Tri247 Newsletter

20th Aug 2013Issue 274

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It's that time of the year again, when several hundred triathletes head into their garages or lofts to search for and brush the dust off... that tent that they last used a year ago. If is of course, the Club Relays Triathlon Championships coming up at the National Water Sports Centre, Holme Pierrepont, Nottingham this weekend. We make no secret in the Tri247 office that this is one of the highlights of the annual calendar, and we'll be there once again to be part of it - and hoping we don't get a repeat of the monsoon conditions that (briefly) landed mid-race on Saturday afternoon last year! The Relays are an intergral part of the British triathlon club scene, and long may they continue. Race hard, party harder.

Many of the 'best of British' have raced at the event over the past 22 editions, including Jodie Swallow. On Saturday, Jodie took her first Ironman victory at Ironman Kalmar, Sweden, a win which in some senses feels very much overdue - and yet, so long has she been competing at the top level, you check and realise that she is still only 32 and already has two World Championship Gold medals on her CV. October will see her take on Kona for the first time. History suggests that a win there will take a few years of experience, but she has both talent and time on her side. Congratulations Jodie, keep up the good work.

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Weekend action

In association with Orca

A great start to the weekend on the international scene with Jodie Swallow proving (again) that she really is a class athlete and when she has everything sorted the results will come. Check out John's report on Ironman Kalmar HERE. Swallow's win should put her top five in the women's Kona Points Ranking depending on how things work out at Ironman Mont Tremblant - and easily qualified for her debut in Kona this October.

Pos Men Women
1st Pedro Gomes (POR) 8:19:30 Jodie Swallow (GBR) 8:54:01
2nd David Plese (SLO) 8:22:01 Eva Nyström (SWE) 9:17:56
3rd Anton Blohkin (UKR) 8:26:09 Britta Martin (NZL) 9:22:18

Powerman Austria saw Matt Moorhouse just miss the podium with a fourth place while Amy Wolfe (IRL) was sixth and Helen Dyke 10th in the women's field - there's a report HERE on a race where the race favourites were beaten in both the men's and women's events.

Pos Men Women
1st Søren Bystrup (DEN) 3:31:58 Julia Viellehner (GER) 4:03:50
2nd Joerie Vansteelant (BEL) 3:32:53 Susanne Svendsen (DEN) 4:11:07
3rd André Moser (SUI) 3:38:01 Simon Helfenschneider-Ofner (AUT) 4:14:43

Indeed, four seems to have been the popular number this weekend as Daniel Halksworth filled that spot at Ironman Mont-Tremblant and boosted his Kona Points Ranking to 28th on the back of that Bolton win. Paul Amey took 11th place while Liz Blatchford stayed in the fight for a female podium slot right to the end -- and, yes, you've guessed this one already -- she was fourth! More HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Luke Bell (AUS) 8:26:06 Mary Beth Ellis (USA) 9:07:56
2nd Brandon Marsh (USA) 8:31:01 Rebekah Keat (AUS) 9:16:55
3rd Bert Jammaer (BEL) 8:31:35 Anja Beranek (GER) 9:17:26
4th Daniel Halksworth (GBR) 8:34:58 Liz Blatchford (GBR) 9:17:44
5th Romain Guillaume (FRA) 8:35:59 Kim Schwabenbauer (USA) 9:23:02

Jacqui Slack continued her off-road season in style with a win at XTERRA Germany, partner Ben Allen could only manage fifth. Llewellyn Holmes was 13th.

Saturday's domestic calendar saw the Scottish Middle Distance Championships at Aberfeldy with wins going to Fraser Cartmell (Stirling Tri Club) and Eleanor Haresign (TORQ). Full results are HERE.

Swim legend Richard Stannard had a bit of a shock on Saturday at the Liquid Leisure Aquathlon - Katie Henderson, fresh from her victory at the English National Aquathlon Championships, led out of the water with Glen Hall second and Stannard third. Richard made up on the run but Katie went on to break the women's course record with a 28:30 ahead of Katie Henderson who herself set a course record there at an earlier event this year. Full results are HERE and there's a report on the race HERE.

The Lakeland Triathlon (aka the Bass Triathlon after its home at Bassenthwaite) saw victory go to John Hore (Carlisle Tri Club) and Anna Turvey who placed fifth overall obliterating the rest of the women's field by over 20 minutes. Full results are HERE.

Welsh Triathlon had a selection race for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in the form of an elite supersprint held at Parc Bryn Bach, Tredegar. There's a full set of results HERE and the podium positions were:

Pos Male Female
1 Liam Lloyd Carol Bridge
2 Morgan Davies Elinor Thorogood
3 Luke Watson Ffion-Haf Harrett

The ECF Monster Middle Distance was led home by a name that a) we are normally more familiar with for his off-road exploits and b) we keep thinking that he's retired... ...which can only mean that Sam Gardner (Berkshire Tri Squad) was the name in question! Leading female was Vicky Gill (SwimForTri) and she placed ninth overall, chicking some pretty decent names in the process. There's a report from the organisers HERE and full results are on the StuWeb site HERE. The standard distance race was won by Neil Reid (Army Triathlon) and Becky Schofield (Tri-Anglia) and the results are HERE.

F3 Events were back on the Thames again, this weekend it was the turn of Shiplake near Henley on Thames with all the results for both the standard and sprint distance races and the three swims all on the StuWeb site HERE. The standard distance race went to Jason Lee (Team MK) and Rachel Hallam while the sprint winners were Danny Russell and Hannah Johnston.

The re-born Salford Triathlon was won by Alex Lawton and Rebecca Brand (Manchester Tri) and there's a set of results online HERE. The sprint race went to Alex Foster (Astley & Tyldesley) and Pauline Munro, the results are HERE.

The fourth outing of the Thorpe Sprint Series saw wins for Paul Burton (Black Line London) and Fiona Love (Clapham Chasers), a full set of results are HERE.

The Bexhill Triathlon provided wins for Sam Wade (Team Pro Motion Dynamics) and Deborah Coyle (Greenwich Tritons) - full (provisional) results are HERE. Results from the Macclesfield Triathlon are HERE and the headliners were Ian Lawton and Rebecca Holland (City of Chester Tri Club).

Tewkesbury Tri Club's Hardwick Sprint was another of this weekend's events timed by the StuWeb crew and you can check out the results HERE. Overall winners were Garry Hughes and Vickie Wilkinson.

Results are also in for the Groomsport Ireman (HERE) and Half Ireman (HERE) courtesy of the Irish Triathlon website. No genders were given so we've done our best for the latter - as far as we can tell there were no females in the full distance.

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!


In association with Orca

Ironman UK Mega Montage Video and race coverage

It's one of our biggest and best ever - our Mega Monatge Video highlights of the 2013 Ironman UK - WATCH HERE!

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