Tri247 Newsletter


17th Mar 2009Issue 103

Welcome to the newsletter

It was a 'relatively' quiet weekend on the racing front, but as the weeks pass, so the quality and quantity of competition rises. Next weekend sees a particularly interesting showdown at the Aviva Singapore Ironman 70.3, as current Ironman World Champion Craig Aleaxander goes head-to-head with previous champion Chris McCormack. Not grabbing those headlines yet, but of interest to us, is the debut of Jodie Swallow at the 70.3 distance. With Yvonne Van Vlerken, Rebekah Keat, Kate Major and others scheduled to race, it will be interesting to see how she copes with the longer distances, and seeks to return to the sort of performances she was producing at the beginning of her career.

Talking about champions, our interview last week was with triathlon's supreme champion, Chrissie Wellington. Among our chat, Chrissie revealed "for me, Kona IS the Olympics, and as I have said before, I wouldn't trade the Hawaii Crown for anything, not even an Olympic Gold." Check out the full interview to find out more.

Plenty more coming up this week: Ironman-in-training Will Newbery updates us on his progress towards Ironman Austria, while we have the latest of our video interviews from the TCR Show.

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Weekend action

Though we didn't preview it on Friday, Fraser Cartmell was racing in the US at the Miami International Triathlon (, on Sunday. He finished eighth - "not a result I am happy with" - in a race won again by Matt Reed. Ladies winner was Jillian Peterson.

Pos Men Women
1st Matt Reed (USA) 1:47:22 Jillian Peterson (USA) 2:00:21
2nd Andy Potts (USA) 1:47:24 Jasmine Oenick (USA) 2:00:48
3rd Chris Lieto (USA) 1:48:21 Joanna Zeiger (USA) 2:02:19

We were proved right (again...) in our preview predictions for the Worcester Duathlon, as James Gilfillan led home a quality field to take the win. Michelle Parsons returned to racing from injury to be first lady home. Courtesy of Stuart Steele (, we have a separate race report HERE, and full results HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st James Gilfillan (Primera Bournemouth) 1:15:30 Michelle Parsons (Worcester Tri Club) 1:29:05
2nd Lee Rankin (DB Max) 1:17:10 Alison Bagnall (Stratford Athletics Club) 1:30:01
3rd Paul Rogers (Black Country Triathletes) 1:18:12 Emma Gill 1:32:49

We also have results from the Exmouth Aquathlon. Rich Brady was edged out (again!) for the win by Sam Jackson. The ladies race was even closer, with just 12 seconds separating Helen Banbury and Sue Walker. We also have the results from the novice event HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Sam Jackson 26:03 Helen Banbury 30:23
2nd Rich Brady 26:22 Sue Walker 30:35
3rd Sam Hopton 27:07 Rosemary Terribile 31:56

We doubt that there was any closer finisher over the weekend than at the Parbold Duathlon, which hosted the North West Duathlon Championships. Ryan Hanlon (Mersey Tri), out-sprinted Gary Gerrard (Royal Navy Tri) to win by less than a second. Kelly Crickmore (Chester Tri) took the ladies title, without needing the sprint... Full results HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Ryan Hanlon (Mersey Tri) 1:25:08 Kelly Crickmore (Chester Tri) 1:36:06
2nd Gary Gerrard (Royal Navy Tri) 1:25:08 Donna Edmondson (Cross Trax) 1:39:03
3rd Chris Standidge (Tri Central) 1:26:28 Louise Hogg (Ashurst Bike Club) 1:43:59

The Muscular Dystrophy Campaign Rendlesham Forest Challenge combined some fun and close racing with raising money for a great cause. We have the full results HERE. Here are the top finishing teams by category:

1st Male Team Chris Starmer / Nick Stephens 1:18:33
1st Female Team Sarah Vic / Aimee Canham 1:38:24
1st Mixed Team Leon Jones / Caroline Hunt 1:32:19

The third and final Sperrins Duathlon of the series took place on Saturday in Ireland. We have a full report available on the site HERE, plus full results HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Sean McFadden 58:30 Anne Paul 1:08:35
2nd Peter Savage 1:00:57 Kay Hack 1:12:19
3rd Jonathan Dempsey 1:02:38 Judith Lowry 1:13:48

Triathlon organisers BustinSkin ( held another of their off-road runs, the Bowleaze Loop, nine milea of blood sweat and hills. Full results are avilable HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Ian Cardy 59:04 Fran Bungay 1:16:11
2nd Lewis Young 1:02:31 Debbie Crate 1:21:27
3rd Ben Davis 1:04:57 Jane King 1:24:05

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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