Tri247 Newsletter


9th Mar 2009Issue 102

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"Ironman", possibly the single most recognised word associated with the sport of triathlon is back with in the news big time, and of course, we're covering it all on Tri247.

This past weekend saw the 25th anniversary of Ironman New Zealand, which was the very first international Ironman outside of Hawaii. Home favourite Cameron Brown ensured it all followed the script, and picked up his EIGHTH win there. New Zealand also saw the first pro Ironman starts for British athletes this year, with Bella Bayliss (5th) and Stephen Bayliss (6th) making their first steps on what will be another busy, and we hope successful season for them both.

There are now so many Brits competing in the Pro ranks at iron-distance around the world that we thought that was worthy of an article in itself, and so last week we published our Iron-Brits 2009 summary. It's been one of the most popular pieces we've put together for a while, and we're updating it regularly, so check it out and find out who is planning to race where in 2009.

Closer to home, courtesy of the Ironman UK organisers, we are able to exclusively reveal the new IRONMAN UK Bike course 2009. Check out the details HERE.

Plenty of news too. On Wednesday we were able to reveal that Chrissie Wellington with be racing at Challenge Roth in July, on possibly the fastest Ironman course in the world. We can't wait for that one! More Chrissie news, as after a winter of testing out several options, she announced this week that the Cervélo that she's had so much success on to date, was going to be replaced by a Cannondale for the next three years. Expect to see a few more Cannondale's in your local transition area following that announcement.

Not quite so high profile, but just as interesting to us - multiple World Duathlon Champion Catriona Morrison quietly revealed that she will also be racing at Ironman distance in 2009. Her race schedule suggests she will be lining up alongside Miss Wellington at both Roth and Hawaii later this year... that's a tough challenge to start with! We have an interview with Cat coming up very soon.

We've had some great competitions of late on Tri247. The three lucky winners of our Aqua Sphere Long Swim Series competition, to win a free place at any one of the Long Swim Series events are: Deborah Helsdon, David Wright and Ian Macnaughton. The VERY lucky winners of our Lisboa Internation Triathlon competition, to win flights, accomodation and race entry to the April 25th event are... Gavin Hodgson and Francesca Wright. Big congratulations to you both. We'll be in touch with all of the winners very soon.

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Weekend action

Saturday Racing

The Bonita Ironman New Zealand took place in the early hours, UK-time, of Saturday morning and saw the home favourite Cameron Brown (NZL) record a course record of 8:18:04 to win an amazing eighth title on home soil. Olympian Dirk Bockel (LUX) made it very interesting on the bike, pulling out a five minute lead at T2, ahead of chasers Brown, Bozzone (NZL), Raphael (GER) and Britain's Stephen Bayliss. You can read Cameron's report in his words, HERE.

Both Brown and Bozzone looked strong from the start of the run, in their pursuit of debut Ironman Bockel, while Bayliss clearly didn't have his full-strength running legs today, eventually fading to sixth (8:38:28). Brown used his fluid running style to catch Bockel just after the halfway mark in the marathon, finishing with a race-best 2:43:10, to set a new course record of 8:18:04. Ironman 70.3 World Champ, and former multiple World Junior Champion at triathlon and duathlon, Bozzone, showed his talent and potential at Ironman distance too, finishing a strong second in his debut at the distance, passing the brave Bockel in the closing stages.

We predicted in the weekend preview that "while we fully expect Cameron Brown to add another title to his resumé, we're going to suggest that Gina Ferguson (NZL) could well pull off the win...", and once again we were proved right, as in a tight race, Ferguson managed to dig deep to fend off fellow Kiwi and six-time winner Joanna Lawn. For much of the day, Lisbeth Kristensen (DEN) held pole position, taking a four minute lead onto the run course, with Lawn and Ferguson in pursuit. While Lawn battled hard as we've come expect, it was Ferguson who came out on top with a 3:08:11 marathon, to add another win to a swiftly building CV that now includes two wins at Challenge Wanaka, sub-9 hour finishes at Ironman Western Australia and Challenge Roth plus a win at Ironman Wisconsin. Charlotte Paul (AUS) ran a race-best 3:07:39 to grab third, and push Kristensen from the podium, while like Stephen, Bella Bayliss didn't have her running legs today, finishing 5th (9:41:03).

Pos Men Women
1st Cameron Brown (NZL) 8:18:04 Gina Ferguson (NZL) 9:18:25
2nd Terrenzo Bozzone (NZL) 8:25:36 Joanna Lawn (NZL) 9:23:07
3rd Dirk Bockel (AUS) 8:27:11 Charlotte Paul (AUS) 9:30:24

Tri247 columnist Jo Carritt finished third in AG30-34 (10:12:17), which was won by Jenny Gowans, a Kiwi who actually races for Serpentine Tri Club, and was the winner of the 2008 Norseman Xtreme Triathlon. Jenny recorded a time of 9:57:57, which made her the overall Age Group winner too by a mere 15 seconds! In fact, the 30-34 category was so strong, that the top three were also the first overall Age Groupers.

