An analysis of nearly 2m results from 131 marathons staged around the world found that women are better pacers than men when it comes to marathon running.
An analysis of nearly 2m results from 131 marathons staged around the world found that women are better pacers than men when it comes to marathon running.
“Although men are faster marathon runners than women they are not the smartest,” concluded study author Jens Jakob Andersen of RunRepeat.com, who estimates that women are 18% better at maintaining a consistent and controlled pace during the first and final stretches of a marathon.
This new study corroborates previous research findings that men slow down more than women in marathons, although more investigation is needed to determine exactly why that is.
Andersen’s findings also match up with triathlon research. A 2009 study of 12 elite athletes (six males and six females) competing in an ITU World Cup event found that during the run, men had a significant decrease in speed throughout the course, while women only slowed down during uphills and downhills.
Pacing in swimming and cycling has not been as well-documented as running, but the tri-related literature generally suggests that of the three disciplines, the swim yields the smallest time differences between men and women.
The study of 12 pro triathletes revealed that in the bike leg, men’s speed and power output decreased after the first lap, while women spent more time above maximal aerobic power in the hills. More recent research contentiously concluded that females consistently start the cycling leg at faster speeds than males in sprint, Olympic, half-Ironman and Ironman distance triathlons.
Age has yet to be explored scientifically as a factor of pacing in triathlons, although studies indicate that older runners tended to have a more even pace than younger runners during marathons. Andersen’s study found that the best pacers were from the 35-39 and 40-44 age groups, while the youngest (0-19) and oldest (+70) runners tended to “burn out dramatically”.
Research findings vary slightly as to the peak age for triathlon performance, but it doesn’t veer far from the 30-34 age range. One study found that while there were no significant differences in women’s peak ages across all three disciplines, the best male swimmers were about six years younger than the best male runners.
Another study, published last year, tracked the top 10 male and female placers at the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii from 1983 to 2012. The results? Top-ranking triathletes have gotten older – current average ages are 34 for men and 35 for women – as well as faster over the last three decades, and this is true for both genders.
Apart from sex and age, triathlon pacing is also influenced by a bunch of other factors, such as weather and terrain conditions, distance, drafting rules and transition.
What researchers seem to agree on is that the run is the most crucial leg in deciding one’s total time, so a good pace during the run can make a world of difference. Andersen’s suggestions for improved marathon pacing includes starting out “slower than what feels natural” and slowing down as soon as you think you can’t maintain your planned pace, so you can avoid burning out in later stages of the race.
Don’t forget to check out our expert advice for pacing yourself in the pool, on the bike and during a run.
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According to a YouGov poll of over 2,000 British adults, more than half of respondents think the UK government should be investing in cycling.
Nearly a third (31%) of respondents said they were more likely to get around by bike if more cycle lanes were separated from traffic on busy roads. Over a third (33%) said the dangers to cyclists discourage them from hopping on their bikes more.
In a separate YouGov poll of 959 adults in nine major UK cities, 54% said they support additional investment in making local cycling routes safer, even if it meant decreased spending for the benefit of other road users.
Politicians, in particular, should pay attention to the results: in the larger poll, 27% said they would have a more positive opinion of an electoral candidate who campaigned for cycling – a sentiment echoed by 47% of respondents in the second survey.
“Being able to get about by bike has become a serious issue for the British voter; candidates looking for success in the coming general election would do right to recognise this,” said Claire Francis, Head of Campaigns at active travel charity Sustrans, which commissioned the main survey.
“Despite these new figures, the Infrastructure Bill, which the government hopes to make law by March, is set to deliver the biggest shake up to the roads network in a generation, yet has no strategy for cycling,” Francis adds.
“We must change the Infrastructure Bill’s narrow focus on motor traffic and invest in cycling to extend travel choice, to ease congestion, improve our health and our environment.”
The poll results have already sparked some debate on Twitter…
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@David_Cameron @Ed_Miliband No “guaranteed” funding levels for #Cycling in #InfrastructureBill = NO VOTE for you! #Obesity costs #NHS £5bn/y
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Earlier this week, British Cycling, Sustrans and a handful of other sustainable transport organisations issued a joint statement calling for the inclusion of a Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy in the Infrastructure Bill.
