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30th Jul 2013Issue 273

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We've said several times this year just how popular qualifying for the GB Age Group team for the Hyde Park World Championships has been. The popularity has seen the qualification races bigger and, significantly, more competitive than ever, and now we can put a number on that popularity. A team of 1232 is the final count of Great Britain entries across the Sprint, Standard and Aquathlon races formally entered for the Grand Final. Easily the largest Age Group team ever and judging by the competition levels I've witnessed having been at many of the qualifiers, ready to perhaps be the most successful ever too? Congratulations to everyone that made the final cut.

At the longer end of the racing scale, this weekend sees the fifth edition of Ironman UK at its current home of Bolton. Much like the Age Group athletes heading to London, getting to the start line of an Ironman takes months of dedicated preparation and training. We'll be previewing the race this week and our first piece is called '10 things to do the week before an Ironman' - excellent advice from thetrilfe.com (check that out HERE) on how to put your months of preparation to best use in the final few days. Simply squeezing in more training isn't the answer!

Check back in each day this week as we'll be bringing you the latest news and previews on Ironman UK.

In this issue:

Results

Weekend action

In association with Orca

A weekend without an alarm going off? Yes, it's that brief period in the triathlon calendar when there seem to be more people on holiday than taking part so, for the first time in many months, it was the dog who won the war and got us out of bed rather than the other way around. Still, there were plenty of other people out there doing stuff so it's not like there's no news!

International Racing

The ZuriTriathlon has always been a warm-up for Ironman Switzerland but now it's part of the 5i50 series the field has grown to include a number of high profile pro athletes. Saturday's event was won by Javier Gomez and Emma Moffatt with a decent group of GB athletes in the mix. Ritchie Nicholls and Holly Lawrence both just missed the podium with fourth, Jodie Swallow was fifth, Gavin Noble (IRL) seventh, Lawrence Fanous (JOR) and Catherine Jameson picked up an eighth apiece, Amy Wolfe (IRL) was tenth and Mark Nolan (IRL) was 24th. Full results on the WTC site HERE.

Excellent news too from the Ironman 70.3 Calgary where Tim Don made it to the top of a 70.3 podium after a third and a second at his previous attempts this year. Check out our report HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Tim Don (GBR) 3:42:21 Heather Wurtele (CAN) 4:11:42
2nd Trevor Wurtele (CAN) 3:42:57 Rachel McBride (CAN) 4:13:49
3rd Tyler Butterfield (BDA) 3:43:38 Mandy McLane (USA) 4:14:11
4th Matt Reed (USA) 3:49:09 Lisa Mensink (CAN) 4:18:36
5th Grant Burwash (CAN) 3:51:48 Tenille Hoogland (CAN) 4:24:02

Sunday's Ironman Switzerland went very much to plan - results wise at least, even if his own race wasn't all plain sailng - as home favourite Ronnie Schilknecht made it seven consecutive wins in Zurich. Germany's Anja Beranek took her first Ironman win while Olympic Silver medal winning TT cyclist Emma Pooley finished fifth. Full report HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Ronnie Schildknecht (SUI) 8:33:39 Anja Beranek (GER) 9:21:31
2nd Ivan Raña (ESP) 8:40:55 Céline Shärer (SUI) 9:28:28
3rd Per Bittner (GER) 8:46:23 Erika Csomor (HUN) 9:33:17
4th Maxim Kriat (RUS) 8:47:54 Sofie Goos (BEL) 9:39:14
5th Marko Albert (EST) 8:50:15 Emma Pooley (GBR) 9:44:57

The Elite edition on the 2013 ITU World Duathlon Championships was held on Sunday as part of the Cali World Games in Columbia. We've got separate reports online from the Men's (HERE) and Women's (HERE) races where Belgium's Rob Woestenborghs and Japan's Ai Ueda are the new World Champions.

Pos Men Women
1st Rob Woestenborghs (BEL) 1:43:39 Ai Ueda (JPN) 1:57:59
2nd Emilio Martin (ESP) 1:44:23 Sandra Levenez (FRA) 1:58:59
3rd Benoit Nicolas (FRA) 1:45:46 Jenny Schulz (GER) 2:01:04
4th Sergio Lorenzo Prieto (ESP) 1:45:51 Stefanie Bouma (NED) 2:01:37
5th Sergio Silva (POR) 1:45:55 Joselyn Brea (VEN) 2:02:46
6th Antoine Duvivier (BEL) 1:45:58 Sabrina Godard (FRA) 2:02:46
7th Roger Roca Dalmau (ESP) 1:46:02 Gillian Palmer (GBR) 2:02:56
8th Philip Wylie (GBR) 1:46:06 Evgenia Sukhoruchenkova (RUS) 2:03:36
9th Benjamin Choquert (FRA) 1:47:18 Monica Calderon (COL) 2:03:37
10th Oscar Galindez (ARG) 1:47:28 Sandra Samientio (VEN) 2:03:52

