Tri247 Newsletter


24th Nov 2008Issue 88

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Be careful out there. It's been said in some quarters that triathlon is the "new golf", an attractive must-do sport for the challenge-driven and competitive. There is certainly no shortage of celebrities, and sports people from other disciplines taking part - often very successfully - at events. Turning up at a race and racking your bike amongst the likes of James Cracknell, Jenson Button, Tim Brabants, Robbie Earl, Alistair Campbell, Craig Doyle and Co. is almost becoming the norm. But, while triathletes in my experience do suffer far fewer injuries than for example pure runners, we do need to take some precautions over the winter months.

Another Formula One driver who has taken to the multisport lifestyle is UK-based Australian Mark Webber, who drives for the Red Bull Racing Team. This past weekend Mark collided head-on with a car while taking part, ironically, in his own charity event, The Mark Webber Pure Tasmania Challenge, in Australia. He has ended up with a broken leg, and will now miss most of the winter testing programme with his team. We wish him a full and safe recovery.

While we never know what can happen, it's that time of year to think about your safety even more than usual. I woke up on Sunday morning to see a fair scattering of snow on the roads, not ideal for a 23mm tyre! You can always get on the turbo instead... so while going out in the tough weather can be great mental preparation for the race season, road bikes and ice don't really mix. Stay safe.

How about focussing on your runing for a couple of months? We're guessing some of you must be, as one of our most popular articles recently has been How to break 40 mins for 10km from our resident running expert, Mike Trees. If you haven't seen it and this is proving an elusive goal, it's well worth a look.

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Weekend action

Late November, but we still had significant racing at both domestic and international level this weekend.

Henry Budgett reports on events at the Merrell Mudman Duathlon and Merrell Mudman Run held on Saturday in Camberley, Surrey.

"Not as cold as forecast but with a chilly wind and far more mud than the last time the race ran at this venue back in the Spring. Several of the leaders were unfortunate enough to be dazzled in the early Winter sunshine on emerging from the woods and missed a vital turn sign, so adding extra distance to their efforts. The attrition rate was, as always, pretty high and among those headed for an early afternoon on the sofa was Tim Brabants.

John Lunt's £100 cash bonus for a new run course record stayed in his wallet, Tim Weeks came close but there was no cigar. When we asked him where he knew that the prize was out of reach the answer was "around the top of the fourth hill!"

The MudMan will be back at the beginning of March but Human Race have slipped in an extra, and tougher, IceMan event on February 21st. Details on the Human Race website."

Full results of the duathlon are available HERE. An extremely high class men's podium with Colin Dixon (World Age Group Triathlon Champion in 2007), ahead of David Vaughan (European and World Age Group Duathlon Champion 2008) and Jim McConnel, regular pro athlete on the XTERRA world tour. The ladies event was also very close, with barely two minutes covering the podium positions, Aileen Anderson taking the win ahead of Carol Yarrow and Fay Cripps.

Pos Men Women
1st Colin Dixon 1:47:22 Aileen Anderson 2:11:45
2nd David Vaughan 1:48:00 Carol Yarrow 2:13:17
3rd Jim McConnel (Oxford Tri) 1:49:39 Fay Cripps 2:14:00

Full results of the run are available HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Tim Weeks 31:03 Poppy Meadows (100 Club) 35:20
2nd Bradley Hales 33:20 Clare Owen 40:57
3rd Mark Glaister (Thames Turbo) 34:31 Christine Meek 41:05

There was more off-road duathlon racing at the Kings Wood Off-Road Duathlon near Ashford, Kent on Sunday. The event proved to be a very popular sell out, with the win taken by the ever consistent and seemingly ageless Nick Kinsey. The ladies event went to Claire Hitchings (7 Oaks Tri), less than a minute ahead of Samantha Hughes (Pfizer Adventure Racing). Full results are available HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Nick Kinsey 1:06:51 Claire Hitchings (7 Oaks Tri) 1:23:36
2nd Tim Kingston (Deal Tri) 1:08:50 Samantha Hughes (Pfizer Adventure Racing) 1:24:28
3rd Chris Neale (Larkfield AC) 1:11:51 Sally Mortleman (7 Oaks Tri) 1:26:31

There was a little less mud at the Trybike Chilly Duathlon, held at Castle Combe motor racing circuit. Full results are available HERE for the popular event, which also hosted the British Universities Championship. Oliver Mott lead home the field of over 400 athletes, while Victoria Graves was first lady to finish in a very competitive event.

Pos Men Women
1st Oliver Mott (University of Bristol) 43:09 Victoria Graves (University of Birmingham) 52:13
2nd Joseph Mason (University of Birmingham) 44:54 Lucy Smith (Loughborough University) 52:42
3rd Junior Heffernan (Raining Your Bar) 45:04 Danielle Stewart (Warwick University) 52:50

As with the Mudman on Saturday, the DB Max ( team also provided a run-only option in the form of the EAS 10km. Full results for that are available HERE, with a few hardy souls doubling up and doing both events.