“It is not without irony that this falls so soon after the latest 12-year study from Cambridge University found that inactivity is killing twice as many people as obesity,” the statement read in part.
“This is combined with the fact that inactivity costs the UK economy £20 billion every year, with one in six deaths linked to physical inactivity. We must act now and make cycling and walking easier to do every day.”
The Infrastructure Bill will be voted on by Parliament on Monday (26 January).
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Here they are – the nominees for this year’s 220 awards, as chosen by you, our readers!
With twenty categories and thousands of votes cast, we had a bumper haul of strong contenders to trawl through this year.
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Many congrats to all those shortlisted – we’ll be announcing the winners at the 220 Triathlon Show, being held at Sandown Park in Surrey from 27 February to 1 March.
Elite male triathlete of the year
Club of the year
Leeds & Bradford Tri Club
One Triathlon RDS
Elite female triathlete of the year
Race of the year (under 500 entries)
Jenson Button Tri
Ocean Lava Tri
Duathlete of the year
Race of the year (over 500 entries)
Long Course Weekend
Men’s age-grouper of the year
Triathlon wetsuit brand of the year
Women’s age-grouper of the year
Bike brand of the year
Male paratriathlete of the year
Shoe brand of the year
Female paratriathlete of the year
Innovative product of the year
Huub Archimedes 2
Youth triathlete of the year
Triathlon retailer of the year
The Triathlon Shop
International triathlete of the year
Online retailer of the year
Chain Reaction Cycles
Coach of the year
Outstanding contribution of the year
Don’t forget to book your ticket for the 220 Triathlon Show, see you there!
For fans jaded by overt professionalism in sport, decisions made without a business motive, or, at least, one that will not pay instant dividends, are not merely refreshing, but strike at the heart of what makes it so captivating.
In the summer of 2012, Michelle Dillon was at a crossroads in her career. The former Commonwealth Games 10,000m runner and sixth-place finisher in the Athens’ Olympic triathlon had been coaching an elite group of London 2012 hopefuls including Will Clarke, Jodie Stimpson and her own husband, Stuart Hayes.
Once the chase for selection and the crescendo of Hyde Park had petered out, it was time for all to take new directions and for Dillon to consider her options. The truth for multisport coaches is that financial rewards lie with schooling large groups of trusting amateurs. Most professionals don’t earn all that much, meaning coach earns a percentage of not a lot for a role that can demand undivided attention – particularly if the athlete in question has never attempted the sport before.
So when Emma Pallant came knocking, a successful junior runner, plagued with injuries and not sure where to turn having hobbled away from a 5,000m trials race and her quest for the London Games, the most cost-effective decision would have been a polite ‘No’.
That it wasn’t says a few things: Dillon has strength of character; a hunger to still be involved with elite sport; and, most pertinently, that in this runner from Farnham, who could be a little firebrand at times, she saw an image of her younger self and a kinship could blossom. Project Pallant was underway and it wasn’t to be the smoothest ride.
“After London, I made the decision I wouldn’t go for a big group of elite triathletes, having done four years of it,” Dillon says. “I receive quite a lot of emails from up and coming athletes, but not many put the light on like Emma’s. I come from the same high-level running background having competed in the world cross-country as a junior and 1994 Commonwealth Games at 21, and I could appreciate where she was with the injuries.
“Something said: ‘Let’s do this’”
“It was why I switched to triathlon. I thought she probably couldn’t swim, wouldn’t have a clue how to ride a bike and would be starting from scratch. But something said: ‘Let’s do this’.
“Stu’s mum told me to give her a call. We got on really well. It was a ‘your journey will be my journey’ approach and in two years we’ve developed a good relationship. I’m so glad I made that decision.”
“What struck me was how passionate she was,” Pallant recalls. “Most people I told I wanted to be a world-class triathlete would laugh, but Michelle took it seriously. I’d only known her two months and she was lending me her bike, Speedo wetsuit and trisuit.”
Born in Surrey, the successful Aldershot, Farnham & District athletics club, where veteran coach Mick Woods presides, would capture a large chunk of Pallant’s youth. “I’ve never really known life without sport,” she says. “I was hyperactive as a kid and have an amazing mum who would take me to every sports club. Mick said if I wanted to be the best at one sport I would have to focus my attention and I’ve always liked the idea of being the best.
