Tri247 Newsletter


12th Jun 2013Issue 268

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Two of the iconic races of the British triathlon are just a week apart this June. This weekend past we were up at the Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research Blenheim Palace Triathlon where 6000+ athletes enjoyed fine, if colder than expected, conditions at what has to be one of the most picturesque courses in the UK if not the world. We've got some great coverage on the main site ( including reports and interviews, along with something that will be of interest to all athletes who raced in the form of our great triVIEWER+ results application - re-live your race and compare and share your results with friends and family, be seeing your race unfold in visual form against the actual course map. Clever stuff, but simple to use - CLICK HERE to launch it. It's free... so do give it a go.

Following on from Blenheim, this coming weekend we'll be at the Toshiba Windsor Triathlon, now approaching its 23rd edition. Another great race in a superb and historic setting - but one in which it is very easy to make 'school boy' mistakes. Don't be one of them, do your research and arrive prepared - check out our 'how to succeed at Windsor' guide HERE. The Tri247 team have been at almost every edition of this race and seen - and made - many of the mistakes that we see year after year. Don't be one of then. As Lord Baden Powell would doubtless have advised, "be prepared".

A bumper newsletter this week from a huge weekend of racing action - enjoy!

In this issue:


Weekend action

Domestic Racing

Now that's more like what we expect from an early June weekend... I'm not sure where you all were but I know for sure that on Sunday morning at 5am it felt more like November than June -- one of the event crew said their car's outside temperature gauge was saying just 8°... The racing was pretty hot but that's probably just because they were all riding and running hard to keep warm! Note to self: pack fleece for Windsor next weekend.

The biggest race of the weekend by far, at least if you are talking entrants, was the ninth running of the Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research Blenheim Palace Triathlon. Tom Bishop (men's report) and Vicky Holland (women's report) took the Elite titles in the first event of the 2013 British Triathlon Super Series. We've got a whole host of post-race interviews with all of the podium finishers which are well worth checking out.

What is also worth taking a good look at is our triVIEWER+ Blenheim 2013 feature, which allows entrants in all of the races to re-live their race and compare and analyse their results against friends, rivals and much more - all in visual form against the actual course map. It really is very clever - don't miss it.

Saturday morning's Ocean Lake Sprint was won by Greenwich Tritons clubmates Jamie Beecham and Debbie Coyle, full results are HERE. The BRAT Sprint Triathlon race saw Michael Williamson (BRAT) and Melissa Hawtin take the honours (results HERE) while the supersprint distance race was topped out by James Webb and Caroline Austen (Stafford Tri Club) and the results for that are HERE.

The middle distance Beaver Triathlon saw a quality field headed home by Scott Neyedli (Fleet Feet Triathletes) ahead of Karl Alexander (read his report HERE) and Craig Twigg while Polly Linskill edged out Georgie Rutherford and Jennifer Hewitt. Full results are on the StuWeb site HERE, and we've also got a report on the ladies race to add to the men's report from Karl HERE in what was the British Middle Distance Triathlon Championships.

The slightly re-configured River Arun Swim at Littlehampton once again saw the women beating the men in both the traditional 3.8k swim and the new 1.5k alternative. Chloe Pollard and Gary Brickley, both Bodyworks XTC members won the longer race while Liz Price and Rob Hunter were first out of the water in the shorter distance. Full results are HERE plus report/pictures also available HERE.

Sunday saw another outrageously early start at Grafham Water for the Grafman and NiceTri Standard distance races. With the wind helping chill the air temperatures it was no suprise to see athletes taking a bit longer in T1 to get some extra kit on but the breeze seems to have helped on the bike with some very quick times. Winners in the standard distance race were Toby Morrell and Kimberley Bell (full results HERE) while the Grafman saw husband and wife double act Karl and Libby Free well clear of their respective fields (full results HERE).

The Cotswold Women Only results are all up on the DB Max site HERE, the sprint race was won by Wendy Nicholls (Cirencester Tri Club), the supersprint by Helen Jubb (Worcester Tri Club) and the novice by Alison Burt - we've also got a separate report online HERE.

