Tri247 Newsletter


5th Jan 2009Issue 93

Welcome to the newsletter

Happy New Year to all of our readers, and welcome to our first newsletter of 2009.

Like most of the population, the end of one year is a time to look back on the past, assess the present and look ahead to the future. It would appear that several of our regular columnists have been doing just that.

First up, Henry Budgett has been on a tour of his "Ironman Year." Henry has been to six different Ironman events this year, in Europe, Africa and Australia, in his role with Ironman Live, and also as chief supporter, mechanic and bag carrier to wife Jenny. He has also been something of a lucky mascot for Bella Comerford - South Africa, Lanzarote, UK... she won, he was at all of them! Whether she has him signed up for Hawaii 2009 we're not sure, but I'm sure he would be available, and he has certainly tested the passport out in 2008. You can read Henry's year end review HERE.

Next, Bob Holloway makes a welcome return following a few months of silence. Bob has been doing some soul-searching of late, and coming up with a plan to rediscover his triathlon 'mojo', and return to fitness and form. The first small steps started on Boxing Day. Catch up with Bob's plans HERE.

And finally, Tri247 Editor John Levison has been taking a detailed look at the announcement in December of the 2009 British Triathlon Squad Selections. He asks "Is this the way to 2012?" Check out John's assessment HERE.

We also announced last week (a little belatedly!), the winner of our October Gatorade Athlete of the Month, as Louise Collins. You can read more about Louise HERE. Also check back later this week, when we'll also be announcing the November winner too.

Finally, we're only one month away now from the TCR Show 2009 ( at Sandown Park, Surrey. As well as our coverage of the show, check out the details below for FIVE chances to win free entry to the show, free entry to the Saucony 10km @ TCR plus a Saucony running vest and shorts, in a fantastic competition held in conjunction with One Step Beyond Promotions, the award-winning race organisers.

In this issue:


Christmas and New Year Race Roundup

With no newsletter lat week, here's all the race action from the holiday period, up to and including this past weekend.

The annual open water Christmas Day Triathlon organised by Team Outrageous saw just eight people dive into Leybourne Lake for their non-wetsuit swim on Christmas morning.

Organiser (and race winner!) Mike Russell provided us with the following report:

"Very mild conditions on the surface misled most of the competitors as the water was a "tepid" three celcius and at the bottom end of the bike course, the wind picked up a bit. Bad luck for Hugh Colvin, who punctured early on the bike, but since he is a strong cyclist, the rest of the field were grateful no doubt.

First out on the bike, Mike Russell managed to hold onto his lead and win the race for the first time - not many race organisers can do that, especially at his age!!

The chasing pack of Michael Dominguez, John Rose and Glenn Hatrick managed to keep their gaps on the bike, with Ben Hlastead, Martyn Joyce and Laura Colvin in close pursuit, followed by Steve Adams who was still frozen at the end of the bike.

All changed when it came to the run, with Mike Russell having problems putting on his trainers - spending over a minute in T2, almost disaster! Michael and John went out on the run, followed by Glenn and Ben. Glenn fought his way through the field to second place and Ben finished fourth. Michael Dominguez came home third and John Rose fifth. A couple of minutes later came Martyn Joyce closely followed by Laura Colvin and Steve Adams.

Although a "fun" event, the fact that there were so many mince pies awaiting meant a very competitive race. Winners one and all, but the real hero's were the marshall's and timekeeper (Ben Ward - top Ironman competitor). Thanks guys."

Full results are available HERE

Pos Men Women

Mike Russell 0:31:42

Laura Colvin 0:37:45
2nd Glen Hatrick 0:32:36  
3rd Michael Dominguez 0:32:48  

The Cliveden Cross Country race took place in it's traditional "Sunday between Christmas and New Year" spot, in cold, but otherwise perfect conditions at Cliveden House in Berkshire. The event, which was recently featured in our Garmin Route of the Month, is always a popular race, selling out well over a month in advance despite a start list approaching 500. It's also very popular with the triathlon crowd, and Hillingdon Triathletes, Eton Tri Club and Evolution Tri Club were well represented with, we're sure, plenty of others running under their athletics club colours.

