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26th Mar 2014Issue 297

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"You've got no talent, and the only way you are going to succeed is to work, very very hard and be fitter than everyone else."

Fortunately, given the impact she went on to make in British triathlon over the last 15 years, Bella Bayliss was prepared to work hard, very hard, and on retiring from the sport last year - which included her 16th iron-distance victory at Challenge Henley - she can look back on a quite amazing, and perhaps underrated, career.

Last week I took the opportunity to sit town and talk at length with Bella about many of those memories, the tough battles, World Championship victory, record breaking through to realising that the the body could do no more - and coming to terms with that - before now settling into a coaching career. It proved to be one of the most enjoyable and fascinating interviews I've ever done, as Bella was open, honest and at times quite emotional too.

A true role model for what can be achieved through hard work, I strongly encourage you to WATCH PART ONE NOW, and then come back for parts two and three!

Plenty more in the newsletter this week too , including the latest 10,000m track plans of Alistair Brownlee, swim-tech advice from Dan Bullock and all the weekend's news, results and reports.

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Results

Weekend action

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Great to see the GB women starting off their year in fine form. Saturday had Leanda Cave kicking off her Commonwealth Games selection run with a clear win at the ITU's La Paz Pan American Cup race while Sunday saw Jodie Stimpson picking up a podium place in the New Plymouth Triathlon World Cup. Even more welcome was the return of Helen Jenkins with a fourth place finish in the same race. There's a summary of the races HERE.

The big guns were out at Ironman Melbourne with Dirk Bockel (LUX) just missing on the sub-8 club, Caroline Steffen did sneak in under the magic nine with and 8:57:57 though. British representation was headed by Daniel Halksworth in 11th, Harry Wiltshire 12th and Phil Graves 19th.

Saturday's racing in Clumber Park produced wins for Duncan Bullock and Pollyanne Linskill at the standard distance (results HERE) while Peter Ellis (RAF Triathlon) and Jess Learmonth (Planet X) topped out in the sprint (results HERE).

The Mumbles Duathlon also offered short and long races: Gareth Thomas (San Domenico) and Jess Parry Williams won the longer (results HERE) while Paul Benyon and Vicki Sivertsen (Malvern Triathlon Club) led the short (results HERE).

Results are in for the Bath Duathlon events but check their website as they seem to have been having some issues with regular updates, we'll load a copy once they finalise them.

No Fuss organised their traditional season opener with two days of the pool-based Wee Triathlon up in Fort William. Results are up for both Saturday and Sunday races.

Another traditional early season pool triathlon is the Dyfi Dash and individual wins at the 2014 edition went to Andy Nash and Elinor Thorogood, full results are HERE.

No revving motors at the Goodwood Circuit for the Portsmouth Triathletes Spring Duathlon but plenty of high performance racing nonetheless. Tom Vandenbussche (Beltherm Trisport Pharma) and Rachel Clay (Portsmouth Triathletes) won the long race while Patrick Harfield (Portsmouth Triathletes) and Sally Baldwin won the shorter distance. Results for all the races including the Tristar ones are on the same link HERE.

Dorney Lake saw another day of racing with the third of the F3 Maxifuel Winter Duathlon Series, all the results for the duathlon and run events are up on the StuWeb site HERE.

Someone changed the clocks a week early in Oxfordshire, the Spring Forward Duathlon results on StuWeb show wins for Alan Rutledge and Zoe Levin.

The Peaky Freaky Duathlon pulled in some quality off-road exponents for its bike/run/bike/run/bike/run format. Doug Hall took the overall win ahead of Graham Wadsworth while Jo Caritt headed the women's field with Lisa Picton second. The results are online HERE with a summary in the archive, and you can read Doug's report on an an event he describes as "a weird love child between an adventure race and a duathlon with the volume turned to 11!" HERE.