“Success breeds success and if you a have couple of strong runners forming good friendships, like myself and Steph Twell, the social life integrates with the running. It was fun growing up in the club.”
Pallant was rarely headed at Under-11 and Under-13 level, even clashing with 2013 triathlon world champion Non Stanford on occasion. “I think we were pretty level paced,” she recalls. “Although as she’s Welsh, I’d have the advantage of a stronger backing team for the relays.”
Under Kelly’s wing
When stress fractures and knee injuries began chipping away at that competitive edge, the invitation to join up with Athens’ double-gold medallist Kelly Holmes instilled fresh confidence and opportunities to gain experience shadowing more senior athletes.
“We went to Berlin for the World Championship in 2009 and Delhi for the Commonwealth Games the following year,” she says of the same On Camp with Kelly initiative that mentored Stanford and world 1,500m silver medallist Hannah England. “I achieved the qualifying time for Delhi but then got injured. We still went to the athletes’ village, ate with them and saw how the Games operated, so when we did make a championships we could concentrate on the racing.”
Sadly, it didn’t come to fruition. Pallant had stepped up to the 5,000m by 2012 figuring she could cut back on the gym weights, race with a lighter frame and not put so much impact through her knees. The plan was to achieve an Olympic slot through the European Championships, but when she dropped out of the trials race, the knee flaring up once more, the dream was over.
“I was devastated,” Pallant says. “Kelly found me and told me that mentally I needed a fresh goal there and then. The London Triathlon was in two months and it gave me a focus for swim and bike training.”
Running her own physiotherapy clinic, Pallant had treated and become friendly with Katie Hewison (who recently retired from international triathlon), and knuckled down to some tri training. Swims with Hewison were mixed with spin bike work and sessions with the running club, but Pallant felt if she was to make a serious stab at multisport a more concrete strategy was required. Cue spotting a Team Dillon hoodie on a club night.
“One of my mum’s friends does triathlon and told me that Michelle Dillon had done what I wanted to do – gone from a runner to a triathlete,” Pallant explains. “If I was serious, no one would know more about the transition than Michelle.”
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Nagging injuries and a fresh challenge are probably the leading two reasons most individuals take up triathlon; Pallant’s ambition to achieve greatest on the world stage was a third.
“As a runner, going on to medal in distance races against Kenyans and Ethiopians would have been very difficult,” she says. “I was looking at being one of Europe’s best. But the best in the world? That was a lot harder.”
Whether she has chosen an easier path remains to be seen. Certainly she’s picked a time to switch when the depth in British women’s multisport has never been greater. In Stanford, Helen Jenkins, Jodie Stimpson and Vicky Holland, the UK has two world champions, and the reigning Commonwealth gold and bronze medallists. If everybody is fit and firing – it’s a halcyon era.
But all that lay ahead. Before she even stepped on to the pontoon to challenge these women, Pallant would need to acclimatise to the increased training load. “The biggest shock for Emma was when we went to the Gold Coast,” Dillon says. “The first day she hammered it out the door.” “And 10 minutes later I was crawling home.” Pallant remembers.
“Poor Emma arrived as a pure, skinny runner, with not much muscle from riding or swimming and a host of problems,” Dillon continues. “I massaged her every night to get the lumps and knots out of her quads, stretched out her hip flexors, and she learnt to run again.”
“Before I went I considered myself a runner,” Pallant says. “Now the sessions were so much longer and I really didn’t have much endurance.”
“Emma had a lot of stomach problems as well,” Dillon says. “Eating the wrong things at the wrong time, she’d spend half a long run in the bushes. If we didn’t sort it out she was never going to make an elite athlete. It’s been a two-year process.”
“I’d picked up bad habits from so many different diets,” Pallant agrees. “I cannot put my finger on what exactly was wrong. I’d work a lot and keep busy and couldn’t switch off. It required a lifestyle change to concentrate on what and when I’m eating and to start hydrating properly during exercise. Living with Michelle and Stu, I’m seeing how it should be done and have the self-control to put it into practice in my own life.”
Little Miss Bump
Despite the problems domestic success came quickly. Pallant was sixth in that debut race in London, almost six minutes down on winner Daniela Ryf despite posting the fastest run split by over two minutes, and the following year would be crowned British champion over a sprint distance race in Liverpool.
