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3rd Sep 2013Issue 276

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We're just a week away now from the 2013 PruHealth World Triathlon Grand Final London , the marquee event of the 2013 season - and not just in the UK either. From an Elite perspective, we couldn't wish for a better situation ahead of the final event of the 2013 World Triathlon Series. The three dominant players in men's ITU racing - the three Olympic medal winners from 2012 - are closely locked together on points, all in great form and any one of them could add another World Championship title to their extensive CV's. It's even closer in the women's rankings, with just 13 points separating Gwen Jorgensen, Anne Haug and Non Stanford. We're well into our countdown to the hotly anticipated Age Group World Championships too, with previews already online for the Aquathlon World Championship and and Age Group Sprint World Championship. Excitement is certainly building.'s not all about London! We've got a packed calendar coming up this weekend which includes Challenge Henley, Ironman Wales, XTERRA England and not forgetting the Ironman 70.3 World Championships! Whatever your triathlon interest, the next two weeks should be rather special.

In this issue:


Weekend action


International Racing

British age groupers once again deliver a crop of medals at the ETU Long Distance Championships held in conjunction with Challenge Vichy. Fran Bungay (35-39) and Liz Hall (45-49) took gold, Dave Pratten (60-64) silver and Kylie Mansfield (30-34), Rekha Ravichadran (35-59) and Angela Kay (50-54) came home with bronze. Full details HERE.

Irish eyes were definitely smiling at Salzburg where Gavin Noble and Eimear Mullan took the wins at the Ironman 70.3 Zell am Zee-Kaprun, check out the report HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Gavin Noble (IRL) 3:50:24 Eimear Mullan (IRL) 4:14:16
2nd Nils Frommhold (GER) 3:51:44 Eva Wutti (AUT) 4:15:04
3rd Alessandro Degasperi (ITA) 3:54:43 Ewa Bugdol (POL) 4:17:31
4th Dorian Wagner (GER) 3:55:15 Rahel Küng (SUI) 4:20:15
5th Michael Göhner (GER) 3:56:40 Laura Philipp (GER) 4:24:23

At Tyrol Challenge Walchsee-Kaiserwinkel Jodie Swallow had her normal massive lead out of the swim but Yvonne van Vlerken (NED) made up much of that on a rain-soaked bike course and converted it to a two minute plus lead after the 31k run to take the win. Tamsin Lewis seems to have been a DNF on the bike and James Cunnama (RSA) was the overall winner, you can read the report HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st James Cunnama (RSA) 3:55:43 Yvonne Van Vlerken (NED) 4:19:13
2nd Timo Bracht (GER) 3:56:11 Jodie Swallow (GBR) 4:21:41
3rd Todd Skipworth (AUS) 3:56:38 Kaisa Lehtonen (FIN) 4:29:36
4th Markus Fachbach (GER) 3:58:12 Erika Csomor (HUN) 4:32:32
5th Per Bittner (GER) 4:03:55 Susan Blatt (GER) 4:32:39

Highest payout day of the weekend will have been at the Hy-Vee 5150 U.S. Championship Elite Cup where Javier Gomez (ESP) and Emma Moffatt (AUS) took the big cheques. Stu Hayes was seventh, Liz Blatchford ninth, Holly Lawrence 11th and Catherine Jameson 18th.

Pos Men Women
1st Javier Gomez (ESP) 1:45:57 Emma Moffatt (AUS) 1:57:04
2nd Hunter Kemper (USA) 1:46:09 Melissa Hauschildt (AUS) 1:58:30
3rd Greg Bennett (AUS) 1:47:10 Svenja Bazlen (GER) 1:58:48
4th Paul Matthews (AUS) 1:47:54 Nicky Samuels (NZL) 1:59:18
5th Kevin Collington (USA) 1:48:09 Lauren Goss (USA) 1:59:27
6th Bevan Docherty (NZL) 1:48:29 Alicia Kaye (USA) 2:00:05
7th Ivan Vasiliev (RUS) 1:48:41 Meredith Kessler (USA) 2:00:24
8th Ruedi Wild (SUI) 1:48:54 Daniela Ryf (SUI) 2:01:20
9th Bertrand Billard (FRA) 1:49:23 Liz Blatchford (GBR) 2:01:41
10th Cameron Dye (USA) 1:49:29 Radka Vodickova (CZE) 2:02:03

