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2nd Mar 2009Issue 101

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Here come the girls...! With female British World Champions like Chrissie Wellington, Helen Tucker, Julie Dibens, Cat Morrison, Kirsty McWilliam and Sophie Coleman it only seems right that the ladies of triathlon deserve some more recognition. In light of that, and the increasing number of females coming into the sport at all levels from novice to elite, we've decided to renew and relaunch our women's section on the site. Have a look around, and check out this introduction to what you can find and what we've got planned for the coming weeks and months.

During March we'll be bringing you a number of interviews with key women in the sport, plus product reviews on the increasing range of ladies-specific triathlon equipment and clothing on the market.

We've also just launched, in conjunction with Royal Air Force Careers ( and Royal Air Force Triathlon ( a new series highlighting how you can combine an exciting and varied career in the RAF with your triathlon and sporting ambitions. Check out our first profile of FLT LT Vicky Webb, and her experiences in the Princess Mary's Royal Air Force Nursing Service.

It's also your last chance to win, courtesy of Aqua Sphere, three free places at their Long Swim series this summer. Entries close Wednesday 4th March, check out the details below.

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Weekend action

International News

The first race of the weekend, which finished around breakfast time on Saturday (UK time...) was also the first Ironman event of the year: Lotto Ironman Langkawi Malaysia. Our regular prediction attempts were only partially on target this weekend. While we did highlight Belinda Granger (AUS) and Erica Csomor (HUN) - and Belinda did take the win, thanks to a blistering bike leg - Erica was a DNF on the run due to heat cramps.

For the men, we'd picked Reinaldo Colluci (BRA) as the winner, but that was to prove unsuccessful, with the young Brazilian prodigy withdrawing early in the run, again suffering in the sweltering conditions. Luke McKenzie (AUS) and Bryan Rhodes (NZL) battled hard throughout the race, with the Aussie coming out on top. Full results HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Luke McKenzie (AUS) 8:26:48 Belinda Granger (AUS) 9:21:10
2nd Bryan Rhodes (NZL) 8:32:52 Nicole Leder (GER) 9:36:40
3rd Bryan Fuller (AUS) 8:38:06 Maki Nishiuchi (JPN) 9:57:13

In South Africa, there was a Brit winner at the non-drafting 11 Global Triathlon, held over the standard distance. Dann Brook was the victor, and thanks to Norman Brook (no relation!), who has updated us that Alun Woodward was also fifth. Apparently Gavin Noble and Nick Saunders were also due to race, but were involved in a collision outside Stellenbosch on the way to the race, thankfully we believe, only sustaining minor injuries.

In Australia, the Luke Harrop Memorial Triathlon (ITU Oceania Championships), was won by Brad Kahlefeldt (AUS) and Kiyomi Niwata (JPN). Michelle Dillon updates us that Stuart Hayes finished sixth, in a race run in sweltering conditions. Another athlete Michelle coaches is Jodie Stimpson. She had a career best swim, exiting second and rode with the lead back before pulling out on the run with heatstroke.

Domestic News

While our Malaysia predictions may have been, at best, average, we'll gladly gloat that we got it spot on for The Big Adventure Store Chilly Duathlon at Castle Combe.

Race organiser Will Whitmore advises us "we got the weather for once and had some top boys (and girls racing). Lee Piercy of Team TBAS broke Aaron Harris' course record of 42:58 with his winning times and also smashed Oli Mott's bike lap record of 4:22.0 by 14 seconds. Meanwhile Emma Dews of Team TBAS broke Caroline Kloiber's three-year old course record by nearly a minute and at the same time, smashed Rachel Turner's bike lap record by nearly twenty seconds. The Big Adventure Store topped off the day by winning the Team Challenge too." Full results HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Lee Piercy (TBAS) 42:36 Emma Dews (TBAS) 47:41
2nd Dave Roper (TBAS) 44:11 Nicole Walters 54:02
3rd Ian Cardy 44:32 Nicola Threlfall (Driven to Tri) 55:30

In West Sussex it was the 14th running of the Frosty Aquathlon. Race Director Clive Harvey kindly forward a race report which you can read HERE. We also have results for the shorter Frostbite event, and the full Frosty race.

