing the pain of his fifth place in Auckland on crossing the line, but in terms of a significant step up from his Under-23 World Championship in 2011, his confidence and belief can go to another level as we begin the four year quadrennial towards Rio 2016.

Another who will have Rio - and indeed the Welsh Commonwealth Games team - on her mind is Non Stanford. An ITU Premium Cup in Portugal may be a couple of rungs down the triathlon hierarchy from the premier league of the World Triathlon Series, but producing such a dominant win is exactly what you would hope an improving Under-23 athlete could do. With Helen Jenkins currently sidelined with injury there is a real opportunity for Non, along with the much improved Jodie Stimpson, to spearhead British ladies draft-legal racing on the world stage in 2013. With the Hyde Park Grand Final the end-of-season goal, what great incentive for them both.

Congratulations to Emma-Kate Lidbury too. A solid winter of training and excitement for the season ahead could have been wrecked by an ill-timed shoulder dislocation a couple of weeks ago, resulting in a withdrawal from the Oceanside 70.3 last weekend. A smart decision that proved, as Lidbury dominated Ironman 70.3 Texas, crushing the bike and delivering a very strong run. With Corinne Abraham's recent Ironman Melbourne win and early season wins from Jodie Swallow, Lesley Paterson, Liz Blatchford and others already on the board, the British long distance ladies look set for another great year.

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Results

Weekend action

Another outstanding weekend on the international circuit with Matthew Sharp turning in a career-so-far best to get fifth at the ITU race in Auckland (report HERE) while Joe Skipper and Nicholas Ward Muñoz took third and fifth at ICAN Malaga's half distance (report HERE). Top Brit at the Quarteira ITU Triathlon European Cup was Non Stanford who won the women's field, there was a massive GB presence at the race and you can check out all the placings in our report HERE.

Their Pacific tour seems to have taken its toll: neither Ben Allen or Jacqui Slack topped to podium at the Great Ocean Road - both took second in a race won by Courtney Atkinson and Renata Bucher. Daz Parker was sixth and Rory Downie fourth. Results are HERE.

And, to round it all off nicely, at the Memorial Hermann Ironman 70.3 Emma-Kate Lidbury showed that not only has she a sensible head (in missing the start last week to avoid further damage to her shoulder) but also has great biking legs as she tore the field apart and gave herself more than enough of a buffer to hold her lead to the tape. There's a full report HERE.

Headline results of the weekend were at the Elite Duathlon Championships and we have a separate report on those HERE. Results for all the races are on the StuWeb site HERE.

Saturday dawned crisp and cold for the final of Human Race's off-road series, the TrailMan race at Eridge Park near Tunbridge Wells. The early ice thawed to leave a very greasy surface and some very serious chain and gear clogging mud which saw a significant number of duathletes dropping out during or after the bike leg. Phil Westoby (Army Triathlon) won the race and the series but the way the points work meant that even though Freya Martin won the race Sam Aplin was guaranteed to take the series as long as she finished and her second place was more than enough to guarantee that. Full results are HERE.

Sunday's results from the Sun City Tri Duathlon were in before some races had even started! The wins went to Garry Walker (Coalfields RT) and Georgia Campbell (Coalfields RT) and the full results are HERE.

Plenty of duathlon action at Dorney Lake for the Gatorade Eton Dorney series with Scott Wiseman (Ashford) and Gayle Vickers (Petersfield) winning the sprint race while Tim Wright and Catherine O'Leary won the supersprint. Results are on the votwo site HERE.

Switching to triathlon, the classic early-season race at Ringwood (although much modified since the glory days of the New Forest Series back in the 90s) was won by Will Newbery (Primera TBC) and Mary Campbell (Chichester Westgate). Full results are HERE.

The first running of a standard distance duathlon on the Castle Combe circuit, the Kinetic One Standard, saw victory for Lee Rankin (Team DB Max) and Amy Chalk (Calne SMaRTT), results are on the DB Max site HERE.

Results are in from the ISCA Duathlon at the University of Wales and Alexander Royffe and Bethan Fowler topped the field there, full results are HERE.

Also added to the listings are results from the Diss Duathlon where the wins went to Iain Robertson and Jayne Williams. Full results are HERE.

Results for the Burnham on Sea Sprint Aquathon are now available HERE, the Basildon Aquathlon has adult results HERE and the TriStar results HERE. Provisional results are also linked in for the A2C Triathlon HERE. and the Tewkesbury Aquathlon HERE.

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