Tri247 Newsletter


15th Sep 2008Issue 78

Welcome to the newsletter

Do you remember The Prisoner? "I'm not a number - I am a free man!". Well, something certainly not 'free' this past week was the World Triathlon Corporation (WTC). For those not in the know, that's the organisation that owns and runs the Ironman organisation and brand, and this week that was sold to Providence Equity for a fee believed to be in the range of $50-$80m! They are big numbers. It's probably fair to say that a not insignificant contribution to those values is another number - 70.3 - specifically, Ironman 70.3. This week, Henry Budgett will be taking a look at the phenomenon that is the Ironman 70.3 Series. As he admits himself, we all laughed at the time of launch at what we thought was a strange new brand name. Who is laughing now?

XTERRA 'junkie' Jim McConnell has asked for our help - are you a Brit, heading out to the XTERRA World Champs in Maui next month? If so, do get in touch with us via Jim is trying to get together an email-type group so you can share knowledge/experiences, and build up a 'Team GB' atmosphere come race day. You may also learn from experts like Julie Dibens and Sam Gardner. Of course, we're still looking to get in touch with any Brits heading to Kona for the Ironman World Champs two weeks prior. Are you a Kona-bound Brit - or maybe you know someone who is? Again, do contact us via if you are.

This week it's 'Barcelona Week' on Tri247! To celebrate the Barcelona Triathlon, (5th October 2008), the latest addition by IMG Events to the Euro-Cities Tri Series, each day this week we'll be bringing you information about the race, travel, accommodation and Spanish culture. Check our the interactive course feature, and keep your eyes on our Barcelona section for all the latest updates. For some late season sun, and a weekend away in one of the most popular destinations in Europe, packages are still available with Sports Tours International (, the official travel partner for IMG.

Also coming up this week - Craig Doyle needs your help! Check out his latest column to find out more, and see if you can help solve his swimming dilemma. We've also go race reports due from Ireland and Wales, more updates as we count down to the Cycle Show, news, interviews and much more too. Check back to the site each day to catch up on the latest information.

In this issue:


Weekend action

Another busy weekend of racing around the UK, and indeed the rest of the world. To bring a little order to proceedings, the update is split as International first, followed by UK action on Saturday and finally Sunday.

International News

Stuart Hayes continued his run of success in the States this weekend with another non-drafting race win in the Nautica Malibu Triathlon ( Oliver Freeman took second, ahead of Beijing Olympian Matt Reed while another Brit, Todd Leckie was fourth, just two seconds back from Reed.

Hayes has been competing successfully in the Lifetime Fitness Series (LFS) this season (, and in the four races has secured one win (Chicago), a second (New York) and two fourth places (Minneapolis, Los Angeles). He currently lies second in that series behind Australian Greg Bennett. (Malibu was not a LFS event).

Pos Men Women
1st Stuart Hayes (GBR) 1:45:51 Becky Lavelle (USA) 1:59:34
2nd Oliver Freeman (GBR) 1:46:16 Julie Swail Ertel (USA) 2:01:08
3rd Matt Reed (USA) 1:47:19 Jasmine Oeinck (USA) 2:02:33

Action from the Ironman 70.3 Series this weekend took place in Canada and Brazil. At Brasil Telecom Ironman 70.3 Brasilia, home athletes took the wins through Oscar Galindez and a very narrow win for Mariana Ohata:

Pos Men Women
1st Oscar Galindez (BRA) 3:54:24 Mariana Ohata (BRA) 4:25:35
2nd Igor Amorelli (BRA) 3:55:07 Vanessa Giannini (BRA) 4:25:41
3rd Juraci Junior (BRA) 3:59:53 Ana Borba (BRA) 4:29:21

In Canada, Subaru Ironman 70.3 Muskoka was the venue. 2007 Hawaii Ironman runner-up Craig Alexander looks in great form in the run-up to Kona 2008, a scorching run taking him to a clear win. Simon Lessing, in his last season as a pro, finished just off the podium in fourth place (4:19:17).

Pos Men Women
1st Craig Alexander (AUS) 4:10:31 Joanne Zeiger (USA) 4:37:04
2nd Richie Cunningham (AUS) 4:14:58 Rebeccah Wassner (USA) 4:42:49
3rd Daniel Bretscher (USA) 4:16:43 Angela Naeth (CAN) 4:43:37

Saturday's UK Racing

Despite a "very late night...", the team at Half Ireman in Ireland have produced a comprehensive set of provisional results. Some close racing saw the wins go to Kim Visby and Elena Maslova which we think may make that a win for Denmark and Russia! Kim has actually posted a race report on his website, which would suggest he had a little trouble with his directions!

Looks as though our correspondent didn't have the result he while it may not be the race report he wanted, we'll have an alternative view early this week for you.

