It's a strange world. Saturday was spent at a half marathon run in a howling wind spiked with the odd sharp shower and saw a remarkably good turnout and even late entries. Running into that wind must have been awful, there was no branding in case it lifted all the fencing away, mile markers had to be replaced by chalked numbers on the road and an optimum day for running it certainly wasn't... Sunday dawned dry, crisp, sunny and with no wind at all - and less than half the entered field turned up for a 10k... Go figure!
The ITU's Winter Triathlon Championships in Conge, Italy experienced a bit of the Sochi effect as the team came home with a Gold thanks to Nics Wetherill in the F25-29 category. James Smith, the sole GB elite athlete, finished 5th in the U23 category.
The Winter Feast Duathlon in Scotland hit the Main Course on Saturday with Stephen Burns and Marie Meldrum producing the fastest times on the course. Full results are HERE and there's an event report HERE.
Sunday's Ironman 70.3 Panama should have had an interesting clash between Tim Don and Javier Gomez but Tim's race prep consisted of a night shivering and throwing up so that didn't happen. Gomez did the expected, although he had to do most of the hard work on the run, while in the women's race Angela Naeth denied Catriona Morrison her third win of the year. Check out John's coverage of the men (HERE) and women (HERE) and, yes, we know those swim times are stupidly quick...
||Javier Gomez (ESP) 3:38:28
||Angela Naeth (CAN) 4:04:58
||Matt Chrabot (USA) 3:42:12
||Catriona Morrison (GBR) 4:06:16
||Bertrand Billard (FRA) 3:43:24
||Svenja Bazlen (GER) 4:08:12
The Rempstone Roast is a regular off-road duathlon down in the Purbecks in Dorset and Sunday's event saw wins for Ross Smith and, we think - the results didn't identify gender but we've taken an educated guess - Eugenia Milstein (Salisbury Tri Club). Full results are HERE.
The results are in for the Taunton Deane Francis Clark Aquathlon, individual winners in the longer race were Josh Carnell and Vicky Tester, results HERE, while the shorter race went to Phillip Tomlinson and Tabitha Rogers, results HERE.
Given the recent storms in the South West conditions at the Stinger off-road duathlon in Newnham Park, Plymouth must have been on the 'soft' side of sloppy. Even the course notes describe the final 3k run as 'boggy, wet, traumatic...'. Didn't stop a decent sized field of colo and relay pairs turning out though with individual wins going to Al Lovell and Sarah Jones. Full results are 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!