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Interview: Elliot Smales, conqueror of 2016 Castle Triathlon Gauntlet Series


Elliot Smales is a name that may be unfamiliar to some of you, but that will not last for long. He has burst onto the triathlon long course scene with a very successful first year of racing at the middle distance, with the Castle Triathlon Gauntlet Series his main focus.

Smales, who had formerly targeted the British Super Series, has made a fruitful decision and been rewarded with wins at every event on the series so far, including: Lough Cutra Triathlon, Cholmondeley Triathlon, Castle Howard and Chateau de Chantilly. We caught up with Elliot to find out more.

Victory for Smales and Stewart at the Chateau de Chantilly Triathlon


This weekend saw a thrilling race programme and breath taking action amidst the splendor of Chateau de Chantilly (45 minutes North of Paris). The venue is the French jewel in the Castle Triathlon series’ crown and everything was shining from the stunning weather to the competitor’s own achievements.

The event attracted over 3,200 triathletes, a record-breaking growth of a third from last year, and testament to its growing credentials in the French triathlon calendar as one of the top five largest and fashionable races.

BONK Athletic set to cease trading at end of the year

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UK grass roots apparel company Bonk have announced they are to wind up at the end of this year. Things have been quiet at Bonk for much of 2016 and the lack of new product announcements suggested all wasn’t totally well behind the scenes.

News has now emerged that due to changing circumstances, the owners of the business have made a decision to cease operations. A closing down sale is now on and Bonk will continue to trade over the coming weeks and months as they sell through their remaining inventory.

The Cat is Back!

Wins for Catherine Faux and Harry Wiltshire at Ironman Vichy

Two fantastic performances by two fantastic Brits at Ironman Vichy this past weekend, which will put the cat amongst the pigeons for those who may have discounted their threat on the international scene.

For Wiltshire it was a statement that he belonged at the top table of a developing British male scene with his first Ironman win to compliment previous second at Ironman Japan and third at Ironman Malaysia.

For Faux, it was her pro debut and her second appearance (after winning Outlaw Holkham Hall) since completing her medical studies. Faux is a previous Beyond Going Long Triathlete of the Year and a stunning age group world champion. Who remembers her record breaking performance at Kona in 2013, that saw her break the F25-29 record by more than 30 minutes and the all-time age group record by 17 minutes?

With regards to Vichy, the race finished thus below, rewarding both competitors with P-2000 towards Kona 2017 and a delicious $5,000 prize purse.

Pos Men Women
1st Harry Wiltshire (GBR) 8:17:14 Catherine Faux (GBR) 9:13:40
2nd Tim Brydenbach (BEL) 8:18:34 Celine Shaerer (SUI) 9:17:21
3rd Ivan Risti (ITA) 8:19:58 Kelly Fillnow (USA) 9:27:56
4th Trevor Delsaut (FRA) 8:21:51 Lauren Capone (USA) 9:34:06
5th Christian Brader (GER) 8:22:43 Keiko Tanaka (JPN) 9:35:46

It is tremendously exciting to see Cat racing and finally entering the pro ranks of Ironman. She is a serious contender for some of the biggest races in the world over the next 12+ months and we cannot wait to follow her over the next stage of her race journey.

Triathlon community pays tribute to #19 Nick Thomas

The long distance triathlon and swimming community has been shocked by the sad passing of Nick Thomas, 45 from
Ellesmere, Shropshire.

Nick, who wore the #19 moniker proudly following his successful Arch to Arc attempt in 2014, was attempting a solo channel swim and was pulled unconscious from the water as he neared the end of the 21-mile swim. A spokesman for the Channel Swimming and Piloting Federation said he was taken from the water “less than a mile from the finish in France”.

Interview: Parys Edwards joins 32Gi Sports Nutrition

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In the second interview of the day, we catch up with pro triathlete Parys Edwards, who is the latest pro triathlete to signup to use 32Gi Sports Nutrition.

She was interviewed recently on their site, which is reproduced here. So if you wanted to get to know Parys Edwards a bit better, here goes!

Interview: Harry Wiltshire stamps his Kona 2016 card

Outlaw Triathlon 2012 Wiltshire

Last time Harry Wiltshire chased Kona, it was a truly epic effort taking in a global race series of Ironman events spanning loads of events and event broken bones sustained at Nice.

Now with a somewhat calmer build up, Wiltshire officially had his card stamped and will be going to the big one in Hawaii. We caught up with him to find out how his season has been going and what he hopes to achieve in Kona 2016.

Will Clarke joins the sub-8 club and secures Kona

Photo: Iri Greco / BrakeThrough Media

BMC-Etixx p/b Uplace athlete Will Clarke finished second in Ironman Copenhagen today in a phenomenal time of 7:59:31. Swedish athlete Patrick Nilsson took the victory in an impressive 7:49:19 and Fabio Carvalho (BRA; 8:07:10) completed the pro men’s podium.