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Abu Dhabi: Brit results update
Posted by: John Levison
Posted on: Tuesday 16th March 2010

Tags  Abu Dhabi  |  ADIT  |  Anj Heijnen  |  Rob Johnson

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As well as all of the professional athletes, there were plenty of age groupers racing in Abu Dhabi this past weekend. While the pro athletes raced for a total of $230,000, there were also prizes of $1,000 on offer to the age group winners in each category within the long (3k/200k/20k) event.

Despite that, the 'short' (which was still a demanding 1.5k/100k/10k), proved the most popular choice with age groupers, attracting close to 500 athletes.

Results for both races are available on the following links:

LONG - 3km / 200km / 20km

SHORT - 1.5km / 100km / 10km

The fastest age grouper overall in the long race was Michael Kruger from Denmark, who is also coach to elite athletes Dirk Bockel (2nd), Rasmus Henning (3rd) and Jordan Rapp (7th). Picking out the Brits isn't too easy, as currently the results are not showing nationality in most instances! I 'think' that Ian Wells (55-59) was the sole Brit to take home the age group cash for winning his age group (8:58:46), though do let me know if you know different.

There were more Brits in the 'short' race. The overall winners were Team Abu Dhabi pro athletes Ina Reinders (GER), 3:52:34 and Jan Van Berkel (SUI/NED), 3:20:47.

Second place in the female event, just over two minutes back was Anja Heijnen (3:54:53). Though Dutch, Anja lives in the UK and races for, and has had success including winning the Ballbuster in November last year. Third was Jane Westley of Dubai Tri Club (who again, I think is British?), with Tracey Horner sixth, who I know is! Combining reporting with racing, Triathlete's World Editor Alison Hamlett finished in 4:46:48 (24th), while Katherine Joyce, sister pro Rachel Joyce who suffered that horrendous cout foot exiting T1, showed talent runs in the family finishing in 4:33:53 (19th).

In the men's event, another Dubai Tri Club member David Mutch was ninth (3:46:50) - possibly first British age grouper? - just ahead of Triathlete Europe Editor Ian Osbourne 12th, in 3:47:38, and Mark Horne 14th (3:48:50).

Brit Pro Update

While the great results of British athletes Julie Dibens, Leanda Cave and Fraser Cartmell have been well documented elsewhere - along with the news on Dann Brook and Phil Graves who crossed the line together, another British athlete managed to pick up quite few scalps on the run.

Rob Johnson always had a tough job on his hands for this event. In recent months he has been juggling training to race at professional level, working for Speedo advising on their relaunch into the UK market, plus undertaking TWO college courses. In our pre-race Brit focus, he said "It's just a completer for me I'm afraid with the hope of doing some solid work on the bike without smashing the legs up on the run."

That said, having spent practically the whole day alone on the bike, and without the benefit of a winter spent training in the sun he finished 21st, and in the process passed Phil Graves, Dann Brook, Björn Andersson and Rutger Beke on the run course, to finish in 7:05:06, for a satisfying early season result.

Rob Johnson in Abu Dhabi

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