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16th Feb 2009Issue 99

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So, it's the middle of February and already the first World Championship of the year is complete, with the ITU Winter Triathlon World Championships taking place this past weekend in Gaishorn, Austria. Perhaps making the best use of the recent adverse weather conditions in the UK for perfect training purposes, the GB Age Group team once again managed to come home with two gold's and a bronze. Congratulations to Rhodri Buffett, Sarah Thomas and Fiona Crossley.

Any plans the Editor had for a quiet week following the TCR Show went completely out of the window as he seemed to be in deadline City whichever way he turned last week, so much so that he hasn't even managed to do the traditional post-show roundup article. That will be coming this week!

Last week we did however manage to publish the third and final installment in our guide to the Lisboa International Triathlon, which takes place on Saturday 25th April, check it out HERE. The great news is that in conjunction with the event organisers, Tri247 are able to offer TWO very lucky readers the chance to race in one of the fastest middle-distance events in the world, in our fantastic competition. You can win flights, accommodation, race entry and a ticket to the awards dinner. Entry couldn't be easier, all you need to do is email your name and contact phone number to competitions@tri247.com. Closing Date for entries is Saturday 28th February 2009, so get your entries in now.

A trend we are seeing in the sport is more and more top age group athletes looking to 'live the dream' and try and make that very difficult jump to full-time training, and making a life as a professional triathlete. One such athlete is Jonathan Hotchkiss, who is certainly very successful (winning The Vitruvian for the past three seasons for example), and last week we caught up with him for an interview. It's well worth a read, if you want to get an insight into the highs and lows of trying to race as a full-time athlete.

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Results

Weekend action

The first World Championship of the year took place in Gaishorn, Austria this weekend with the ITU Winter Triathlon World Championship, comprising run / mountain bike / ski. Not surprisingly, GB didn't have any athletes racing in the elite categories which were won by Tor Halvor Bjørnstadt (NOR) and Carinna Wasle (AUT). We have the full ITU press report HERE and full results for the elite race HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Tor Halvor Bjørnstadt (NOR) 1:18:08 Carinna Wasle (AUT) 1:32:28
2nd Arne Post (NOR) 1:18:28 Hanna Trønnes (NOR) 1:34:06
3rd Daniel Antonioli (ITA) 1:19:42 Rebecca Dussault (USA) 1:35:30

We also have the results on site from the Age Group World's HERE. Provisional results suggest two GB Gold's, courtesy of Rhodri Buffett (M20-24) and Sarah Thomas (F30-34), plus one bronze via Fiona Crossley (F45-49).

The second round of the Snow + Rock G3 10km run series organised by allbouttriathlons, saw another full field on Saturday. The event was won by Dave and Sarah Rollins who we 'think' are husband and wife, who specialise in orienteering races. Dave also finished second last month, while this is the second win of the series for Sarah. Full results are available HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Dave Rollins 44:29 Sarah Rollins 48:28
2nd Jake Moran 44:35 Louise Curtis 51:24
3rd Andy Ward 45:11 Susanna Harris 57:16

Another triathlon linked run-only event was the Dover Mercury Half Marathon organised by Deal Tri (www.dealtri.co.uk). A popular event too, with well over 400 finishers. Full results are HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Matthew Wimm-Smith (Cambridge Harriers) 1:16:54 Rona Loubser (Folkestone RC) 1:22:27
2nd Mark Whittaker (Deal Tri) 1:17:18 Helen Wheeler (Folkestone RC) 1:28:30
3rd David Weekes (Folkestone RC) 1:20:03 Kate Austen 1:33:17

The Kendal Aquathlon provided a very fast results service on Sunday, with the winners of the event being Beau Smith and Lois Todd, both of who finished over a minute clear of their chasers. Full results HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Beau Smith 25:28 Lois Todd 34:50
2nd Mark Walsh 26:49 Karen Bain 36:06
3rd Kieron Rowlands 27:35 Carolyn Macintosh 36:11

The other aquathlon on the calendar this weekend was the Tewkesbury Aquathlon, where Nick Slim (Tewkesbury Tri) and Katie Silke (Coventry Triathletes) took comfortable wins. Full results available HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Nick Slim (Tewkesbury Tri) 23:53 Katie Silke (Coventry Triathletes) 26:56
2nd Peter Darton 25:19 Marianne Day 30:30
3rd Greg (Tewkesbury Tri) 25:45 Julie Preen 33:56

The Monsterman Duathlon III took place on Saturday in Bordon, Hampshire. Entries are still available for the fourth and final event which will be held at Deepcut, Surrey on March 14th - see www.gearsandtears.com for more details. The winner of race three was Roger Fowkes (Hillingdon Triathletes), who already had a third and a second from the first two races of the series. The ladies event was very closely fought, with Aileen Anderson taking a narrow victory from Lucy Kershaw and Nicki Barron. Full results HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Roger Fowkes 2:01:04 Aileen Anderson 2:20:35
2nd Marc Chamberlain 2:03:05 Lucy Kershaw 2:21:52
3rd Mat Clarkson 2:04:33 Nicki Barron 2:23:40

Lanson Running - Garmin Forerunner 50 competition

The team at Lanson Running (www.lansonrunning.com), 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 competitions@tri247.com. Good Luck!

West Midlands racing news...

There are a couple of interesting events coming up soon in the West Midlands region, both still accepting online entries, and come highly recommended.

The Chaserace Duathlon and the Halesowen Aquathlon both take place on 1st March 2009. For more in depth details on the races, check out this article on the main site, or visit the respective race websites at www.chaserace.co.uk and www.cobrarc.co.uk. Online entry for both races is available via www.entrycentral.com.

Lisboa International 2009 - WIN FLIGHTS, ACCOMODATION AND ENTRY!

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, Part Two and Part Three), to find out more.

You can also WIN flights, accommodation, awards ceremony tickets plus race entry in our fantastic competition. The Lisboa triathlon are offering TWO fantastic prizes, so don't miss your chance to enter. All you need to do is email us with your name and contact number to competitions@tri247.com. Closing Date for entries is Saturday 28th February 2009.

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 info@sportactive.net or visit their website www.sportactive.net

 
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