Britain’s Ben Hooper wants to conquer Atlantic Ocean in just four months

As a child Ben Hooper nearly drowned in a swimming pool in Belgium. A traumatic experience like this might cause someone to fear the water, however Ben decided to embrace it instead, using his love of swimming to try and conquer an unimaginable challenge – swimming the Atlantic Ocean. Advertisement The father of one, from …

Tri documentary wants universal appeal

An American documentary, The Triumph Project, is aiming to showcase the ups and downs triathletes face when training and competing in the sport. Advertisement Jeff Fairbanks, who’s producing the documentary, hopes that this will inspire people to take up triathlons, trying to reassure newcomers that the sport isn’t as daunting as it can look. Before …

8-year-old Bailey steals the show at Castle Howard triathlon weekend

This weekend (25-26 July) saw another fantastic venue open its gates to the sport of tri, as 2,200 competitors took part in the annual 2015 Castle Howard Triathlon. Advertisement The Castle Series pride themselves on being newbie friendly and all levels competed from starter sprint level (200m swim, 13k bike, 2.5k run) upwards, with 500 …

Pro Triathletes form Professional Triathlon Union

The Professional Triathlon Union was launched today, a not-for-profit global body formed entirely by pro and ex-pro triathletes in an effort to grow professional non-drafting triathlon. Advertisement Initially formed in 2014, the Board of Directors is made up of 15 current pro triathletes and one salaried executive director, former pro Rich Allen. He is advised by …

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The Brutal Extreme Triathlon is a super-tough event that takes in Wales’ highest mountain, Snowdon. It’s renowned for it’s low-key and friendly vibe and every athlete – whether it’s their first triathlon or 21st – will feel the massive support from both the event crew and other competitors too. Click Here: stade francais rugby jerseys …

Non Stanford and Vicky Holland podium at Rio Olympics test event

The hotly-anticipated Rio 2016 triathlon test event saw Brits Non Stanford and Vicky Holland secure two automatic spots for GB after taking silver and third respectively, while Alistair Brownlee finished tenth after struggling with an ankle injury. Advertisement As many expected, it was current WTS title holders Javier Gomez and Gwen Jorgensen who reigned supreme …

Norseman Xtreme Triathlon 2015 race report

Norway’s Norseman Xtreme Triathlon is known as one of the hardest races out there, but the 2015 edition proved particularly tough on Saturday (1 August), with chilly conditions forcing the organisers to take the sensible decision and shorten the swim. Advertisement >>> Pain and suffering on Zombie Hill at the Norseman – blog Water temperatures …

“Zero tolerance” promised in athletics doping scandal

The sensational claim that a third of recent medal winners in top-level athletics may have recorded potentially suspicious blood tests has prompted the International Olympics Committee to promise a “zero tolerance” approach for any athletes found guilty. Advertisement The scandal began over the weekend with a television documentary by German broadcaster ARD, which claimed to …

Martyn Brunt takes on the Isoman

According to my Collins Little Gem dictionary, the word ‘Iso’ means ‘equal’, and is typically used as a prefix to words like ‘Isochron’ and ‘Isotope’, which sound faintly sinister and suggest people in laboratories meddling with atoms. Advertisement This definition was news to me because the only time I’d ever heard the word before was …

Ocean Lava Wales Middle Distance and Wales Sprint Triathlon 2015 race reports

One of the world’s best-know triathletes was in Fishguard, Pembrokeshire last weekend for the Wales Sprint Triathlon – Australia’s Chris ‘Macca’ McCormack, two-time Ironman world champion. Advertisement Also taking place in Fishguard the same day was the Ocean Lava Wales Middle Distance, acting as a qualifier for this year’s Ocean Lava final in Lanzarote. The …