Lots of triathletes out in the early Spring sunshine at the Whole Foods Market Kingston Breakfast Run including a very sprightly looking Annie Emmerson who came in second in the 16.2 mile race just ahead of another Tri247 regular, Michelle Parsons. Full results for both distances are online 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!

FULL WEEKEND RESULTS LISTINGS

Hercules launch a new Middle Distance Triathlon event

A new half iron distance event on 25 May 2014 has been announced by Hercules Events and will be run as part of their open water triathlons during the popular Welwyn Hatfield Festival of Sport. There are 4 triathlon events in this festival from Novice to Middle (half iron) distance. For more information visit: www.herculesevents.com

The event is at a great location (Stanborough Park just off J4 A1M), this middle distance event is sure to be a welcome addition to the triathlon calendar. The swim lake is sheltered, the cycle route is through the lovely Hertfordshire countryside and the run leg is largely on dedicated country cycle paths. For more information and to secure a place visit www.herculesevents.com

London Duathlon 2014: be inspired

Need to add some inspiration to your 2014 season? Take two minutes out of your day and watch our video of duathletes competing, and celebrating, their challenge last year. Click here to watch the video.

Tempted? Enter 2014 today and be part of the world's best duathlon on Sunday 14 September 2014. Be quick, places selling fast! #BeADuathlete

Tri Kudu store opening

On Saturday 29th March at 10am Tri Kudu will be officially opening their impressive new 2400sq ft retail store with Sam from Bikanic (top mechanic) at 3 Mercury Road, Richmond, North Yorkshire DL10 4TQ on the Gallowfields Trading Estate. With the Tour coming to these parts Tri Kudu is launching in a prime time for cycling and multisport in the North of England.

Team Tri Kudu athletes Calum Johnson, Maddy Winzer, Harry Springall, Para Athlete Craig McCann and top age group athlete Mark Flannery will be in attendance at the launch. There will be a WattBike challenge event with a Castelli cycling jacket up for grabs for the winner and the first 100 customers through the door will receive a Tri Kudu goodie bag. Everyone will be given a raffle ticket for the chance to win a star prize. Drinks and refreshments will be available throughout the day so after you've taken on the WattBike challenge you can have the pleasure of enjoying a hot dog or sharing a coffee in great company.

A new Half Marathon an 10km for Hertfordshire and North London

Hercules events have announced a new Half Marathon for 25 May 2014. It will be run at a great location (Stanborough Park just off J4 A1M) as part of the Welwyn Hatfield Festival of Sport organised by Hercules Events www.herculesevents.com

The Half Marathon route is largely on dedicated country cycle paths and compliments Hercules’ popular 10 km, and 1.5K fun run on the same date. Given the great route and proximity to North London this is likely to be a very popular event. For more information and to secure a place visit www.herulesevents.com

Do you have a Will of Iron?

This May, join hundreds of people across the UK taking part in the ultimate triathlon, Will of Iron, for Willow the only UK charity providing Special Days for seriously ill 16 to 40 year olds. A triathlon like no other before it, you can choose to take part in the gym or the great outdoors. As an individual or in a team. Your team can be as little as two people or as many as 200. The only rule is that you need to complete an ironman distance triathlon 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile cycle and a 26.2 mile run over seven consecutive days.

Supported by 220 Triathlon magazine's Triathlete of the Year 2013, Catherine Faux, it costs just £25 to register to take part in Will of Iron the only event of its kind. The entry fee includes a Will of Iron training vest and certificate, fundraising ideas and support, training guide and regular updates. Sign up today at www.willofiron.org

Kit out your club

Z3R0D, British Triathlon's official performance apparel partner are delighted to be supporting Crystal Place Tri Club this season. The team will be racing in the oSuit, the same suit as the British elite team and numerous long distance athletes are using.

If you want to get your club kit done for this season it's not too late, just go to www.z3r0d.com/en/teamid/teamid.php or for the full range go to www.wiggle.co.uk/z3r0d

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