James Buis (Heaton Harriers) took a clear win, leading the field home up the 172 steps of Yew Tree walk (twice...) for a full minute lead, while Sarah Gee (Reading Road Runners) was even more dominant, finishing 17th overall, and over two and half minutes clear of 2007 winner Stephanie James (Maidenhead AC). Full results are available HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st James Buis (Heaton Harriers) 36:32 Sarah Gee (Reading Road Runners) 41:36
2nd Eddie O'Gorman (Chiltern Harriers) 37:32 Stephanie James (Maidenhead AC) 44:16
3rd Fabian Downs (Chiltern Harriers) 37:48 Debbie Wenman (Chiltern Harriers) 45:07

The final multisport event of 2008, at least as far as we are aware, was the Milford New Years Eve Duathlon. It was somewhat chilly, "my glasses actually frosted over on the first climb", reported race winner John Franklin! You can read John's full race report HERE. Christine Howard was first lady to finish, in a very swift sub one hour time too. We have full results on the site, available HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st John Franklin 0:54:16 Christine Howard 0:58:51
2nd Steve Penney 0:55:12 Rachel Elliot 1:05:31
3rd Tony Caulton 0:56:23 Sarah Goodwin 1:10:19

The traditional opening to the multisport year is the Edinburgh Bicycle New Year's Day Triathlon. The Edinburgh Triathletes website ( reports it was "Our biggest and possibly our best ever race - the weather was perfect (for the 1st), the racing fast and seeing the joy on (most) of the faces of those crossing the line made all the hard effort worthwhile for the Edinburgh Triathletes, Edinburgh Bicycle, Unique Events and friends who put the race on."

The race, which is always a sell-out weeks in advance, attracted close to 400 athletes keen to start their new triathlon year early, and the home club dominated, taking three of the six podium positions. Fastest finisher was Craig Dale (Edinburgh Triathletes), while first lady was Anne Ewing (EU Tri) who finished barely four minutes behind the leading male, and in the top ten overall. Provisional results are available on the Edinburgh Triathletes website (

Pos Men Women
1st Craig Dale (Edinburgh Triathletes) 1:03:56 Anne Ewing (EU Tri) 1:08:03
2nd Daniel Halliday 1:04:27 Alison Rowatt (Edinburgh Triathletes) 1:12:33
3rd Gavin May (Edinburgh Triathletes) 1:05:12 Lucy Ross (Pedal Power RT - H.E.L.) 1:13:14

We know there were plenty of triathletes out on New Year's Day in various running events too. Darren Treadaway (Shorter Rochford/Exclusive Ranges) winning, and setting a new course record in the aptly named Knacker Cracker 10km at Box Hill in Surrey, with Fiona Moorehead-Lane finishing third lady.

As we recommended before Christmas, there were a fair few triathletes seen at the New Year parkrun in Bushy Park, and a few runners did indeed manage to run at both Bushy (9am start), and still make it across to Banstead Woods for the 10am race there!

Moving on to this past weekend, Saturday saw round two of the Monsterman off-road duathlon series at Bordon, Hampshire. Some quality racing at the head of the field too, with Chris Birch getting the better of 2007 World Age Group Champion Colin Dixon, with Roger Fowkes (Hillingdon Triathletes) in third. Racing was tight at the front for the ladies too, with Juliette Chrisman taking the win from Andrea Vines. Full results are available HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Chris Birch 2:04:58 Juliette Chrisman 3:08:36
2nd Colin Dixon 2:08:04 Andrea Vines 3:12:30
3rd Roger Fowkes 2:09:24 Sarah Thomas 3:24:05

Sunday saw the Worcester Winter Aquathlon. And it certainly was cold, as speedy electronic timing guru Stuart Steele (, reports:

"If you hold a race at midday and it's winter you generally expect to get rid of the frost by lunchtime, but no, it was blisteringly cold and from nice warm pool into this temperature was sheer madness.

