Tri247 Newsletter


22nd Sep 2008Issue 79

Welcome to the newsletter

Well, that was a glorious weekend of weather - well, it was where I was! Most of us like to race when the weather is good. It doesn't have to be hot, but most of us would rather avoid freezing cold, driving wind and rain. Of course, provided it's safe, we usually get to race whatever the weather and a few extra layers will suffice. Alas, that doesn't apply when the challenge you are faced with is a Channel swim of 21+ miles...the day after running 89! This weekend, that was the fate that fell on Nino Baglione who, after months, if not years of preparation had his hopes of becoming only the sixth Enduroman Arch-to-Arc finisher thwarted by the weather, after finishing the mammoth run to Dover inside schedule - to be told it was too dangerous to swim. Still, he and his team got on the ferry, and he did the bike leg to Paris anyway. Top effort. And after all that, Nino gets to relax (in the current financial markets?!), back at the Hedge Fund he works for... Buy that man a strong drink.

As you may have read on the main site, Tri247 columnist and elite athlete Michelle Dillon underwent a serious back operation at the weekend. She has been suffering with persistent back problems for many years and on Friday endured a six hour back operation which included a double fusion of the spine in the L4 and L5 region. The team at Tri247, and I'm sure everyone else connected to the sport, would like to wish Michelle a speedy and successful recovery. Michelle's partner Stuart Hayes managed to put the worry behind him and bring some cheer to the family, by continuing his fine form in winning the final round of the French Grand Prix Series on Saturday, in what are always exceptionally competitive events.

This weekend it's the ITU World Duathlon Championships in Rimini, Italy. We'll be previewing the event this week, and we'll also be in Rimini reporting live and bringing you all the news as it happens from the Age Group, AWAD and Elite races.

In this issue:


Weekend action

We'll start off with the domestic action this week, on what was a relatively quiet weekend for international racing.

Domestic Action

Saturday kicked off with a seriously challenging event in Fort William, Scotland: The Big Ben Nevis Triathlon, an off-road event covering approx half-iron distance. There was also an accompanying 'half' distance. The winner was Kenny Riddle in a touch over 7 hours, which goes to show what a tough event it was, while ladies winner was Charlotte Maurisson in 9:26. The half distance winners were Iain Veitch and Clionna Kenny. Full results on site, with full bike lap splits courtesy of No Fuss Events (, for the full and half distance races.

The Perranporth Surf Challenge Triathlon, as expected, attracted a quality field. World Cup athlete Harry Wiltshire could only manage third position, behind Matt Pullen (Cycle Logic) and Junior Heffernan (Plymouth Tri). Sam Herridge took the ladies title. Full results can be found here on the Black Sheep Sports site.

Pos Men Women
1st Matt Pullen 1:51:56 Sam Herridge 2:05:46
2nd Junior Heffernan 1:52:43 Helen Parkinson 2:08:47
3rd Harry Wiltshire 1:53:01 Jessica Taylor 2:12:20

A relatively new but already hugely popular event on the calendar is the New Forest Middle Distance Triathlon. We have the draft results available here.

Pos Men Women
1st Adam Thomson (Primera Sport) 4:42:16 Jayne Parker 5:21:22
2nd Dave Woodgate (TF Bath) 4:45:58 Helen Smith (Thames Turbo/Sigma Sport) 5:28:53
3rd Ryan Cross 4:55:19 Georgina Ayre (Serpentine) 5:29:33

A couple of weeks ago we highlighted the triathlon exploits of Beijing gold (and bronze...) medal winning canoeist Tim Brabants, who had won his first triathlon - the Men's Fitness Rough Track Sprint. Well, Tim was back at Dorney Lake again on Sunday, taking part as a guest in the Tri for Life Combined Charities Challenge event. And...he won again! Full results available here for the individual event, and here for the relay category.

Another big field for The Last Minute, Southwell Sprint Triathlon. As usual some close racing, with David Bishop (TFN 2XU RT) taking a narrow win. Just nine seconds separated the first two ladies, with Becky Krych (Charnwood Triathlon Club) taking the win from Sarah King. Full results are available here.

