Tri247 Newsletter


23rd Feb 2009Issue 100

Welcome to the newsletter

As promised last week, the Editor (just about...) met his own self-imposed deadline to finally get round to publishing his TCR Show 2009 roundup. And on Friday, we brought you the first of our interviews from the Tri247 interview lounge at the show, in the form of Alistair Brownlee. Check back to the site throughout the next week or two, as we'll be bringing you plenty more of those. At the show we caught up with Hollie Avil, Ain-Alar Juhanson, Adam Bowden, Tim Brabants, Joe Friel and many many more names and faces from the world of triathlon. Sit back, put your feet up and see what they all have planned for 2009.

The Lisboa International Triathlon 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 Closing Date for entries is Saturday 28th February 2009, so get your entries in now before you miss out.

It really is a prize-fest of late on Tri247, as not only can we bring you the winners of our Lanson Running / Garmin 50 competition, but we also have on offer, courtesy of Aqua Sphere, three free places at their Long Swim series this summer.

One of the events coming up next weekend is the Big Adventure Store 'Chilly' Duathlon at Castle Combe racing circuit. There are some great prizes on offer, including an £800 Argon 18 E-80 2009 frameset for one lucky age group series winner. Entries are still available - check out this article on the site for more information.

In this issue:


Weekend action

With a fair bit of race action taking place this past weekend, we'll split the weekend into two this week...


First up a couple of duathlons where we're pleased to say our weekend preview predictions proved to be on the money.

The first of the winter Big Cow Winter Duathlons was won comfortably by Adam Bowden (Team MK), recent winner of the Saucony 10km at the TCR Show. As well as the predictable blitzing run times, his cycling was also showing a significant upward improvement, under the guidance of the experienced Mark Booth. We'll be bringing you our TCR video interview with Adam early next week. Like Adam, Leigh Harvey also took a convincing win in the ladies event, finishing almost three minutes clear of Gaelle Lebray. Full results HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Adam Bowden (Team MK) 0:53:40 Leigh Harvey 1:04:31
2nd Scott Wiseman (Team MK) 0:56:38 Gaelle Lebray (Team Bodylab) 1:07:24
3rd Carl Ferri (Addiscombe CC) 0:58:36 Jackie Wren (Cambridge Tri) 1:08:26

The latest events from the full portfolio of Human Race ( was the Merrell ICEMan Duathlon and ICEMan Run - though the rather pleasant weather meant that no ice was actually present! We have a separate race report on the site. Full results for the Duathlon are HERE and for the run are HERE, the podium position being:

ICEMan Duathlon
Pos Men Women
1st Colin Dixon 1:33:42 Maddie Horton 1:46:05
2nd Jim McConnel 1:33:58 Aileen Anderson 1:54:08
3rd Sylvain Garde 1:39:22 Nicki Barron (Ashford Tri Club) 2:02:49
ICEMan Run
Pos Men Women
1st David Chapman ( 46:27 Clare Mullenger (Wimbledon Windmilers) 52:48
2nd Gary Blesson (Total Racing Inc) 46:28 Claire Weldon 53:04
3rd Darren Bird 52:21 Bryony Britten 54:52

One event we had completely missed from our calendar was the Larkfield AC Aquathlon. Full results are HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Gareth Evans (Larkfield AC) 22:17 Samantha Usher 28:18
2nd Brian Longman (Tri Sport Epping) 25:29 Tracey Horne (Wildside Zoot RC) 28:20
3rd Ashley Howes (Larkfield AC) 26:02 Jo Malpass (Deal Tri) 29:37

And finally for Saturday, the results are also in from the second Sperrins Duathlon Challenge in Ireland. Once again Anne Paul dominated the ladies event, while Sean McFadden was the first man across the line, ahead of Gary Crossan. Full results are HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Sean McFadden 58:55 Anne Paul 1:08:44
2nd Gary Crossan 1:01:13 Kay Hack 1:13:50
3rd Johnathan Dempsey 1:01:44 Cheryl Cardwell 1:15:14

In single sport racing, it was also one of the 'classics' of the British running scene - the National Cross Country Championship at Parliament Hill Fields, arguably the single strongest strength-in-depth race of the year. Men's winner was the favourite Frank Tickner (38:02), and behind we spotted Dave Mitchinson (38th, 41:11), Kairn Stone (47th, 41:22) and Alistair Brownlee (93rd, 42:38) among the top 100 with strong tri/du connections.

