Tri247 Newsletter


10th Nov 2008Issue 86

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The final major championship event of the year has passed, and despite some hard racing, the British pro's present weren't quite able to make it onto the podium this year at the Foster Grant Ironman World Championship 70.3 in Florida. Once again, Julie Dibens repeated her XTERRA win / 70.3 World's fourth of 2007 and will no doubt already be planning how to make it onto the podium in 2009 at Clearwater. Cat Morrison (seventh), Leanda Cave (ninth), Joe Gambles (ninth) and Fraser Cartmell (tenth), all made the top-10 in what was a highly competitive event.

However, one Brit who did make it to the podium was Les Bailey in AG 70-74, taking the silver medal in a time of 6:04:31. We interviewed Les earlier this year, and he is quite a character! It's amazing to think that the first place finisher (Jon Adamson, USA) managed a fantastic time of 5:12:36. I know some pretty good age group athletes who would be pleased with that, let alone at 70+ years of age...

There was domestic action (in the rain) at the long running triandrun Ballbuster duathlon, which was proves that there is no match for experience at long-distance racing, as winners Wayne Smith and Helen Dyke both won the same event in 1999 - both going faster nine years later! It's actually Wayne you all have to blame for the rain, as he reveals to us in his race report.

This week we'll be bringing you a race report from a British XTERRA World Champion, who proves that breaking your nose mid-race shouldn't stop you winning. We've also just published the race report from the new Irish Ironman record holder, Rich Brady plus we'll also bring you the latest installment from Tri247's resident iron-girl, Jo Carritt, who decided that dressing up as Batgirl would be appropriate for her most recent event! She has plenty of idea on how to keep your training and competition fresh during the winter months.

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Weekend action

International news first, and we'll start with Saturday's Foster Grant Ironman World Championship 70.3, from Clearwater, Florida, which was the last major championship of the year.

It was no surprise to see reigning champion Andy Potts (USA) heading out the swim, but his lead wasn't significant, with Fraser Cartmell looking good in third place, just 25 seconds back, in close contact with Paul Matthews, Luke McKenzie and Richie Cunningham (AUS), Terrenzo Bozzone (NZL), Brent McMahon (CAN) and Andreas Raelert (GER).

Some hard riding from Oscar Galindez (ARG) - the only athlete to break two hours for the bike leg - Reinaldo Colluci (BRA), Andrew Starykowicz (USA) and Joe Gambles (GBR) meant that group had grown by T2.

Terrenzo Bozzone quickly hit the front on the run course, pulling away from Colluci, Cunningham and Galindez, and looked well set for his first senior world championship title, having won four titles at junior level in triathlon and duathlon. He wasn't going to get it easy though, and Raelert scorched to a 1:10:53 run split to close to almost half a minute by the line. It wasn't enough though, and Terrenzo could relax and enjoy the last few hundred metres, and improve on his previous sixth and ninth place finishes here, to become Ironman 70.3 World Champion. Richie Cunningham maintained his fantastic record at this championship, matching his 2006 bronze medal. He was also fifth in 2007.

It was also a record setting day, as Bozzone smashed the 2007 winning time of Andy Potts by over two minutes.

Pos Men Women
1st Terrenzo Bozzone (NZL) 3:40:10 Joanna Zeiger (USA) 4:02:48
2nd Andreas Raelert (GER) 3:40:42 Mary Beth Ellis (USA) 4:04:07
3rd Richie Cunningham (AUS) 3:41:47 Becky Lavelle (USA) 4:07:32

Joe Gambles 9th, (3:46:22) just edged out Fraser Cartmell 10th, (3:46:34) as first Brit Pro finisher. Paul Ambrose was 17th (3:52:05), Alun Woodward 21st (3:53:46), Joel Jameson 29th (4:02:30), Tom Room 32nd (4:06:30), Ryan O'Neill 35th (4:07:52) and Doug Hall 42nd (4:16:50). Stephen Bayliss didn't have a good day, with a wetsuit malfunction followed by a drafting penalty, and though he started the run, he called it a day early on. Still, he's had a fantastic year and will be looking forward to his wedding in three weeks time.

The ladies race took a very different pattern to that of the men.