Pos Men Women
1st Kim Visby 4:34:11 Elena Maslova 5:14:31
2nd Trevor Woods 4:37:48 Kelda Spratt 5:32:41
3rd Liam Dolan 4:38:41 Trudy Brown 5:33:25

Organiser Steve Newell reports from the 7th Annual Great River Swim in Chiswick: "the event attracted a record 58 starters, huge crowds, and was started in two waves by the Mayor of the London Borough of Hounslow. For the third time in seven years the outright winner was female with 16 year-old Lara Nyman (Team Viper), setting a new women's course record of 12:36. The first man home was Marc Anley in 13:03. Nancy Shaw (South London SC), edged ahead of last year's winner Steve Hyett (Hillingdon Triathletes), to capture 3rd place. The appreciative crowd saved a big cheer for 38 year-old Kathryn Mason (Clissold Masters) who opted to swim the whole distance using butterfly and without a wetsuit." Full results here.

On a slightly larger scale, it was the first Great North Swim this weekend at Lake Windermere. British Olympic open water medallists David Davies and Cassie Patten took the honours, though Jodie Swallow showed her strength, only three seconds off the pace in fourth place. We have a more detailed report on the site here. In the men's elite race, there were plenty of triathletes near the front too, with Mark Threlfall (sixth), Alastair Brownlee (seventh), Dan Brook (eighth) and Will Clarke 10th.

Another event attracting big media publicity was the First Monster Loch Ness Team Challenge Duathlon, with Nell McAnrdew, Ben Fogle, Liz McColgan and Gavin Hastings assisting promotions. Liz's team almost managed to take the win, by securing the services of Richie Nicholls and Jonathan Brownlee, but they were pipped by Inverness Bike and Fitness. We have a more detailed press release from the event on the main website. Results from the event can be found here.

In junior triathlon, the Upminster Junior Triathlon was held at Cooper's Company and Coborn School. Here are the full results. We don't have the results as yet for the BCT Junior Duathlon - though we do know that a water-logged pitch meant it was actually an aquathlon...

No results as yet from the Accelerace Extreme Triathlon, though we understand that the winner was David Bettinson in 5 hours 33 minutes.

Sunday's UK Racing

Big race of the day domestically, at least in participation terms was the sold out Chelsea & Westminster Health Charity London Duathlon in Richmond Park. Results can be found on the official website ( The elite races were won by Dave Roper and Kelly Crickmore.

Pos Men Women
1st Dave Roper 0:49:50 Kelly Crickmore 0:58:47
2nd Dan Corner 0:49:53 Danielle Stewart 1:00:36
3rd Gary Hughes 0:50:41 Tamsin Lewis 1:01:09

With the cancellation of the Northumberland TriFest earlier in the week, the big money race of the weekend (around £8,000 of prizes we understand...), was the Bala Standard Distance - and what a line up it attracted. Despite his weaker swim discipline, the in-form Jonathan Hotchkiss followed up his Vitruvian win by crushing the bike course - riding over two minutes faster than the field - and then taking the win with the joint fastest run of the day too. As he's done all year, Fraser Cartmell was out racing again, putting his Ironman UK dnf behind him, taking second, ahead of James Third, who was.... third! The ladies event was won by Rhian Roxburgh (who once again gained bragging rights over husband Simon...!), by contrast, a very clear winner. Provisional results are available on John Schofield's site. Jonathan has promised us his Bala race report this week.

Pos Men Women
1st Jonathan Hotchkiss 1:49:59 Rhian Roxburgh 2:04:18
2nd Fraser Cartmell 1:50:24 Lois Rosindale 2:13:21
3rd James Third 1:50:30 Ellie Debenham 2:15:22

The Derby Triathlon attracted a field of 600 and was won convincingly by the in-form Andy Tarry, Tom Bishop was second and Joel Jameson was third, a great day for 2XU TFN RT as the top three guys were all from the club. In the women's race Caroline Sutton (Derby Triathlon Club) took the honours ahead of Michelle Asky in second place and Nicole Waters (under-20) in third place. A full set of results can be found here.

Time-keeper Stuart Steele reported in with results of the Sevenoaks Sprint Triathlon: "Great event with a slightly later (15 minutes) start than planned, but their fancy new timing guy helped catch them up... Very nice friendly local-ish event with plenty of on-site facilities/services and possibly the best goody bag for thirty quid I have ever seen. Friendly marshals, commentator doing the odd interview and the random finisher spot prize left many people with huge grins on their face. Highly recommended." The race winners were Keith Brown (Tonbridge Tri) and Gina Heiss (Greenwich Tritons).

Andrew Jopson reports from the Blackwater Charity Triathlon which we previewed last week: "we donated £2000 to Essex Air Ambulance on the day of the race and the presentation was made by the Deputy Mayor of Maldon, Mike Bentley, to Teresa Jones. Everyone gave their free time to get this race together, the Leisure Centre allowed use to us the pool without charge and with the aid of significant others enabled such a large amount to be donated - remember we only had 200 entrants!

In the novice race Paul Gregory of Maldon & District Cycle Club won, it was clear his cycling ability clearly influenced the result. 12 months ago the boy couldn't even swim!

In the men's open category, Simon Maskell of TriUK won and indeed was overall winner of the race by three minutes. He clearly didn't have enough competition; Simon, you're lucky I wasn't racing! Second was Rob Milburn and 17 seconds later his club mate Les Henderson both from Tri Sport Epping.

