Tri247 Newsletter


8th Dec 2008Issue 90

Welcome to the newsletter

It might be end-of-season, but it's certainly all action at British Triathlon (BTF) headquarters at the moment. Over the last ten days we have seen Sarah Springman (BTF President), becoming International Triathlon Union (ITU) Vice President, funding of £5.39million secured for triathlon's London 2012 campaign, the announcement that Hyde Park will stage one of the events in the inaugural Dextro Energy Triathlon - ITU World Championship Series, and applications being sought from far and wide for a new Head Coach.

As if that's not all, there was also an announcement this week of the re-launched and re-named British Triathlon performance squads for 2009. In his September column, Tri247 Editor John Levison said in relation to the Olympics, British Triathlon "must critically assess where it is and what it has achieved (or not). We can't demand an Olympic medal - France and Spain, amongst others, must be wondering at their lack of success too - but we can expect consistent and critical review of how we try to achieve it." So, with the new structure now published following Beijing, he'll be re-visiting the system again this week. Does it make sense, and is this the way forward to 2012?

We'll also be continuing with our daily Christmas countdown, with present suggestions for both credit crunch victims and lottery winners...

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Weekend action

The Krazy Kristmas Kaper Aquathlon in Devon attracted a fair field of athletes not afraid to brave the elements while soaking wet, in many cases in the "positively encouraged" fancy dress (see pictures - free to all!). The ladies event was especially closely fought, with the first three athletes separated by less than 20 seconds. Ellie Parker just edged Eva Murphy, both athletes from the youth category. For the men, Ross McDonald took the win from regular Tri247 contributor Rich Brady. Full results are available HERE, while you can read more about the race on the North Devon Tri blog.

Pos Men Women
1st Ross McDonald 24:12 Ellie Parker 28:35
2nd Rich Brady 24:56 Eva Murphy 28:51
3rd Barrie Huxtable 26:40 Helen Banbury 28:54

No other domestic results as yet from the Rempstone Roast MTB Duathlon, the Monikie Winter Duathlon or the Monsterman Duathlon. We'll update these on the main site as soon as we have more news.

The major overseas race of the weekend was the final WTC event of the year, Ironman Western Australia. We have a full race report from Henry Budgett who was on-site, supporting wife Jenny (who despite having "fried and died", did finish in 15:01:39). Gina Ferguson achieved something pretty special - we're not yet sure if it's unique - by recording her second sub-nine hour iron-distance race of the year, having previously finished third (8:57:18) at Quelle Challenge Roth in July. We have full results on the site, available HERE.

1Tim Berkel (AUS) 8:07:06Gina Ferguson (NZL) 8:59:24
2Jason Shortis (AUS) 8:10:57Charlotte Paul (AUS) 9:06:34
3Luke McKenzie (AUS) 8:12:45Kat Baker (AUS) 9:37:24

In contrast to the cold of the UK, this weekend saw one of our Iconic Events, The Laguna Phuket Triathlon contested for the 15th time in Thailand. The wins went to Australians Richie Cunningham and Belinda Granger. The official media release for the event is available here, while the results can be found HERE. There were well over 100 British athletes present for the race, and from what we can make out several age group winners: Kevin Clark (M30-34, 6th overall), Colin Hill (M35-39, 9th overall), Kevin Timmons (M45-49), Trudy Fawcett (F35-39), Sam Pritchard (M55-59) and Claire Chapman (F25-29).

Pos Men Women
1st Richie Cunningham (AUS) 2:28:19 Belinda Granger (AUS) 2:47:11
2nd Massimo Cigana (ITA) 2:28:30 Mirinda Carfrae (AUS) 2:50:02
3rd Chris Legh (AUS) 2:31:11 Alexandra Louison (FRA) 2:52:39

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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 features on the event (Part One and Part Two), 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.





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