Pos Men Women
1st Doug Hall 34:25 Clare Bird (Reading Joggers) 40:33
2nd Duncan Lancashire (Striders of Croydon) 34:28 Liz Ringham (Avon Valley Runners) 42:02
3rd Richard Simkiss (Kenilworth Runners) 35:41 Helen Hinsley (Bitton Road Runners) 42:08

The big international race of the weekend was the Ford Ironman Arizona. This was the second running of the event this year, as it moves to a regular late-season slot. Jozsef Major (HUN) wasn't able to take his second win in Arizona this year, but he finished a strong fourth. Andreas Raelert (GER), who recently finished a very close second at the Ironman 70.3 World Champs in Clearwater proved that his move to longer distance racing was no fluke, by taking his first Ironman title courtesy of a race best 2:46:37 marathon. That also enabled him to break the course record, and build a five minute lead over American's Chris Lieto and Jordan Rapp.

Paul Amey finished seventh (8:27:20), with a scorching marathon - just 15 seconds slower than race winner Raelert - bringing him into the top ten. Rob Johnson, who we knew had a running injury going into the race, did actually complete the whole race, and recorded a 9:03:57, including a marathon split of 3:11:55. With his preparation not being ideal, we're guessing he will be quite pleased with that result.

Leanda Cave came close to taking her first Ironman title, putting the disappointment of Hawaii behind her. Ironman 70.3 World Champ Joanna Zeiger led from the start, but then slowed, and eventually pulled out in the first ten miles of the run. Leanda took the lead, heading the field until around mile 21, when Heleen Bij de Vaat (NED) took the lead and pulled away in the closing miles. It was her first Ironman win, having finished second earlier this year in Lanzarote.

Pos Men Women
1st Andreas Raelert (GER) 8:14:16 Heleen Bij de Vaat (NED) 9:21:06
2nd Chris Lieto (USA) 8:19:25 Leanda Cave (GBR) 9:25:07
3rd Jordan Rapp (US) 8:19:45 Edith Niederfriniger (ITA) 9:28:09

There is another BIG international coming to a close in Mexico - and it started over a week ago! It's the 8th World Challenge Decatriathlon in Monterrey, Mexico. For those not in the know, that's the Ironman distance, but multiplied by TEN: 24 mile swim, 1120 mile bike, 262 mile run. Madness! Of course, with the saying "mad dogs and Englishmen...", there are a few Brits there, including Dave Clamp from Bolton Metro Tri Club. Dave has been in and around the podium positions during most of the the race, at close to world record pace. Feedback from the event via this tritalk thread from his support team (and even Dave himself), suggests that severe shin splints midway through the run (that's five marathons done, five to go...) may be putting his chances of finishing in jeopardy. Fellow Brits Neil Kapoor and Suraya Oliver (currently first lady) are still going. Regular updates to the standings can be found HERE. Massive respect for all of them for getting this far, and we hope you can all cross that finish line.

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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.

TriSport Coaching UK launch on-line shop

TriSport Coaching UK are pleased to announce the opening of their on-line shop

The shop has been established to support TriSport's goal of providing triathletes with all their training needs under one roof. The shop will be stocked with high-quality, competitively priced items endorsed by the TriSport coaches as aiding performance.

TriSport have begun this new venture by stocking 2XU Compression Wear and the eagerly awaited Newton Shoes. To promote the shoes, Trisport are offering a free running analysis with every sale of Newton Shoes at their coaching centre in Sutton and an offer of 'buy two pairs of Newtons and get £20.00 off'.

Keep an eye on the site as you will soon be able to purchase 2XU wet suits and triathlon clothing at the shop too.

TriSport Coaching UK, Tel: 020 8722 4617 email:

Women's triathlon training weekend

Suitable for novices and those with a bit of experience, but who would like extra help with co-ordinating the three disciplines.

Date and Times:
9.30 a.m. - 5.00 p.m. Saturday 24th January 2009
9.00 a.m. - 4.30 p.m. Sunday 25th January 2009

Venue: John Cleveland College, Hinckley, Leics. Cost £95.

Places are limited, so please send your application by Saturday 17th January 2009. For more information call Biddie Foord, tel 01455 846505 mobile 07802 826635 or email

Short break offers at Club La Santa

Club La Santa ( are offering some short breaks at Club La Santa during December 2008. The cost is from £25 per person per night, based on three people sharing an AY 1 bedroom apartment. With the flight prices in the first half of December really low (leading in from just over £100 return), it's a great opportunity for anyone who wants a weekend training in the sun. You could stay from 1 night upwards!

Call now to book on 0161 790 9890. Apartments subject to availability and any stays must be completed by 22nd December 2008.

Win Aqua Sphere Kaiman goggles!

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The latest series started on Sunday 16th November, and we've secured five pairs of Aqua Sphere Kaiman goggles for Tri247 readers in an easy to enter competition. The Kaiman was recently voted Best Buy by Which? magazine, and is constructed of Softeril® and also provides 100% UVA and UVB protection.

If you want to win a pair of these award-winning goggles, just answer this simple question: which Disc Jockey won the first series of I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!? Email your answer to The competition closes at midnight on Sunday 7th December. Enter now, and get some new goggles in time for christmas!





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