Tri247 Newsletter


10th Sep 2007Issue 27

Welcome to the newsletter

It's becoming clear that the season is slowly winding down and, despite the late burst of Summer weather, the year is starting to do likewise. The Vitruvian, this year the last of the National Championships, is a marker in the calendar that says 'one of the last big ones' and even though there's Bala and XTERRA still to come it's clear that the energy is beginning to flag. One of the strongest indicators for the Tri247 team was that, despite a bright sunny day, the office has started to get dark early as we wait for those results to come in on a Sunday night. Indeed, as we finished up watching Ironman Winsconsin and bid goodnight to the IronmanLive team it was really dark! Time to get the central heating serviced...

It's not the end of the racing though, not by a long chalk. The London Duathlon put approaching 2,500 people round Richmond Park on Sunday, hopefully retaining it's claim as the biggest duathlon in the world, and next weekend sees another in the growing number of fitness-oriented events taking place in the guise of the Men's Fitness Rough Track triathlons and duathlon at Dorney Lake. Multisport is a long, long way from reaching saturation point but, in order to keep growing, it needs to find new ways to spread the message and entice people in. Events like rowathlons, off-road triathlons and duathlons and some of the crazier swimming adventures that we have been featuring all offer additional entry-points for new blood.

So, if you're been doing, or are planning to do, something a little bit outside the regular swim/bike/run during the coming months do, please, let us know about it. If it's an event you are planning as an organiser then get it into the events calendar or if it's something that you are doing as a challenge let us have a write-up and we'll help spread the word for you.

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Weekend action

Unlike last year's cold and miserable conditions it seems that this year's Ironman Winsconsin was held in almost perfect racing weather; warm and still in the morning then a bit of breeze and some nice cloud cover for the run. The men's race was convincingly won by Maik Twelsiek in 8:52:49 but the real race was behind him for the minor placings with both Fritzsche and Valderrabano moving up through the field during the run. Gina Ferguson similarly dominated the women's race with Biscay, doing her seventh full distance race of the year, making up ground in the run to capture second ahead of Reinders. Full commentary is on the IronmanLive site:

Pos Men Women
1 Maik Twelsiek (GER) 8:52:49 Gina Ferguson (NZL) 9:37:03
2 Paul Fritzsche (USA) 9:03:22 Hillary Biscay (USA) 10:01:30
2 Uzziel Valderrabano (MEX) 9:06:05 Ina Reinders (GER) 10:03:29

At the Kaiser Permanente LA Triathlon, part of the Lifetime Fitness series, Julie Dibens placed second behind Emma Snowsill. Julie headed up the swim and bike but Snowsill put in a strong bike leg to enter T2 on Julies heels and the run is her strongest discipline. Mirinda Carfrae was third. In the men's race Greg Bennett had his eye on that series prize of $300,000 and he took the tape just ahead of Craig Walton, who he had to chase down and then pass to get the win. Stephen Hackett was third and Simon Lessing was fifth. Full results are on the race website:

The ETU European Cup at Kedzierzyn-Kozle in Poland had its swim moved to a lake because of conditions in the River Odra and GB swim specialist Richard Stannard seems to have made the most of this with the fastest swim of the day but it was his long-term training partner, Emma Davis (IRL), who had the best result with a second place in the women's race and Jodie Swallow in seventh. Gavin Noble (IRL) headed up the list in the men's results in 10th, Stannard was 12th with Ritchie Nicholls 14th, Oliver Howton 19th, Dann Brook 32nd and Mark Bruce 39th. Eanna McGrath (IRL) and Grant Fillmore were DNFs. Full results are on the event's website here.

Saturday's Vitruvian Triathlon, also the BTF's Long Distance Championships, saw wins for Jonathan Hotchkiss (Sigma Sport) in 3:55:55 and Joanna Carritt (Tri London) in 4:31:39. We are hoping for a race report on Monday from one or other of the Tri247 team who were at the race and it looks like several serious scalps were taken - at least as far as the provisional results indicate! Full results (still provisional) are here and, yes, we know the positions look odd but they are in time order...

Pos Men Women
1 Jonathan Hotchkiss (Sigma Sport) 3:5:55 Joanna Carritt (Tri London) 4:31:39
2 Martin Yelling (2XU TFN) 4:00:45 Louise Collins (TFN) 4:35:34
2 David Brown (Team MK/Phil Corley) 4:01:22 Pat Cooke-Rogers (4 Life) 4:38:17

The last of this round of qualifiers for the World Championships in Vancouver was held over two days at the Northampton Triathlon. In the Sprint Triathlon on Saturday Joshua Cardwell was the winner in 1:13:03 with Lucy Hall taking the ladies trophy in 1:22:04. Full results are here. Sunday saw the standard distance race and the winners were Mark Livesey in 1:55:24 and Tracy Cook in 2:10:04. Full results are here.

