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8th Sep 2008Issue 77

Welcome to the newsletter

Last week in the newsletter we talked about Chrissie Wellington and her apparently midas touch at long distance racing this year. Quite right too, she's been simply sensational. Ironically, that strength was perhaps highlighted again this week without her even racing! The immensely popular Vitruvian, which hosted the National Long Distance Championships, was for the second year won convincingly by Jonathan Hotchkiss. And just three weeks ago, Chrissie finished three minutes ahead of Jonathan over practically the same distances at Timberman 70.3 in the US... she's good, very good!

But this weeks commentary isn't about Chrissie. There's another would-be Queen in town, and she may well be the the most consistently successful long distance athlete racing today. In retaining her Ironman UK title yesterday, Bella Comerford built upon an already impressive season by taking her fourth win over the iron distance this year. We make that a total of eight M-Dot Ironman wins worldwide now, with Florida (4), UK (2), South Africa and Lanzarote - unless we've missed any? Add to that an ITU World Championship (2006), and a British record time at Ironman distance in Austria this year, and that is a very impressive CV. She, along with partner and fellow Ironman UK winner Stephen Bayliss, appear to be defying normal convention too, by managing to combine both frequency of racing with consistent success at the Ironman distance. Given it's only early September, we suspect that at least one more race may be on their schedule, and earlier on this year they told us that Hawaii was definitely the big goal for 2008. Of course, Hawaii is where everyone comes out to play their A-game, but it will be interesting to see how Bella measures up to Chrissie and the rest of the world's best at the 'big show' in Kona.

Talking of successful, we recently announced the latest winner of our Gatorade Athlete of the Month. Congratulations to Juliet Vickery on winning the award, which we believe is worthy recognition for completing British, European and World Championship wins - all in the same season. We're now looking for our winner for the month of August...who do you think it should be? If you know anyone who deserves to be recognised, do get in touch with us at I can assure you that all of your responses are read!

This week we have a mini-series of product reviews of a different kind for you. They are not the latest, the most expensive or even cutting edge items. These are things that could have been invented by Ronseal (it does what it says on the tin...), and for us are simply 'Stuff that works'. While the dust may be settling on one big race weekend, another one is coming right up. Duathlon gets it's share of the limelight too, and we'll be bringing you our Garmin Route of the Month feature, plus a 'How to succeed' piece on The London Duathlon, to help you make the most of your day in Richmond Park. Plus of course all the latest news, views and reports from around the triathlon world.

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Weekend action

With a bumper weekend of racing, this week we're bringing you the review in two parts: Domestic and International.

Domestic Action

Britain's Stephen Bayliss, a member of the all-conquering Team TBB, won his second Ironman event, Ironman UK at Sherborne Castle. Going one better than his second place in the 2007 event, the 29 year-old Bayliss from Carshalton, Surrey, added to his already successful season. Earlier this year he secured his first Ironman crown at Ironman South Africa, as well as taking second at Ironman Austria, and fourth at Ironman New Zealand.

Bayliss exited the swim second, on the heels of Scotland's Fraser Cartmell, competing in his first Ironman race. The pair then pulled away from their pursuers, including Spencer Smith, defending champion Scott Neyedli and Andreas di Bernardo (AUT), to spend most of the next 112 miles in close proximity. Bayliss soon used his experience on the run, pulling into the lead ahead of Cartmell, who after a solid first run lap slowed dramatically, soon to call it a day. We're sure he'll be back stronger in the future.

At T2, Smith was around five and a half minutes in arrears, with Neyedli and regular Tri247 contributor Nick Saunders around 8:30 back. Bayliss controlled the race however, and a strong 2:56 marathon, gave him a comfortable win. We imagine that second place for defending champion Scott Neyedli will be very pleasing for the Scot - to this point, 2008 has not been a stellar year performance wise, and this would suggest he's back on track. A well judged bike and run, after losing close to six minutes on the swim to Bayliss, gave him a well earned silver.

Behind, crowd favourite Spencer Smith didn't quite have the running legs to maintain a podium place, the final spot being taken by Austrian, Andreas di Bernardo, with another sub-three hour marathon. Spencer held onto fourth place (9:13:34). Fifth place went to Nick Saunders in 9:18:25, and we hope to have Nick's report on the event next week.

