Tri247 Newsletter


25th Jun 2013Issue 269

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Ironman France on Sunday produced course record performances from race winners Frederik Van Lierde and Mary Beth Ellis, a superb result for British Age Group athlete Catherine Faux and, we're sure, lots of happy / emotional / tired athletes all experiencing the feelings and emotion that is part and parcel of the Ironman experience and lifestyle.

Tragically, such joy and happiness will forever be tempered by the tragic loss of a life following what has been reported as a result of a crash on a fast descent during the bike course at Tourrettes-sur-Loup. While no name has been reported as we write this, the victim is understood to be a British man from the London area.

Despite the 'challenging' nature of our sport, generally, the risk of death isn't something that we consider as a significant factor in our swim, bike and run experience - which makes it so much harder to accept when such instances do occur.

The thoughts of everyone here at Tri247 extend to the family and friends of the unfortunate victim at this time.

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Weekend action

International News

We've got lots of individual reports up from the overseas weekend, check them out on these links:

The first Swissman Xtreme Triathlon also saw Emma Pooley (who we interviewed HERE earlier in the year), complete the course as the first female finisher - results HERE.

UK Racing Action

For a while there on Saturday morning it looked like the 'longest day' might also turn out to be the wettest - 4am on the shores of Rutland Water was not a pleasant place to be with the rain pouring down. And, given that the Great Eastern Swim had already taken a hit, it was good luck and the peculiar shape of the little inlet that the swim is tucked into that meant that the only inconvenience the Dambuster experienced was a 15-minute delay and a 100m off the swim leg. Mind you, the leading group of ladies decided that wasn't enough of a reduction and took something of a shortcut leading to seven course violation DQs... And then the weather picked up and it all turned really quite warm and pleasant for the rest of the day. Excellent organisation by the Pacesetter crew as always and a full set of results are online HERE but these are still marked provisional so don't go booking the Worlds or European slots until the team managers give you the nod!

At the Maxifuel Marlow Triathlon the standard distance race was won by Jon Worcester and Catherine Benger (results HERE) with the sprint distance victories (results HERE) going to Steven Weir and Amy McMahon (Met Police Tri Club).

The winner of the Bourton Triathlon shares their name with a certain well-known chorister - Aled Jones (RNRM Triathlon) - but unless someone tells us otherwise we'll assume it's just a coincidence! Laura Kent was the fastest woman and full results are HERE. Josh Tipping and Cathy Booth (Cheltenham Tri Club) headed the supersprint edition, results are HERE.

As we mentioned in the preview, the gentle hills around the North Devon town of Torrington are anything but ... hence the name Torrington Terror! You can judge for yourself from the bike splits in the results (HERE), the overall winners were a team entry with individual honours going to Keiran Boulton (Team Tri UK) and Becky Plummer (West Country Triathletes).

The Walden Triathlon was another of the weekend's events that was led home by a relay team, in this case Walden Tri's own Splash Crash and Dash. Individual wins went to Adam Tapley (Cambridge Tri) and Evelyn Carter. Results are HERE.

We only have the provisional results from the Forestman at the moment but the headline winners were Chris Goodfellow in 9:39:51 and Ginny Mills in 12:10:06. The Half Forestman was won by Andy Smith (Portsmouth Triathletes) and Anja Heijnen (Votwo) with the Boskman headed home by Nick Baldwin (Les Stables ZEROD) and Tracy Cook. You can check out the results on the RaceNewForest site, we'll upload copies in the week.

A full set of results HERE from the Ayr Open Water Sprint which was led home in a double header for the Fusion Triathlon Club by Ewan Mulhern and Donna McHugh.

The middle distance Avenger triathlon was won by Daniel Bradshaw and Emilie Verroken (Langsett Cycles) and full results are on the StuWeb site HERE.

The Great Eastern Swim wasn't the only weather-affected event, the Yorkshire Aquathlon was also postponed due to weather concerns and will be rescheduled for later in the Summer.

It wasn't the weather that caused issues at Saturday's Essex Urban Aquathlon but the appearance of directional arrows for a completely different event! George Wakefield and Cheryl Jemson (Born2Tri) negotiated the puzzle to take the wins. Full results are HERE.

The Peaklife Sport Wildcat Aquathlon wasn't affected by any dramas and has sent in a top three listing until the full set are available. The winning team was Jasmin Smith / Ian Phillips in 1:01:10

Pos Male Female
1 Josh Fear 1:09:10 Jo Wilding 1:18:04
2 James Walker 1:10:30 Cate Read 1:25:20
3 Andrew Farrell 1:10:40 Joanne Bolton 1:26:56

During the day we've added in a lot more results including all those from the Bridge Triathlon and links to many others as well so do 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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