First of the results in on Sunday by a country mile was the Sevenoaks Sprint where honours went to James Gibson (Larkfield AC/Tri Larks) in 1:21:36 and Suzanne Hilton (Greenwich Tritons) in 1:30:41. Full results are here.

The Cotsworld Sprint race at the Keynes Country Park saw wins for Mark Threlfall (Total Fitness Bath) in 54:37 and Sophie Whitworth (Planet X) in 1:02:42. Full results are here. TriFerris also put on a Novice race, here the winners were Greg Prout (Pencoed Tri) in 49:13 and Patricia Nash in 56:21. Full results for the Novice are here.

The Black Country Triathletes second Wombourne Sprint was won by James Ratcliffe (BCT) in 50:14 with Jodie Stimpson (Birmingham University Tri Team) winning the women's race in 56:42. Full results are on Stuart Steele's StuWeb site.

The Rivington Standard, organised by Bolton Metro, was won by Steve Harrison (FVS) in 2:04:18 and Kelly Crickmore (Chester Tri Club) in 2:31:59. Full results, courtesy of John Schofield's UK Results service, are here.

The London Duathlon results are now up on their website, we normally wait a week for any issues to be sorted before uploading them here. Conditions seem to have been ideal and in the 'Elite' wave the fastest athletes home were Matt Moorhouse in 41:21 and Melissa Vandewater in 47:29. Winners in the Challenge distance race were Andrew McFarlane in 1:23:18 and Kate Brown in 1:37:07 - the results list Neil Bardsley as a woman which we think must be wrong... The Fun distance race was won by John Sadler in 58:48 and Julie Thompson in 1:07:46. The Team event winners were Halo 3. Seen the London Duathlon website for full results:

The Pissarro River Swim, a 1k open water swim in the Thames at Chiswick, was won by Steve Hyett in 14:06 and Sarah Clarke in 16:56. Full results are here.

The Haddington Sprint, organised by East Lothian Tri, was won by Colin Mcpherson in 1:01:48 and Claire Waterhouse in 1:09:21. Their published results are here and as soon as we get a machine readable copy we'll put them online..

The Spalding Sprint was won by Richard Teare (Spalding CC) in 56:49 and Claire Armstrong in 1:08:10. Full results are here.

On the missing list for the weekend are results from the Orkney Middle Distance, Tehidy, Helvellyn, Nairn and Warwick races... We will try to get all these added onto the site this week.

Book your tickets to Triexpo

If you are planning to make the trip down to Bournemouth at the end of November to the Triexpo seminars and exhibition then you might like to take advantage of the online booking facility that they have set up with our online partner, Active Online Entry.

Triexpo will run on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th November at the Bournemouth International Center - a familiar sight to anyone who has done the Bournemouth Triathlon, it sits just at the start of the bike route. The event is based around a combination of triathlon focused seminars with Joe Friel as the keynote speaker and includes presentations by Glen Walker and Julie Dibens. The Saturday sessions will be aimed at new triathletes and those competing up to standard distance and the Sunday will be for middle distance and Ironman triathletes.

A full supporting Expo is also planned to provide the opportunity to stock up with end-of-season bargains and early Christmas presents. Full details on the event can be can be found on their website (


Route planning

Have you seen the exciting Routeplanning section supported by Garmin and Motion based? It tells you all you need to know about how planning and preparation can help with getting more information from your training sessions and how technology, if used appropriately, can make that easier and more fun!

With the London Duathlon raising the Park's profile last weekend we decided to do a 'home run' around Richmond Park to re-create the duathlon route as a Route of the Month. If you want a compact but challenging bike route or if you are one of the huge number of triathletes and duathletes who are planning to give this event a go then check it out here.

Why not send in your requests for which routes you would like to be analysed? Or, perhaps, you would like to ride it for us? We'll even lend you a Garmin Edge! Send your suggestions to (and PLEASE, no more suggestions that we do the Birmingham Sprint...)


Shoe advice

Did you know Tri247 has a Shoe Advice section supported by Saucony?

Every month one lucky reader gets a free pair of trainers by having their shoe question published as the "Question of the month" -- why don't you send in yours and you too could be sporting some great new footwear.

Have you got any questions about running shoes? Then make sure you email them in to and we will get the experts to answer them online!



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