Tri247 Newsletter


9th Feb 2009Issue 98

Welcome to the newsletter

Now that was a tiring weekend! Once again the TCR Show hit Sandown Park for the annual expo, and from our viewpoint - which seemed to mirror that of almost all we spoke to - it was a great success. The halls and seminars were busy throughout the weekend and the 10km race went off well, benefiting indeed from (relatively!) mild temperatures, and the cancellation of some other local events which meant a last minute rush of entrants.

The stars were out too, with Chrissie Wellington a welcome addition to Saturday, and the Brownlee brothers, Hollie Avil and über-biker, Ain-Alar Juhanson from Estonia, among those who were meeting, greeting, signing autographs and enjoying the day on Sunday. Formula one driver Jenson Button joined in the fun too, and performed rather well in the 10km race.

If you did spot one or two 'tired and emotional' exhibitors on Sunday morning, it was probably as a result of Saturday evening's festivities (well, very late into Sunday in a few cases...) at the annual 220 Triathlon Awards dinner. We've got all of the winners for you on site now. Congratulations to everyone who even made it as far as the final shortlist. We mentioned Tim Brabants in the weekend preview, saying he had a lot to live up to following Gary Richardson as speaker at last year's event. Well, we needn't have worried, as I'm pretty sure Tim has had a bit of post-Beijing public speaking practice, and was very funny. I'm afraid I can't repeat his joke about the Queen here though... Thanks again to 220 Magazine for supporting and organising another great evening.

And on a final note, many thanks to everyone out there who took the time to vote for us in the awards, making us the winner of the Triathlon Website of the Year category for the second year. We really are very grateful for the recognition, and particularly pleased that we are able to bring you a product that you enjoy. Of course, we've got more ideas and improvements to come (and you gave us some great feedback and ideas over the weekend too), so we look forward to the year ahead. I'd also like to personally thank all of the team, volunteers, contributors and advertisers who help to make it all happen.

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Weekend action

The Saucony 10km @ TCR was appropriately enough won by athletes with strong triathlon connections. Men's winner Adam Bowden was the AAA's 3000m steeplechase champion in 2008, and has a 5km PB of well under 14 minutes, so it was perhaps not surprising to see him cross the line first. Adam is now focusing his attentions on triathlon, having narrowly missed the Beijing Olympic qualifying time.

Women's winner was GB pro Ironman athlete Rachel Joyce, who finished fifth at Ironman Florida last year, and is preparing for Ironman South Africa in April. F1 driver Jenson Button finished in a very respectable 38:27, while British Triathlon Chief Executive Zara Hyde-Peters was an age-group winner in 39:08. Full results HERE, plus we have a more in-depth race report on the main site.

Pos Men Women
1st Adam Bowden 30:47 Rachel Joyce ( 37:24
2nd Ashley Harrell (Team Saucony) 31:38 Louise Seymour (East London Tri) 37:32
3rd Matt Bond 32:07 Rachel Elliot 37:48

Just Racing UK ( had around 250 entrants in total for the Wellingborough Multi-Terrain Series Run (Round 2), 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, including 15km winner Hywel Davies, who the previous evening collected his 220 Magazine, Men's Fitness Male Age Group Athlete of the Year award at the Sandown Park awards dinner.

Pos Men Women

Hywel Davies 49:47

Blue Haywood (Lincoln Wellington) 56:26
2nd Phil Holland (Olney Multisport) 49:57 Juliette Minter (Olney Runners) 57:14
3rd Nick White (Saffron Striders) 52:12 Jane Needham 1:08:08
Pos Men Women

Ian Mansell (Dudley) 34:43

Philipa Taylor 37:13
2nd Paul Massingham (Stanford Striders) 35:52 Stacey Penn (Northants Tri Club) 40:46
3rd Paul Jennings 36:03 Julie Cox (Rugby Tri Club) 41:11
Pos Men Women

Zared Hale 16:48

Kavita Solder (WGEL/Loughborough) 22:31
2nd John Cowell (Olney Runners) 19:08 Debra Galletts (Kettering Town Harriers) 23:27
3rd Andrew Clawson (Kettering Town Harriers) 19:12 Sarah Vigrow 25:06

Another running event with triathlon connections was the David Lloyd 5km in Southampton, organised by Concept Sport ( Race winners were Simon Plummer (WGEL) in 15:14, and Ceri Mitchell (Team Southampton) in 17:03. Full results are HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Simon Plummer (WGEL) 15:14 Ceri Mitchell (Team Southampton) 17:03
2nd Nick Buis (Southampton RC) 16:01 Nicola Balndford (Southampton RC) 18:16
3rd Matthew King 16:04 Marie Stokes (Southampton RC) 19:41

The Cirencester Off-Road Duathlons fell victim to the weather and had to be postponed on safety grounds. The Frosty Ferndown Aquathlons also fell victim to the weather and had to be cancelled.

The Epic Events Winter Duathlon Series (Race 3) was much more fortunate weather wise however, even seeing "blue sky with sunshine for most of the event" according to the race website. Full results are HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Matt Moorhouse 55:02 Jill Hume 1:07:13
2nd Alexander Young 58:00 Louise Hogg 1:12:42
3rd David Ardern 58:39 Karen Jarvis 1:15:18

The big overseas event of the weekend was arguably the Snap Ironman 70.3 Geelong in Australia. Reigning Ironman World Champion Craig Alexander (AUS) took the win against a quality field with the fastest run of the day, while 2008 ITU World Cup winner Samantha Warriner (NZL) demonstrated again that she is serious about the 70.3 distance, by taking hard fought win against iron-distance world record holder Yvonne van Vlerken (NED).

Pos Men Women
1st Craig Alexander (AUS) 3:50:51 Samantha Warriner (NZL) 4:14:33
2nd David Dellow (AUS) 3:53:02 Yvonne van Vlerken (NED) 4:15:25
3rd Luke Bell (AUS) 3:53:52 Rebekah Keat (AUS) 4:17:35

There were no Brits at the ETU Winter Triathlon European Championships (run-bike-ski), which were dominated by Norway. Full results (elite) HERE. Age group results are HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Arne Post (NOR) 1:15:33 Camilla Hott Johansen (NOR) 1:31:30
2nd Andreas Svanebo (SWE) 1:16:54 Carina Wasle (AUT) 1:32:01
3rd Daniel Antonioli (ITA) 1:17:20 Tatiana Charochkina (RUS) 1:33:48

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!

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.

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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