European Triathlon Union to develop Cross Triathlon European Series

English: New York State Federation Cross Count...

English: New York State Federation Cross Country Meet (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In September 2012 the President of the European Triathlon Union, Renato Bertrandi, and Island Group GM Sandro Salerno, signed an agreement to create and start the first official Cross Triathlon Circuit in Europe.

The circuit, called “ETU TNATURA CROSS TRIATHLON EUROPEAN SERIES” will consist of various races amongst the 41 nations which are part of European Triathlon Union.

The 2013 Cross Triathlon series will begin with three races across the Mediterranean and Central Europe. All of the locations offer fantastic scenery and high quality race courses.

The 2013 season will act as a pilot with the aim to develop a full scale race project for 2014.

Sandro Salerno of Island Group said: “TNATURA is a brand that will help the development of Cross Triathlon in Europe.

“We are certain that participants in Off-Road Triathlon will double in the coming years, not only because there is a strong demand from European athletes but also because of the presence of highly professional organisers across Europe.

“We have already received several requests from organisers who would like to host a race within the new European circuit.”

ETU President Renato Bertrandi said: “I am happy that we have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Island Group as the race organiser of the European Series of Cross Country races.

“The circuit has the purpose to focus the attention of media and athletes to Cross Country Triathlon and provide quality and environmentally friendly events.

“We are all confident of the success of this circuit named TNatura.”

If any organisations are interested in hositng a race on the ETU TNatura circuit, please contact the ETU office or Island Group at the following address

Anyone who might be interested in getting more detailed information about the new circuit can contact the organisation team at


Swimming: The craziest race ever!

Quantum Nicosia Marathon, Cyprus

On Sunday, December 9, 2012, the 3rd Quantum Nicosia Marathon will be held, the most important international, social, cultural, sporting event that is hosted in the streets of Nicosia.

The Quantum Nicosia Marathon, is organized by the “Athanasios Ktorides” Foundation and the Nicosia Municipality, and runners from around the world will participate. It is supported by the Ministry of Education, the Cyprus Sports Organisation, the Cyprus Amateur Athletic Association, the Cyprus Olympic Committee and other institutional bodies, and has already been recorded down in history as a monumental success.

This year we will have the great honour to host, for the first time in the sporting history of Cyprus, the “Marathon Flame”, with the cooperation of the Hellenic Amateur Athletic Association and the Organising Committee of the Athens Classic Marathon.

The 3rd Nicosia Marathon enters its final straight and invites you to participate.

Runner? Spectator? Volunteer?

The Marathon honours you and welcomes you to this great celebration of Friendship and Will.

For registration visit Nicosia Marathon

Froome over Wiggins to lead Team Sky forTour de France 2013


Team Sky boss Dave Brailsford says Chris Froome is set to lead the British outfit’s Tour de France 2013 challenge and not Bradley Wiggins.

Froome, 27, helped Wiggins, 32, win the 2012 Tour but it seems the pair will switch roles for next year’s race.

Brailsford said the plan had not “completely been signed off”.

But he added: “The Tour of Italy would be a very good target for Bradley and leave Froomy then to focus on the Tour de France.”

At this year’s Tour de France, Froome finished runner-up to Wiggins, who became the first British winner of the event.

However, Froome looked stronger than Wiggins in some of the mountain stages.

The 100th edition of the Tour de France, which runs from 29 June to 21 July next year, is likely to favour top climbers such as Kenyan-born Froome.

That will enable Wiggins to be able to focus on the Tour of Italy (Giro d’Italia), a race he loves but is known for being a hugely challenging grand tour to win. It runs from 4-26 May.

Brailsford, 48, is British cycling’s performance director and was speaking at UK Sport’s world class performance conference in Leeds. He masterminded Great Britain winning eight gold medals at London 2012.

Some of Brailsford’s colleagues have since moved to other sports but he believes their replacements can move the organisation forward.

“It’s inevitable, but it means you get fresh people and new ideas,” added Brailsford.

“Matt Parker and our two performance analysts went off to rugby, but Matt had been there 10 years and if you carry on with the same group at some point in time you are going to get myopic.