The Bexhill Lions Standard, part of their festival of multisport with a sprint race, duathlon and taster duathlon, was won by Mathew Mcdermott and Fay Dalby, full results for that are HERE and all the others are online in the archive as well.

The middle distance brigade were spoiled for choice this weekend but undoubtedly one of the toughest out there is the Bala Middle Distance. This year's edition was led home by Chris Standidge (Torq) and Hannah Thomas and full results are on the StuWeb site HERE.

Organisers skimming through the online results of other events will always have a 'but for the grace of...' moment when they see that dreaded column of times allowed for traffic lights. The weekend's Rhyl Standard and Sprint events have such a column and you can almost feel the fingers cramping up at all that lovely extra keying in. Glenn Parry Jones and Sarah May (Calderdale Tri Club) took the trophies home from the standard distance race (results HERE) and Andrew Jones and Leah Collis were the winners in the sprint (results HERE). A full report and some great pictures of the winners from Rhyl can be found HERE.

The Cleveland Short Course has been around for a good many years and attracts a solid following from the Northern racing community. This year's edition was led home by Alan Copland (redvenom) and Alex Smethurst. Full results are HERE.

International Action

Catching up on a huge weekend of international racing - after spending the weekend at a huge domestic race, the Blenheim Palace Triathlon - and once again, British athletes racking up podium places and wins all over the globe. Here is the roundup of what has been going on where...

Ironman Cairns / 70.3 Cairns

Great Britain's long-time ITU circuit stalwart Liz Blatchford, who has shown excellent form with multiple wins of the 70.3 distance following her non-selection disappointment for London 2012, proved she could win first time out over the Ironman distance too. It was a tough race too, battling multiple iron-distance winner (including Challenge Henley last year), Gina Crawford all day. Blatchford was able to earn victory with her 3:09 marathon getting the better of the 3:13 from Gina for a three and a half minute margin at the finish line. "I'm pretty darn stoked" she said via Twitter about her win. Time to update this then!

Australia's Luke McKenzie added to his CV courtesy of, primarily, a monster bike leg of 4:21:52 which to give some context, was over 19 minutes faster than eventual second placer Timothy Berkel. He backed up that ride with a solid 3:01:31 marathon, which meant even the speedy running legs of Berkel (2:44:24) were not going to catch a superb effort from McKenzie. Twice Ironman World Champion Chris McCormack, who won here two years ago under the Challenge banner, took third place and now has his Kona start conformed for 2013.

Pos Men Women
1st Luke McKenzie (AUS) 8:17:43 Liz Blatchford (GBR) 9:19:51
2nd Timothy Berkel (AUS) 8:22:16 Gina Crawford (NZL) 9:23:14
3rd Chris McCormack (AUS) 8:32:50 Stephanie Jones (USA) 9:31:46

There was top quality in the supporting 70.3 event in Cairns too, where reigning Ironman World Champion Pete Jacobs was pushed into fourth place by fellow Aussies Atkinson, Kahlefeldt and Reed. Samantha Warriner proved she is back to race shape by winning once again after the birth of her first child from Japan's Kiyomi Niwata, building a big lead on the bike and then hold off the fast closing ITU veteran.

Pos Men Women
1st Courtney Atkinson (AUS) 3:56:34 Samantha Warriner (NZL) 4:39:19
2nd Brad Kahlefeldt (AUS) 3:57:26 Kiyomi Niwata (JPN) 4:40:25
3rd Tim Reed (AUS) 3:59:54 Ange Castle (AUS) 4:45:41

Ironman 70.3 Kansas

Second last week in Raleigh, Emma-Kate Lidbury took her second 70.3 victory of the year (having previously won in Texas), and her sixth career 70.3 title in Kansas. Her fastest swim and bike combination was closed out with a very solid 1:24:14 half marathon for a clear victory - making it the fifth consecutive British win in Kansas following Chrissie Wellington (2009/10/11) and Rachel Joyce last year.

Three-time Ironman World Champion Craig Alexander took the men's win, as US-based Brit James Hadley closed out the podium in third.

