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David McNamee of Great Britain has been on a roll since training with cereneo triathlon this year, earning three podiums in his last three events, including back-to-back wins at Challenge Galway and Sunday’s Challenge Poznań. After a powerful performance in Poland, the Scotsman is now more motivated than ever to claim another podium spot – at October’s Ironman World Championship – and he’s taking his preparations to new heights.
POZNAŃ (Poland) – cereneo triathlete David McNamee of Great Britain thrilled a large and knowledgeable crowd as he surged to his second consecutive race win with a victory at Poland’s Challenge Poznań on 24 July 2016. Poznań is famed for its fast, flat course, and despite the sweltering sunshine of an afternoon race, McNamee made the most of it. The Scotsman outpaced the middle distance field with a time of 3:54.22, more than two minutes ahead of second-place finisher Chris Fischer of Denmark (3:56.41), with Spain’s Ignasi Baldenow earning third at 3:58.57.
After a third-place performance at May’s grueling Ironman Lanzarote and a triumph at Challenge Galway in June, McNamee’s result in Poznań was further confirmation that the 28-year-old’s training with cereneo triathlon is achieving its targets. McNamee came into 2016 focused on the Ironman distance after finishing eleventh with the fastest run split at the 2015 Ironman World Championship in Kona. But he knew he needed to improve on the bike, traditionally his weakest leg, and was determined to find the right training solution.
“I had a lot of family attending the race here, and that only added to my motivation,” McNamee stated from the Finish Line in Poznań. “I felt great in the bike leg, and after a couple of kilometers in the run I was pretty sure that I was going to win it. That’s the kind of feeling every athlete loves, and it really helps to build my confidence for what’s ahead.”
McNamee became the first athlete to train with cereneo triathlon, a unique performance management program that was launched just this year in partnership with the cereneo research institution. Following a guiding principle of “motivation matters,” the cereneo triathlon experts immediately began to work with McNamee to address the crucial objective – and at his first win of the season in Galway last month, he not only felt comfortable on the bike but still had a kick left to clinch the lead in the run. In Poznań, McNamee was even more powerful, staying with the leaders in the swim, dominating the bike leg outright and fending off a fierce charge by his opponents in the run.
Within a few short months, McNamee’s goal has realistically changed from standing on the Ironman World Championship podium “in two or three years” to clinching a top spot at the event this October.
From the flats of Poznań, McNamee will head to the heights of the Pyrenees for the second half of his most intensive training on the road to Kona, a month at altitude before his next race: the European Middle Distance Championships in the Tyrolean town of Walchsee on 4 September 2016.
Pro Men’s Top Five, Challenge Poznań 2016: 1. David McNamee (GBR), 2. Chris Fischer (DNK), 3. Ignasi Baldenow (ESP), 4. Tomasz Szala (POL), 5. Łukasz Kalaszcyński (POL)
Kit Walker and Alison Wilson were crowned 2016 champions at Nottingham’s Outlaw Triathlon. Around 1100 athletes took on the 2.4mile swim, 112mile bike ride and 26.2 mile run, with Walker setting a new personal best time to win, whilst Wilson set the fastest ever time by a woman at the Outlaw.
Karl Alexander was the early favourite having ridden to the front of the men’s field. He started to build a lead before a back problem flared up that also caused him to withdraw from the Outlaw Half Holkham earlier this month. This left Kit Walker at the head of the field. The 27 year-old from Weymouth thrived as the race leader, pushing on for his best ever long-distance performance.
Finishing in 8:58:52, he commented: “That’s the fastest time I’ve done so far. I had to push it pretty hard, it was only just [under nine hours], but I did it.”
He added: “Every time you come past the finish it’s just phenomenal, loads of noise, everyone shouting your name, commentary, it’s just amazing. I knew I’d have to have a really good race to win; I didn’t quite have the run I was capable of, but it was enough.”
Joe Beech from South Wales was second, commenting that it was by far his ‘best ever result’ in 9:13:56, and Dean Edwards was third after storming through on the marathon run to claim the final spot on the overall race podium.