For the women, Hattie Dean (29:34) took the title. Helen Dyke (68th, 34:21) and Robyn Golding (71st, 34:31) are names more commonly seen in duathlon and triathlon circles, plus I'm sure we've missed some!

In the juniors, Jonathan Brownlee was 14th (36:04) behind winner Nick Goolab (34:09), while Sophie Coleman did even better, finishing sixth (19:00) behind winner, and the current star of British distance running, Stephanie Twell (17:56).

Full results from the National XC are available at


Wellington Sports College in Somerset hosted the Taunton Deane Foot Anstey Aquathlons, over short (500m/5k) and long (1k/10k) distances. The first (non-team...) athlete across the line in the long event was prolific race winner Junior Heffernan, a minute ahead of Ian Hindes. First lady was Holly Lawrence who had a more comfortable buffer over Sue Walker. Full results are HERE.

In the shorter race, youth athlete Simon Cooper managed to beat everyone, including the relay teams, while another youth, Harriet Rogers was first lady. Full results are HERE.

Long Aquathlon
Pos Men Women
1st Junior Heffernan 48:10 Holly Lawrence 53:57
2nd Ian Hindes 49:16 Sue Walker 57:10
3rd Peter Darton 50:56 Chloe Tuck 59:11
Short Aquathlon
Pos Men Women
1st Simon Cooper 25:05 Harriet Rogers 28:30
2nd Richard Phillips 28:50 Helen Banbury 29:16
3rd Nick Smith 29:56 Celia Miall 29:21

There was also aquathlon action in Devon, courtesy of the Dawlish Aquathlon, organised by Exeter Tri Club. First across the line was Nathan Jolly, who just pipped Sam Jackson and regular Tri247 contributor, Rich Brady ( Felicity Elliot finished an excellent sixth overall for a clear win. Full results are HERE, plus results of the shorter novice event are HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Nathan Jolly 27:16 Felicity Elliot 31:12
2nd Sam Jackson 27:30 Alison Round 35:15
3rd Rich Brady 27:52 Jenny Reay 35:52

Continuing the aquathlon theme was the NUTS Aquathlon at Nottingham University. TFN Tri Club took a clean sweep of the ladies podium, with Elsie Roberts taking the win, while Chris Joyce was just 15 seconds quicker than Nick Dunn to win the men's race. Full results are HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Chris Joyce 22:02 Elsie Roberts (TFN Tri Club) 27:41
2nd Nick Dunn (TFN Race Team) 22:17 Helen Flint (TFN Tri Club) 29:49
3rd Nick Grimer (Spalding Tri Club) 23:10 Lucy Chatfield (TFN Tri Club) 30:04

In Wales, Aberystwyth was the venue for the third round of the Earlybird Aquathlon Series. Junior Elinor Thorogood may well have produced the performance of the weekend across all events, as she came within 11 seconds of winning the race overall, with only Dafydd Davies managing to go quicker. For Dafydd, that's two wins and a second in the series so far, while second placed (male) Tom Gloster has managed two seconds and a first, which should make race four quite interesting. Full results HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Dafydd Davies 25:24 Elinor Thorogood 25:35
2nd Tom Gloster 27:30 Sophie Rossa 31:53
3rd Dylan Lewis 27:40 Bridget Ripley 32:18

Lanson Running - Garmin Forerunner 50 competition winners

The lucky winners of our Lanson Running ( / Garmin Forerunner 50 competition which we've been running for the past month are...

Neil Chessell and Judith Hughes. Congratulations to you both. To find out more about the fantastic Garmin 50, check out our review on the site.

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 Closing Date for entries is Saturday 28th February 2009.

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 and Online entry for both races is available via

Aqua Sphere Long Swim series competition

To mark the launch of the new Aqua Sphere Powered Long Swim Series this Summer, we have a free swim place for THREE lucky winners on offer.

The winners can choose to enter any one of the following four 3.8km open-water races:

  • South Cerney, Glos (5 July)
  • Box End, Beds (19 July)
  • Bournemouth, Dorset (9 August)
  • Dorney Lake, Berks (6 September)

For more information on the series visit For info on Aqua Sphere's award-winning goggles and new Ironman - Powered by Aqua Sphere tri wet suits click on

Entry couldn't be easier. Click HERE to enter now or send an email with your first name and surname to Closing date for entries is Wednesday 4th March 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 or visit their website














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