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6th Oct 2008Issue 81

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Are you counting down the days? It's that time of year again when the world of triathlon focuses on Kona, Hawaii for the Ford Ironman World Championships. Like most in the sport, we're excited too, and are already well into our Kona coverage and we'll be endeavoring the bring you all the news during the week.

It seems odd now to think that this time last year (almost), nobody was expecting or predicting the impact that Chrissie Wellington was about to have on the sport. Fast forward a year, and how things change. Ironman Australia, Ironman Germany, ITU World Long Course Champs, Timberman, Alpe D'huez... wherever the "Chrissinator" has been, at least long course, she has left a trail of destruction and an awful lot of broken male pro egos behind! 12 months on, and it's difficult to find anyone predicting anything other than Chrissie first, everyone else a long long way behind. Can she live up to the hype? Are we really witnessing the dawn of a new era in women's endurance sport? Last year, first time out Chrissie recorded a 9:08 finish, including a sub-three hour marathon. This year, according to her blog, she's pretty confident too: " I am excited, yet calm, and ready for action. I happy, proud and honoured to have worn the crown for the past year, and I won’t be giving it up without a fisty cuffs fight!!!!"

Still, she's not the only Brit in the hunt - last week we caught up with Bella Comerford who has had her most successful season ever, and is also from the Team TBB stable of Chrissie. And don't write off Leanda Cave either - you don't win two ITU World Champs, a Commonwealth silver, European silver and bronze at the 70.3 World's without some talent! Her mid-season iron event in Roth was hampered by a broken rib, so don't be surprised to see Leanda swimming and biking with the very best.

One man headed to Kona this week who won't be racing is the newly retired legend of the sport, Simon Lessing M.B.E. Simon will be in Kona in connection to his role hosting the CEO Challenge (www.ceochallenges.com). This past weekend, despite deservedly being given the honour of bib #1, he couldn't quite win his final pro race, with a fourth at the Ironman 70.3 Longhorn event in Texas. We've been in touch with Simon this week to pass on our thanks and congratulations for a truly stunning career. For those who are relatively new to the sport, it's difficult to describe just how much Lessing dominated the sport for well over a decade. Post Kona, we'll be catching up with Simon for a more in depth interview and pay tribute to a true legend of the sport. We think he's earned it!

Most of the Tri247 team will also be at Cycle Show 2008 this week at Earls Court. The show runs from Thursday (press/industry day) through to Sunday, and you'll be able to see all of the latest cycling and related products, including the new Cervelo P4. Read below to see how you can save a few pounds on your entry to the show. We'll be reporting back on what catches our eye.

In this issue:

Results

Weekend action

Domestic Racing

The Scottish Duathlon Championships were hosted by the Stirling Duathlon, held in Kings Park. The win was taken by Fraser Cartmell, ahead of Iain Grant and Steven Lawley. I've lost count of just how many events Fraser has done (and won!), this year, but he's certainly worthy of any "hard work and consistency" awards going, having raced almost every distance all over the globe. For the ladies, first place was taken by Alison Rowatt, a minute clear of Louisa Edmonston with veteran Valerie Martin in third. Full results here.

Pos Men Women
1st Fraser Cartmell (Stirling) 1:52:02 Alison Rowatt (Edinburgh) 2:05:00
2nd Iain Grant (Barrhead) 1:53:39 Louisa Edmonston (Livingston) 2:06:11
3rd Steven Lawley (Wishaw) 1:54:15 Valerie Martin (Kilmaurs) 2:13:32

The accompanying sprint distance duathlon was won by Alex Jones and Eleanor Haresign. Full results here. We also have the results of the junior duathlon.

At the Carsington Duathlon, Joel Jameson (2XU TFN RT), took a convincing win over a quality field, recording the fastest splits in both runs and the bike leg for a three minute victory over Jez Cox (Team Bike and Run). The ladies event was closer at the front, with Christine Howard (Derbyshire Police) taking the victory ahead of Jill McGee (Tri Preston). Full results available here.

