Clearly, at least based on the current crop of GB elite triathletes, there's a strong correlation between prowess at running and medal winning potential as a triathlete. The Brownlee brothers are well known for their fell running exploits and, as we know, the boys have done pretty well for themselves on the medal front in multisport. And then there's the new crop of female triathletes who seem to be perfectly at home in a muddy field. Georgia Taylor-Brown was off winning the Junior category of the English Nationals over the weekend - Jonathan Brownlee, incidentally, was ninth in the senior race. You can read all about it HERE.
The first running of Challenge Philippines attracted over 700 age groupers and a decent quality pro field in the hunt for a share of the $50,000 prize pot. Melissa Hauschildt might not have been first out of the water but she hammered the rest of the women into the ground on the bike and run and finished with a seven and a half minute buffer. Annabel Luxford was second with Emma Pooley only 40 seconds in arrears for third place. The same scenario played out in the mens race with Matt Burton having to make up time on the bike to recover a five minute deficit. Posting the fastest bike and run splits of the day secured the win for Burton ahead of Michael Murphy and Frederik Croneborg.
||Matt Burton (AUS) 4:26:53
||Melissa Hauschildt (AUS) 4:39:26
||Michael Murphy (AUS) 4:28:41
||Annabel Luxford (AUS) 4:47:04
||Frederik Croneborg (SWE) 4:29:42
||Emma Pooley (GBR) 4:47:43
Over at Dorney Lake the second of F3's Maxifuel Duathlons saw Barnaby Gray (Farnham Triathlon Club) and Nicki Aitken secure the wins over the standard distance while in the sprint event honours went to Jack Macfarlane (Thames Turbo) and Natalie Seymour (Thames Turbo). The supersprint winners were Richard Hancock and Liza Croft and full results for all the duathlon and run distances are on the StuWeb site HERE.
Liz Blatchford clearly resolved her swollen ankle issues as she successfully defended her title at the Huskisson Long Course Triathlon on Sunday chalking up another win for the Uplace-BMC Pro Team. For the swim and bike she was pretty much neck and neck with Lisa Marangon but Blatchford opened up on the run and took a comfortable win. Pete Jacobs (AUS) was the mens winner. There's a report on the race HERE.
Grafham Water near St Neots is one of three 'home bases' for Nice Tri and served as the venue for the Anglian Water Duathlon. In the standard distance race honours went to Hugh Mackenzie and Ruth Gardener (Team MK) while Ian Gillam and Whitney Larkin were the winners over the sprint distance. Full results are HERE.
The gusty winds this morning in the South must have made for interesting racing at the Castle Combe circuit for the 9bar Chilly Duathlon. Results are up on the DB Max website and give the top spots to James Coleman (Enve) and Claire Parnell (Swindon RC) It looks to have been a very close race in the women's field as there's just four tenth's of a second between her and second placed Kate Baker (University of Bath Tri).
North of the border the Long edition of the Bowhill Duathlon took place in what the organiser, not known for hyperbole, described as "extremely muddy" conditions. A good time seems to have been had by all with Martin Graham (Midlothian CC) clearly in front for the bike/run format and Joanne Thorn (Edinburgh RC) dominating the women's field with a top ten overall placing. Full results are HERE.
The swim run brigade were at the Yeovil Aquathlon with the fastest times being recorded by Thomas Priest and Tanya Lewis. 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!