The first round of the National Duathlon Ranking Series took place at the Clumber Classic Duathlon in Nottinghamshire. Our crystal ball prediction powers were (only slightly...) off here, as while Lee Piercy and Emma Dews (The Big Adventure Store) did make the podium, they were both beaten for top spot by Matt Moorhouse (Athlete Matters) and Kat Grimmett (Hants Police Tri), with two fantastic performances. Matt finished two and a half minutes clear, while Kat showed some blistering run speed, though we understand that Lee did actually take something of a detour while leading, which cost him a significant amount of time and the chance of a win. Full results HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Matt Moorhouse (Athlete Matters) 1:49:41 Kat Grimmett (Hants Police Tri) 2:03:18
2nd Lee Piercy (TBAS) 1:52:08 Emma Dews (TBAS) 2:04:43
3rd Mark Couldwell (TFN 2XU) 1:53:39 Jo Walker 2:10:12

Pace Setter ( also held a sprint duathlon alongside the main event, which drew a field of well over 100 in it's own right, and saw some highly competitive racing. Full results HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Rich Sumpter 0:59:15 Vanessa Raw 1:05:21
2nd James Gibson (Loughborough Triathlon) 1:00:01 Rachel Hobbs 1:06:30
3rd Jacob Tipper (Black Country Tri) 1:00:44 Aimee Backhouse (NW Jets) 1:07:31

Sarah Russell reported for us from the Merrell Mudman Duathlon and run: "Once again, fabulous weather conditions met runners and duathletes taking part in the Merrell Mudman Duathlon and Run this morning in Camberley, Surrey. First up was the 7.5km run - taking place over an extremely hilly and muddy off-road route - it wasn't for the fainthearted. Fresh from his victory at the Merrell ICEMan only two weeks ago, David Chapman took the win again in great style leading from start to finish. Second was Darren Bird and third was Brent Jones. The women's race followed the same pattern with winner Amanda Morwood taking victory with Laura Flegg and Emily Davis (both from the Sisterhood Challenge) taking second and third.

The duathlon was next - starting with the same 7.5km run followed by a 15km bike and another 7.5km run to finish up with. With extreme hills, mud and challenging terrain it was set to be a tough race. Just about to embark on a world tour on the Xterra circuit, Sam Gardener took the win in superb style over second place Elliot Chalifour and fast improving Paul Davies. The women's event saw November's winner Aileen Anderson back for more and another win on the challenging route with Fay Cripps in second and Becky Crisp in third."

Pos Men Women
1st Sam Gardner 1:43:07 Aileen Anderson 2:07:41
2nd Eliot Chalifour 1:49:59 Fay Cripps 2:08:59
3rd Paul Davies 1:52:47 Becky Crisp 2:23:52

Full Results: Merrell MudMan Run, Merrell MudMan Duathlon. We also have a more in-depth report plus race photographs HERE.

The final round of the Snow + Rock G3 10k off-road runs at Newlands Corner, Surrey, saw another full field for this popular series ( Full results HERE. Sarah Rollins completed a clean sweep, winning all three events.

Pos Men Women
1st Jake Moran 42:41 Sarah Rollins 47:12
2nd Andy Ward 43:45 Louise Curtis 51:09
3rd Dave Rollins 44:28 Susanna Harrris 54:31

Sunday Racing

First results in on Sunday were from the Burntwood Spring Aquathlons, so kudos to the organisers for that efficiency. Youth athletes Cameron Sharp (Wrekin Road Runners) and Russ Gibbons (South Cheshire Harriers) showed the way, taking the top two places overall, while Joanne Reeks (Meynell Valley Hunters Tri) finished narrowly ahead of Claire Westerman (Army Tri). Full results HERE. We also have the results from the accompanying Tristar event HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Cameron Sharp (Wrekin Road Runners) 24:59 Joanne Reeks (Meynell Valley Hunters Tri) 26:39
2nd Russ Gibbons (South Cheshire Harriers) 25:52 Claire Westerman (Army Tri) 27:01
3rd Brett Robinson 26:02 Chloe Barton (ootri) 28:26

Sunday also saw the re-arranged Cirenceter Off-Road Duathlons which had initially been postponed in February due to the snow. The men's race saw some very close racing, with the top three all within 30 seconds, Ryan Bevis taking the honours. By contrast, Maddie Horton (Team Certini) completely dominated for the ladies. Luke Cowley and Alice Thomas won the short race. Full results: LONG and SHORT.

Long Duathlon
Pos Men Women
1st Ryan Bevis (RAM Bikes / BAD ASS) 1:07:11 Maddie Horton (Team Certini) 1:12:44
2nd Jay Horton (Team Certini) 1:07:26 Claire Hall (Swindon Road Club) 1:26:05
3rd Crispin Doyle (Swindon Road Club) 1:07:39 Helen Bennett (FVS Tri) 1:29:26
Short Duathlon
Pos Men Women
1st Luke Cowley (Swindon Road Club) 39:59 Alice Thomas (Cirencester AC) 45:42
2nd Jordan Frapwell 41:22 Melanie Clark (BAD Tri) 51:19
3rd Nick Browning (Team Tri Glos) 42:10 Katherine Allard 55:46

There was another off-road duathlon taking place in Kent at the King Wood Mountain Bike Duathlon, organised by Ashford Tri Club ( It was really close at the front, with Keith Brewster finishing just two seconds ahead of Phil Lenney to take the win. Sally Smoker managed to pull away on the bike to take the ladies event. Full results HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Keith Brewster (Crystal Palace Tri) 1:09:28 Sally Smoker (Lingfield Cycling Club) 1:26:32
2nd Phil Lenney (ACTIV/ 1:09:30 Sally Mortleman (7Oaks Tri Club) 1:28:10
3rd Chris Neale (Larkfield AC) 1:12:01 Rosemary Thomas 1:32:35

In Wales it was the final round of the Earlybird Aquathlon Series in Machynlleth. Dafydd Davies won the final race, making it three wins from four starts, and taking the Series prize too. Junior international Elinor Thorogood won her third straight race, to take the ladies series. Full results available HERE. We also have a race report on the site HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Dafydd Davies 23:46 Elinor Thorogood 25:26
2nd Dylan Lewis 24:39 Bridget Ripley 28:44
3rd Vince Edwards 24:48 Sophie Rossa 29:02

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.

Royal Air Force Careers and Triathlon

We've 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.

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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