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And then they were gone! The GB Olympic team that is, off to Jeju, Korea for their final preparation and holding camp before Beijing and the Olympic Games. The Corus Elite Series race, which doubled as the National Champs was won by Will Clarke, and all things considered, was possibly the 'best' result all around. Tim Don finished strongly in second place, and already has a World Cup win and several other top performances this year to take confidence from. Alistair Brownlee suffered with stomach problems on the run section and only finished ninth, but with a World Championship already in the bag from Vancouver, and a storming race at Madrid, I suspect the tough Yorkshire athlete will, and should move on swiftly and confidently to China. For Will though, in a season in which he's qualified for the Olympics, it seems ironic to say that, to date, it hadn't been a great year by his high standards. If anyone really needed a big result it was him, and to hear him say "I felt so good out there" and take the title can only help the Team GB cause.
For the ladies, well, it seems that Hollie Avil can do no wrong currently and at 18 years old, she took the senior national elite championship. With a team-mate who is currently world champion in the shape of Helen Tucker, Team GB must go into the final three weeks in good shape and quietly confident. Let's hope that they can all stay free of injuries and illness over that time to allow them to perform at their optimum level. Remember, reserves were called up at late notice in both Sydney and Athens due to injury...so, fingers crossed.
At a completely different level, this weekend coming sees one of the highlights of the age-group racing year in the form of the National Club Relay Championships. Well over 400 teams / 1600+ athletes (and it's been sold out for weeks...) will be descending on the Holme Pierrepont National Water Sports Centre, Nottingham, for a weekend of hard racing, fun and weather permitting ... barbeques! If you've never raced this event, you should give it a try. It was the highlight of my racing year in 2007, and I'm really looking forward to returning and I know that hundreds of you are too. Now, all we need are the weather gods to be on our side...more fingers crossed.
Coming up this week, we continue our Beijing Bound series as we revisit the events of Athens 2004. Last week we looked back at Sydney 2000, and the debut of triathlon in the Olympics. That race, like Athens, provided some unexpected results. Of course, the action before the race had even started, courtesy of the team selection debate for the British team, is possibly the biggest memory...
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At the Corus National Elite Championships at Bryn Bach Park, Tim Don failed to complete his unblemished five-year run as National Champion, coming second to Will Clarke with Stuart Hayes in third place. Don had been as far back as fifth off the bike but ran through the field, you can read his comments in the official press release here. Olly Freeman was fourth and Joao Silva (POR) was fifth. Brownlee finished ninth with stomach problems.
Hollie Avil won the women's elite race with Liz Blatchford in second place and Andrea Whitcombe in third. Both Blatchford and Whitcombe had technical problems on the bike; a dropped chain and a puncture on the last lap respectively, and worked hard to get back into contention. Jodie Swallow was fourth and Kerry Lang fifth.
A full set of results is available here.
||Will Clarke 1:48:28
||Hollie Avil 1:58:19
||Tim Don 1:48:35
||Liz Blatchford 1:59:02
||Stuart Hayes 1:48:51
||Andrea Whitcombe 1:59:19
Day one of the Bedford Multisport Weekend saw Dan Corner (Shorter Rochford Exclusive Ranges) prove that he can extend his skill base to paddling a canoe as he won the quadrathlon in 1:29:25. Fastest woman was Naomi Hoogesteger (Griffon Canoe Club) in 1:55:19. A set of results is here. In the off-road triathlon the winners were the appropriately named Victor Thompson (Crystal Palace Triathletes) in 1:11:12 and Lucy Kershaw in 1:19:18. Results are here. In the aquathlon the wins went to Mark Robertson (FVS TRi) in 30:51 and Louise Prole (Team Milton Keynes) in 36:12. Results are here. The last of the Saturday events was the 10k which was won by James Elworthy (Bedford Traktors) in 36:18 and Carla Fisher (Bedford Harriers AC) in 43:29. Full results are here.