To make it another family double, Bella Comerford (who is due to marry Stephen later this year), comfortably lived up to her race favourite tag, and backed up her own pre-race confidence by retaining the ladies title. This adds to what has already been an amazing year for Bella. We make that her sixth iron-distance event of the year already, with four wins (South Africa, Lanzarote, UK, Embrun), a second (in a British record time of 8:51:15), at Ironman Austria and fourth at Ironman New Zealand. We suspect both Stephen and Bella will not be packing up for the year just yet either!

Pos Men Women
1st Stephen Bayliss (GBR) 8:53:59 Bella Comerford (GBR) 9:49:07
2nd Scott Neyedli (GBR) 9:04:30 Heike Funk (GER) 10:24:41
3rd Andreas di Bernardo (AUT) 9:08:25 Susanne Buckenlei (GER) 10:28:42

Full results for Ironman UK are available here.

The Tri247 prediction squad was on form at The Vitruvian this weekend! We picked out four names to watch in our weekend preview, and managed to get the men's top three and the ladies winner...

As well as hosting the National Long Distance Triathlon Championships, the race was also voted race of the year in the 220 Magazine awards, and judging by the reports and comments we're receiving, PaceSetter Events have delivered another classic this time around. A clubmate described it as a "hard race but absolutely brilliant course, organisation etc, my recommendation: A++." Given their success at organising the National Relays too, their biggest competition to retaining the award could well be their own race!

There are still a few quirks in the draft results, which are available here, but many thanks to Iain Hamilton for delivering them so fast. We'll update the finalised results in due course.

Jonny Hotchkiss retained his title very convincingly with a four minute win from Joel Jameson, and Little Woody winner Craig Twigg was a further six minutes down. In the ladies event, 2007 runner up Lou Collins went one place better by winning soundly.

Pos Men Women
1st Jonathan Hotchkiss (Sigma Sport) 3:49:39 Lou Collins (TFN Tri Club) 4:29:58
2nd Joel Jameson (2XU RT) 3:53:53 Freya Bloor 4:36:35
3rd Craig Twigg (2XU TFN) 3:59:43 Lucy Bowen (Thames Turbo/Sigma Sport) 4:36:58

Strathclyde Park hosted the final race in the Corus Elite Series, which was also the final event in the British Triathlon Grand Prix. Run over a super-sprint 'eliminator' format, the men's event was won by Will Clarke, from fellow Beijing Olympian Alistair Brownlee. Dann Brook rounded out the podium in third.

The ladies event was not a fully domestic affair however, with visiting athletes Sam Warriner (NZL) and Christine Pilz (GER) taking the two top spots, with Jodie Swallow in third. We have the full British Triathlon report on the event available here.

The infamous Helvellyn Triathlon took place despite atrocious weather in the Lake District in recent weeks. Both the swim and run had to be cut short - the water temperature apparently a somewhat chilly 12 degrees, perfect for that ice cream head feeling. The event was won by Marc Laithwaite (, 3:10:39, just edging out Martin Cain, 3:12:08. The ladies race was won by Cheryl Frost in 3:43:58. Provisional results are available on the TriHard website.

The popular Cotswold Sprint Triathlon at Keynes Country Park once again attracted a full field. The mens event was won by James Gilfillan (Primera Bournemouth), from Harry Wiltshire (Driven to Tri). The ladies trophy went to Victoria Wilkinson (Climb On Bikes) who edged out Holly Lawrence (Bath Amphibians). Full results are here. There was also a Youth/Sprint event, and the winners were Laurence Hughes (Team Tri UK) and Lucy Robbins (Yate Tristars). Full results also available.

The Faringdon Triathlon in Northamptonshire attracted some fast racers. First across the line was bike specialist Chris Birch (Eaststreet, while the first lady was Lisa Greenfield. Provisional results are available on the Soll Vale website.

Stuart Steele reports that the Wombourne Sprint was held on a modified bike/run course due to the road conditions. The winners were James Ratcliffe (Black Country Tri) in 46:13 and Lucy Haywood (Stafford Tri Club) in 52:51. Full results are available on the StuWeb site.

Like many events, the Southwater Sprint Relays suffered with poor weather, but it certainly didn't stop Amphibians 2 from swiftly publishing the results. First team over the line was from 7Oaks Tri Club (Simon McLaughlin, Nick Varley and Neil Harris) in the male-senior category, in a time of 2:37:09. The first ladies team was actually a veteran team from Esporta Brighton (Fiona Jamie, Claire Aquilina and Tamar Coleman) in 3:05:38.

The Peel (Isle of Man) Triathlon was won by Andy Cannell and Jacqui Fletcher. Full results are available here.