Pos Men Women
1st Craig Alexander (AUS) 3:51:26 Emma-Kate Lidbury (GBR) 4:15:49
2nd Daniel Bretschner (GER) 3:52:54 Daniel Kehoe (USA) 4:21:47
3rd James Hadley (GBR) 3:59:07 Mandy Mclane (USA) 4:23:36

5150 Klagenfurt

While wife and coach Michelle Dillon was at Blenehim supporting her athlete Emma Pallant, Stuart Hayes was racing - and winning - in Klagenfurt, Austria. Speaking to Michelle at Blenheim, she told me "he's got his running speed back, finally; he should go well", and that was to prove correct - as just a couple of hours later Stuart won the race on the run, ahead of Ruedi Wild (SUI) and the newly crowned ITU World Long Distance Champion Bertrand Billard of France. Another British podium too, as Holly Lawrence took second place behind the diminutive Barbara Riveros (CHI).

Pos Men Women
1st Stuart Hayes (GBR) 1:51:25 Barbara Riveros (CHI) 2:05:00
2nd Ruedi Wild (SUI) 1:54:39 Holly Lawrence (GBR) 2:07:59
3rd Bertrand Billard (FRA) 1:55:41 Olga Zausaylova (RUS) 2:10:42

XTERRA East Championship, Richmond, Virginia

Lesley Paterson continued her domination of everything XTERRA with another victory in the US, her sixth consecutive XTERRA win.

Pos Men Women
1st Dan Hugo (RSA) 2:12:47 Lesley Paterson (GBR) 2:30:40
2nd Ryan Ignatz (USA) 2:18:30 Shonny Vanlandingham (USA) 2:33:23
3rd Bradley Weiss (RSA) 2:19:07 Brandi Heisterman (CAN) 2:36:06

Zarauzko Triathlon, Spain

The return to racing after long term injury of Scotland's Catriona Morrison at Ironman 70.3 St. Croix last month has been, for this Editor at least, one of the triathlon stories of the season so far. Taking her fourth win at the 'Beauty and the Beast' event was an emotional event for the talented Scot, and a welcome return for one of the Great Britain's long distance elite to the top step of an international podium.

Cat was racing - and winning - again last weekend, and once again at a venue she is familiar with, the Zarauzko Triathlon in the Basque Country, Spain.

As seems to be the way for many European races this year, the scheduled 2.9km / 81km / 20km triathlon was impacted by huge storms and wet weather which resulted in an adjusted duathlon format, something a four-time Duathlon World Champion would have been familiar with... even if her last one was a few years ago now!

Having won the event in 2010 and 2011, Cat is making a nice habit of repeat victories and perhaps more importantly, will have added another layer of confidence that she can continue to race well through the rest of 2013 after so long out on the sidelines recovering and rehabilitating from injury.

Pos Men Women
1st Eneko Llanos (ESP) 3:42:50 Catriona Morrison (GBR) 4:09:16
2nd Aimar Agirresarobe Lizarra (ESP) 3:48:24 Radka Vodickova (CZE) 4:16:30
3rd Mikel Elgezabal (ESP) 3:48:40 Estefania Gomez Villanueva (ESP) 4:32:24

Ironman 70.3 Italy

After the disappointment of an abandoned race due to the landslide at 70.3 Switzerland last week, Tamsin Lewis headed to Italy and almost took the race win. A strong swim and bike left her clear in the lead, but Hungary's former World Half Marathon Championship representative, Erica Csomor, was able to catch Tamsin in the last quarter mile to take a narrow win - a 'mixed emotions' result for Tamsin who had crashed heavily on the bike course on Wednesday, and carried those scars and bruises into the race. Frustrating clearly, but after a performance in Mallorca which we described as possibly her best ever, Tamsin Lewis is showing the signs of consistency and performance that her ability deserves - more to come from her this season we feel.