Frosty Aquathlon
Pos Men Women
1st Gareth Evans (Larkfield AC) 44:23 Kate Everley 55:31
2nd Michael Evans (Larkfield AC) 48:37 Anna Murawska 56:16
3rd Jonathan Streeter (Crawley Tri) 50:16 Clare Aquilina (Esporta Brighton) 57:14
Frostbike Aquathlon
Pos Men Women
1st Matt Lambert 25:29 Sarah Wigmore (Amphibians 2) 25:03
2nd Christian Faires (Tuff Fitty) 25:42 Emily McLoughlin (Crawley Tri) 25:49
3rd Pavel Rooprai (Thames Turbo) 26:08 Lucinda Bowden (Crawley Tri) 29:54

Like the guys at the Frosty event, there were two races at the Halesowen Aquathlon, though in this instance it was for Adults and Tristars. The senior event was won by Dave Garner (BRAT) and Helen Russell (Redditch Tri). Full results are HERE. We also have the Tristar/Junior event results HERE.

Another event we had super swift results and a report from was the Chase Race Sprint Duathlon. You can read the report HERE, while full results are available HERE, for a race won by James Ratcliffe and Eimear Mullan.

Today was also the final round of the Monikie Winter Duathlon Series in Scotland. Andy Torrance (Dooley's Cycles RT) and Erni Hamilton (Edinburgh Road Club) took the wins. Full results HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Andy Torrance (Dooley's Cycles RT) 1:39:34 Erni Hamilton (Edinburgh Road Club) 2:02:17
2nd Jeremy Tomlinson (Fife AC) 1:41:06 Jennifer Eilertson (Dundee University) 2:03:53
3rd RG McLean (Angus Bike Chain) 1:42:02 Margaret Anderson (Fleet Feet Triathletes) 2:04:07

Another duathlon series finishing on Scotland was the Glentress Winter Series, of the off-road variety. We have the results HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Prasad Prasad (Squadra Porcini) 1:25:01 Lesley Ingram (Glentress Riders/G - Force Training) 1:54:42
2nd John Heme (Ambleside A.C.) 1:32:48 Rowan Nidd 2:01:34
3rd Douglas Allan 1:37:00 Angela Martin 2:12:39

More duathlon action in the Midlands, at the 1485 No Frills Duathlon. Duathlon specialist Jez Cox took another clear win, with Natalie Barnard doing the same for the ladies. Full results HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Jez Cox 1:10:12 Natalie Barnard 1:19:04
2nd Simon Hall 1:12:15 Sadie Murphy 1:32:12
3rd Andrew Halliday 1:12:48 Linda Whitelegg 1:33:42

Just Racing UK ( had around 300 entrants in total for the Wellingborough Multi-Terrain Series Run (Round 3), over the 5km, 10km and 15km distances. Full results are available on site: 5km, 10km and 15km.

Pos Men Women
1st Bruce Lovall (Wellingborough & District) 53:47 Juliette Minter (Olney Runners) 58:36
2nd John Manlow (Ely Runners) 53:49 Tracy Patmore (Riverside Runners) 1:02: 00
3rd Neil Barnett (Wellingborough & District) 55:39 Sumei Snyman (Bedford & County) 1:03:18
Pos Men Women
1st Stuart Nelson (Rugby & Northampton AC) 33:13 Renee Corbett (Bedford Harriers) 40:07
2nd Tim Cook 34:11 Stacey Penn (Northants Tri Club) 40:58
3rd Zared Hale 34:59 Morag Larsen 41:28
Pos Men Women
1st Chris Brennan (Kettering Triathlon) 18:22 Sarah Heath (Shaftesbury Barnet) 22:17
2nd Andrew Clawson (Kettering Town Harriers) 18:35 Debra Galletta (Kettering Town Harriers) 22:58
3rd Mark Hazle 19:07 Sarah Vigrow 24:52

Lisboa International 2009

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.

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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