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13th Dec 2013Issue 287

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The future is bright for British triathlon judging by results in recent months and indeed, this week. The ITU World Junior Triathlon Champs in Hyde Park this year saw British athletes take three of the six medals on offer across the male and female races, suggesting that the production line of talented is in place to follow the marquee names of Brownlee, Jenkins, Stanford, Stimpson et al.

Over the last week we've brought you interviews with both of the talented Scottish junior men who stepped up onto the Hyde Park podium, both training and studying together at Stirling University. You can find out more about Marc Austin HERE and Grant Sheldon HERE, proof indeed that not all success derives from Leeds...

And this past week, another reminder were it needed (given two European Junior Triathlon Championships and a World Junior Triathlon Silver already), from Georgia Taylor-Brown who collected team gold and came very close to an individual medal too when racing for Great Britain at the European Cross Country Championships. A very impressive result at the end of a long triathlon season - check it out, along with an interview with Georgia HERE.

With talent like that, it's no surprise that the Elite Roll of Honour was once again pretty full for 2013.

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Weekend action


Saturday saw the off-road folk in action at venues known and new. The MudMan location of the old tank-testing grounds near Camberley has been well-proven over the years to provide a suitable challenge for both the trail runners and duathletes and although there wasn't that much mud there were more than a few mechanicals from the rough terrain - a particularly impressive tyre bow-out for RG Active's John Brame ending his race. Roger Fowkes (Hillingdon Triathletes) learned from last month's WildMan and eased up on the first run to take the lead on the bike and hold off Phil Westoby (Army Triathlon) while Louise Fox (Thames Valley Triathletes) had a first-time experience to remember, she won comfortably ahead of last year's series winner Samantha Aplin. Full results are available HERE.

The Nottingham Off Road Duathlon was the first time an off-roader had been organised at the National Watersports Centre and the technical nature of the course may have taken some by surprise. The wins went to Paul Davies (Powerbar/MTN Hardware) who cleared the rest of the field by over two minutes while the women's race was dominated by Lauren Bradshaw (Absolute Tri Club) Full results are now up HERE.

While we slumbered the last full Ironman of the year was taking place in Busselton, Western Australia - there's a full report on the race HERE. Not the Pro debut that Darren Jenkins was after, but a couple of great winning performances and another sub-nine to keep the Editor busy updating the IronStats pages.

Pos Men Women
1 Jeremy Jurkiewicz (FRA) 8:08:16 Elizabeth Lyles (USA) 8:59:44
2 Marcus Thomschke (GER) 8:16:01 Mareen Hufe (GER) 9:08:00
3 David Dellow (AUS) 8:19:10 Lisa Marangon (AUS) 9:19:29

Staying with the sunshine we see that Bella Bayliss took third place in the half distance race at the Lanzarote International Marathon but it looks like Stephen didn't run. UPDATE: Looks like he did run after all, the full (rather than live) results this morning show him in eighth place with a 29:37. Interestingly there's a Javier Gomez in second place -- but we're pretty sure it's not 'that' one! All the results are HERE.

There was some very impressive running by 'triathlete' Georgia Taylor-Brown at the European Cross Country Championships in Belgrade, taking not only team Gold but coming so close to an individual medal too in fourth. Full report and video interview on that one HERE.

Also running well was Duracell Bunny Lucy Gossage who lead Cambridge to victory in the Varsity Cross Country Championships, taking the overall win too in what will be her last time in this event... as that PhD is almost done. "I'm the oldest ever winner... that record might last a while" she said! Sophia Saller was another recognisable triathlete name in third, she was first Junior at Blenheim this season.

Pos Men Women
1 Lewis Lloyd (Pembroke, Cambridge) 38:26 Lucy Gossage (Downing, Cambridge) 23:15
2 Tom Frith (St. Anne's, Oxford) 38:39 Rebecca Moore (St. Catherine's, Cambridge) 23:40
3 William Ryle-Hodges (Queens', Cambridge) 38:41 Sophia Saller (S. Catherine's, Oxford) 23:43

Off-road again on Sunday for the first of three races in the Bowhill Winter Duathlon Series organised by Durty Events. Unusually these are events that don't have specific distances but an expected winning time - this one, the Short, has a 30 minute tariff for the bike and run legs. Odd, perhaps, but it's a format that's been running for 12 years so it obviously works! Wins went to Rorie Downie (The TriCentre) and Joanne Thom (Edinburgh RC) and the results are HERE.

The first of three off-road duathlons at Fritton Lake saw veteran campaigner Jez Cox nudged off the top spot for the second week in a row by a junior athlete - in this case Finn Barnes had the legs on both run and bike to prevent Mr Consistent from adding another to his impressive total of wins. Becky Schofield was the first lady home and full results are online 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!


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London Duathlon 2014 entries are open

London Duathlon was a sell-out this year and saw thousands of individuals achieve their #duathlete title. Be sure you're part of the world's best duathlon in 2014 and enter today. This run-bike-run event offers four individual challenges, all racing through the stunning surroundings of Richmond Park on closed roads. Need tempting? Watch the video.

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Triathlon Plus Show: TriRadar Performance Zone and Running School sessions on sale

The Triathlon Plus Show takes place from 13th-16th February 2014 at Excel, London. One of the features of the show is the TriRadar Performance Zone, which features workshops, biomechanical analysis and more from The Running School and the Surrey Human Performance Institute. Tickets for each of these sessions are now available - and we have a unique Tri247 reader discount.


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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/red/navy. CHECK THEM OUT!

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Weekly Training Tip: keep your head safe

TTH Weekly Training Tip

It's Christmas (in case you hadn't noticed...) and anyone struggling to think of a gift for an aspiring triathlete might want to buy them something that could save their life. Chances are that they have owned, trained and raced in the same helmet for years. And, chances are, it's been dropped, dinged and sweated into for all that time as well.

The good news is that it has obviously worked up to now but when did they last check it for cracks, frayed straps, missing pads, and so on? Probably, judging by the state of a lot of helmets that we see on a weekly basis, they never have. And, given that just one serious impact could effectively destroy the integrity of the shock absorbing liner, it's probably time to swap it out for something newer.

Helmets are made to a specification: BS: EN1078 1997 is the UK equivalent of the basic harmonised European standard, the American Snell B-90 or CPSC standards are more rigorous but you are unlikely to find one in the UK. What you pay for a helmet (assuming it meets the standards and they all have to meet the minimum EN1078 standard to be sold in the UK) is determined by styling, weight and other market factors -- paying more for a helmet that meets the specification does not mean it works better.

If you want to read a great article on helmets (albeit from an American perspective) check out this feature in Bicycling.



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