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15th Dec 2008Issue 91

Welcome to the newsletter

With not too may races on the calendar and Christmas approaching - you'd think that the Tri247 team would be able to kick back a little, feet up on the desk and relax after a busy year. If only!

With Christmas almost here, that means a new year is not far away, and all signs are that it's going to be an even more hectic year in triathlon world. On the whole, we think it's been a fantastic year. While the Brit's may not have won at the Olympics, we won pretty much everywhere else, at all distances, whether professional or age group, senior or junior. We've witnessed more people, racing at more events than ever before. We've also seen the quality of those events improving, with fantastic new and exciting events - both club-based and commercially organised - keeping the established names on their toes and the quality high. We have also experienced and hear consistent feedback from clubs and events that the popularity of the sport is continuing, with more and more novices wanted to join in. Long may it continue.

We're working hard over the coming weeks on our 2009 event calendar, which currently has around 350 events listed, but we are adding vast numbers every day. If 2008 is anything to go by, we expect to be listing over 1000 events from the UK and around the world for 2009. For more information on how to get your events listed, check out these instructions.

This week we'll be bringing you an interview with Sarah Springman, the President of the British Triathlon Federation, and recently announced as Vice President of the International Triathlon Union (ITU). Sarah is one of the pioneers of the sport in the UK, and as well as having a long-term contribution to the administration of sport, was also a fine athlete in her own right. We'll be asking Sarah how she see's the future direction of the sport, as well as an insight into her sporting background. We'll also be continuing with our daily Christmas countdown, with plenty of suggestions for last minute present buying, plus all the latest news as it happens.

In this issue:

Results

Weekend action

A pretty quiet weekend. Well, apart from:

Not much happening in tri world then! Back to matters racing...

The BCT Splash & Dash Aquathlon was dominated by athletes from the Birmingham University Triathlon Team, who took four of the six podium spots, including wins for both men and women. Philip Wolfe was first male, while Jodie Stimpson (recently named on the BTF Olympic Foundation Squad), had over one minute in hand on Zoe Hanson (BRAT). Full results are available HERE, courtesy of the swift timing services of Stuart Steele (www.stuweb.co.uk).

Pos Men Women
1st Philip Wolfe (Birmingham University Tri) 23:20 Jodie Stimpson (Birmingham University Tri) 25:09
2nd Tom Watts (Birmingham University Tri) 23:36 Zoe Hanson (BRAT) 26:22
3rd Alex Chklar (Woodford Green with Essex Ladies) 24:57 Rebecca Milnes (Birmingham University Tri) 26:42

The Black Country guys also held a shorter 400m / 3km event for the Tristar 3 (13-14) Age Group, full results available HERE.

Saturday saw the second round of the Edinburgh RC Winter Duathlon Series at Kirkliston Sports Centre. Round two followed round one on the results front for the ladies, with Jessica Wilson-Young again getting the better of Anne Ewing. Ciaran Dougherty took the honours for the men. Full results are available HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Ciaran Dougherty (East Kilbride RC) 52:46 Jessica Wilson-Young (Edinburgh RC) 58:34
2nd Alex Jones (Stirling Uni) 53:58 Anne Ewing (EU Tri) 1:00:38
3rd Craig Cassidy 54:33 Lynn Morrice 1:01:35

There were some swim, bike and run winners (even if not triathletes...), at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards on Sunday evening too. Triple Olympic gold medal winner from Beijing, Chris Hoy won the viewers vote for the headline award of the evening, with double Olympic gold medal swimmer Rebecca Adlington taking third place behind Formula One World Champion Lewis Hamilton.

Perhaps more certain in advance was David Brailsford, British Cycling Performance Director, being awarded the Coach of the Year award.

Double Paralympic gold medal swimmer Eleanor Simmonds won the Young Sports Personality of the Year award, while the Overseas award went to triple gold / triple world record holder Usain Bolt.

Oh, and a word too for the junior girls in today's European Cross Country Championships in Brussels. Stephanie Twell winning for the third straight year wasn't a surprise, but having team-mates fill the next FIVE positions was certainly very impressive. Not too difficult to work out the team prize in that race!

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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 www.britishtriathlon.org or telephone 01509 226161.

Training days at Runaround Sports

Runaround Sports (www.runaroundsports.co.uk), who recently featured in our Meet the Shop series, have two running based training days coming up in January 2009.

Beginner / Novice running training day - January 10th

Based at the Runaround training centre in Worcester, a chance to chat with two amazing runners who thrive on helping and encouraging new comers. A day of seminars, nutrition advice, run analysis, inspiration and a few different run groups heading out around the running trails of the training centre. This is a must for anybody who would love to get going with their running, improve or just enjoy it more. Oh, it's FREE!

Adidas Footscan Marathon Day - January 17th 2009 - Win a place in the 2009 Flora London Marathon with Adidas and Runaround Sports.

You thought your last chance to run in the biggest marathon of them all had gone. Well here is the last chance. Runaround sports has teamed up with Adidas, official sponsor of the London Marathon, for a marathon footscan day at the Runaround training centre on Saturday Jan 17th. Come and try out the latest running footwear and performance clothing from Adidas. Have a free footscan analysis of your running action and win a chance to be at the start line of the London marathon on April 26th.

Contact Runaround sports on 01905 622288 or visit the events page on the runaround website: www.runaroundsports.co.uk

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 biddie@terrapin-bfa.co.uk

Triathlon training camps in Majorca 2009

The SportActive Cycling and Tri Center in Puerto de Alcudia is based in the magnificent Aparthotel Estrella de Mar four-star, offering one of the best facilities on the island of Majorca to make sure that you are able to relax and enjoy things when you are not involved in the daily activities. For more details of the camp, which takes place from 3rd to 10th April 2009, check out this article on the site for more information on the coaches and weekly programme.

To contact SportActive call 0044 / (0)28 7136 5997, email them at info@sportactive.net or visit their website www.sportactive.net

 
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