Round five of the Open Water Swim Aquathlons saw Mat Clarkson take the win in 28:54, while the first woman was Carin Hume in 33:13. Full results are available here.

International News

Despite one of the longest weekend preview pieces we've written for some considerable time, it would appear that somewhere in the mix we forgot that this weekend was also the European Long Distance Triathlon Championships, hosted in Gerardmer, France.

Despite our oversight, Team GB clearly didn't forget how to race, as we now have a new European Champion, in the form of Australia-based Brit, Joseph Gambles. Not only that, our only other male elite, Paul Amey, took silver.

Pos Men Women
1st Joseph Gambles (GBR) 6:18:05 Natalia Barkun (BLS) 7:04:36
2nd Paul Amey (GBR) 6:22:33 Delphine Pelletier (FRA) 7:07:44
3rd Xavier Le Floch (FRA) 6:23:33 Nicole Klingler (LIE) 7:23:30

Though initially reported as GB's sole female elite competitor, Michelle Lee was indeed racing at Monaco 70.3 as we had initially suggested on Friday. Provisional results from Gerardmer are available here.

The provisional results are not the easiest to interpret, with several British athletes seemingly registered as Belgian! However, GB Team Manager Chris Kitchen contacted us to advise that several Age Group medals were won: Gold: Rachel Hall, Silver: Suzanne Hawkins, Kirsti Robertson (5th woman overall) and Bronze: Anna Troup.

Another European Championship this weekend was the ETU Under-23 and Youth Triathlon Championship in Pulpi, Spain. Vanessa Fernandes winning easily is hardly news, though it perhaps puts into perspective how good she has been at such a young age, that she's still eligible for this championship. Portugal completed the double in the mens race through Joao Silva.

Abby Thorington, having been with the leaders on the swim appears to have withdrawn during the bike leg. Jonathan Brownlee took tenth, while Ritchie Nicholls, who won this title last year, was a long way back in 49th. Full results available here.

Pos Men Women
1st Joao Silva (POR) 1:57:37 Vanessa Fernandes (POR) 2:09:35
2nd Miguel Arraiolos (POR) 1:57:44 Yuliya Sapunova (UKR) 2:11:49
3rd Dmitry Polyansky (RUS) 1:58:21 Jeanne Collonge (FRA) 2:12:55

While most Ironman eyes were focussed on Sherborne Castle for Ironman UK, there was another Ironman taking place this weekend: Ford Ironman Wisconsin. Australian Chris McDonald took three minutes from the course record of Chris Lieto to take the win, over 12 minutes clear of Serge Meyer (SUI). Amazingly, Chris raced and finished second in Louisville last weekend...

Story of the day though was the woman's race. Like McDonald, Biscay raced last weekend in Louisville (fourth), and had at least six top-five Ironman finishes already this year. She looked set to finally win one, only to be overtaken in the last five miles. But, she is one seriously tough cookie, and fought back to take that elusive Ironman victory! In the process, that's another two wins for Team TBB, as McDonald is also part of the squad.

It was also another solid day for Tri247 columnist Joanna Carritt. 11th overall, and first age-grouper overall again (10:33:37), just as she was in July at Ironman Germany. But, can she match the brilliance of her Frankfurt race report?! We expect to be hearing from Jo soon.

Pos Men Women
1st Chris McDonald (AUS) 8:43:29 Hillary Biscay (USA) 9:47:25
2nd Serge Meyer (SUI) 8:55:50 Karin Gerber (SUI) 9:49:46
3rd Jason Shortis (AUS) 8:59:14 Jessica Jacobs (USA) 9:50:45

One of the most popular European events with the Brits is Monaco 70.3. Julie Dibens appears to have been a DNS, but her Planet X team-mate Catriona Morrison showed (again) that's she's more than a duathlete, by finishing just four minutes back from Swiss Olympian Nicola Spirig, with the fastest run of the day. Michelle Lee was ninth in 5:01:20, while Felicity Hart appears to have DNF'd on the bike, though no news yet as to the cause. The men's event was won by German Andreas Raelert. Ironman World Champion Chris McCormack finished sixth, ten minutes back.

Pos Men Women
1st Andreas Raelert (GER) 4:10:10 Nicola Spirig (SUI) 4:37:12
2nd Michael Weiss (AUT) 4:14:12 Catriona Morrison (GBR) 4:41:12
3rd Sebastian Kienle (GER) 4:14:48 Virginia Berasategui (ESP) 4:44:45

The first of the four WTC franchise races to complete this weekend was Aviva Ironman 70.3 Singapore. There was some pretty swift and competitive racing going on judging by the results too, with the wins going to Australians Simon Thompson and Rebekah Keat.

