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Results catch up from last weekend...
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Posted on: Saturday 29th August 2009


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While there is a big Bank Holiday weekend ahead, there are a few more results from last weekend that we've noted and are worthy of highlighting and catching up on....

Philip Graves

If it wasn't for a certain fellow Yorkshire athlete and training partner, Philip Graves (www.teamactivinstinct.com) would surely be a certainty for all of the Athlete of the Year awards for 2009? In his first year at long distance racing, and at just 20 years old, the cycling demon as won both UK Ironman 70.3 in Wimbleball, and then became the youngest Ironman winner ever by winning at his first attempt at Ironman UK.

Phil is of course best know for his cycling prowess, yet hasn't actually been cycling for that long... he has more experience swimming and running! That's an exciting prospect.

Last weekend Phil continued his Kona preparations by racing in the Team Swift 100-mile time trial. Earlier this year, Phil finished third in the National 100-mile TT Champs, recording a time of 3:37:41. Despite being "in no way recovered from IMUK", and describing the last 25 miles as "the longest 25miles of my life!!!", he still won the event, and recorded a new PB of 3:33:46. For those who like numbers, that's a touch over 28 mph average, or ten 21:23 '10s' back-to-back. Wow...

Vanessa Raw

Since appearing from almost nowhere with a second place at Windsor in 2006, and then backing it up with fourth place at the Under-23 World Championships in Lausanne later that year, Vanessa Raw has been struggling to consistently match that level of performance, after a run of injuries and health problems. Last weekend Vanessa raced in the Czech Republic at the Karlovy Vary ITU Triathlon European Cup, and took second place behind Radka Vodickova.

Full results on the ITU website.

Dan Bullock

Dan is known by thousands of triathletes and swimmers around the country through his swimfortri (www.swimfortri.com) coaching courses, and attendance at many overseas coaching camps.

Dan dropped us a note about some open water swim racing he did last weekend, at the 5K Damme-Bruge openwater race. He finished third in the 87th running of the event, and the race was won by Olympian Brian Rycekman (7th in the 10k, Beijing 2008). Full results HERE.

Times were a little slow due to heavy training towards the European Masters Champs in Spain next month, but the event held for some exciting racing due to the unusual one way swim down the Damme Canal back into Bruge. Dan commented "a bus took us 5km along the canal to the village of Damme and basically we swam back to Bruge. The hosts really know how to put on a race. With support on both sides of the Canal it felt like a track race. Great fun."


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