Becky Lavelle, Joanna Zeiger, Julie Dibens and Mary Beth Ellis lead out of the swim... and this foursome then put the hammer down in fine style on the bike, to the point that by T2 it was race-over as a competition, as they held well over a six minute lead. Pre-race favourite and reigning champion Mirinda Carfrae was not going to be able to rescue things with her run speed this time.

Dibens, looking to add to her XTERRA World Championship of two weeks ago, was the fastest through the change tents and looking good at the start of the run, but it wasn't long before the multi-talented Joanna Zeiger (who finished fourth in the Sydney Olympics), took the lead. Julie couldn't go with the other two US athletes either, and was destined to miss out on a podium position, eventually matching her fourth place from 2007 - despite improving by over three minutes.

Like Terrenzo Bozzone, Joanna Zeiger smashed the course record (unofficially, a world best for the distance), while Mary Beth Ellis and Becky Lavelle completed a US clean sweep of the podium positions.

Pos Men Women
1st Terrenzo Bozzone (NZL) 3:40:10 Joanna Zeiger (USA) 4:02:48
2nd Andreas Raelert (GER) 3:40:42 Mary Beth Ellis (USA) 4:04:07
3rd Richie Cunningham (AUS) 3:41:47 Becky Lavelle (USA) 4:07:32

Julie Dibens finished fourth (4:09:10). Catriona Morrison was seventh (4:16:28), Leanda Cave ninth (4:18:50), Felicity Hart 16th (4:26:28).

Sam Renouf was on-site in Clearwater, and sent us a few comments, "The race was interesting….smaller than I anticipated but a good buzz – really great venue but the bike course was a draft-fest for the age groupers – as you'd expect from a pan flat course and 1500 riders within 2 hours of each other. Unlike the age group race, lots of penalties being given out to the pros – I understand Steve Bayliss had one and so did Woody. Terenzo's run was superb as was Andreas who seemed to come out of no-where…"

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Jodie Swallow has been busy over the past few weeks. A fortnight ago she was Huatulco, Mexico for the final World Cup of the year. Last weekend she was winning the Escape to Bermuda triathlon, and this weekend it was the San Francisco Triathlon. She finished in fifth place (2:09:11), in a race won by Sarah Groff (USA).

Pos Men Women
1st Victor Plata (USA) 1:54:29 Sarah Groff (USA) 2:05:49
2nd Joe Umphenor (USA) 1:54:47 Julie Ertel (USA) 2:06:44
3rd Brian Fleischmann (USA) 1:55:03 Rachel McBride (CAN) 2:07:16

From the Powerman Malaysia website (, the following report: "It was indeed the hottest race for many, with the high levels of humidity throughout the day even though temperatures didn't soar above 32 degrees.

The elite race saw Jason Spong from (SA) (2005 Powerman Malaysia champion) taking the lead early on in the first lap of the first run, with Anthony Le Duey (FRA) and Andy Sutz (SUI) following closely. It was obvious after the men returned from the bike leg that Jason was more determined than ever to take home the title and in the final run leg, Jason lengthened his lead even more to finish first in 2hr 43m 13sec. Anthony Le Duey finished second in 2hr 47m 42sec while Andy Sutz came in third in 2hr 55min 48sec.

In the women's elite race, Victoria Beck (NZ) took the lead in the first run, but by the bike leg Rebecca Preston (AUS) who has been training in Asia, to came up front and lead in the last run to come in first in 3hr 9min 41sec. Second went to Victoria Beck in 3hr 15min 52sec and third to Monica Tores (PHI) 3hr 26min 43sec."

British triathlete James Easson won the Lombok Triathlon ( in Indonesia on Sunday. The event was a 1.8km / 55km / 12km event held on the Senggigi coast in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia.

Here is the full report from The Jakarta Post, and we have the full results HERE.

The big domestic race of the weekend was the triandrun Ballbuster Duathlon at Box Hill, Surrey, which experienced a very wet, windy and slippery day for well over 300 athletes. Provisional results are available HERE on the Human Race website. The race was won by former National Duathlon Champion Wayne Smith (who has provided us with his race report HERE). Helen Dyke (who first won this event nine years ago!), was a dominant winner of the ladies race, close to five minutes ahead of current World Age Group Champion at standard and long course, Emma Dews.