Pos Men Women
1st Joel Jameson (2XU TFN RT) 1:18:18 Christine Howard (Derbyshire Police) 1:34:35
2nd Jez Cox (Team Bike and Run) 1:21:30 Jill McGee (Tri Preston) 1:36:29
3rd Paul Rogers (Black Country Tri) 1:23:05 Jayne Dickens (Stafford Tri) 1:39:05

Another swim-free event on the calendar was the Lafarge Helwith Bridge Duathlon. Unlike the monsoon at Bedford, fine weather too! Results are available on John Schofield's site, and the top three were:

Pos Men Women
1st Rich Hunt 1:50:54 Donna Edmondson-Booker 2:13:40
2nd Jason Williams 1:58:13 Renee Saxton 2:17:36
3rd Pete Keron 2:00:22 Jessica Cunliffe 2:26:59

It was the final event of the year for the fun2tri (www.fun2tri.co.uk), series at the Warwickshire Triathlon. Provisional results can be found on their website here, and the headline results are:

Sprint Distance
Pos Men Women
1st Peter Hawkins 1:02:48 Sam Winter 1:13:38
2nd Chris Everard 1:03:19 Samantha Boswell 1:15:36
3rd Richard Lomas 1:05:03 Rosalind Viner 1:18:12
Fun Distance
Pos Men Women
1st David Harrison 54:41 Laura Gray 1:06:02
2nd Chris Brown 57:14 Melanie Clark 1:08:32
3rd Alan Chorley 58:15 Tina King 1:10:49

The third round of the Trisports Bedford Sprint Series took place in what can best be described as monsoon conditions. It rained, and never stopped - we know, we were there and racing! Still, the event went ahead as planned and over 250 athletes descended on Robinson Pool for the well-run event. A 400m pool swim, using the efficient 'across pool / under ropes' process, eliminating the need for lap counting, followed by a 24km cycle over some undulating roads, and finishing with a pancake flat 5km around the park. The full results, from a somewhat waterlogged set of computers, are available on the StuWeb website.

Pos Men Women
1st Mark Matthews (Cambridge Tri Club) 1:03:00 Kate Lester (Cambridge Tri Club) 1:09:07
2nd David Bettinson (Cambridge Tri Club) 1:04:04 Eimear Mullan (Bedford Traktors) 1:09:22
3rd Thomas Vickery 1:05:03 Colette O'Neill (Hillingdon Triathletes) 1:15:08

If it was as wet in Marlow as it was in Bedford (?), it was quite apt that it hosted the Rowers Revenge Triathlon. No water rowing involved, just ergos, but a long-standing and popular event which always draws a quality field. Not surprisingly, fastest for the 4km on the Concept 2 was double Olympic gold medallist, James Cracknell. A great start, but he did slip back, only slightly, to fifth (1:28:19) by the finish. Full results can be found here.

Pos Men Women
1st Rob Griffiths 1:21:53 Polly Rogers-Dixon 1:42:37
2nd Lee Rankin 1:23:29 Jo Byrne 1:46:40
3rd Mark Edwards 1:26:57 Samantha Bell 1:47:23

The Brigg Sprint Triathlon results are on the site here. Overall winners were Steve Clark from host club LiNCSQUAD and Melanie Hayward (Barracuda Tri) who finished a superb fifth overall. Congrats also to the Brigg guys for the fastest results delivery of the weekend!

The Outside-In-Triathlon did exactly that, with its run-bike-swim format. The full results are available here. The wins went to John O'Neill in 53:14, and Helen Wainwright in 1:01:05. We also have the results of the tristar/youth event.

The Cleveland Relays took place place in kind weather on Sunday, and while a few teams went wrong on the run, the provisional results by category are here. Cleveland Triathlon Club (www.clevelandtriathlon.co.uk) report "plenty of teams getting into the spirit this year by dressing up, I'm sure there were a few bemused drivers about when Batman and Co appeared on the horizon."

International News

Simon Lessing couldn't quite complete the fairytale and finish his last pro race, Ironman 70.3 Longhorn, with a victory. He ended up fourth (3:53:20), with fellow Brit and recent European Long Distance Championship winner, Joe Gambles, taking second behind Aussie Richie Cunningham. Lessing was, however, given the honour of wearing bib #1. Lisa Bentley won for the ladies which, less than one week out, would suggest she is not heading to Kona this year. Results from the event can be found here.

Pos Men Women
1st Richie Cunningham (AUS) 3:49:45 Lisa Bentley (CAN) 4:20:15
2nd Joe Gambles (GBR) 3:50:41 Pip Taylor (AUS) 4:23:50
3rd Alberto Casadei (ITA) 3:51:50 Annie Gervais (CAN) 4:28:13

It was the final round of the Lifetime Fitness Triathlon Series at the Toyota US Open Triathlon, Dallas. Wins went to series winner Greg Bennett and Sweden's Lisa Norden. Stuart Hayes took third, Julie Dibens seventh and Jodie Swallow 10th.

