Welcome to the newsletter
Not too many shopping days to go now - and that's just for the survival of several well known High Street chains if the financial press is to be believed... we know several triathletes who have been victims of the economic downturn and are now out of work, so we wish you all the best for a more prosperous 2009.
Well, we like to maintain a positive outlook here on Tri247, so we'd like to say a big thank you to all of our readers, contributors and advertisers during 2008. Your continued support and feedback means a lot to us, and we will continue to work hard in 2009 to bring you all you have come to expect from us, plus much more besides.
A slightly different newsletter this week, since with an absence of domestic racing action over the weekend, we thought we would preview the holiday season for you instead. Read on, and you'll find there are still some opportunities to race over the festive period - in several instances, free of charge too. How's that for a Christmas present?! Talking of presents, not too long to go now on our 2008 Christmas List, which may spark some last minute ideas for that difficult to buy for triathlete.
As 2009 approaches, our own Henry Budgett will bring you his year-end roundup, which is something of a world tour of Ironman. He's been to more events than most this year, and can give you the inside story from a completely different perspective. Check it out later this week on the site.
And of course, when one year ends, another starts... which means it will soon be time for the TCR Show (www.tcrshow.com). The show takes place at Sandown Park, in Surrey on 7th/8th February 2009 and is a great way to kick-off the new triathlon year, and see all of the latest products, learn from the experts and generally take in the triathlon 'scene' at this well established show. Tri247 will once again be present, and will be previewing the show, the exhibitors and all of the features of TCR up until the big weekend. Check out our dedicated TCR section HERE. We've got some great competitions coming very soon to win places at the Saucony 10k run @ TCR, so don't miss it.
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Well, with no multisport race results to report to you over the past weekend, we bring you here our Christmas period race preview instead! Our preview will start in truly seasonal mode, with the Christmas Day Triathlon on Thursday this week.
Courtesy of Team Outrageous (www.teamoutrageous.com), organiser Mike Russell has solved the problem of both triathlon addiction and the credit crunch - by providing a race on Christmas Day with free entry! Distances are 80 metre swim, 12km bike and 2km run. Don't let the 'short' swim fool you, as that's sans wetsuit... The event takes place at Leybourne Lakes in Kent, starting at 9am. Bring coffee and mince pies for post-race recovery. Mike is also open to offers from supporters and friends to help out with timing and general assistance.
For those of you who want another opportunity to take in some rather chilly open water swimming, why not head to Princes Club (www.princesclub.com) in Bedfont, Middlesex on Saturday 27th for the Princes Club Polar Bear Swim Glen Walker who runs the open water swimming there informs me that "water is a nippy four degrees at the moment, but that hasn't stopped our regular band of about a dozen hardy souls. It will be a very informal swim with eight races over 50 and 100 metres for ladies and men, wetsuit and non wetsuit. Food and hot drinks available - full English breakfast available or just bacon rolls or a mince pie!!!" Once again, it's free entry.
On Sunday (28th December), it's the Cliveden Cross Country run at Cliveden House. Now, this isn't a triathlon, and isn't even organised by a multi-sport organiser... but we do know from first hand that is extremely popular with triathletes, hence it's inclusion here. It was also the focus for our recent Garmin Route of the Month, and is well worth a look even if you aren't running, as it really is one of the most stunning places for an event to take place. Alas, as always, it's now full and no entries will be accepted on the day. And do remember, no spikes allowed this year.
Another couple of running events that offer several chances to race (for free!) over the holiday period are organised by parkrun (www.parkrun.com). As well as their regular 9 a.m. Saturday slots, the Bushy parkrun 5km and the Banstead Woods Time Trial 5km (both of which have been won by Tri247 columnist Richard Stannard), are holding events on both Christmas Day and New Year's Day. Both run at 9 a.m. on Christmas Day, but the New Year's Day event at Banstead starts at 10 a.m, which with a bit of swift driving could give you the opportunity to have two races completed in 2009 before lunchtime... If you haven't run a parkrun event before, they come very highly recommended - your Editor raced at Bushy Park on New Year's Day 2008. Note, you do need to register (only once ever, and it's free), and once done, you can race at any of their races forever, by simply turning up and running. For more details, check out this page. (Trust me, it sounds too good to be true but it works: free races, brilliantly organised, forever..!).
It's then a case of 'last and first'. The last race of the year is the Milford New Year's Eve Duathlon in Derbyshire. For the adventurous, this form part of a triple challenge, with a Midnight 2km run taking place at 11.57pm on New Years Eve, followed by a New Years Day Hangover 5-mile run. Full details available on the race website (www.runningwithdavid.com).
And then the first race of the year, as always, is the Edinburgh Bicycle New Year's Day Triathlon. This always draws a surprisingly high quality field, and once again has been a sell out for weeks. They will also be hosting an Iron Kids duathlon. More details on the race website.
Win a year's supply of Taut
Tri247 has linked up with the British Triathlon Federation and Taut (the official drink of the British Triathlon Federation) to offer everyone that signs up to an account on Tri247 the chance to win a year's supply of Taut. Unlike many special deals, if you have already signed up to Tri247 you don't need to do it again - we have already entered you into the draw!
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!
Taut is an isotonic sports drink with a difference. It gives you the energy boost and hydration you need after a decent workout, without any artificial sweeteners or colours. Available in three great varieties: Lime & Grapefruit, Orange & Mandarin and Cranberry & Blackberry. Taut Endurance contains the optimal mix of electrolytes, potassium and sodium to help you rehydrate after a gruelling session. Taut and Taut Endurance provide pure, clean performance when you need it most. Taut is the official drink of the British Triathlon Federation.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com or visit their website www.sportactive.net