“So I think bringing in people with new ideas that we listen to is healthy.”

From BBC news

Just to run with my kids would be enough, admits Radcliffe after triple operation

From Dailymail

On August 5, 2012 Paula Radcliffe sat in a London hotel room and watched Tiki Gelana of  Ethiopia win gold in the women’s marathon in a time of two hours, 23.07 minutes, an Olympic record.

Tears start to form in Radcliffe’s wide, pale blue eyes at the memory. That was meant to be her race, in her country; her final opportunity to add Olympic glory to world championship success and world records of a glittering long-distance running career; her time to bury the memories of  Athens and Beijing. And then the tears start to fall.

‘There’s a lot more suffering in the world and people put up with a lot more than me just missing a race,’ she says. ‘But, yes, it was hard. I think I could have  handled that for one Olympics and maybe for two. But for three? It just felt really unfair.

Tears: Paula Radcliffe finished the 2008 Olympic marathon in 23rd placeTears: Paula Radcliffe finished the 2008 Olympic marathon in 23rd place

‘One of the most frustrating things was that I felt I was in good enough shape to run 2.19 or 2.20. That made me feel even sadder because it wasn’t as if they were miles ahead and I would only have been running for top five or top six. I could have been in there fighting for it.

‘You just think, why couldn’t the Games have just been six weeks earlier? Sometimes it all felt like a bad dream and I would wake up to discover I could actually do it.’

While Great Britain basked in an incredible year of sport, the woman who has been a figurehead for so long was an outsider, looking in. Some 10 days before the Games, the cartilage between the navicular and talus on the top of Radcliffe’s left foot cracked; the repercussions of an undiagnosed stress fracture sustained in 1994 were taking their toll.

Recovering: Radcliffe's injured footRecovering: Radcliffe’s injured foot

The bones in the foot were rubbing against each other, causing pain that was so bad Radcliffe was told she may never run again.

‘It was hard because it was the end of the Olympics for me,’ she says, her voice faltering again. ‘It was hard because it was the  Olympics in London. Then to see what a brilliant atmosphere it was …it would have been amazing to be able to run in that.’

Instead, on August 22 in  California, Radcliffe had three operations on her left foot: a bone graft to correct the stress fracture, a procedure to separate two bones that had fused together and a micro-fracture to stimulate the cracked cartilage.

She was ‘immobilised’ for 10 weeks and then forced to use a knee scooter to get down to the beach to go aqua-jogging to help her rehabilitation.

When we met last weekend in Barcelona, where the IAAF were holding the World Athlete of the Year awards, Radcliffe still could not run. She is hopeful she will be back jogging before Christmas, but there are no guarantees.

The 2013 London Marathon — 10 years after she smashed the world record in the race — is almost  certain to come too soon. But she will battle on, as always.

Nobody could have criticised Radcliffe for calling time on her career at the age of 38.

She admits this was her immediate instinct, but two things changed her mind and forced her to have the operations. The thought of not being able to run — recreationally and with her children Isla, five, and Raphael, two — was unbearable.

All smiles: Radcliffe has had to go through extensive rehabilitationAll smiles: Radcliffe has had to go through extensive rehabilitation

‘I’ve always run,’ she says, simply. But Radcliffe is even more determined to ‘finish by finishing a race’. It does not necessarily have to be a major championship, although the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow or the 2014 London Marathon would be preferable, but she knows she has to sign off properly and on her terms.

She recalls: ‘I said to Gary, my husband, “That’s it. I’m not going to do this any more. It’s too many times I’ve been kicked down”. Then I got this feeling that I have to at least finish a race.

‘Even if I never manage to get back to elite level, I still want to be able to run with my kids. I’ve realised my potential and won world championships. It’s just the Olympics that’s going to be sad for me.’

Olympic pole vault champions try a new sport

Germans Bjorn Otto silver medal at London Olympics 2012) and Raphael Holzdeppe (bronze medal at London Olympics 2012) both Olympic Champions at pole vault, testing their abilities at the springboard diving


Cycling in Cyprus

This is a video of my friend Nikos Lazarou, while he was trying to go to his work with bicycle one morning. Cyprus unfortunately is not a friendly place for cyclists