Pos Men Women
1st Greg Bennett 1:46:52 Lisa Norden 1:57:30
2nd Andy Potts 1:47:29 Sarah Haskins 1:58:40
3rd Stuart Hayes 1:47:59 Nicola Spirig 1:59:31

The latest in the IMG Euro-Cities Triathlon Series took place yesterday with the inaugural Barcelona Triathlon.

I am told that the weather was hot and sunny, the start was located next to a nudist beach, and several Brits got disqualified for having incorrect handlebars since it was a draft-legal event! Still, feedback is that the event has a lot of potential in a great city. Results can be found on these links:

Olympic
Olympic - Relay
Sprint
Sprint - Relay
SuperSprint

Plenty of Brits in there, and a quick check would suggest the Martin Hynes (FVS Tri), has completed a triple of winning the sprint event in London, Stockholm and Barcelona.

As mentioned in our preview, several Brits were out in Malta for the Malta National Championships. Georgie Rutherford has kindly been in touch with the following comments:

"In 27 degree heat the 2008 ChooseMalta.com Triathlon Championships took place in the picturesque setting of Salina Bay. Both the Olympic and Sprint events started together with a sea swim, water temperatures in their mid 20s which was a welcome experience for the team of British triathletes who had ventured over to Malta to enjoy the event. Triathletes then had the option of a 20km (3lap) bike or a 40km (6lap bike) on closed roads along the coast, the run distances of 5km or 10km also went along the coastal path making the event a very scenic race.

Olympic Distance - Malta Champs
Pos Men Women
1st Dermot Galea 2:05:43 Nicola Juniper (UK) 2:20:03
2nd Keith Galea (U23) 2:07:49 (2min penalty) Danica Spiteri 2:34:19
3rd Brian Magri 2:08:12 Michelle Woods 2:34:46
Sprint Distance
Pos Men Women
1st Robert Grima 1:19:49 Georgie Rutherford
2nd Zerafa Osker 1:20:30 Marcelle Chicop 1:32:46
3rd Mario Bugeja 1:24:34 Kler Azzopardi 1:37:30

Many thanks have to go to the Malta Triathlon Association for organising and hosting a brilliant event - Manuel and Fabian Ozzochri, Oswald Spiteri and Euchar Camilleri. They have made the British triathletes very welcome and it is hoped more will venture out in 2009. Also thanks to event sponsors ChooseMalta.com, The Plum Tree Restaurant and KeeKlamps."

There were a few Brits tuning up for the XTERRA World Champs in Maui later this month, competing at the XTERRA USA Championships this past weekend. The race was held at Incline Village (!), Nevada, and won by Mike Vine (USA) and Melanie McQuaid.

Pos Men Women
1st Mike Vine 2:32:38 Melanie McQuaid 2:56:17
2nd Seth Wealing 2:34:03 Renata Bucher 2:59:34
3rd Josiah Middaugh 2:35:12 Carina Wasle 3:00:30

Sam Gardner finished in 11th (2:43:28), with Jim McConnell 21st (2:54:22). In fourth place amongst the ladies was Lesley Patterson (3:02:24). Now, the results don't indicate nationality, but we would hazard a guess that is the same Lesley from Scotland who is now based in the US, and was an extremely talented junior triathlete.

There were a few other Brits, or at least Brit-based athletes 'going long' over the weekend at Home De Ferro, the Spanish National Champs in Ibiza. Darren Treadaway (Shorter Rochford-Exclusive Ranges), finished 10th, while Jenny Gowans from Serpentine, (recent winner of Norseman), was sixth in the ladies event. Full results are available on line for the men and the ladies.

Pos Men Women
1st Konstantin Bachor 5:48:59 Sofie Goos 6:47:18
2nd Kostagarov Kirill 6:06:13 Sonja Jaarsveld 6:52:11
3rd Alejander Santemaria Perez 6:06:38 Eva Novakova 7:00:17

Finally, while we are now in the final countdown to Hawaii this weekend, there was iron-action on Sunday, with Elbaman taking place on the island of Elba, in Italy. We've got full results for that here, and we noticed there were a handful of Brits out racing too. The podium spots were:

Pos Men Women
1st Federico Girasole (ITA) 9:49:26 Natallia Barkun (BLR) 10:40:33
2nd Matteo Annovazzi (ITA) 9:53:43 Maria Alfonsa Sella (ITA) 11:10:02
3rd Thierry Claes (BEL) 9:57:57 Esther De Vries (NED) 11:22:38

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