Pos Men Women
1st Simon Thompson (AUS) 3:55:40 Rebekah Keat (AUS) 4:25:43
2nd Terrenzo Bozzone (NZL) 3:55:55 Gina Ferguson (NZL) 4:29:46
3rd Pete Jacobs (AUS) 3:57:47 Alison Fitch (AUS) 4:31:45

We reported that Natascha Badmann would be racing at Powerman Zofingen, which she did - though it was the short race she won! Hopefully that's a good sign of recovery after her terrible crash in Kona last year.

In the main event, the women's race was an exact podium replica of 2007, with Erika Csomor a hugely dominant winner, 22 minutes clear of Eva Nyström (SWE). The men's event was much closer, and home athlete Andy Sutz, in his first attempt at Zofingen secured the title. Full results can be found here.

Pos Men Women
1st Andy Sutz (SUI) 6:29:44 Erika Csomor (HUN) 7:14:43
2nd Pacal Schuler (FRA) 6:35:34 Eva Nyström (SWE) 7:36:42
3rd Dominique Duchene (FRA) 6:36:04 Maja Jacober (SUI) 7:43:30

It was also the penultimate round of the competitive French Grand Prix Series in Bordeaux, where we understand the ladies race was run as a duathlon. Will Clarke was 14th (which didn't stop him winning at Strathclyde the following day), Tim Don 15th, Alistair Brownlee 24th, Dann Brook 28th, Nathan Shaw 36th, Karl Shaw 39th, James Elvery 53rd, David MacNamee 63rd and Robert Bowles 68th. For the ladies, Sophie Coleman was 9th, Jodie Swallow 10th, Kerry Lang 11th, Vicky Holland 16th, Jess Towl 23rd and Jennifer Cooper 36th. Full results are available on the TriathlonBordeaux website for both men and women.

Pos Men Women
1st Brad Kahlefeldt (AUS - Lagardere) 0:54:08 Erin Densham (AUS - Poissy) 0:48:01
2nd Steffen Jusrus (GER - Metz) 0:54:09 Rebecca Robish (GER - Brive) 0:48:17
3rd Grego Buchholz (GER - Autun) 0:54:10 Magali di Marco Messmer (SUI - Chateauroux) 0:48:28

In the US, there were a few Brits fighting it out for cash and points in the Lifetime Fitness Series race at the Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Triathlon. Stuart Hayes took fourth, Oliver Freeman seventh, Todd Leckie ninth:

Pos Men Women
1st Greg Bennett (AUS) 1:46:04 Becky Lavelle (USA) 1:59:46
2nd Andy Potts (USA) 1:46:47 Mary Beth Ellis (USA) 2:01:12
3rd Paul Matthews (AUS) 1:48:09 Julie Swail Ertel (USA) 2:03:10

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Tame the Exmoor Beast

Looming large in the calendar is the Exmoor Beast. Now in it's second year, the end of season challenge is looking to improve on last years event. If you are looking for a great way to spend the 2nd of November why not head down to Exmoor. This year the start and finish is at the picturesque Wimbleball Lake, which offers a fantastic venue for the event. There are closed roads where needed and there will be plenty of marshalls with a well signed route to allow you to concentrate on powering across the spectacular Exmoor Countryside. Find out more here.

Orca Triathlon - almost full

The Orca Triathlon on September 14th at Eton Lake, Dorney, is getting close to full capacity with both the standard and sprint distance triathlons on the same day. The field has been capped at 1000 entrants, and there are not many places left. Unlike their successful midweek series, entries will NOT be available on the day. So, if you want to race, don't delay. Online entry is available through the f3 events ( website.

Heroes wanted - are you ready for Mighty?

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Warwick Triathlon - last chance to enter!

Held on Sunday, September 28th, the Warwick Triathlon challenges athletes in the water, on wheels and on foot as they tackle the sprint distance, a 400m swim, 20km cycle ride and 5km run. There is also a super sprint triathlon of 200m swim, 10km cycle ride and 2.5km run. Both the Sprint and Super Sprint triathlons can be entered by individuals or teams. The event is based around Warwick School with the swim being carried out in the pool, the bike on flat well controlled clear roads and running race held around the massive playing fields. Closing date for entries is: Thursday 25th September 2008. To enter, visit

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