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17th Nov 2008Issue 87

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It was posh frock time on Saturday evening for the annual British Triathlon Awards Dinner near Loughborough, as the BTF celebrated 25 years since the formation of the (formerly known as), British Triathlon Association. I feel a little old, as I've been in the sport for 18 of those years, and I'm still not in the veteran categories! Possibly Britain's greatest ever triathlete, Simon Lessing MBE, was on-hand, and received one of the first Gold Pin Awards for his long and distinguished contribution to the sport. Congratulations too to all of the winners of awards, which recognise the age group ranks (athletes, officials, coaches, races, volunteers and clubs), as well as the elite. Some very worthy winners there, several of whom I know have made two decades of contribution to the sport.

It was a quiet weekend on the racing front, and a relatively small calendar coming up next weekend too. One major international event is the Ford Ironman Arizona. Amongst the surprisingly strong start-list is British Pro Rob Johnson, who was the subject of our Friday interview. Well worth a read, as Rob attempts to make the leap from the age-group to professional ranks - something many athletes aspire too.

Perhaps not quite at that level, I know many runners and triathletes like to break targets in their racing. On of the popular ones is to run a sub-40 minute 10km. Is that you? If so, we may have the answer for you. Mike Trees (who has actually run sub-30 minutes...), has prepared for us a 12-week plan to enable you to reach that goal. So, if you fancy doing something different this winter, maybe this is for you? Check back to the main site this week to find out more.

In this issue:

Results

Weekend action

A pretty quiet weekend on the race front, but great work nonetheless by the two organisers promoting events for some swiftly produced results - something always greatly appreciated by the athletes.

The Cirencester Off-Road Duathlon was won by James Turner and Helen Bennett, both of whom had around a one-minute advantage over their respective second place finishers, Marc Chamberlain and Rachel Bird. Full results are available HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st James Turner 1:13:25 Helen Bennett 1:26:25
2nd Marc Chamberlain 1:14:17 Rachel Bird 1:27:25
3rd Wyelef Forbes 1:15:25 Tsumi Smith 1:31:13

The TriFerris (www.triferris.com) team also held a half-distance event over 1-mile / 5-mile / 1-mile, with the wins going to Nick Browning and Alice Thomas. Full results are on the site HERE. It looks like a successful weekend too, with over 250 athletes taking on the mountain-bike version of the sport. For a country that boasts a two-time XTERRA World Champion in Julie Dibens, hopefully that's a good sign for a larger field at XTERRA UK in 2009?

Pos Men Women
1st Nick Browning 40:21 Alice Thomas 46:33
2nd Tim Besien 43:03 Nicola Weatherley 47:40
3rd Andrew Harrison 44:30 Rebecca Oates 50:54

There was another busy day at the Burntwood Aquathlons, with events for all of the Tristar age groups through to the adults. Men's winner was Tom Watts, though perhaps the ladies should take the plaudits here with Zoe Hanson (BRAT) and Lucy Haywood (Stafford Tri), showing their class by finishing third and sixth overall respectively in the event. Full results are HERE, and we also have the results from the Tristar age groups HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Tom Watts 24:40 Zoe Hanson 27:30
2nd Philip Wolfe 25:45 Lucy Haywod 28:25
3rd Glyn Wade 27:35 Lucy Webb 32:47

The other big event of the weekend was the British Triathlon Federation Awards Dinner. Guest of honour was Simon Lessing, who along with Dick Poole (first BTA Chairman) and Aleck Hunter (first Secretary General of the BTA) were awarded the first Gold Pin Awards to recognise their significant and long standing contribution to triathlon, in what is the 25th year of the BTA/BTF.

The awards on the night, voted by BTF members were as follows:

BOA Athlete of the Year Alistair Brownlee
Male Elite Triathlete of the Year Alistair Brownlee
Female Elite Triathlete of the Year Helen Jenkins
Male Elite Duathlete of the Year Paul Amey
Female Elite Duathlete of the Year Catriona Morrison
Male Long Distance Triathlete of the Year Stephen Bayliss
Female Long Distance Athlete of the Year Chrissie Wellington
Male Junior Triathlete of the Year Jonny Brownlee
Female Junior Triathlete of the Year Kirsty McWilliam
Male Age Group Athlete of the Year Dion Harrison
Female Age Group Athlete of the Year Juliet Vickery
Male Disabled Triathlete of the Year Graham Kiff
Female Disabled Triathlete of the Year Melanie Easter
National Volunteer of the Year Kay Wilson, Durham Triathlon Club
National Young Volunteer of the Year Alex Teagle, BRAT Triathlon Club
National Official of the Year Keith Perry, FVS Triathlon Club
National Coach of the Year Chris Hunt, Total Fitness Nottingham
National Event of the Year Gower Peninsula Triathlon, Wales
National Club of the Year Manchester Triathlon Club

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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.

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Sports Tours International still have some apartments available for the Running Challenge week at Club La Santa, in Lanzarote, starting on November 20th. So if your looking for a quick get away in the sunshine and some great training email: reservations@clublasanta.co.uk to book today, or for more information go to: www.clublasanta.co.uk

In December, Sports Tours also have some great deals and are accepting bookings on December 14th, 15th, 16th, 17th for seven nights - there are currently some very cheap flights available for these dates.

On December 18th for seven nights there are a Limited number of one bedroom AY apartments available at £599 instead of £799, which is a saving of £200!

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