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19th Jan 2009Issue 95

Welcome to the newsletter

It's competition time this week on Tri247.

You only have until Tuesday (20th January) to win one of five prizes in our Saucony 10km @ TCR competition, which could gain you free entry to the 10km, free entry to the TCR Show plus Saucony kit to run the race in. We also have a great opportunity to win £850 worth of Gatorade prizes for you and your triathlon club by entering the Gear up for 2009 with Gatorade competition. Entries close this Friday (23rd January). And finally, we're offering you the chance to win one of two fantastic Garmin Forerunner 50 units, courtesy of our Lanson Running competition (closing date, 20th February 2009). Full details on how to enter all of these great competitions are in the newsletter below.

One man returning to competition this week is a certain cyclist called 'Lance'. Unofficially, his comeback kicked off with a criterium race in Adelaide on Sunday, while on Tuesday he begins his official return with the first stage of the Tour Down Under. Perhaps of more interest to triathletes is news released this week about the possibility of (former triathlete...) Lance competing in Ironman competition in the future. According to an interview published last week, when asked if he will ever do an Ironman he said "... I'm definitely motivated to do an Ironman. We'll go back and I'll be close to 40, but I've swam more in the last three years than before that. And I don't want to just do an Ironman. I don't want to approach it like I approached the marathons. I want to do it as fast as I can." I guess we'll have to wait a couple of years, but it would certainly be interesting to see. (And no, your Editor does not think Lance will ever win Hawaii...!).

Plenty of interesting stuff coming up on the site this week, as one athlete takes his first steps towards an Ironman, while another has set his challenge as swimming The English Channel. You'll be able to follow both through the year on Tri247.

In this issue:


Weekend action

International News

The young athletes representing Great Britain in the 5th Australian Youth Olympic Festival triathlon competitions secured a gold, silver and bronze over the two days of competition.

Wondering what the event is? Well, from the event website: "The Australian Youth Olympic Festival (AYOF) was initiated by the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) following the success of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. The Festival was first held in Sydney in January 2001, and has been held bi-annually ever since. Like the Olympic Games athletes live in villages, undergo drug testing and there is an Opening Ceremony which features an athletes’ parade, raising of the Olympic flag and lighting of the Festival flame."

Day one (Friday) was the individual boys and girls events.

After winning the bronze medal in the junior event at the 2008 ITU World's in Vancouver, Jonathan Brownlee took gold in Australia. World Junior Duathlon Champion Sophie Coleman couldn't quite match that feat, but a super fast run brought her through to the silver medal, behind home athlete Holly Aitken. Tom Bishop and Jeremy Gilmour were 16th and 17th respectively, whilst Lucy Hall and Elinor Thorogood took 17th and 20th.

Pos Men Women
1st Jonathan Brownlee (GBR) Holly Aitken (AUS) 57:31
2nd Sam Appleton (AUS) Sophie Coleman (GBR) 57:52
3rd Jos Hoetjes (NZL) Yuka Sato (JPN) 58:10

The athletes were back on Saturday to take part in the team relay event, where each athlete completes a triathlon (300m / 8k / 3k), before handing over to their team-mates.

Australian teams took the top two spots for the junior girls, but the British team of Hall, Thorogood and Coleman edged out the Japanese by seven seconds to secure the bronze. For the boys, the team of Brownlee, Gilmour and Josh Daniels finished fifth (1:26:54).

Pos Men Women
1st New Zealand 1:23:49 Australia Gold 1:31:31
2nd Australia Gold 1:23:53 Australia Green 1:33:02
3rd Canada 1:24:48 Great Britain 1:33:33

More information on the Australian Youth Olympic Festival can be found on their website ( Hopefully we'll see one or two of these athletes at the full Olympics in 2012, 2016 or beyond.

The first major (senior!) international race of the weekend was the iron-distance Challenge Wanaka in New Zealand, part of the TEAMChallenge series of events, headlined of course by the World's fastest iron-distance, Quelle Challenge Roth in Germany.

There were home wins in both races, with Chris McDonald and, as we predicted, Gina Ferguson taking the wins, both in course record times. More information and race pictures are available on the event website

Pos Men Women
1st Chris McDonald (NZL) 8:37:41 Gina Ferguson (NZL) 9:28:22
2nd Keegan Williams (NZL) 8:44:05 Merryn Johnston (NZL) 10:03:56
3rd Petr Vabrousek (CZE) 8:44:38 Hillary Biscay (USA) 10:16:39

At the Spec-Savers Ironman 70.3 South Africa, home favourite Raynard Tissink repeated his 2008 win finishing two minutes up on Scotland's Fraser Cartmell. Tim Don, in his first 70.3 event finished fourth after the fastest run of the day, but that wasn't enough to make up for the nine+ minutes lost on the bike to the leading trio. He finished in 4:12:50.

Lucie Zelenkova, the Czech athlete who now resides in South Africa was a clear winner in the ladies event.

