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Weekend roundup: December 07-08
Posted by: Editor
Posted on: Sunday 8th December 2013

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Saturday saw the off-road folk in action at venues known and new. The MudMan location of the old tank-testing grounds near Camberley has been well-proven over the years to provide a suitable challenge for both the trail runners and duathletes and although there wasn't that much mud there were more than a few mechanicals from the rough terrain - a particularly impressive tyre bow-out for RG Active's John Brame ending his race. Roger Fowkes (Hillingdon Triathletes) learned from last month's WildMan and eased up on the first run to take the lead on the bike and hold off Phil Westoby (Army Triathlon) while Louise Fox (Thames Valley Triathletes) had a first-time experience to remember, she won comfortably ahead of last year's series winner Samantha Aplin. Full results are available HERE.

The Nottingham Off Road Duathlon was the first time an off-roader had been organised at the National Watersports Centre and the technical nature of the course may have taken some by surprise. The wins went to Paul Davies (Powerbar/MTN Hardware) who cleared the rest of the field by over two minutes while the women's race was dominated by Lauren Bradshaw (Absolute Tri Club) Full results are now up HERE.

While we slumbered the last full Ironman of the year was taking place in Busselton, Western Australia - there's a full report on the race HERE. Not the Pro debut that Darren Jenkins was after, but a couple of great winning performances and another sub-nine to keep the Editor busy updating the IronStats pages.

Pos Men Women
1 Jeremy Jurkiewicz (FRA) 8:08:16 Elizabeth Lyles (USA) 8:59:44
2 Marcus Thomschke (GER) 8:16:01 Mareen Hufe (GER) 9:08:00
3 David Dellow (AUS) 8:19:10 Lisa Marangon (AUS) 9:19:29

Staying with the sunshine we see that Bella Bayliss took third place in the half distance race at the Lanzarote International Marathon but it looks like Stephen didn't run. UPDATE: Looks like he did run after all, the full (rather than live) results this morning show him in eighth place with a 29:37. Interestingly there's a Javier Gomez in second place -- can anyone confirm if it's the Javier Gomez?? All the results are HERE.

There was some very impressive running by 'triathlete' Georgia Taylor-Brown at the European Cross Country Championships in Belgrade, taking not only team Gold but coming so close to an individual medal too in fourth. Full report and video interview on that one HERE.

Also running well was Duracell Bunny Lucy Gossage who lead Cambridge to victory in the Varsity Cross Country Championships, taking the overall win too in what will be her last time in this event... as that PhD is almost done. "I'm the oldest ever winner... that record might last a while" she said! Sophia Saller was another recognisable triathlete name in third, she was first Junior at Blenheim this season.

Pos Men Women
1 Lewis Lloyd (Pembroke, Cambridge) 38:26 Lucy Gossage (Downing, Cambridge) 23:15
2 Tom Frith (St. Anne's, Oxford) 38:39 Rebecca Moore (St. Catherine's, Cambridge) 23:40
3 William Ryle-Hodges (Queens', Cambridge) 38:41 Sophia Saller (S. Catherine's, Oxford) 23:43

Off-road again on Sunday for the first of three races in the Bowhill Winter Duathlon Series organised by Durty Events. Unusually these are events that don't have specific distances but an expected winning time - this one, the Short, has a 30 minute tariff for the bike and run legs. Odd, perhaps, but it's a format that's been running for 12 years so it obviously works! Wins went to Rorie Downie (The TriCentre) and Joanne Thom (Edinburgh RC) and the results are HERE.

The first of three off-road duathlons at Fritton Lake saw veteran campaigner Jez Cox nudged off the top spot for the second week in a row by a junior athlete - in this case Finn Barnes had the legs on both run and bike to prevent Mr Consistent from adding another to his impressive total of wins. Becky Schofield was the first lady home and full results are online HERE.

Results yet to come from the Hot Chilli Tri Aquathlon and the Microgaming Off-Road Duathlon events.


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