The international circuit was a tougher challenge, though, and included a couple of DNFs including the World Series Grand Final in London, plus a disqualification in Holland for racking her bike in someone else’s spot and then not stopping for the penalty.
“I didn’t know what a penalty box was,” she explains, compounding a reputation as a somewhat incident-prone individual that has earned the nickname Little Miss Bump. “I’ve been hit in the head with rounders’ bats, fallen off bikes, and run into lampposts and car doors.
“As an Under-13 I was in Marrakech for the World Youth Championships and went to get a henna tattoo, with the idea of pretending it was a permanent one. I asked for ‘GB’, was misunderstood, and became the wally walking round having been branded TB! It was only dye but I had a reaction to it. My mum wasn’t impressed. Thankfully, Team Dillon has a bit of a safety angel in Safety Stu who protects me.”
“She’s had to do it really,” Michelle explains. “We had to work on a lot of technical things: drafting in the swim, being under pressure in transition. And racing in open water with 60 other women is completely different from training with a handful.
“We’ve always taken at least one positive from each race. How far Emma is behind in the swim plays a big part in how it pans out and we’ve seen the time deficit coming down. She biked herself back into the pack in Cozumel [where she eventually finished seventh, 28 seconds behind Olympic champion Nicola Spirig] and held the gap at 45 seconds in her last race in Columbia. At the beginning of the year it would have been three minutes.”
“I’ve got so much to learn but sometimes there is a limit to what Michelle and Stuart can teach me,” Pallant explains. “Stu can tell me not to over-gear, but it’s only when I try running off the bike that I really find out the effects. Then there are the logistics of travel, race briefings, where you swim and cycle abroad, and even putting the bike together. It’s a lot to think about.”
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If Pallant is to reach the next level, she’ll have to defy a school of thought that ITU racing is beyond anyone who hasn’t spent a childhood following the black line in the pool.
“Everyone says it’s about improving the swim,” Dillon says. “But that’s a small thing compared to where she’s come from in the past two years. We first had to iron out the other problems, the habits formed from her running background. Now we finish every session, even if we have to crawl round. It’s a change of mentality.”
The scale of Pallant’s task is underlined by not being in receipt of lottery funding, nor was she in 2014. British Triathlon will tell you she hasn’t hit the required standards in specific races, which is true, but they do have discretion for those with potential.
The reality is that without her swimming being of the front-pack calibre demanded to break into medal contention – or make her useful as a support athlete (domestique or pilot) – means she isn’t yet a useful team player. It’s why Lutterworth’s Lucy Hall got the nod in 2012, because she can swim fast – too fast at times – and pull up the Team GB ‘runners’.
What also hasn’t helped is Pallant’s decision to race in the neutral ITU suit in 2014 as she contemplated an offer to switch allegiance to Turkey, who are looking to import talent as has been seen in middle distance racing on the track. While the financial and single-minded drive could be understood, it’s not so palatable for fans, and it wasn’t either for British Triathlon, who refused to sanction the switch, meaning an extended period in limbo would need serving.
“Turkey are hoping to develop triathlon and at one point I had a chat with them,” Pallant says. “I thought I could help in a way. I’m now back for GB. [Former chief executive] Zara Hyde Peters has left British Triathlon and I feel that after chatting with Brendan [Purcell, British Triathlon’s performance director], there is a place for me. I think you don’t always have to be part of a team to inspire other athletes. Performances can connect.”
Pallant’s return to wearing the Union flag coincides with the start of the Olympic selection process and while making the Rio Olympics might be a long shot, neither the triathlete nor coach is giving up.
The indomitable spirit is admirable and who is to say it won’t fall into place. Other than the robust Stimpson, injuries have beset Britain’s best. Stanford missed the entirety of 2014, Jenkins must have felt she’d crossed the path of a black cat after picking up injuries ahead of the last two major championships. Holland was running into her best-ever shape last summer, but now battles a plantar fasciitis problem that won’t see her return until May at the earliest. Those are Britain’s leading four, beneath that a breakthrough should not be ruled out.
“If my swim gets faster, I can be up in these races,” Pallant says. “I finished the year not fussed about running. It’s all about the rectangular blue wet thing. Then I’m aiming for Rio qualification, and doing everything I can to be the best triathlete I can be.”