Domestic Action

Well that all went pretty well... Ignoring the fact that sleep got put aside for 48 hours (hence the reason that this roundup is a bit on the tardy side...) it was good to see the BTF / ETU Junior Cup event at Dorney Lake being used as a warm-up for the upcoming Hyde Park World Championships. Not by the athletes, of course, but by all the officials who have to get themselves back into the mindset that they were in a year ago for the Olympic Games. And it was good to see all those up and coming athletes making the most of a managed, traffic-free venue to lift their game. The ETU Junior Cup results are HERE, there's a report HERE as well.

Saturday also featured the Vitruvian up at Rutland Water and a capacity field was led home by Harry Springall - the only athlete to go sub-4 with a five minute and change lead over second-placed Paul Lunn (USN/RaceTime). The women's field featured a stunning fourth-place overall finish for Catherine Faux (GI Tri Bridgetown). Full results are HERE.

Any event which starts on mainland and ends on an island has to be a bit special and the Craggy Island Triathlon is just such a race. Winners of the Long event which incorporated the Scottish Cross Championships were Rory Downie (Edinburgh RC) and Kerry MacPhee (Stirling Tri/O2 Creations). Results are HERE.

Sunday featured a couple more classic middle distance races - OK, Helvellyn isn't actually middle distance but it might as well be! Richard Anderson (RedVenom) and Nicki Barron were the winners at that one (results are HERE) while the Rubicon Triathlon (results HERE) lists Richard Howarth and Louise Venables as the victors.

Continuing the middle distance theme, results are now in for the Wild Boar Middle Distance race where Hywel Davies (Rugby Tri Club) just dipped under the four hour mark to win by over 18 minutes from Guy Dunscombe (BAD Tri). Claire Shea-Simonds (Racetime USN) put in a top ten result with her eighth place finish to claim the female trophy. Full results are HERE.

For sheer fun and a chance to catch up with some genuine old-timers in the sport - including Ian Pettitt, the guy who originally used to time the event (and practically run the BTA from a broom closet) - you just can't beat the Southwater Relays. Ideal racing conditions, if a little chilly at 5am, saw the overall win go to Tri Tri Tri Agin (SLH Tri Club) followed by the mixed Wheelie Dealies (Deal Tri) with the JKR Potters (Farnham Tri) taking the Vet win. Fastest women's team was the appropriately named Titocatchus (Bodyworks XTC) with the veteran prize going to Deal Threesome. The results sheet is simply too big to fit our system, you can see it on the Horsham Amphibians site HERE.

The first 'second helping' Skipton Triathlon didn't quite reach the same numbers as the regular one at the beginning of the season but over 300 raced with Alan Copland and Sarah May taking home the top trophies. Results are on StuWeb HERE.

Sunday's Newbiggin Sprint Triathlon from VO2 Max Racing Events was the third and final qualifier for the 2014 ETU Sprint Triathlon European Championships in Kitzbühel, Austria. Gary Wright reports from the event HERE where Garry Walker (Coalfields RT) and Emma Holt (Tyne Tri) took top spots. Best of luck if you were searching for one of the final qualifying spots.

The Llanelli Standard was won by Joseph Beech (Lancaster University) and Lizi Precious, full results are HERE, while at the Llanrwst Sprint the headliners were Matthew Welsh (Graham Weigh Racing) and Rhian Pierce (Denbigh Harriers), results for that one are HERE.

The organisers at the Drax Goole (sounds like a classic Bond villan!) asked us to flag up the impressive performance by Joshua Jones (Lincsquad/offthatcouch) who as a Junior category athlete put nearly a minute into the rest of the field. Jess Fox was the fastest woman and results are HERE.

Another Junior athlete, Jack Bond, was making the headlines at the Daventry Triathlon with Sally Boon the leading woman. Full results are HERE, along with a race report 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!


Weekly Training Tip: stop fogged goggles

TTH Weekly Training Tip

Mix a small amount of washing up liquid and water in an old body spray bottle to have handy to clean your goggles with and stop fogging. Rinse well but avoid using your fingers as it will not work as well.

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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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.

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