Tri247 Newsletter


12th Jan 2009Issue 94

Welcome to the newsletter

It's barely mid January, and we can already start looking forward to some interesting early season international racing. The World Triathlon Corporation 'M-Dot' events return to the calendar this coming weekend after a few weeks break, with 70.3 events in both Chile and South Africa.

We've got our eyes on the Spec-Savers Ironman 70.3 South Africa, where former ITU World Champion in aquathlon, duathlon and triathlon, Tim Don, lines up alongside Fraser Cartmell, home favourite Raynard Tissink and Frederik Van Lierde (BEL), in his first Ironman 70.3 event. Unfortunately Chris McCormack has withdrawn with illness, but it will be interesting to see how he performs at the longer distance.

The omens for a solid performance are good - Germany's Andreas Raelert failed to make the Beijing Olympic squad, and then subsequently finished a very close second at the Ironman 70.3 World Champs, and followed up by winning Ironman Arizona. Just this past weekend, ITU World Cup Series winner last year, Sam Warriner won the New Zealand long distance championships over the Half Ironman distance, breaking a 13-year old course record.

As promised, we announced last week the winner of our November Gatorade Athlete of the Month award. The winner was Colin Dixon, and you can find out more about Colin by reading the full article HERE.

Finally, the TCR Show 2009 ( is less than a month away now. Check out our great competition below to win tickets to the event, free entry to the Saucony 10k @ TCR plus running vest and shorts. Could you be one of our FIVE lucky winners?!

In this issue:


Weekend action

At the second round of the Monikie Winter Duathlon Series, Jeremy Tomlinson took the win, improving on his fourth place in round one last month. The ladies race was won by another improver, Erni Hamilton, who moved up one place from her second last time out. Full results available HERE.

Pos Men Women

Jeremy Tomlinson (Fife AC) 1:10:59

Erni Hamilton (Edinburgh Road Club) 1:25:57
2nd Andrew Brierley (East Fife Tri Club) 1:11:31 Jennifer Eilertson (Dundee University) 1:26:35
3rd R G McLean (Angus Bike Chain) 1:11:53 Sandra Tulloch (Fife AC) 1:27:03

It was also the second event of the series in the Epic Events Winter Duathlons in St Helens. Matt Moorhouse took the win, primarily due to his fastest bike leg of the day in the time-trial format event, which pushed November winner Paul Savage into second place. For the ladies, Louise Hogg and Karen Jarvis once again took the top two positions. Full results available HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Matt Moorhouse 55:18 Louise Hogg 1:12:59
2nd Paul Savage 56:58 Karen Jarvis 1:14:42
3rd Rodger Wilkins 1:00:01 Brenda Wane 1:15:49

The third and final Edinburgh RC Winter Duathlon of the series was held on Saturday (results are available on site for race one and race two). Once again, it was Jessica Wilson-Young from Anne Ewing in the ladies event, Jessica completing a clean sweep and winning the series overall. Ciaran Dougherty won his second straight race, though having missed race one, the series was taken by the consistent Mike Skinner, who recorded a sixth, fourth and third in the final event. Full results are available HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Ciaran Dougherty (East Kilbridge RC) 53:21 Jessica Wilson-Young (Edinburgh RC) 59:53
2nd Andy Torrance (Dooleys Cycles RT) 54:34 Anne Ewing (Edinburgh Uni Tri Club) 1:01:17
3rd Mike Skinner 56:06 Varry Mccullough Young (Fife AC) 1:04:18

Multisport organisers Concept Sport ( kicked off their racing season with the single discipline Romsey 5-mile Road Race. A field of well over 300 entrants was lead home in convincing fashion by Simon Plummer (WGEL) in a swfit 24:33, almost two minutes clear of second place. First lady home Karen Rushton (Southampton RC) also had a clear margin to take the ladies race. Full results are available HERE.

Pos Men Women

Simon Plummer (WGEL) 24:33

Karen Rushton (Southampton RC) 30:26
2nd Nathan Young (Bristol & West) 26:32 Lynette Porter (Bitton Road Runners) 31:50
3rd Simon Stevens (Winchester & District) 27:20 Lynne Whitaker (Romsey Road Runners) 33:03

Fellow triathlon specialists Just Racing UK ( had also hoped to open their season with a five mile multi-terrain run, the Wendover 5, but unfortunately the event was cancelled due to icy and dangerous conditions.

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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