Just two weeks after a huge PB and sixth place at Challenge Roth, Yvette Grice was racing again over the full distance at the new Challenge Vitoria in Spain. Her comments on attempting that for the first time? "Ouch, 2 Iron distance races in 2 weeks was an experience - one that I won't do again in a hurry! My first ever IV too!" Still, she earned a third place for her efforts.

Pos Men Women
1st Pedro Gomes (POR) 8:38:36 Ana Casares (ESP) 9:52:39
2nd Alejandro Santamaria (ESP) 8:51:36 Gurutze Frades (ESP) 9:54:28
3rd Carlos Lopez Diaz (ESP) 8:52:29 Yvette Grice (GBR) 10:03:19

UK Racing

Results aplenty from the mammouth Virgin Active London Triathlon, see HERE, but the headlines from the elite race were wins for Greg Rouault ahead of Stuart Hayes and Mark Buckingham while Jodie Stimpson Lucy Hall and Emma Pallant topped out the women's field. More to come on this later today.

Pos Men Women
1st Gregory Rouault (FRA) 1:46:23 Jodie Stimpson (GBR) 1:57:36
2nd Stuart Hayes (GBR) 1:46:53 Lucy Hall (GBR) 1:59:14
3rd Mark Buckingham (GBR) 1:47:08 Emma Pallant (GBR) 2:00:59

Those looking for something to kickstart a weekend in Dorset might have been tempted by the third of the Salty Sea Dog races at Boscombe. The sprint distance event (results HERE) was won by Russell North and Anja Heijnen with the supersprint (results HERE) going to David Allen and Antonia Cox. Award for the week's most active triathlete has to go to Mark Hyde who did the sprint -- after fitting in last weekend's Vachery and Wednesday evening's Gatorade Dorney Lake events...

The surfeit of new domestic long distance events continues, this weekend saw the debut of The Anglian at Cromer in Norfolk. Winners of the inaugural race were Stephen Whittington (Rugby Tri) and Wendy Staines (Born2Tri). Full results are HERE.

The Castles Triathlon Challenge, not to be confused with the Merkel Castles Triathlon Series, held its TriStar and Sprint races on Saturday and the middle distance race on Sunday. Normally the event visits both Bamburgh and Alnwick Castles but this year everything was based at Bamburgh. Results for both events are HERE.

A busy weekend for the Durty crew with their off-road events on Saturday and a new on-road version on Sunday. The Long Hard Durty was won by Rory Downie (Edinburgh RC) and Elizabeth Adams (Glasgow Tri Club) -- full results HERE -- with the Short Fast Durty going to Sean McFarlane (Rock and Road Cycles) and Suzannah Drummond (Fusion Triathlon Club) -- results HERE -- although there should have been a special award for the winning team for their name - Flame Retardant Rhinos! Sunday's St Mary's Loch Triathlon had a re-routed bike section reducing the distance to 35k as a result of someone digging up a complete section of road. Winners were Stephen Clark (Fife AC) and Rosemary Byde (Edinburgh RC) with full results linked HERE until they sort out some issues with the age categories.

The standard distance Milton Keynes Triathlon was won by Peter Slijkhuis and Vickie Wilkinson (Tri Team Glos), full results are on their website HERE.

The Lancaster Triathlon was hit by rising water in the River Lune and converted to a duathlon while the planned open water swim events were cancelled. Daniel Mcparland (C.O.L.T.) and Gema Adams (Tri Preston) were the winners over the 5k/40k/10k format. The results are on their site HERE, we'll get a local set organised shortly.

Lancaster wasn't the only affected event, the Inverurie Triathlon was deluged and cancelled the bike leg as a result with the event turned into an aquathlon instead. Results are HERE with the novice results HERE.

The Culford Triathlon was won by Matt Shingleton (West Suffulk Tri) and Zena Shean (East Essex Tri), a set of results are HERE

Results are in for the Redcar Sprint Triathlon, the event took a break last year while the seafront was re-developed, and despite early rain it all brightened up to welcome James Wilson (redvenom) and Jennifer Batey (Coalfields RT) as the winners. Full results are HERE.

FULL WEEKEND RESULTS LISTINGS

In association with Orca

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!

FULL WEEKEND RESULTS LISTINGS

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