Tri247 Newsletter


23rd Jan 2014Issue 289

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It has been a very good start to 2014 for British athletes. Even though we are only a few weeks into the new year, Scotland's Catriona Morrison has already made a mark, and in some style too, by winning the Ironman 70.3 Asia Pacific Championships in Auckland this past weekend. That added to her victory two weeks earlier in Tauranga. It is barely eight months since Cat returned to racing (in some style!) at Ironman 70.3 St. Croix after a long term injury absence, and it is brilliant to see her back - with a lot more to come in 2014 we hope.

Big announcement this week was conformation of the all star Uplace-BMC Pro Triathlon Team - and news that three of the ten athletes named; Corinne Abraham, Liz Blatchford and Will Clarke were British. Great news for them, with a support set up that should give them all every opportunity of performing well in 2014. We conducted an in-depth interview with Will Clarke, who confirmed that this his season plans include a move to Ironman distance later in the season. Do check it out, it is well worth a read.

Hopefully that trend of good news for the Brits will continue this coming weekend. Ironman 70.3 South Africa is the big race, and Jodie Swallow, Susie Hignett and Will Clarke will all be looking for podium positions - and Jodie, potentially, for a fourth consecutive win in Buffalo City. Check out our detailed event preview.

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Weekend action


Friday saw an early start to the weekend and a great result for Alice Hector as she led the half-distance Israman Triathlon to victory with a 40 minute advantage over her nearest rival. Edo van der Meer (NED) won the man's race at the shorter distance. In the full-distance event it was Petr Vabrousek (CZE) who took the win in a repeat of last year's event but this time he went nearly 27 minutes quicker with a 9:55:30. Tom Marmarelli (ISR) was second, he's a serial contender and previous winner of the race. Last year's half-distance winner, Nina Pekerman (ISR) stepped up and took the win over the full distance in 11:17:42. Our thanks to the legend that is John Lunt for keeping us up to date with the results.

Half distance
Pos Men Women
1st Edo van Der Meer (NED) 4:35:29 Alice Hector (GBR) 5:00:46
2nd Gergo Molnar (HUN) 4:45:40 Antonina Reznikov (ISR) 5:41:19
3rd Ran Alterman (ISR) 4:52:57 Ayet Ben David (ISR) 6:04:42
Full distance
Pos Men Women
1st Petr Vabrousek (CZE) 9:55:30 Nina Pekerman (ISR) 11:17:42
2nd Tom Marmarelli (ISR) 10:01:12 Irena Mazin (ISR) 11:33:31)
3rd Nir Menachem (ISR) 10:04:22 Zsuzsanna Harsanyi (HUN) 12:16:28

While Israman wrapped up in Elilat, Israel the 2014 edition of Challenge Wanaka kicked off in New Zealand and while Dylan McNeice (NZL) became the first man to get back-to-back victories (setting a new swim course record on the way) the race also saw an end to Gina Crawford's 100% record as last year's runner-up Candice Hammond (NZL) took the win.

There's a full report HERE and results should pop up on the Challenge site HERE.

Pos Male Female
1 Dylan McNeice (NZL) 8:38:48 Candice Hammond (NZL) 9:33:54
2 Richard Ussher (NZL) 8:49:49 Gina Crawford (NZL) 9:41:08
3 Dougal Allan (NZL) 8:54:37 Simone Maier (GER) 9:48:50

The Lanzarote International Duathlon was won by Viktors Vovrusko (LAT) and Yvonne van Vlerken (NED) with the best GB performance from Stephen Bayliss in third place. Full results are on the Club La Santa website HERE and there's a race report HERE.

Pos Male Female
1 Viktors Vovrusko (LAT) 1:00:41 Yvonne van Vlerken (NED) 1:06:03
2 Per Bittner (GER) 1:00:46 Jenny Schultz (GER) 1:07:44
3 Stephen Bayliss (GNBR) 1:00:49 Patricia Diaz Perea (ESP) 1:09:16

Rounding out the weekend's major events was Ironman 70.3 Auckland where the Asia Pacific Championship bit received a bit of a jolt with the wins going to Jan Frodeno (GER) and Catriona Morrison (GBR)! Full results are HERE.

Pos Male Female
1 Jan Frodeno (GER) 3:45:40 Catriona Morrison (GBR) 4:14:42
2 Richie Cunningham (USA) 3:47:22 Annabel Luxford (AUS) 4:15:28
3 Terenzo Bozzone (NZL) 3:47:33 Joanna Lawn (NZL) 4:24:23

Down at Dorney Lake the first of the Maxifuel Winter Duathlon Series kicked off with wins in the standard distance going to Karl Matthews and Antonia Moss. The sprint was won by Hugh Mackenzie and Gillian Sanders. Results for all the duathlon and run events can be found of the StuWeb site 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!


UK Challenge

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Ballot opens for PruHealth World Triathlon London

The PruHealth World Triathlon London is one of the world's leading triathlon events. In 2014, the event will once again form part of the ITU World Triathlon Series, attracting the very best triathletes from across the world to compete for crucial ranking points in their bids to become World Champion.

The ballot is now open for first timers and seasoned veterans. You can find out more HERE.

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.

Click here to find out more and get your place

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.


Weekly Training Tip: build strength

TTH Weekly Training Tip

Unless you're training for an early-season iron-distance race it's likely that you'll be in the base training phase of your plan ... you do have a plan, don't you? (Check out this article if you don't - it's not too late!)

One aspect that we know many (most?) triathletes skip on is strength training and this is an ideal time to get some quality sessions in at the gym. Triathlon is an holistic sport, it uses more muscles in the body than any other because of it's combination of activities, and a strong core is essential to all three. Sure, swimming, biking and running will all help but why not invest in some specific core and strength training sessions to really give you a great start?

We aren't talking turning yourself into a body builder here, just a sensible selection of general exercises that will work on the core muscle groups and build a bit of strength in there as a base for all the specific toning that the other training will then layer on top. Think of it as an engine tune-up - you'll feel the benefits all season long.



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