Tri247 Newsletter


20th Oct 2008Issue 83

Welcome to the newsletter

Last week, quite predictably, we focussed on Chrissie Wellington and her legend-in-the-making performance in Kona, on top of an already stellar 2008 season. We are not sure of any further definite race plans for Chrissie this year, but that hasn't stopped us guessing! We were also able to bring you the very first post-Hawaii interview with Chrissie's coach, Brett Sutton. One of the most talked about characters in the sport in his own right, Brett is never one to mince his words...

This week we'll be bringing you another in-depth, this time multi-part interview with someone who secured legendary status many years ago. As promised, we've caught up with (at length...), arguably the greatest British triathlete ever, Simon Lessing, who retired from professional competition earlier this month. Always an intelligent and articulate athlete, you can be sure that will be one worth reading. Simon talks about his two decades in the sport, his achievements, his battles with Spencer Smith and so much more. Don't miss it.

We're also now in race week for the XTERRA World Champs, and we'll be previewing in depth not only the race, but also the bikes that both Sam Gardner and reigning champion Julie Dibens will be riding in Maui. Not our usual time trial machines, but works of art nonetheless I can tell you!

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Weekend action

The biggest multisport event this weekend, by number of athletes was actually a debut event on Saturday. The 'Grim Challenge' has been an off-road running event for some time, but this year the organisers of that have added a Grim Duathlon to their portfolio, and over 250 athletes took on the terrain at the Army vehicle testing area in Aldershot. The convincing first-time winner by over five minutes, courtesy of some very swift mountain biking was Roger Fowkes (Hillingdon Triathletes), while the first lady was Tracey Haseldine. Full results are available HERE.

Also on Saturday was the Friston Forest Duathlon in East Sussex. We don't have the full results available yet, but the organisers have kindly been in touch with the podium finishers:

Pos Men Women
1st Richard Smith 1:15:38 Gill Wheeler 1:22:13
2nd Michael Lelievre 1:16:40 Katherine Mason 1:22:47
3rd Adam Eyre-Walker 1:17:33 Lisa Carrington 1:30:39

Katherine and Adam were also the first veteran finishers.

Also on Saturday was the Callards Orientator, a 10km run with a navigation/orienteering twist held in Guildford. The winners were Nick Barrable (40:21) and Sarah Rollins (45:14), with Sarah also being the third athlete overall. Full results are available HERE.

Moving to Sunday, the crew at One Step Beyond Promotions organised one of their final events of the year with the Robin Hood Adventure Challenge, consisting of duathlon and run-only events. The Evil Sheriff Off-Road Duathlon attracted over 150 athletes and some close racing, full results available HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Mark Botteley (Spalding Tri) 1:09:18 Lou Collins (TFN Tri Club) 1:19:59
2nd Phil Westmoreland 1:09:47 Joanna Walker (Rotherham Harriers) 1:21:52
3rd Christopher Rathbone (Webster Cycles) 1:10:08 Lindsay Hackin (Redhill Road Runners) 1:29:44

In the Robin Hood 10km Trail Run the wins went to Ian Benskin (Shepshed) in 36:37 and Heather Thornton 45:17 - full results HERE - while the Maid Marian 5km was won by John Wood, 17:46 and Helen Utridge, 20:45. We have full results for that too HERE.

The was non-motor racing at the Thruxton circuit in Wiltshire with the Thruxton Mass Attack Duathlon. Lee Rankin (DB Max Tri) followed up his win in last week's Forest of Dean Duathlon by crossing the line first again. First lady was Kat Grimmett (Hampshire Police). Full results are available HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Lee Rankin (DB Max Tri) 1:18:37 Kat Grimmett (Hampshire Police) 1:27:35
2nd Calv Hobday (TriUK/Gatorade) 1:21:04 Tracy Cook (TriUK) 1:30:27
3rd Simon Edney (North Devon Tri) 1:21:55 Ros Viner 1:32:18

Finally, the 1485 No Frills Duathlon at Market Bosworth was a close run (literally!), thing, as the win was taken by Dermot Galea by just three seconds from Dan Clowes. For those who like their trivia, Dermot is from Malta and he was the winner of the Royal Windsor Triathlon Elite race in 2003, when almost all of the field were disqualified for a short swim! As we reported, he also recently won his eighth consecutive Maltese triathlon championship. The first lady across the line was Sam Winters, closely followed by Louise Kelly. Full results can be found HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Dermot Galea 1:15:30 Sam Winters 1:23:22
2nd Dan Clowes 1:15:33 Louise Kelly 1:24:23
3rd Richard Billington 1:17:31 Georgina Schwiening 1:27:13

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NEW Mountain Hardwear Open5 Adventure Race Series

The events are for pairs and solos, with venues chosen to showcase the most spectacular countryside the UK has to offer. Competitors have to visit as many points as possible in five hours by Mountain Bike and on a foot - with many of the points in quirky locations to give competitors that little smile.

The new series starting in November will visit the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales, York Moors, North Pennines and the Peak District. Those entering all five events will get a real tour of the country and experience some great views and amazing cycling.

For further details and online entry check out

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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Training by Power Seminars

Cyclepowermeters ( have teamed up with Cycleops Power and Cycling Weekly to bring you a fantastic opportunity to help you use your power meter to your best advantage.

This is the first ever UK seminar by Hunter Allen enabling you to access all his experience and knowledge about training by power. Hunter is owner of the Peaks Coaching Group, co-developer of CyclingPeaks Software WKO+, and author of 'Training and Racing with a Power Meter'. He is *the* recognized expert on training by power. For more information, see this page on the website.

The Seminar's take place on Saturday 25th October (1-day) and Sunday / Monday 26th-27th October (2-day advanced).



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