Tri247 Newsletter


1st Dec 2008Issue 89

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As Ben Elton might say, "a little bit of politics" to begin with! This past weekend, Spain's Marisol Casado became only the second President of the International Triathlon Union (ITU), as founding President Les McDonald retires this year. There were also a number of British representatives up for election, and all three were successful. Sarah Springman, President of the British Triathlon Federation becomes one of four ITU Vice-Presidents, Jasmine Flatters, former Chair of the (former) BTA, and long-time stalwart of race organising and team management joins the ITU Technical Committee, and Chris Kitchen was voted onto the three man ITU Duathlon Committee. We believe this can only be a good thing - all three have a wealth of knowledge and experience in the sport at all levels over several decades, and with London 2012 a distant, but fast approaching target, Britain needs to have a strong voice at the top of the sport. It would appear we now have three of them, and we wish them all well with their new responsibilities.

It's the beginning of December already, and that means Christmas is just around the corner. As is tradition, Tri247 will be bringing you it's own triathlon 'advent calendar', comprising of suggestions (or perhaps merely dreams in these credit crunch days?!) of triathlon related products and services that may look good on your christmas list. We'll be bringing you updates every day until Christmas Eve.

This week we'll also be bringing you the latest update from regular columnist Vince Golding. Regular readers will know that in 2007 Vince suffered a serious crash when hit by a van while out on a training ride. Still, he's progressing well, and now has his sights set on his return to triathlon in early 2009. But, what impact did Vince's crash have on his family? His wife Louise has written a fantastic piece for us which gives her side of the story. Check back to the site later this week - you won't want to miss it.

We'll also be previewing the final Ironman race of the year - Ironman Western Australia. Henry Budgett is on site in Busselton for us, and will be bringing us news of the race where there are 50,000 reasons to race fast!

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Weekend action

It may be late November and allegedly out-of-season, but organisers had no problem attracting 150 athletes to Glentress Forest for the first of the Glentress Winter Duathlons. Round one was over the 'medium' course comprising a 12.2km off-road bike, followed by a 7.2km off-road run. The winner, recording the fastest splits in both disciplines was Prasad Prasad, a regular on the Scottish hill running scene. The first lady across the line was Lesley Ingram. Full results are available HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Prasad Prasad 1:03:44 Lesley Ingram 1:26:52
2nd Andrew Symonds 1:06:02 Natalie White 1:31:42
3rd Geraint Florida-James 1:08:48 Debbie Carr 1:36:15

It was also pretty cold for the first of the Epic Events Winter Duathlons, held in St Helens. Despite recording the fastest time for the 10-mile cycle (24:01), Lee Charles was beaten into second place overall by Paul Savage. Full results are available HERE. Louise Hogg was the ladies winner. As indicated in or preview, the race website ( indicates that highlight of the day was the post-race cakes - now that's my kind of race!

Pos Men Women
1st Paul Savage 0:58:19 Louise Hogg 1:09:36
2nd Lee Charles 0:59:04 Karen Jarvis 1:13:49
3rd Rodger Wilkins 1:00:21  

The TBS Thetford Forest Duathlon continued the popularity of off-road multisport as witnessed at Glentress Forest, with 170+ finishers. It was very close at the front, with Ben Caisey just taking the win by 20 seconds from Mark Eden. It was even closer for the ladies as Nicola Juniper (who we last featured winning in Malta), finished just four seconds ahead of Caroline Wakefield. Full results are available HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Ben Caisey 1:08:09 Nicola Juniper 1:16:31
2nd Mark Eden 1:08:29 Caroline Wakefield 1:16:35
3rd John Wankowski 1:11:38 Sarah Juggins 1:17:24

The were a couple of really long events finishing at the weekend... having both started before the weekend. The 24th Ultraman Hawaii took place, which is a three day endurance triathlon. Day one comprises a 10km swim, followed by a 90-mile cycle. Day two is a 171.4 mile ride, followed up on day three by a double marathon. Britain has some history in the race, with Eric Seedhouse (competing again this year after a long retirement), winning in 1996, and then placing second in the following two years. As recently as 2005, Michael Hanreck, who now runs Infinit Nutrition in Europe, finished second overall. There is some excellent race coverage available here, the final standings ending up as:

Pos Men Women
1st Alexandre Ribeiro (BRA) 21:49:38 Shanna Armstrong (USA) 26:25:03
2nd Tony O'Keefe (CAN) 22:31:54 Suzy Degazon (PRI) 31:23:52
3rd Miro Kregar (SLO) 22:35:24 Catherine Paulson (USA) 32:48:22

Also finishing this past weekend, and something we mentioned as far back as last Monday, was the 8th World Challenge Decatriathlon, in Monterrey, Mexico. We don't have the complete final standings, but we do know that Neil Kapoor from Trent Park Running Club finished sixth overall, just outside of ten days (!), while Dave Clamp, who was in contention for the win and a possible World Record before suffering terribly with injuries finished thirteenth in just over 300 hours... Unfortunately Suraya Oliver had to withdraw during the run section. Full results are available HERE, while there is an excellent thread, including reports and comment from both Neil and David on the tritalk site. Oh, and in case you are wondering... no, ten days wasn't a typo, this was a 38km swim / 1800km bike / 422km run event!

Win a year's supply of Taut

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If you haven't signed up, just follow this link to register: additional benefits include getting our weekly newsletter which features all the latest results from the weekend's racing, the ability to post comments to articles on the site and, best of all, the facility to collect all your race results from our archive which goes back over ten years!

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British Triathlon is now a Federation, whose members are the three Home Nation's Associations of Triathlon England, triathlonscotland and Welsh Triathlon. British Triathlon is responsible for matters such as the Great Britain Elite and Age Group Teams, British and International events, anti-doping and international representation. British Triathlon also manages a number of services that are shared with the three Home Nations. For more details on membership and information on how to join see the website on or telephone 01509 226161.

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.

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!

As we recently reported, Aqua Sphere (, the fastest growing swim brand in the UK, has once again been asked to supply its proven goggles and masks to the 8th Series of the award winning ITV Productions programme I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!

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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