Tri247 Newsletter


1st Oct 2007Issue 30

Welcome to the newsletter

Holidays are highly over-rated things... To start with you get bored, then you spend too much money and, finally, you come back to an inbox that looks like every spammer in the universe has decided to update you on their latest scam. Hell, I need another holiday just to get over this one! And, for those that care, I've already got one planned for the end of the month and this time I'm leaving the phone and the laptop behind (although my new iPod Touch will still let me pick up email and check that the team haven't completely taken over the site... See what I meant about spending too much money...)

So, thanks to the many helping hands while I was away; specifically Annie and John, and judging by the monthly traffic figures even more of you visited in September so we are obviously doing something right. Traffic should be up a bit this week too as, judging by the number of entries that are already in, the competition to win a couple of places at the Volcano Triathlon next year seems to have really hit the spot. La Santa is a great place for a proper holiday (ie; training camp...) and if you can get away really quickly they are also doing some great last-minute deals. And, no, sadly that wasn't where I was last week...

Although the racing calendar is slowing down now to a dozen of so events a weekend we'll still keep the newsletter coming through the winter. As well as the race reports we'll also start adding in some extra training tips and so on to help get you all fired up for the 2008 season.

In this issue:

Club La Santa

Win a trip to the Volcano Triathlon with Club La Santa

Two almost unbelievably lucky Tri247 readers could be off to spend seven nights at Club La Santa next year with flights, bike transportation and entry to the Volcano Triathlon on May 3rd 2008. How about that as a way of motivating your winter training?

The Volcano Triathlon has been growing in popularity every year, this is the 24th running of the event, and it is now firmly established as a top quality race. The 1.5k swim takes place in the protected seawater lagoon at Club La Santa with a two-lap, 40k bike course through the amazing volcanic landscape of Lanzarote before the two-lap, 10k run which finishes in the main stadium. The scenic course and the fantastic atmosphere have made it a favourite event of many Brits, with hundreds of elite and amateur triathletes taking part in the event.

You can find out all about the competition (which is only open to UK residents) in this article on the main Tri247 website. However, while you're thinking about La Santa and all those amazing training facilites you might also like to know about a special deal that they are currently offering on late bookings. See this page for more details.


Weekend action

As the triathlon season gradually draws to a close, the racing doesn't stop. Pure running events took centre stage on Sunday morning, with most interest and eyes focussed on the BUPA Great North Run, the centre of attention being the return to competition of Paula Radcliffe. 21 months out of action, a new child and injuries, followed by a clocking of 1:07:53 would normally have been enough for the fairytale comeback. However, someone clearly hadn't lent the script to American Kara Goucher, bronze medalist over 10km at the recent Track & Field Worlds. She set an American record, finishing almost a minute clear of Paula (1:06:57) in her first attempt at the distance. Slightly further behind, but in an excellent 12th position, was runner-turned-triathlete Michelle Lee (Planet X), whose 1:15:23 clocking must be pretty close to a PB. Just proves that swimming and cycling doesn't have to dent your running speed...

The other big news of Sunday was over at the Berlin Marathon, where the legend that is Haile Gebrselassie, added more glory to an already incredible CV, by setting a new world marathon record of 2:04:26. That's sub 4:45 mile pace!!

Another 'triathlon-related' event of note going on at the moment is the World Road Cycling Championships which finished this weekend with the elite men's road race. For several years now, triathletes-turned-cyclists have provided a steady flow of athletes to the GB ladies team. With the absence through injury of Nicole Cook, ex-triathlete Emma Pooley (overall age group winner at Royal Windsor in 2005) finished eighth in the time trial and tenth in the road race, evidence of just how well she has transitioned (no pun intended...) to the single sport discipline.

Not exactly a race result but a close finish nonetheless which saw the only non-US entry in the Slipstream jersey competition we featured last week just pipped to the post by just 20 votes. British designer Richard Melik could only watch via the web as the first prize went to Design #5 - the winner gets a team issue bike, full kit and gets a chance to ride in the team car during the Tour... ...apparently he looked pretty smug! Now, if only we had been told about the competiton earlier! You can read the official press release here.

Saturday saw an event sneak past the Editor with the Robin Hood Off-Road Duathlon organised by One Step Beyond taking place at Sherwood Pines Forest Park. (Something of an oxymoron that - given that in Robin Hood's day it would have been a broadleaf forest rather than a plantation of conifers...) Chris Nicoll (Derby Tri Club) took a comfortable win ahead of Chris Rathbone (WOAC). The ladies event was much closer, however, with Jane Beech just getting the better of Sarah Jefferson - both athletes racing for TFN. Full results are here.