Bring on 2015
The ITU World Series has been extended to 10 races, starting in March in Abu Dhabi and continuing to Chicago in September for the Grand Final. The latter is one of just two races the British selection policy for the Games concerns itself with, the other being the Rio test event in August. There will be an opportunity to make an impression along the way and given how stringent the policy is, it is quite possible that no women triathlete will secure an automatic spot in 2015, which will buy Pallant more time for a one-off early 2016 showdown.
“Ideally we’d love to focus on the whole series,” Dillon says. “But that’s a lot of travelling. Being weaker on the swim, Em needs access to the pool a lot and a lot of travel will compromise her swimming.”
Many readers will be familiar with SwimSmooth, who have partnered with British Triathlon, and Pallant is travelling to Perth over the winter for tuition from head coach Paul Newsome. Confidence is mounting but there is still an awful lot to learn. Not making the front pack in elite ITU racing can effectively mean being out of a two-hour race within the first 20 minutes.
“Paul called my style Kicktastic,” Pallant says. “I’m ok with steady swimming, but the minute the pressure is on in a race, I let my legs go, which throws my timing out.”
“Emma is not afraid of hard work,” Dillon explains. “She needs to be stronger at the front end and drop the kick slightly and emerge V-shaped from winter having swum 50km a week.”
If the plan works, allowing Pallant to more regularly make the front pack, the excitement will be palpable. “When she gets into a race, she won’t have to bike so hard and will see how much easier it is,” Dillon says. “It’s then the big performances will come.“
“In my running days I’d pull the plug in a race because I was used to winning,” Pallant says. “Triathlon has taught me I always have to fight. If no-one in the bike pack is working, I won’t be in the race if I just sit up as well. Now I come out of every race having given 100%, controlling the controllables. If my swim is not up to it, it will be a tough day, but every day should be a tough day and that’s what makes me value the sport.”
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Triathlon coach Brett Sutton has announced that Australian athlete Rebecca Preston is joining his superstar squad after a long hiatus, in a bid to wrap up her tri career on a high.
Preston was at her peak in 2006 and 2007, when she claimed back-to-back victories at Ironman Switzerland. She also placed fifth in Kona in 2007, and has won IM Austria, UK and 70.3 Antwerp.
“Within her first year as a professional triathlete Beck won her first Ironman event on debut at the distance. She went on to be one of the best Ironman racers in the world and had a unbelievable three season streak,” Brett Sutton wrote on the Trisutto website.
4 x Ironman Winner @rebeccapreston rejoins the http://t.co/UbD0ItmcG5 squad for 2015 #excited http://t.co/27kC4l6JEk pic.twitter.com/22sJFXO85v
— Brett Sutton (@trisutto) January 20, 2015
Preston eventually moved back to Australia to resume a career in teaching, but has been racing as an age-grouper throughout the last 18 months.
“We’ve kept in touch and in 2014 had a talk about finishing off her career as it started – with an Ironman win,” writes Sutton. “She has the weapons to do so. As of January 1, 2015 Beck rejoined the squad and we are now building the machine to once again terrorise Ironman podiums around the world.”
Preston will be joining a number of high profile athletes on Sutton’s squad, including Swiss athletes Daniela Ryf (winner of last year’s 70.3 Worlds) and Nicola Spirig (gold medal winner at the 2012 London Olympics), last year’s Alpe d’Huez Triathlon winner Todd Skipworth (AUS) and Britain’s Ritchie Nicholls, winner of the 70.3 European champs in 2013.
Can Preston claim an M-dot title this year? Let us know in the comments below!
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Brian Cage will unfortunately be missing tonight and tomorrow’s Impact Wrestling television taping events, after suffering a back injury at this past weekend’s Impact Rebellion pay-per-view.
Cage sustained the injury just a few minutes into the match, after Johnny Impact executed a Spanish Fly off the stage, down to the floor. He also missed Monday night’s taping, but the hope was that he could rest up this week and be back in time to not miss any more dates.
The question now is, what happens with the Impact World Championship, with the brand new champion missing upwards of 5-6 weeks of television, if not more, depending on how much they tape this weekend. We will likely have an update on that situation later tonight.
