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Weekend roundup: January 21-22
Posted on: Monday 23rd January 2012
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UPDATE: nothing on their official website but Bill Black has emailed through to let us know that Rory Maguire, one of the athletes that he coaches, won the half-distance Israman on Friday. More details to follow.
The first of the weekend's long distance races was the Challenge Wanaka in New Zealand where Australia's Aaron Farlow came through a strong field to win. The Ironman UK 2011 champion broke the tape in 8:41:53, ten minutes ahead of defending Wanaka champion Jamie Whyte with Kieran Doe another six minutes behind in third.
Farlow took his first Ironman win last year in the UK and showed his class with a steady performance that brought him from three minutes behind in the swim to an emphatic win. He was clearly spent at the finish. Doe and veteran pro Bryan Rhodes both dipped under the swim course record of 49:97 but Rhodes' race was ended 150k into the bike with a double puncture.
The women's race was dominated from gun to tape by three-time Challenge Wanaka champion Gina Crawford who is newly returned to full-time racing after having her first child six months ago. Crawford was never seriously challenged until the run, she reached the finish in 9:44:06 after holding off a hard-charging Britta Martin on the run. "It's just great to push yourself to the line and see how far you can go," Crawford said. "It's great to be back, I've missed racing."
A slightly less star-studded field than usual at the Lanzarote International Duathlon at Club La Santa on Saturday was brought home by Fred Belaubre (FRA) in 00:57:04 and Jenny Schuls (GER) in 1:06:28. Lucy Gossage was a DNS but among a clutch of GBR names we spotted Nicholas Ward Muñoz, well it is his local!, and the redoubtable Stuart Dinwoodie. Full results are on the Club La Santa site HERE.
Conditions at the Asics Off-Road Series Wildman on Hankley Common were disappointingly mild and the rain had never managed to get its act together to fill the pond at the bottom of the bike leg so it was just down to the sandy trails, the leg-sapping hills and the wind to take their toll. Richard Stannard's run of form ran out as Cedric Lassonde showed him a clean pair of heels in all three legs but despite having said she was likely to be a no-show with lower back issues, Kate Robson dug very deep and pulled a third successive win out of the bag. She has promised another of her excellent write-ups as soon as she's able to sit at a keyboard. Full results are linked HERE.
Sunday's racing started in the southern hemisphere with the Spec-Savers Ironman 70.3 in Buffalo City. We have a full write-up online HERE but the headlines went to Marino Vanhoenacker and Jodie Swallow giving them both a perfect start to 2012. Great results too for Britain's Mark Threlfall (4th), Joel Jameson (6th) and Susie Hignett (5th).
The F3 Events Maxifuel Duathlon at Dorney Lake saw a sneaky appearance by Vanessa Raw in the sprint race where she took the win along with Hugh Mackenzie. In the main race the overall win went to a team entry with Chris Nicholls the fastest individual in 2:06:32. Quickest woman was Gemma Farrell in 2:26:19. All the results are linked in from the StuWeb site.
The Glentress Duathlon (Short) moved to the Red Squirrel area of the forest for the run/bike format race with individual wins going to Tom Owens and Joanne Thom (Edinburgh RC). A full set of results is HERE.
Click below for links to all the results from this weekend, and remember, where you see the triVIEWER icon, you can re-live your race in graphical simulation form!