Without exception the athletes pushed over the line, if not for the effort, some just against the cold. Phil Wolfe won convincingly in a time of 21:21, followed by Rhys Davey in 21:49, Third place male and first race as a youth competing proper adult distances, was David Jubb (someone to watch with interest).

In the ladies we had Jodie Stimpson, actually taking third overall in the race in a time of 22:20 followed by Rebecca Milne in 23:47 and combatting a niggling injury Zoe Hanson in 24:45." Full results are available HERE.

One event of a slightly unusual nature yesterday, but still dominated by triathletes was the Maldon Mud Race. Andy Jopson from Blackwater Tri Club ( reports:

"It is one of the most unusual events on the British Isles, and is basically a dash across the river bed of The Blackwater (Maldon) and back. In total its distance is a quarter of a mile and crosses the main channel at low tide. The website has some great pictures of the event for you to get a better understanding of what is involved.

The top three places were taken up by Blackwater Tri Club members. Stuart Putt crossed the line in first place closely followed by James Heskey-Jones and veteran of the event Andy Layley in third place. Club Captain John Edgington was ninth. Father and Son Dave and Tom Gibson along with Paula Purtell also took part and completed the 'race'.

With competitors sinking into mud waist deep and freezing temperatures followed by a shower using river water to wash down its a tough but enjoyable day. All funds raised by the event are in aid of Essex Air Ambulance."

Pos Men Women
1st Stuart Putt Vicki Sharman
2nd James Heskey-Jones Clare Thompson
3rd Andy Layley Avril Duckworth

Saucony 10km @ TCR Show competition!

Tri247 has teamed up with Saucony ( and award-winning race organisers One Step Beyond Promotions to bring you a fantastic TCR Show competition.

The TCR Show (, which takes place at Sandown Park, Esher, Surrey on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th February 2009 features a mix of exhibits from leading brands and retailers, seminars and workshops, races, competitions and more. Whether you are a triathlete, cyclist or runner, or taking your first steps into the fantastic world of endurance sport, TCR09 is for you.

One again, One Step Beyond Promotions are organising, in conjunction with leading sportswear brand Saucony, the Saucony 10km @ TCR run on Sunday 8th February. The challenging three-lap course is mixed terrain with a surface of turf and tarmac on the historic racecourse. Full details available HERE.

We are offering Tri247 readers FIVE prizes comprising: Free entry to the Saucony 10km @ TCR, Free entry to the TCR Show, Saucony running vest, printed with Tri247 logo and Saucony running shorts.

To enter, all you have to do is email us on, with your name and contact phone number, stating "I would like to enter the Saucony 10km @ TCR competition."

Closing date for entries is Tuesday 20th January 2009. Good Luck!

Women's Only Triathlon Training Camp, Lanzarote, January 29th to February 5th

Former National Triathlon Champion and Olympian Jodie Swallow has been confirmed as an additional staff member for the Women's Only Triathlon Camp at Club La Santa. Jodie will join camp leader Tanja Slater and five-times World Swimming Champion James Hickman in kick starting your training in preparation for the 2009 race season. The camp caters for all abilities and the coaching staff will be on hand to help you improve in all aspects of triathlon.

Due to the current financial climate the camp fee has been specially reduced to half price and reduced price flights are also available from most UK airports. Don't delay, this is great opportunity to start your 2009 campaign and train at Club La Santa on the picturesque island of Lanzarote.

More details at or e-mail

To register for the camp e-mail Camp Brochure and outline programme is available HERE.

Accommodation: Sports Tours International, Tel: 0161 790 9890,

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

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 or visit their website







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