Day two for the Bedford Multisport Weekend was the sprint distance on-road triathlon and this was won by Ian Mackerness (FVS Tri) in 1:10:00 while Carla Fisher (Bedford Harriers AC) was back on top of the podium for the second time with a 1:18:54. Full results are here.
Tri247's Editor, John Levison, slipped back to Dorney Lake to try out the Tri Challenge Team Relays in advance of next week's Nationals at Nottingham. He reports that the winners were; Men - Ful-On Tri 2:20:48, Ladies - Ful-On Tri 2:34:10 and Mixed - Tri UK 2:33:56 [Ignore the first team shown in the results!]
60 teams competed at a sunny, and relatively calm Dorney Lake on what was a perfect day for a well organised, but relaxed team event. A good mix of novices, corporate teams, health club/gym members and of course triathlon clubs. Not just locals either - a strong contingent from North Devon Tri were on hand. For some, it was a fun day in the sun, for others, a perfect warm-up for next weekend's National Relay Champs, with the event run over the same format/distances - with three, rather than four team members being the only material difference. Even the flat course around a rowing lake replicates Holme Pierrepont! A lovely morning in the sun.
One Saturday event we missed on the calendar was the Cheltenham Off-road Duathlon. Jez Cox (Team Bike & Run/Alpha) was the overall winner in 0:34:56 and Meredith Gosden the fastest lady in 0:47:38. Results are here.
First of Sunday's results came through from Concept Sport's Tidworth Fast Twitch and show Ian White (Farnham Tri) as the winner in 1:10:20 with consistent performer Tracy Cook (Tri UK) again leading out the women's field in 1:17:44. A provisional set of results is here.
The City of Bath Standard Triathlon was won by Matthew Newman in 2:04:54 with the fastest woman being Michelle Lee in 2:17:34. A full set of results are here. The companion sprint event was won by Jason Hill in 1:18:32 and Sue Walker in 1:27:42. Results are here.
At the Thame Triathlon wins were recorded by Glyn Painter (Army Tri) in 0:54:22 and Sharon Hill in 1:04:30. A full set of results are here.
Results from the Culford Triathlon have Oliver Milk (Tri Anglia in 0:50:00 and Julia Jepson (St Edmunds Pacers) in 1:02:15 as the winners. Results for that race are here. In the junior race the winners were Taz Porter (East Essex Tri) in 0:55:08 and Neha Dabhi (Tri Sport Epping) in 1:07:34.
Another event that escaped the calendar was the Hatfield Sprint in South Yorkshire which was won by Rick Findlow in 1:02:51 and Hannah Mulcaster in 1:11:35. Thanks to John Schofield's UKResults.net site for those and there's a local copy here.
Results for the Bredon Triathlon are on Stuart Steele's 'StuWeb' site and show that the winners were Andrew Shipton (Stroud AC) in 2:20:58 and Rachel Hobbs in 2:42:54. Stuart's site also has results for the Birmingham Children's Triathlon.
At the Newfoundland 70.3 both the defending champions turned in strong performances to retain their titles. Craig Alexander was nearly two minutes ahead of Ritchie Cunningham with Chris Legh in third place while Mirinda Carfrae put six minutes into her nearest rival, Cynthia Wilson, with Magali Tisseyre in third place. Results are available here.
The was a UK-based half-distance race this weekend at the Trentham Triathlon. The 'Big Half' was won by Mike Cornes (Mammouth Lifestyle RT) in 4:09:01 and Yvette Grice (Bodyworks XTC) in 4:34:50. Full results available here. In the 'classic' event, winners were Ian Roberts (Ashurst BC) in 2:26:26, and Sophia Rees in 2:46:01. Full results here. The 'Sprint' event was won by David Holyoak (Meynell Valley) in 1:11:45 and Sam Winters in 1:18:05, while the 'fun' event was won by Oliver Shannon (0:40:43) and Nicky Jones (0:53:15). We also have full results on site for the sprint and fun events.
The Glossop triathlon attracted over 100 athletes, with victory going to Martin Cain (Greater Manchester Fire Service) in 1:18:12, and Lorraine Gandy (Wakefield Tri) in 1:48:25.
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