Pos Men Women
1st David Bishop (TFN 2XU RT) 0:49:54 Becky Krych (Charnwood Tri) 1:01:15
2nd Nick Dunn (TFN 2XU RT) 0:50:38 Sarah King 1:01:24
3rd Carl Shaw (Charnwood Tri) 0:51:41 Claire Armstrong 1:02:09

Provisional results from the carbon-neutral Crystal Palace Triathlon are available here, and subject to confirmation the podium places are as follows:

Pos Men Women
1st Andrew Mercer (Serpentine) 0:57:30 Jill Parker (Tri London) 1:02:32
2nd Timothy Male (Thames Turbo) 0:57:36 Parys Edwards (Ful-On Tri) 1:03:27
3rd James Beckinsale (Optima RT) 0:57:36 Esther Evans (Thames Turbo Sigma Sport) 1:03:52

Stuart Steele sent us in a note from the Three Spires Sprint Triathlon: "The September version of the Three Spires event is always a little more competitive than the Spring one. Everyone is a little triathlon jaded and "easing off for the winter"… or so you'd think. Three Spires is a well organised event with all the bits in the right places, large transition, relatively flat run course and a bike that will either make or break you on the return leg. Lots of ticks in the great category, and improving every year. The overall winners were James Ratcliffe (Black Country Elite) in 54 mins dead and Lucy Haywood (Stafford Triathlon Club) in 1:01:17. Full results and photos can be found on the StuWeb ( site.

Race Director Bill Hawkes updated on the Newent Triathlon: "we were blessed with beautiful blue skies, no wind and an average temperature from start to finish of about 18 degrees. The overall winner was Nick Slim of Tewkesbury Tri in a course record time, beating the previous record by close to 3 minutes. The event will raise around £3,000 which will be distributed to local charities." The ladies race was won by Nicola Goodwin. Full results are on site here.

The Nairn Sprint Triathlon competitors were treated to an "M-Dot like" transition, where the local Scouts take your bike in T2! The winners were Mike Bond (National Fire Service TC) and Kelda Spratt. We have full results available here.

Pos Men Women
1st Mike Bond 1:01:49 Kelda Spratt 1:11:14
2nd David Edwards 1:02:11 Lynsey Henderson 1:12:39
3rd Andrew Donachie 1:04:39 Elaine Rutherford 1:17:05

The Brinscall Triathlon may have had the closest finish of the weekend. Louis Szymanski (Radcliffe SC) finished just one second ahead of Rodger Wilkins (Tri Clan), while ladies winner Michelle Dew had a more comfortable margin over Gema Adams. Full results are available here on John Schofield's site.

The latest event in the Fun2Tri ( Series was Sunday's North West Triathlon. Full results are available here, with the headline results being:

Sprint Distance
Pos Men Women
1st Chris Joyce 0:58:27 Rebecca Brand 1:10:06
2nd Michael Wilson 1:00:37 Louise Hogg 1:10:24
3rd James Emery 1:00:40 Helen Murphy 1:10:24
Fun Distance
1st Nigel Hough 0:52:02 Laura Gray 0:56:42
2nd Richard Swain 0:52:07 Deborah Sheridan 0:58:07
3rd Alan Chorley 0:52:09 Claire Edgar 1:02:13

The Peterlee Triathlon saw another win go to Alan Copland (One Life), almost two minutes clear of the field. The first lady across the line was Denise Parking (Ryton Tri), from Amanda Cantle (Sun City Tri). Full results available here.

With less than a week to go before the 2008 ITU World Duathlon Champs, there were a couple of duathlon events on the calendar. The Ipswich Duathlon was held at Alton Water Leisure Park, and was won by Glyn Painter (Army Tri), courtesy of some super swift cycling. The ladies event was won by Tonya Antonis ( Full results available here.

At the Maidstone Duathlon in Kent, Jez Cox (Team Bike and Run), secured his third straight win. No full results as yet, but "it was quite close too as Justin Webb gave me a very hard race and a guy from Mid Devon who had the fastest bike leg. I predict they'll both medal next week in Rimini. I actually think Justin Webb will be in the top three overall. He's really come on. I won't be there next week though. It would be one foreign race too many for me this year."

