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28th Aug 2013Issue 275

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One of the most interesting quotes after the penultimate ITU World Triathlon Series event of the year in Stockholm at the weekend cam from race winner Alistair Brownlee. Of his win, achieved off the back of a fearless late attack on the bike section, he said "it is all about winning when I am not having a good day", also suggesting that his form due to "injuries and disaster and not really wanting to turn up" in 2013 had meant that he hadn't been able to produce, in his eyes, an outstanding performance this year. Having watched him win in San Diego (which at the time we suggested may be one of his best ever), Kitzbühel and now Stockholm, you have to wonder quite what he will be able to produce when he is having a 'great' day. Rather ominously for his rivals, he also added "I have another three weeks before London so I can be pretty fit then".... don't miss that one then!

At the other end of the scale, closer to home this past weekend saw well over 2000 athletes descend on the National Water Sports Centre, Nottingham, for the 23rd edition of the Club Relays. While the racing at the front is hotly contested, and there are Triathlon England Championship medals on offer to the leading teams, it remains one of the cornerstones of the British Triathlon season for athletes of all abilities - with several clubs entering 15 or more teams, making it a highlight of their annual calendar. If you or your club haven't yet been, do take a look at it for 2014 - and put the August Bank Holiday weekend in your diary now!

In this issue:

Results

Weekend action

In association with Orca

International Racing

The big event of the weekend on the professional front was the ITU World Triathlon Series Stockholm, which once again proved to be great news for British athletes including the 15th WTS win for Alistair Brownlee. You can read separate reports on these (Men and Women), plus video highlights (Men and Women), along with a blog update from tenth placed David McNamee.

Pos Men Women
1 Alistair Brownlee (GBR) 1:43:13 Gwen Jorgensen (USA) 1:55:31
2 Javier Gomez (ESP) 1:43:27 Non Stanford (GBR) 1:56:20
3 Jonathan Brownlee (GBR) 1:43:50 Anne Haug (GER) 1:56:45
4 Aurelien Raphael (FRA) 1:45:14 Vicky Holland (GBR) 1:57:02
5 Vincent Luis (FRA) 1:45:22 Jodie Stimpson (GBR) 1:57:06
6 Richard Murray (RSA) 1:45:39 Maaike Caelers (NED) 1:57:09
7 Richard Varga (SVK) 1:45:47 Andrea Hewitt (NZL) 1:57:38
8 Laurent Vidal (FRA) 1:46:02 Sarah Groff (USA) 1:57:41
9 Pierre Le Corre (FRA) 1:46:10 Aileen Reid (IRL) 1:57:44
10 David Mcnamee (GBR) 1:46:23 Alice Betto (ITA) 1:57:48

The first edition of the 'new' Ironman Canada in Whistler saw a surprise - to us at least - appearance for Paul Amey. Surprise in the sense that he raced Ironman Mont Tremblant (and finished 11th), just a week ago. Kona qualification of course was the goal, and short of the required ranking in the KPR we suspect this was a late addition to the Amey schedule. Whatever, it worked as he finished third and now will be heading to the World Championships in October. Canada's Trevor Wurtele and Uli Bromme USA took their first Ironman titles.

Pos Men Women
1 Trevor Wurtele (CAN) 8:39:33 Uli Bromme (USA) 9:28:13
2 Matthew Russell (USA) 8:45:15 Lisa Ribes (USA) 9:38:34
3 Paul Amey (GBR) 8:53:27 Gillian Moody (CAN) 9:49:09

At the Lifetime Fitness Chicago Triathlon - a week ahead of the big money Hy-Vee Elite Cup in Des Moines - Stuart Hayes took another podium in what has been a busy and successful year for him, finishing third behind U.S. athletes Hunter Kemper and Ben Collins.

Pos Men Women
1 Hunter Kemper (USA) 1:50:30 Alicia Kaye (USA) 2:01:54
2 Ben Collins (USA) 1:51:11 Helle Frederikson (DEN) 2:02:55
3 Stuart Hayes (GBR) 1:51:41 Daniela Ryf (SUI) 2:06:52

Domestic Action

Saturday's weather put a bit of a dampner on the racing in the South and Dorney Lake can be a bit exposed for racing in the winds and rain. F3's Royal Berkshire Festival of Sport packed in a host of distances and formats and results are all up on the StuWeb site HERE. The F3 website is also back online after a brief outage and you can get to the photo galleries from there.

One of the older long-course events in the UK, created (if memory serves) after the demise of the Longest Day, is the Big Woody and its half-distance sibling, the Little Woody. The 'Big' was won by Peter Harrison (Basingstoke Tri Club) in 9:12:07 and Amy Cruickshank (One Tri RDS) in 11:18:30. The 'Little' went to Cole Stone and Kate Stoddard. Results for both are HERE.

Will Newbery (Primera) continued his season of regular wins by picking up another at the Salty Sea Dog Boscome Sprint with Anja Heijnen joining him on the top step of the podium. Full results are HERE and the supersprint version results are HERE.

It was also the day for the annual assault on Big Ben and we aren't talking about the mis-named clock tower in London either. The Big Ben Nevis Triathlon - which involves running up and down the lump - was won by Alistair Meikie (wedram) and Sarah Leakey, results are HERE, with the Half Ben Going to Seam McFarlane (Road & Rock Cycles) and Siobhan Prise (Team Sio) with results for that one HERE.

The Merkel Castle Series of races hopped across the Channel for its annual visit to the Chateau de Chantilly and you can find results for all the various distances on the StuWeb site HERE. There's a report online HERE as well.

The year-long series of triathlons and duathlons in the Borders region switched to the run/bike/run format for this weekend's Peebles Duathlon with wins going to Stephen Clark and Hazel Smith, full results are HERE.

Race New Forest staged standard and sprint distance races at Ellingham Lake with the slight twist of a long run from the swim to transition. The standard was led home by Chris Nicholls (Pea Brain Endurance) and Jo Haley (DH Cyclesport) with a set of results HERE while the sprint went to Paul Edmonds (Southampton Tri Club) and Leanne Tiley (DB Max) who took second place overall. Results are HERE.

The DB Max Westonbirt Triathlon was the third and final race of the series of three held at the Westonbirt Leisure Centre. The 'Classic' race was won by Kieran Hill (Cycology) and Amy Bentley (results HERE) and the new extended Challenge distance race was won by Steven Castle (Kingswood Tri) and Nicole Walters (results HERE).

The Capernwray Dive Centre is one of those venues that gets regular use from the multisport brigade and Sunday saw the turn of the Capernwray Standard with victory overall going to Ian Roberts (Champion Systems) and fastest female Elaine Maylor. Full results are HERE.

The Pencoed Triathlon hosted the Welsh Sprint Championships and winners here were Oliver Simon (Five Frogs) and Rhian Roxburgh (Evolution Bikes) - a full set of results are HERE.

The Tunbridge Wells Sprint was hit by the poor weather and road conditions were deemed unsafe so it converted to an aquathlon with Sam Begg and Jessica Owen performing the best on the swim / run format. A set of results is HERE.

Bank Holiday Monday saw the last of the Thames Turbo 2013 series of sprint races at Hampton Pool - a set of events that has been running for well over 20 years and still packs them in. James Stratton (Thames Turbo) was quickest on the day and one of only four to get under the hour while Victoria Gill (Swim for Tri) had a comfortable win in the women's field. Full results are HERE.

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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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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