Tri247 Newsletter


19th Nov 2013Issue 284

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Finally, the season is coming if not to a halt, then certainly to a significant slowdown. These days though, racing never stops completely, even if the weather is starting to get a little chilly - that's what off-road Duathlon is for! There were several events taking place this past weekend, and many more on the schedule over the coming months. If you fancy something different, get out that MTB and come and join in the (muddy) fun.

Up to anything this coming weekend? For many years now, Sandown Park has been home to the Triathlon Show (previously known as TCR Show). The venue will be full again this weekend with endurance athletes, but this time for The Running Show. In conjunction with our sister site, we are able to offer readers a special offer two-for one ticket offer. In addition to saving money on entry, the first 1500 visitors all day will receive a free High5 nutrition pack worth £7. To take advantage of this great offer, CLICK HERE. For more about the Running Show, visit

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Weekend action


Ironman Arizona saw a debut at the distance for Ritche Nicholls with a creditable 13th place just ahead of Nicholas Ward Munoz in 15th. Eimear Mullan (IRL) was sixth female and Amy Forshaw 23rd. Among the listed Brits we spotted a name from the past, Eric Blakie racing in the M60-64 category: way to go Eric (!), while Melissa Dowell took third place in the F45-49 category with an impressive 10:38:51.

There's a more complete report on the race HERE, with some iron-stats updates now updated. That's now TWENTY sub-nine female iron-finishes in 2013 alone.

Pos Male Female
1 Victor del Corral (ESP) 08:02:00 Judith Gajer (GER) 8:52:49
2 Jordan Rapp (USA) 8:06:13 Meredith Kessler (USA) 8:55:47
3 Jens Petersen-Bach (DEN) 8:07:53 Michelle Vesterby (DEN) 8:57:24

New Zealand's Terenzo Bozzone maintained his current hot streak with another win, this week at Ironman 70.3 Shepparton, while Rebekah Keat had to overcome a powerful bike split from Melanie McQuaid (CAN) to win the race lead back during the half marathon.

Pos Male Female
1 Terenzo Bozzone (NZL) 3:50:00 Rebekah Keat (AUS) 4:13:04
2 Josh Amberger (AUS) 3:53:32 Melanie McQuaid (CAN) 4:15:15
3 James Hodge (AUS) 3:54:45 Lisa Marangon (AUS) 4:24:07

There's a commonly observed weather phenomena which sees the temperature drop dramatically just after dawn and anyone at the WildMan would have been well aware of it - we had a lovely little ground frost which made setting up somewhat chilly and the Oat Hut's porridge all the more welcome! Last year's event at this venue was a complete mud fest and with the recent rains we were expecting more of the same but both trail runners and duathletes came back remarkably clean for an off-road race, there were muddier legs at last week's BallBuster... The provisional series leaderboard is now headed by winners Rick Featherston (VC10) and Samantha Aplin, a full set of results is HERE and we also have a race report HERE.

The Cirencester Off-Road Duathlon returned once again to Cirencester Park and the results (HERE) show wins for Dan Lewis (RAF Tri) and Fay Cripps (South Downs Bikes). Winners over the half-distance race (results HERE) were James Williams (Wells Cuty Harriers) and Karen Scott (Thornbury RC).

A new addition to the duathlon calendar, the Lexus Reading Dinton Duathlon was won by David Chapman and Sarah Martin, full results are HERE and we've published a full report from the race HERE.

The Walden Off Road Duathlon was won by Jez Cox and Lucy Gossage, full results are HERE, the TriStar results are HERE. That's repeat wins from 2012 from Jez and Lucy, while also being the 81st duathlon win (so far...) from Jez on his multisport CV.

There were some very strong running performances from familiar du/triathlete names this weekend too. Mark Buckingham won the Brooks Brighton 10km in 30:48, while the Leeds Abbey Dash 10km saw PB performances from Phil Wylie (29:30), Dave Roper (30:22) and Gordon Benson (30:25).


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!


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UK Challenge

London Duathlon 2014 entries are open

London Duathlon is a run-bike-run event that offers athletes of all abilities the chance to race through the stunning surroundings of Richmond Park while on closed roads. Next year the race will take place on Sunday 14 September 2014. If you want to give yourself a challenge, do so in style and enter this uniquely brilliant London race by selecting the challenge you wish to undertake from five events, four individual challenges and one team challenge in the London Duathlon 2014:

Super Sprint
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Jobs at Ribble

Ribble Cycles, the well known mail order cycle business are recruiting. They currently have vacancies for an Online Marketing Manager and a Digital Graphic Designer.

For full details of the current vacancies at Ribble, visit:

The return of the festive jumper!

It's back! The Tri Training Harder essential festive fun winter warmer jumper for the rest day on the 25th of December. Featuring a swimming, cycling, running snowman (complete with disk wheel!) their novelty winter jumpers come in two colour combinations. Red/black/white and Cream/read/navy. CHECK THEM OUT!

Secure one in time for Christmas by checking out their website here

Weekly Training Tip: fix it!

TTH Weekly Training Tip

We train for the three major disciplines without questioning. Some people even remember to train for the fourth discipline - transition. But how many of us train for something that can have more of an impact on your race than any of these? That missing element is learning how to fix your bike (or at least maintain it in the best possible condition).

Set yourself a challenge for the Winter months and learn how to do a couple of basic, race-saving mechanical fixes. Perfect examples would be how to change a tyre efficiently - a puncture should not mean the end of your race - and how to fix a broken chain. Indeed, any basic mechanical skills you pick up can only be to your benefit as a better maintained bike will always have less risk of breaking during an event.



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