Pos Men Women
1st Jez Cox 1:29:56 Kate Hodgekiss 1:48:39
2nd Justin Webb 1:30:32 Rebecca Francis 1:52:04
3rd Dan Bent 1:31:41 Julia Jepson 1:54:24

Vet and Super Vet winners were Simon Edney and Tracey Coupland, Chris Fairbrass and Christine Hamilton respectively. Race organiser Mike Hawkins reports "great weather, excellent venue, but an entry well down - why? Having to compete with FOUR triathlons in the same region with lack of co-ordination between member clubs to blame. Last year Crystal Palace Tri made this race part of their club championships and sent 15 athletes down to compete. This year they decide to hold their own triathlon on, yes, exactly the same day! And with three other triathlons in Sussex its not surprising the "poor relations" of Duathlon are suffering. Jez Cox made this his 3rd win in a row although he was pushed hard all the way by Justin Webb , who also took the prize for the fastest run of the day, Simon Edney taking the fastest bike split prize."

No results yet either from the Brighton Marina Triathlon, though we understand that Tracy Harris (who we interviewed earlier this year), was the winner. More news when we get it.

The Highworth Triathlon also kindly contacted us. Full results to follow in due course, but the podium positions were as follows:

Pos Men Women
1st David Lindsay (Glasgow Tri Club) Rachel Bown (Avon Valley Runners)
2nd Dave Maine (Swindon Road Club) Samantha Walklett (Swindon Road Club)
3rd Richard Hooker ( Cheryl Sloan
Pos Men Women
1st Kenny Roberts (Stroud AC) Su Wilmot
2nd Paul Williams (Army Tri) Sarah Bartlett (Newbury RC)
3rd Ian Leaver Kerry Hall (Marlborough Tri)

International News

It was a relatively quiet weekend on the international front, but as usual there were plenty of Brits present in the last round of the French Grand Prix Series in La Baule. Continuing his great form of late, Stuart Hayes secured another win. Tim Don took eighth, Will Clarke 14th, Karl Shaw 37th, Dann Brook 39th, Mark Threlfall 50th, Nathan Shaw 51st and James Elvery 54th.

For the ladies ex-Brit Jessica Harrison (FRA) took the honours, with Jodie Swallow 4th, Kerry Lang 15th, Jodie Stimpson 18th, Vicky Holland 21st, Jess Towl 25th and Sophie Coleman 28th.

Pos Men Women
1st Stuart Hayes (Lagardere) 0:51:57 Jessica Harrison (Poissy) 1:00:12
2nd Frederic Belaubre (Beauvais) 0:52:12 Magali Di Marco Messmer (Chateauroux) 1:00:30
3rd Aurelien Raphael (Sainte Genevieve) 0:52:19 Maria Czesnik (Cessona) 1:00:47

We also spotted the results from Mexicana Ironman 70.3 Cancun here. Brit James Hadley was 7th Pro in 4:16:55

Pos Men Women
1st Chris Legh (AUS) 4:01:47 Kim Loeffler (USA) 4:33:33
2nd Oscar Galindez (ARG) 4:03:10 Caroline Smith (USA) 4:44:57
3rd Igor Flonseca (BRA) 4:03:26 Dunia Gomez Tirado (MEX) 4:46:52

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Last chance for Xtreme Terrain Festival

We're now less than a week away from the For Goodness Shakes! Xtreme Terrain Festival 08, and this is your last chance to enter the greatest off-road multi-sport festival in the country! Still not decided? Well, check out the details here - entries close on TUESDAY 23RD SEPTEMBER - no registration available on the day. Sign up now and don't miss out on the fun.

British Triathlon at Leisure Industry Week

British Triathlon will be at the Leisure Industry Week (, from Tuesday to Thursday this week, taking place at the NEC, Birmingham. They will be hosting an indoor triathlon event, and you can also win an Orca wetsuit. Do drop by and say hello if you are there.

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.

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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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