First result in on Sunday was the Cheltenham Fun Triathlon. Not to be confused with the Try-a-Tri event that had to be postponed because of flooding, this one takes place at the Cheltenham Lido every year for charity. The winners were Mark French in 0:47:01 and Jane Wood in 0:52:21. They never seem to publish split times but we have the overall results here.

Over 250 athletes turned up for the pool-based Bedford Autumn Sprint Triathlon. Comfortable wins went to Dave Brown (Team Milton Keynes/Phil Corley Cycles) in 1:01:43 and Eimear Mullan (Bedford Traktors) in 1:10:44. Clearly the Ironman/Powerman training which is Dave's primary focus hasn't dented his speed too much. He likes a race too - so much so that after a third place finish at the Vitruvian, he hot-footed it back to compete the next day in the London Duathlon Elite race... The full results are here.

Dorney Lake, the traffic-free home of so many triathlons in recent years, hosted the DB Max Dorney Lake Rowathlon, the fourth and final round in the 2007 British Rowathlon Series. While Dorney may have hosted last year's on-water World Championships, rowathlon sees the swim replaced by rowing of the Concept2 ergo kind. As predicted in our weekend preview, it was no surprise to see Michelle Parsons take the ladies win, having a strong background in cross-training and indoor rowing competition. To the best of our knowledge, she's unbeaten in rowathlon events since 2003, when finishing third behind Tri247 columnist Colette O'Neill and multiple European Champion Sarah Coope at Castle Combe. For the guys, Lee Rankin, himself no stranger to cross-training events, and the odd TV appearance, was a dominant winner, over five minutes clear of vet Marc Scriven. Full results are here.

The Warwickshire Triathlons at Stratford upon Avon may well have had the weekends largest multi-sport turnout. Around 700 athletes competed across the three events and the winners of the sprint distance race were Andrew Davies (FitFor) in 1:01:30 and Sara Burling in 1:08:42, full results are here. Winners in the fun distance race were Andrew Unsworth in 54:33 and Lesley Parry-Jones in 57:51, full results are here. The relay race was won by Arthur's Tri-O in 1:03:58, full results are here.

The Big Triathlon up at Ben Nevis was won by local dentist Gregor Muir in 7:10:38 and the first lady to complete the course was Sian Tovey (Glasgow Tri Club) in 9:10:24. Full results are here and we have a race report from the organisers plus we also found this blog report.

It looks as though the Elbaman triathlon in Italy may have been the official BAD Tri long course championships judging by the number of them taking part! The overall winners were Alessandro Alessandri in 9:39:20 and Laislava Cisarovska (CZE) in 11:04:21 and the best GB performances came from Robert Foietta in 10:36:40 and Tanya Shaw (Bad Tri) in 13:16:18. We have done our best to restructure the results, no splits provided despite chip timing, and they are online here.

Buy a book for charity

Steve Trew, Tri247 columnist, coach extraordinaire and TV commentator/guru has another string to his bow; he's also an author. While you would expect him to write about the sport from the point of view as a coach you might be surprised to discover that he has actually written a couple of triathlon novels as well. While the first of these, A Long Day's Dying, is now out of print, Steve has a number of copies of its sequel, Moment of Suffering, which he's doing a really great deal on.

The book should sell for �£10 but Steve will sell it to you for just �£5 (including p&p) and �£1 of that fiver will go to charity. If you fancy a copy send your �£5 cheque (payable to Steve Trew and with your name and address on the back) to Steve at 144 Fox Lane, Palmers Green, London N13 4BA and he'll send you a copy.


Book your tickets to Triexpo

If you are planning to make the trip down to Bournemouth at the end of November to the Triexpo seminars and exhibition then you might like to take advantage of the online booking facility that they have set up with our online partner, Active Online Entry.

Triexpo will run on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th November at the Bournemouth International Center - a familiar sight to anyone who has done the Bournemouth Triathlon, it sits just at the start of the bike route. The event is based around a combination of triathlon focused seminars with Joe Friel as the keynote speaker and includes presentations by Glen Walker and Julie Dibens. The Saturday sessions will be aimed at new triathletes and those competing up to standard distance and the Sunday will be for middle distance and Ironman triathletes.

A full supporting Expo is also planned to provide the opportunity to stock up with end-of-season bargains and early Christmas presents. Full details on the event can be can be found on their website (



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