Pos Men Women
1st Raynard Tissink (RSA) 4:02:04 Lucie Zelenkova (CZE) 4:46:40
2nd Fraser Cartmell (GBR) 4:04:07 Heleen Bij De Vaate (NED) 4:57:00
3rd Konstantin Bachor (GER) 4:04:50 Claire Kinsley (RSA) 4:59:26

We don't have the full details from Pucón, Chile yet, but we understand that the podium at the Cristal Ironman 70.3 Pucón, Chile was:

Pos Men Women
1st Oscar Galindez (ARG) 3:57:30 Heather Gollnick (USA)
2nd Reinaldo Colluci (BRA) Linsey Corbin (USA)
3rd Daniel Fontana (ITA) Amanda Stevens (USA)

Domestic Action

First results in on Sunday were from the Tewkesbury Aquathlon Series Race 1. "Close racing" was taken to another level, as it was actually a dead-heat for first place with Peter Darton and Joel Enoch recording exactly the same time for the 400m swim / 5km run. The ladies event was close too, with Lucinda Neeves (Cheltenham Tri) finishing just ten seconds ahead of Jackie Fowler (Redditch Triathletes). Full results are available HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Peter Darton / Joel Enoch 25:41 Lucinda Neeves (Cheltenham Tri) 31:13
2nd   Jackie Fowler (Redditch Triathletes) 31:23
3rd Mark Turton (Halesowen SC) 27:02 Marianne Day 31:55

We have a separate race report from organiser Peter Jenkins on Sunday's Earlybird Winter Aquathlon Series Race One, held in Machynlleth, Wales. The winners were Dafydd Davies and Bridget Ripley. Full results available HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Dafydd Davies 24:03 Bridget Ripley 29:44
2nd Tom Gloster 24:49 Elizabeth Stieler 30:44
3rd Richard Lowe 25:46 Sophie Rossa 31:11

Just Racing UK ( had more luck with the weather than the cancelled Wendover Run last weekend, and had around 400 entrants in total for the Wellingborough Multi-Terrain Series Run (Round 1), over the 5km, 10km and 15km distances. Full results are available on site: 5km, 10km and 15km. Several triathlon club members made the podium positions across the three events:

Pos Men Women
1st Nick White (Saffron Striders) 54:09 Blue Haywood (Lincoln Wellington) 57:58
2nd Bruce Lovell (Wellingborough & District) 54:23 Juliette Minter (Olney Runners) 1:00:07
3rd John Manlow (Ely Runners) 54:50 Tracey Patmore (Riverside Runners) 1:04:24
Pos Men Women
1st Paul Jennings (Northants Tri Club) 37:44 Stacey Penn (Northants Tri Club) 42:59
2nd Paul Massingham (Stamford Striders) 37:52 Julie Cox (Rugby Tri Club) 43:40
3rd Chris Wood (Silson Joggers) 38:03 Sarah Lee (Bedford Harriers) 44:11
Pos Men Women
1st Mark Pepper (Olney Runners) 17:47 Serenne Vonder Heyde (Olney Runners) 21:24
2nd Henry Catchpole (Olney Runners) 17:57 Sarah Heath (Shaftesbury Barnet) 21:51
3rd William Davies 18:00 Hester Boukamp 22:12

No full results yet from the Accelerace Dart Winter Trail Run, but organiser Chris Grundberg has kindly been in touch with this update: "a tough, hilly, muddy 16 mile (ish) off-road run across Dartmoor and through the Dart valley - the morning got off to a cold start with heavy snowfall across the highest points on the course, but the weather mercifully cleared up and remained clear for the duration of the run. James Tomlinson and Elizabeth Kendon made their intentions clear early, leading from the off and emerging eventual winners, with respective times of 2:00:10 and 2:22:10. Fantastic performances from all competitors - over a very demanding course. Full results to follow. Well done to all!"

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!

Gear Up for 2009 with Gatorade competition

Gatorade is offering Tri247 readers the chance to win a Gatorade prize package worth £850 for their triathlon club. The prize package for the winning triathlon club includes:

  • 50 Gatorade gym bottles.
  • A six months supply of Gatorade for the clubs training sessions.
  • And an assortment of Gatorade technical tops, towels and other merchandise for clubs to give away as spot prizes, recognising the individual achievements and improvements within the team.

To enter this fantastic Gatorade giveaway, simply answer the following question: Which Gatorade sponsored athlete was the highest placed Team GB finisher in the Beijing Olympic men’s triathlon?

To enter, simply email the answer to the question to, including the name of your triathlon club. Closing date for entries is Friday 23rd January 2009. For more information on the Gatorade 'Gear Up for 2009' promotion, check out this article.

Lanson Running - Garmin Forerunner 50 competition

The team at Lanson Running (, in Hampton Wick have kindly offered you the chance to win one of two Garmin Forerunner 50's.

All you need to do is send us an email with your name on it to go into the draw, and get their informative newsletter, and keep your fingers crossed!

Winners will be announced on Friday 20th of February 2009. Click HERE to enter now or send an email with your name to 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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