In the women's open category our very own Nicola Wood won the race, she has been the bridesmaid several times this year so it was about time she won! Second was Zena Shean and 14 seconds later was Christine Mowle, both from East Essex Tri Club. Sprint racing is a bit different from Ironman Chris!

Men's Vets race was won by Jason Ridgeon, Les Henderson took third overall so does not qualify. Female Vets Geraldine Howard won and our very own Paula Purtell was second.

No road traffic accidents, no disqualifications just a few "words of advice" being offered to people - grass roots triathlon at its best! And where it should be"

We have full results on site for the sprint race and the novice race.

The latest round of the Fast Twitch Series reached Littledown. The event was won by competitor #1, local speedster James Gilfillan (Primera Bournemouth), a full six minutes clear of Peter Younghusband. Ladies winner was Nicola Threlfall (Thames Valley Triathletes). Full results are online here.

The 1st Chiltern International Aquathlon wins went to Manuela Capozorio (27:59) and Tommy Sheldrick (25:45). We have the full results here.

No results yet, but several of the Tri247 team were competing in Weymouth in either the Weymouth Classic or the Jumbled Sprint Triathlon. After the previous few months, weather was about as perfect as possible, with little wind, warm and calm sea conditions. The Classic was won by 2007 World Age Group winner Colin Dixon and Tracy Cook (Tri UK), while the Jumbled (swim-run-bike), sprint was won by Iain Noble and Colette O'Neill (Hillingdon Triathletes).

The Eyemouth Sprint Triathlon was the final event in the Borders Sport and Leisure Trust Series. David Moffat took a very narrow win, edging James Harrison by just four seconds. Sally Dickinson had a more comfortable win in the ladies category. David Moffat also took the series award, while the ladies series was won by Victoria Butler, who took third place at Eyemouth. Full results here.

No results as yet from the Allander Autumn Aquathlon, Brockwell Lido Aquathlons, Kielder MTB Triathlon, West Wight Triathlon or the Orca Triathlons at Dorney.

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The promotion is currently being promoted on the British Triathlon Day Licences for England and Wales but the competition is open to anyone; you don't have to be a member of Triathlon England, triathlonscotland and Welsh Triathlon - just registered on Tri247.

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British Triathlon is now a Federation, whose members are the three Home Nation's Associations of Triathlon England, triathlonscotland and Welsh Triathlon. British Triathlon is responsible for matters such as the Great Britain Elite and Age Group Teams, British and International events, anti-doping and international representation. British Triathlon also manages a number of services that are shared with the three Home Nations. For more details on membership and information on how to join see the website on or telephone 01509 226161.

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.

WANTED: 2XU Compression Sales Agents

2XU Compression: Sales Agents for UK and Ireland: ALL REGIONS.

2XU, is a multi sport brand hailing from Melbourne Australia. It is already one of the UK and Ireland's fastest growing multisport brands. However it is the 2XU compression range that offers the company its' biggest area for future growth.

Due to requests from retailers and the public, 2XU UK have decided the only way to satisfy demand in the market is to hire a group of salespeople to cover all regions of the UK and Ireland. The sales agent will be given an exclusive territory and they will have an excellent opportunity to make this brand one of the highest earning in their portfolio.

In Australia, where it is a household name, 2XU already have 10 concept stores. Partly due to its great links with the institute of Sport in Australia, and the high quality of the compression it is is now the fastest growing sports brand down under.

There will be stiff competition for the posts and the chosen candidates will have to have a proven track record in sales and yet still possess a drive to play a key role in establishing a quality brand in the sports market. If you think you are the right person please email me for more information. (

Heroes wanted - are you ready for Mighty?

Maggie's Cancer Caring Centres and need heroes to take on Mighty Bike and Hike, the latest dual-discipline challenge, this autumn and help people fighting their own heroic battle with cancer. Mighty Bike and Hike is an exhilarating, challenging, unique, heart-thumping, adrenaline-filled team challenge and a first in Wales. Mighty is a team event for groups of two to six friends, colleagues or family members. Mighty is 30 miles on and off road cycling followed by up to either 15 miles (Bronze), 27 miles (Silver) or 45 miles (Gold) on foot all in 24 hours.

Your support for Maggie's does make a difference - your support makes our Centres a reality - Centres that provide a unique programme of support and care to anyone affected by any kind of cancer, at any stage. Centres that help over 60,000 people a year.

Register your team now by calling 0845 602 6427 or email or visit

Want to Run to the Beat?

London's first Half Marathon to be held on 5th October 2008 sold out only six weeks after the launch but Powerbar have a place in the The Sony Ericsson Run To The Beat race just for you. To enter all you need to do is answer the following question: Who is the current Marathon World record holder sponsored by PowerBar?

  • Felix Limo
  • Haile Gebrselassie
  • Martin Lel

Just email us the answer to ( and you could be taking part in this fantastic event. To find out more about the event click here, and for a little help with the question and to find out more about Powerbar click here.

Closing date for entries is Wednesday 24th September 2008

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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