Alison Wilson, 28 from Portsmouth, had a fantastic bike leg to put herself into a lead at the start of the run. Although she’d only previously done one long-distance race, her fluid running style suggested she might be able to do something special. She delivered the best ever finishing time by a woman at the Outlaw, beating the previous best time of 9:50:58 set by Vicky Gill in 2013.
She said: “It was really good. The course was flat and fast, I pushed as hard as I could. I don’t know where it [course record] came from, I thought I was going to die on the last lap, but I just kept going.”
Susan Fairfax from Crystal Palace was second in a time of 10:16:20 and Helen Wilson from Exeter was third, over achieving her target of ‘maybe finishing inside the top ten’.
On a good day in terms of weather conditions, the winning relay team also set a new course record of 7:47:34. The team of Sam Dickinson, an elite junior triathlete, Ryan Perry, a national champion time trialist, and Stuart Spencer smashed the previous record of 8:01:10 set by GI Tri in 2011.
Prior to the start today, six men had completed every Outlaw Triathlon since it was first launched in 2010. All six completed the course again today, with local man, David Manning-Ohren, 48 from Kegworth, setting his best ever time; 12:02:55. They will all be invited back to compete in their eighth Outlaw Triathlon in 2017.
Results; Outlaw Triathlon, Nottingham; 2.4mile swim, 112mile bike, 26.2mile run:
1. Chris Walker, 25-29, Kit Walker Triathlon, 8:58:52
2. Joe Beech, 25-29, Onit Cycles, 9:13:56
3. Dean Edwards, 25-29, Bridgtown Cycles / carreg.com, 9:16:12
4. Matt Leeman, 25-29, Benfleet Running Club, 9:31:09
5. Marcus Mcdonald, 40-44, Lichfield Tri, 9:37:16
1. Alison Wilson, 25-29, Portsmouth Triathletes, 9:45:36 *New course record
2. Susan Fairfax, 40-44, Crystal Palace Triathletes, 10:16:20
3. Helen Jones, 35-39, Exeter tri, 10:58:35
4. Vanessa Taylor, 45-49, Hillingdon Triathletes, 11:14:33
5. Ruth Thom, 35-39, Salisbury Tri Club, 11:16:32
Liz Blatchford has confirmed via her Instagram feed (liz_blatchford) that she will not be able to race an Ironman this month, and therefore will not be validating her place at the Ironman World Championships 2016.
Blatchford, who starts as one of the hot favourites in any iron-distance race she competes in, is suffering with an ongoing foot injury which has troubled her since last year, but has since worsened and has prevented any ability to run. Blatchford confirmed in the post that there is no set return to running date, nevermind Ironman racing.
Competitors who came and conquered the Bastion iron-distance triathlon, declared by many who took part as the ‘toughest long distance event in the UK’ on Sunday 10th July. It’s toughness is matched by its beauty and the warm friendly, supportive atmosphere from the team at the Castle Tri Series. The Bastion battle was won by male winner, Robert Fryer (Portsmouth Hill CC) with a time of 10:28:59 and female lead, Lucy Biddlestone (Triactiv Lanzarote) who came in at 11:54:34.
Joe Skipper ticked off a big career goal of his this weekend, by becoming the fastest ever British iron-distance triathlete with a record 7:56:23.
The result was also good enough against a huge field to give Skipper another massive international result – 2nd – behind only an incredible record breaking performance by arguably the best triathlete ever – Jan Frodeno – who won in a world record time of 7:35:39.
More results and commentary as we get it.
Over 1800 athletes from around the globe took the plunge from 5.55am this morning in warm, calm conditions for the 12th annual iconic IRONMAN UK, but it was 2013 and 2015 Champion Lucy Gossage and maiden IRONMAN Champion Kirill Kotsegarov who crossed the finish line as winners of the IRONMAN UK 2016. Despite the early start, a record number of supporters had turned out in their thousands to cheer on all the athletes, including some of the world’s leading pros in action, for the 2 lap 2.4 mile swim.
Triathletes from across the UK and internationally are looking forward to arguably the toughest challenge in the UK. All eyes will be on Hever Castle, Kent, on Sunday 10th July, for the third edition of The Bastion. A fiendishly difficult course lies in store for the competitors who have entered, set within the stunning castle grounds.