Pos Men Women
1st Horst Reichel (GER) 4:02:04 Erica Csomor (HUN) 4:33:18
2nd Alessandro Degasperi (ITA) 4:03:12 Tamsin Lewis (GBR) 4:33:39
3rd Manuel Küng (SUE) 4:03:32 Michi Herlbauer (AUT) 4:40:25

Challenge Kraichgau

Challenge Kraichgau represented the return to racing of Ironman Melbourne winner Corinne Abraham. It didn't prove to be a great day at the swim/bike/run office, Corinne finishing up sixth (4:39:30), some way off the pace of the leading trio of Van Vlerken, Gajer and Schulz. Not a good day for Andreas Raelert either - but he kept going when he could easily have pulled to plug, crossing the line almost 35 minutes behind fellow German Boris Stein

Full report HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Boris Stein (GER) 3:53:07 Yvonne Van Vlerken (NED) 4:26:35
2nd Maik Petzold (GER) 3:56:26 Julia Gajer (GER) 4:27:12
3rd Timo Bracht (GER) 3:58:43 Jenny Schulz (GER) 4:28:21

Ironman 70.3 Eagleman

Pos Men Women
1st Andy Potts (USA) 3:47:46 Angela Naeth (CAN) 4:14:06
2nd James Cunnama (RSA) 3:49:00 Laura Bennett (USA) 4:17:21
3rd Vikto Zyemtsev (UKR) 3:53:24 Amber Ferreira (USA) 4:22:26

Ironman 70.3 Japan

Pos Men Women
1st James Hodge (AUS) 3:50:58 Ai Ueda (JPN) 4:18:26
2nd Ryosuke Yamamoto (JPN) 3:52:17 Chihiro Ikeno (JPN) 4:28:17
3rd Yuichi Yosada (JPN) 3:56:13 Shiao-Yu Li (TWN) 4:29:27

Ironman 70.3 Boise

Bevan Docherty really is proving to be the real deal at the longer distances, the Ironman New Zealand winner already has a stack of podium finishes this season and he added another win at 70.3 Boise, Idaho on Saturday afternoon.

Pos Men Women
1st Bevan Docherty (NZL) 3:52:55 Liz Lyles (USA) 4:28:37
2nd Brent McMahon (CAN) 3:54:36 Heather Jackson (USA) 4:32:42
3rd Josh Amberger (AUS) 3:57:09 Uli Bromme (USA) 4:42:07

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!


Enter the Tri247 Wave at the London Triathlon!

General entries the the 2013 Virgin Active London Triathlon are now closed. However, Tri247 has an exclusive Mixed Olympic Distance Wave on Saturday 27th July 2013 - and ENTRIES ARE AVAILABLE. Find out more about it HERE.

Do something incredible today

Marie Curie Cancer Care is proud to be the official charity of the PruHealth World Triathlon, taking place on 14 September in London's Hyde Park. The public ballot has now sold out, but we have a limited number of exclusive places on offer. Take part in this incredible event and raise funds to help Marie Curie Nurses provide more care to terminally ill people in their own homes. From training advice to support on the big day, we'll be with you every step of the way.

To find out how you can enter, please visit

Support Tommy's at tri for life

You can save tiny lives by taking on tri for life -- support Tommy's at Bedfordshire's beautiful Woburn Abbey on Sunday 8th September.

Want a triathlon in a stunningly scenic setting? Take on tri for life this September.

You can complete the 400m swim, 20k cycle and 5k run as an individual or as a team, and help to raise money for vital research to help prevent miscarriage, premature birth and stillbirth. Your personal challenge will save more tiny lives.

Supporting Tommy's is easy; simply click here and follow the on-screen instructions. Tommy's will support you all the way to the finish with cheers from the Tommy's cheering team on the day.

Get in touch with Jessica Leigh on 020 7398 3436 or e-mail with any questions or queries.

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Trident at Newby Hall

The next race to be held at Newby Hall is the Trident Standard Distance Triathlon - 16 June 2013. This is the perfect race if you have been thinking about taking up the challenge of a standard distance. A downstream river swim, flat safe bike and run course. Free entry into Newby Hall after the race for you and the family and free camping also available. So why not make a weekend of it. Find out more here.

The New Avenger

This new addition to the triathlon calendar is set in the stunning grounds of Ragley Hall, right in the heart of England, and takes place on quiet roads and paths. Whether you're a first time middle distance eventer or a seasoned triathlete wanting to race in a stunning setting, the Avenger will have something for you. Find out more HERE



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