Gone, over, done, never (hopefully...) to be repeated... Yes, that's the first half of 2013 wrapped up and in some sort of delicious irony - given the generally awful weather so far - we had a gloriously warm and sunny weekend to mark its passing. And what better place to spend some of it than at the seaside watching dawn break over the transition at Worthing. Celebrating its tenth running this year the race continues to offer a twist in that the women start with an advantage determined by the previous year's winner's time difference. First across the line, man or woman, gets a bonus prize and the presence of multiple winner Colin Dixon pretty much ensure that the distaff side wasn't going to get a look in. Colin had the last of his five previous wins on the course in 2011 (2:01:50) and showed just what a class act he is by turning in a 1:55:35 to stay well clear of the field. Emma Richards (Bodyworks XTC) was the women's winner. Full results are HERE, the sprint was won by Dave Risebrow (Tuff Fitty Tri Club) and Gemma Farrell (ONE Triathlon RDS) with results HERE.
The international action got underway on Friday and we have reports from the European Championships at Holten with double bronze in the Youth Relays HERE and Lois Rosindale's gold-winning performance in the U23 Championships HERE.
Half the Tri247 team was over at Ironman Austria, full report expected soon, where Andreas Raelert (GER) went sub-8, turning in 2:40 marathon to wipe out the challenge from Maik Twelsiek (GER) and Erika Csomor (HUN) turned twice runner-up status into a sub-9 win over Asa Lundstrom (SWE) with Eimear Mullan (IRL) filling out the podium. At Ironman 70.3 Buffalo Springs Lake Greg Bennett (USA) proved that he's still got what it takes ahead of Tim Reed and Terenzo Bozzone while wife Laura missed out on another 'double Bennett' podium with Angela Naeth (CAN) taking the win.
||Andreas Raelert (GER) 7:59:51
||Erika Csomor (HUN) 8:59:31
||Maik Twelsiek (GER) 8:11:36
||Asa Lundstrom (SWE) 9:04:42
||David Plese (SLO) 8:19:13
||Eimear Mullan (IRL) 9:05:46
Wales was a triathlon hotspot this weekend with the TriExercise Pembrokeshire Coast Triathlon: winners were Ross Simpson (Urban Cyclery) and Jessica Parry Williams (Cardiff Tri), full results HERE and the Llandudno Sea Triathlon/Welsh Championships: winners Phil Wolfe (Stafford Tri) and Rhian Roxburgh (Carneddau Tri Club), full results HERE and the sprint distance race results are HERE. We've got a full report from Llandudno HERE.
We know that a sachet of gel can be a mouthful but the GU Energy Weymouth Bay Triathlon Project Middle Distance Triathlon takes that to a whole new dimension! Tom Babbington (ONE Triathlon RDS) and Helen Dyke were the winners of the longer race and you can get all the results and splits from the Full On Sport site HERE, local copies coming soon.
The Jersey Triathlon Festival offered a choice of distances, the standard was won by Daniel Halksworth and Joanne Gorrod, full results are HERE
The first running of the TT Triathlon on the Isle of Man had individual wins going to Darren Sharpe (RAF Triathlon) and Natalie Wood with the shorter distance race going to Juan Kinley and Phoebe Sanders - with all of details and some great images in this report.
The organisers of the Spalding Triathlon not only sent in results but included a short report as well:
The promise of the hottest day so far for 2013, ensured a beautiful day for the 2013 Spalding Sprint Triathlon. The pancake flat course ensures fast times, but does mean that the athletes very often have to battle the wind out on the bike course; a summer breeze made sure they tried hard on the second half of the bike course. Mat Stephenson (RAF Triathlon) and Lucy Nell had returned to try and defend their titles from 2012.
Mat, although training hard for his place in Kona later in the year, showed that he still has the speed required for a sprint event, finishing in a stunning 53:53, holding off the fast potential of Nathan Tweedie (PACTRAC) racing in the Youth category and fellow RAF triathlete Charles Nell in 54.58.
Lucy was by far the strongest female in the field, finishing in a time of 1:00:55, with over a nine-minute lead to second place Nicky Roger (Kings Lynn Triathlon Club).
We mentioned the short but savage Hathersage Hilly in the weekend preview, Rob Baldock (Arup/Tri London) took the overall win in 1:13:04 with Liz Wild the fastest solo woman. Results are on the StuWeb site HERE.
The Herefordshire Triathlon posted results for their sprint event (HERE) showing wins for Lee Moreton (Black Country Tri) and Emma Hornby (TriKS).
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!