Pos Men Women
1st Wayne Smith 2:43:01 Helen Dyke (Exeter & South Devon TC) 3:03:29
2nd Matt Pullen (100 Club) 2:47:36 Emma Dews (Thames Turbo Sigma Sport) 3:08:12
3rd Dave Mitchinson (Shorter Rochford RT) 2:47:47 Fiona Moorehead-Lane (Planet X) 3:11:36

The was something of a duathlon festival at Minet Park, Hayes, as Hillingdon Triathletes hosted the Hillingdon Sprint Duathlons which included races for ladies-only (supported and sponsored by Triathlon England-London Region, and TriGirl), Senior Men and Tristar/Youths.

The ladies race was first, and attracted plenty of new faces to both the venue and the sport, and the organisers hope to run another ladies-only race in May next year. The winner was home club athlete, and Tri247 columnist Colette O'Neill, from Rebecca Slack. Full results can be found HERE.

The men's race was particularly interesting. Adam Bowden may not be a name much known (yet) in the multisport world, but he is the current UK 3000m steeplechase champion, and has a PB for 5km of 13:50, set this year. He was also an international swimmer in his youth too... There was no doubting his running pedigree, as he put well over a minute into the field in the first two-mile run. His cycling isn't yet at that level however, and exiting T2, home club athletes Roger Fowkes, Tom Korff and Ian Gould looked to be battling for the win, with Bowden 40 seconds back. Still, when you can run 4:26 for the last (almost) one mile, you can make up a lot of ground and he finished with a winning lead of over half a minute. Definitely a name to watch out for. Full results can be found HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Adam Bowden 40:22 Colette O'Neill 46:38
2nd Tom Korff 40:54 Rebecca Slack 47:08
3rd Roger Fowkes 40:56 Kate Everley 47:31

We also have the results of the Tristar and Youth events HERE, where one of our Bike of the Race subjects from earlier this year, Sky Draper, took another win at the circuit.

There was more duathlon action with the first round of the Edinburgh RC Winter Duathlons. Ian Grant (Team Herbalife) was a clear winner for the men, while it was much closer for the ladies - Jessica Wilson-Young just edging out Anne Ewing. Full results are available HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Ian Grant (Team Herbalife) 50:16 Jessica Wilson-Young (Edinburgh RC) 59:08
2nd John Macnamara 52:41 Anne Ewing (Edinburgh University Tri) 59:58
3rd James Harrison (Newhaven Harbour Tri Club) 52:45 Varry Mcullough Young (Fife AC) 1:01:46

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Free Coaching Sessions

From Saturday 6th December Runaround Sports offers training sessions with a Triathlon England coach. Run & Bike sessions for all levels of experience available. 9am - 11am every week. Grab your shoes and bike and get along to experience a coached session. Hang around afterwards for a coffee and a chat in the store. It's free! For more information, see HERE.

Lisboa International 2009 - now open for entries

Entries for the 2009 Lisboa International Triathlon are now open! This early season (25th April 2009), half-iron distance event has proven extremely popular with British athletes in recent years, and would make excellent preparation for a mid-season Ironman race. The organisers are looking to build upon an already successful event by making it the biggest and best yet for 2009. Check out our race feature on the event to find out more.

Trybike Chilly Duathlon final call

There's just over two weeks to go now until the Trybike Chilly Duathlon at Castle Combe and the final chance of the year to win yourself a Trybike TT frame from Pro-Lite. Two frames have already been won at DB Max events this year, the first at the Chilly Duathlon in March and the second at the Mallory Park Triathlon in May, but there's still one more up for grabs for a top age-grouper on November 23rd.

The Trybike Chilly Duathlon is a two mile / ten mile / two mile traffic-free duathlon race on the Castle Combe Circuit near Chippenham. DB Max will also be show casing their new chip timing system at the event, giving competitors their individual bike lap times in addition to the usual results and splits.

Online and postal entries are available here, or to read about Trybike's latest top offers in conjunction with Pro-Lite click here.

November 13th - Newton Running Evening at TriCentral

Mike Trees (former elite athlete and Olympic coach), just back from Kona is the man who has brought Newton Running shoes to the UK. To tell you more about this new and innovative shoe he will be giving a presentation at TriCentral in Manchester on November 13th at 8pm.

To hear all about the technology behind the shoes, training theories, biomechanics of efficient running as well as being given the opportunity to test the shoes out for yourself call 0161 748 1907 or email to reserve a place or click HERE for more.





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