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Former New Japan star Kushida will be back in a NXT ring on Wednesday, May 15. The announcement was made on the May 8 edition of NXT and now Kushida’s fans must anxiously await his return to the ring.
Kushida made his NXT TV debut on May 1, in a winning effort against Kassius Ohno. The Knockout Artist actually tapped out to Kushida, who delivered a fine performance on his first televised outing for WWE. The former IWGP Junior Heavyweight champion came to the company in April of 2019 and since that time, fans have been buzzing over his possible NXT future.
The Timesplitter is highly regarded as perhaps the best junior heavyweight in the business today and he’s enjoyed that reputation for quite some time. Kushida earned his stripes in Japan of course, where he fought some of the most intense strong style wrestlers in the business.
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But now that he’s in NXT, he has a chance to go far beyond where he was in New Japan. Kushida is an extremely talented Superstar on a brand that’s already stacked deep with talent. But with great timing and the right booking, Kushida can elevate to the very top of the black and gold brand.
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After an absolute war turned into an instant classic wrestling match this Monday in Japan, the still unbeaten Shingo Takagi finally gave showed respect for one of New Japan Pro-Wrestling’s fastest rising stars – one half of the IWGP Jr. Tag Team Champions Sho Tanaka, or SHO for short.
The two artists tore the house down at Sendai Sunplaza to kick off the first night of the 2019 NJPW Best of the Super Juniors tournament, in a match that has already been pegged by some as an early Match of the Year candidate.
One of the major story-driven threads throughout the nearly 26-minute contest centered around Takagi’s raw power and stength, as he absorbed blow after blow from his opponent time and time again, while SHO refused to stay down no matter how many times he nearly lost his head to one of The Last Dragon’s devastating Pumping Bomber lariats.
Takagi and SHO have actually faced each other multiple times in the ring during battles between Los Ingobernables de Japon and the current junior tag champions, Roppongi 3K, but this was the first time the two had ever met in singles competition.
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After numerous Pumping Bomber lariats and narrowly escaping a modified Kimura Lock, Takagi finally connected with his signature Last of the Dragons finisher to score his first two points in the tournament, and extend his unbeaten streak for one more evening.
Following their incredibly hard-fought battle, Takagi was forced to change his tune about SHO, who he has been relentlessly tormenting for the past six months.
“I thought I could beat that punk in 15 minutes if I took it seriously. I didn’t let up at all, and I didn’t make any mistakes. Over these last 7 months, I kept calling SHO a brazen brat. But he showed me what he’s made of, so I gotta take that back. He is strong, that’s for sure, and he’s still getting stronger.”
More than 350 triathletes headed to the Hawley Hard army training ground in Hampshire last Sunday for the first edition of the Huntsman Triathlon.
The races started with an open-water swim in Hawley Lake, followed by a road cycle around the local countryside, finishing with a trail run through Hawley wood and around the lake.
In the men’s Olympic race (1500m/47km/10km), Colin Dixon beat nearest rival Robert Fryer by more than 2mins to cross the line in 2:20:38, while 2013 Gauntlet winner Karl Alexander came third. In the women’s race, Rebecca Slack comfortably won with a time of 2:49:40, with Ruth Thom and Marie Coburn taking second and third place.
In the sprint distance races (750m/20km/5km), there were some good battles throughout: Tim Wallis won the men’s event in a time of 1:13:33 and Katrina Yerbury triumphed in the women’s race with a remarkable time of 1:23:37, which placed her in the overall top ten.
Full results can be found at: www.tdl.ltd.uk.
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The tough conditions at this year’s Ironman Hawaii were plain to see, with strong sea currents for the swim, gusty crosswinds blowing across the Queen K highway and daytime temperatures peaking above 30°C.
We asked renowned tri statistician Raymond Britt (founder of RunTri.com) to crunch the numbers for us, and his findings reveal that average finish times hit 11:35hrs this year, up from 11:06hrs in 2013 and 11:32hrs in 2012:
The picture was broadly the same across all categories, with only the pro men managing to equal their 2013 average time of 8:50hrs:
Of the 21 categories racing last Saturday, ten of them came in below the average time of 11:35hrs:
Looking at the average splits across the three disciplines (plus transitions), the biggest increases were on the bike leg:
Average bike splits varied this year from 4:42hrs for the pro men to 7:35hrs for W60-64:
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