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28th Jan 2014Issue 290

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The blistering start to 2014 for GB's Middle Distance ladies continues. Following Cat Morrison and Alice Hector in recent weeks, Jodie Swallow once again delivered the goods at Ironman 70.3 South Africa, taking her fourth consecutive title in Buffalo City, East London. It was almost a double British win too, as Will Clarke narrowly lost out to James Cunnama (Jodie's partner!) late in the run, to finish second in his 2014 season debut. Lets hope that is a sign of things to come as the season gets into full swing in the coming months.

One Brit who will be hoping to add her name to that list of 2014 success - and with six Ironman 70.3 victories already, is well capable - is Emma-Kate Lidbury. EK made a big move to live in the US a year ago, and it is a change which has proven to be a hugely successful one. We interviewed the 'Brit Abroad' this week to find out more about that transition, her aims to finally make the Ironman 70.3 World Championship podium - and an exclusive that 2014 will be the year that she steps up to Ironman. Well worth a read.

If you are planning on entering the world's largest duathlon, the London Duathlon, then don't miss out on an exclusive offer - get £10 off your entry fee before this Friday, 31st January - see the link below to access your discount code!

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OK, so I know it's not physically possible to dissolve a country or, in out case, an island, but if this rain keeps up we might be re-writing the laws of physics .. or is that chemistry! Still, at least we can reflect in the glow from Ironman 70.3 South Africa where Jodie Swallow chalked up consecutive win number four and Will Clarke picked up second place. Another great start to a middle distance season for our pro athletes and it's still January. You can check out the race coverage HERE and HERE.

Pos Male Female
1 James Cunnama (RSA) 4:05:01 Jodie Swallow (GBR) 4:37:01
2 Will Clarke (GBR) 4:05:24 Lucie Reed (CZE) 4:40:34
3 Romain Guillaume (FRA) 4:06:24 Simone Brändli (SUI) 4:42:40

Domestic racing on Saturday was limited to Human Race's third off-road event in the winter-long series. Named the IceMan after the year we had to scrape the ice from transition before the event could start it proved remarkably mild and quite sunny but judging by the accumulation of dirt on bikes it was pretty sloppy out there. In the trail run series Dan Falconar booked his overall trophy with three straight wins while Claire Rogers put herself in a strong position to clinch the tile at the final event next month. With both the series leaders in the duathlon events failing to claim a win it's still all to play for at Eridge Park. Full results are HERE.

Pos Male Female
1 Ross Macdonald (TriTrainingHarder) 1:57:48 Fay Cripps 2:14:26
2 Roger Fowkes (Hillingdon Triathletes) 2:00:19 Rebecca Hoare 2:32:52
3 Alex Dewar 2:03:05 Alena Stevens (Thames Turbo) 2:25:25

The second of the Bowhill Duathlon events, this one being the Medium, produced wins for Martin Graham (Midlothian CC) and Joanne Thgom (Edinburgh RC) and the results in full are HERE.

Results from the Fritton Lake XC Duathlon show Ben Findlay and Esme Stewart as the winners there. Hopefully we'll get an update which includes the name of the second placed man at some point, for the moment the results are HERE.

Sunday's Westhill Duathlon in Scotland was postponed owing to the adverse weather forecast and will now run (provisionally) on February 9.

We've also got a roundup from the Regional (Southern, Midlands, Northern) Cross Country Championships that took place on Saturday - quite a few familiar triathlete names featuring towards the top of the podiums - including a win for Calum Johnson. Perhaps even more surprising - Jonny Brownlee finishing 21st. Proves everyone can have a bad day! Check those details out 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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Last week to enter ballot 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.

This week is your last chance to enter the PruHealth World Triathlon London. You still have a chance to start your season with a Sprint or Super Sprint in Hyde Park. Enter the ballot before Friday 31 January to race at the Olympic venue in Hyde Park on 31 May / 1 June.

London Duathlon 2014: one week discount

With the much anticipated football transfer deadline day nearly upon us, London Duathlon want to extend the excitement to include those who prefer their sport multi-disciplined. So, until Friday 31st January they're offering an exclusive deadline day discount...

For this week only get £10 OFF any challenge for London Duathlon 2014. Your discount code will expire at midnight on Friday 31st January, so get moving and enter now using the code TRIDEADLINEDAY and join the start line at #LD14!

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: be prepared

TTH Weekly Training Tip

If you change just one aspect of your event preparation routine for 2014 then you could assure yourself of a much better (and less stressful) season. 'Be prepared' - an effective motto for Scouting for over 100 years - covers more than just the conventional physical preparation for multisport.

There simply is no longer any excuse for not knowing pretty much everything about an event that you have entered. OK, if it's the first time it has ever been run the details might be a bit thin but there's still plenty of opportunity to avoid the most basic of mistakes. For a start, read the event details! And look at past event reports and check out the bike and run routes on a mapping service like Google Earth. If the route is hilly then you might be making a choice about wheels and doing some climbing in training... If it's pancake flat then can you hold that TT position for an hour or more and then run comfortably?

You can take this preparation as far as you want: for overseas racing it's well worth checking weather-related issues like how hot/cold/wet it could be on or around that date. Just packing the right kit could be the difference between a comfortable finish and a miserable struggle. Just remember that "I didn't realise that..." is no longer any sort of valid excuse...



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