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4th Aug 2008Issue 72

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Did you sleep well? Did the tent work? How did you cope with the camp-site showers? It was of course the primary weekend for the triathlon's contribution to camping gear sales in the UK, when even the editor's better half gave up the relative comfort of a Travelodge for the Holme Pierrepont camp site for the Mazda National Club Relay Championships. Even the rain of Friday night and early Saturday morning finally relented, and another almost perfect day of fun, fast racing continued in what was the 18th (I think...) running of this classic of the British triathlon summer. Even the BTF CEO Zara Hyde-Peters was out enjoying the racing, competing for the BTF ladies team. You can check out all the winners below, but for me, evidenced by the smiles I see at this event, perhaps it's the sport itself that is the real winner? Long may it continue and once again, respect to all the guys and girls at Pacesetter Events for hosting us. See you next year for more of the same.

If Nottingham is the home of the club athlete, this weekend coming sees the true giant of triathlon, and arguably the single biggest entry point into the sport for novices - the Mazda London Triathlon. The world's largest triathlon has a record 13,000 entrants this year in the various categories over the weekend, a significant proportion of those being first-timers. We will be bringing you all the news through the week, including tips on the race via our How to succeed series, details on the expo, and the seminar schedule which includes the Ironman legend Dave Scott.

Also coming up this weekend is the ITU World Long Distance Duathlon Championships in Geel, Belgium. Britain's number one duathlete in 2007, Tom Lowe, gives us the low down on the course, and has some strong views on the GB team selection policy.

We are now only two weeks away from the triathlon event in Beijing, but, who is going to win? We don't know (but we have an opinion...), but we'll be bringing you the collective wisdom, thoughts and complete guesses from many of the sports best known names. Given the results in Sydney and Athens our chances of forecasting correctly have got to be pretty slim, but we'll give it a go!

In this issue:

Results

Weekend action

Big event of the weekend, at least in participation terms was the Mazda National Club Relay Championships at Holme Pierrepont, Nottingham. Rain threatened to make it a damp day for everyone, but fortunately by mid-morning things were looking good, and the remainder of the day was perfect. Well, apart from the wind which decided to blow down a whole row of metal barriers, domino-style onto the bike course, unfortunately just catching a Thames Turbo athlete who we guess would have been travelling at some considerable speed at that point. Hopefully you are ok? Otherwise, another brilliant day.

Racing was fast and furious as always, whether at the front, middle or back of the field. The winners by category are below, with full results available here.

Category
Time
Team
Men
2:58:16
2XU TFN RT
Ladies
3:26:16
TheTriathlon Coach.com
Mixed
3:18:46
TriCentral.co.uk
Men Over-40
3:16:04
BRAT
Men Over-50
3:40:41
Hillingdon Triathletes
Ladies Over-40
3:58:42
Leicester Tri Club
Ladies Over-50
4:21:14
Cambridge Tri Club
Male Junior
3:04:11
2XU TFN RT
Female Junior
4:13:05
Team Viper
Open (morning)
3:29:13
Tewkesbury Tri
Open (afternoon)
3:26:27
Birmingham University Tri

For those not tired (or hungover...) enough from Saturday's relays, there was another opportunity to race on Sunday at Holme Pierrepont in the Nottingham Triathlon over the sprint distance. Over 250 athletes made the start-line, with wins being taken by Nick Dunn (2XU TFN RT) in 56:26, and Lucy Smith in 1:05:11. We have the full results for you here.

The Ironman 70.3 circuit had some interesting results this week. First up, Saturday's Whirlpool Steelhead 70.3 in Michigan was turned into a duathlon (the swim being replaced by a 2.1 mile run), due to choppy waters. The sole non-USA entrant in the top-10 was winner Chris Legh from Australia:

Pos Men Women
1st Chris Legh (AUS) 3:32:13 Gina Kehr (USA) 4:04:09
2nd Justin Henkel (USA) 3:37:05 Kimberly Von During (USA) 4:12:40
3rd Tony White (USA) 3:41:34 Renee Damstra (USA) 4:16:00

Sunday was the turn on Antwerp 70.3, and as I mentioned in the preview, an exceptionally popular race for British athletes in both pro and age-group ranks. It proved to be a successful day too, with Felicity Hart taking second overall, Emma-Kate Lidbury sixth and Rhian Roxburgh 10th. In the mens event, Joel Jameson finished eighth, while brother Toby Jameson finished just a minute back in 10th - both breaking the four hour mark. We have a link to the provisional results here, where there is plenty of British interest within the age-groups.

Pos Men Women
1st Marino Vanhoenacker (BEL) 3:45:33 Belinda Granger (AUS) 4:12:56
2nd Luc Van Lierde (BEL) 3:46:33 Felicity Hart (GBR) 4:15:19
3rd Teemu Toivanen (FIN) 3:51:38 Tine Deckers (BEL) 4:16:54

The longest event of the weekend was the first running of the Enduroman Double Iron UK. No results on their website at time of writing, (not surprising after such an exhausting weekend for both athletes and organisers...), but the win did indeed go to pre-race favourite Hywel Davies, in a fantastic time of 21 hours and 31 minutes. What's more, he ran all 52 miles... Thanks to the tritalk forum members for the updates. For a great read on what it took to win the race, check out Hywel's race report on the Planet X website.

The Hayle Sprint Triathlon in Cornwall formed part of the South West regional series. The clear winner for the men was Nathan Jolly in 1:02:32, while the ladies event was won by Nicole Walters in 1:13:23. Full results can be found here.

The Tri Team Glos website reports that 30 teams contested the Cardiff Triple, the winning team being TTG (Tim Heaysman, John Rawlings, Mark French, and Garry Hughes).

The latest of the Open Water Swim Aquathlons at Liquid Leisure was held on Saturday. The winners were Dave Chapman (28:53) and Jade Edwards (33:24). Full results are here.

One event we initially missed from the race calendar was the Tyne & Wear Fire and Rescue Service Sprint. This was won by an in-form Alan Copland (One Life) in 52:32 and Melanie Hayward (Barracuda) in a swift 57:40. Full results here.

Also on Saturday was the Gower Peninsula Triathlon. I'm reliably informed that "the atmosphere was brilliant, like a Hillingdon race but by the seaside - to their credit they attracted a lot of local novices (so lots of surf wetsuits and mountain bikes). It's in my calendar for next year already." High praise indeed. The event was won convincingly by Richard Haines in 1:15:44 and Deborah Evans in 1:30:44. Full results are here.

Now, is that the same Richard Haines who I believe was the last age-group athlete to break two hours at the Royal Windsor Triathlon, nine years ago? Interestingly enough, second place finisher on Saturday, Stuart Dinwoodie, was also an age-group winner at the same Windsor event! A triathlete is for life, not just for a season...

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