British gold medal winning Olympic triathlete and back-to-back European champion, Alistair Brownlee, has thrown his hat in the ring for the 2013 Abu Dhabi International Triathlon, which holds one of the sport’s richest purses, as he looks to expand his competitive horizons.

Speaking on a trip to the United Arab Emirates’ capital, 24-year-old Brownlee, confirmed he will start his 2013 season in March on the energy-sapping 111.5km Abu Dhabi short course – which comprises a 1.5km swim, 100km bike and 10km run – and said that preparing for the warm Arabian temperatures would be a key factor in his winter training.


“I’ll be in the UK through the winter, where it will be freezing, so coming to Abu Dhabi will be a 30 degree temperature shift, and that is a big factor. I’ll need to change my training to suit that.” he said.


“It seems like ages since I won the gold medal in August; it took me a while to get over that but now I am ready to move on and get on with it. The biggest thing I am looking forward to in Abu Dhabi is the challenge of it; I’ve spent years and years doing the ITU circuit so the change in distance will be interesting as will racing against different competitors and doing a non-drafting race, which is a big change.”



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It used to be called Cathay Pacific Half Marathon and 11k Run/Walk.  Now the long-established and very popular Auckland event has a new sponsor and new name. 


From now on, it is the Stirling Sports Half Marathon and 11k Run/Walk.  There’s a new website, new logo and specially designed running singlet for participants in the February event.


Runners new to distance events can download a comprehensive 42-page training guide produced by British runner Graeme Hilditch.


Events start and finish at Orakei Domain and much of the course follows the picturesque Auckland waterfront. There’s one detour inland on roads behind the Vector Arena and another inland route around the streets of Kohimarama and Mission Bay, past some of the city’s most attractive housing.  

The half marathon ends with the final kilometres beachside, along Tamaki Drive.


The date is perfectly positioned to give participants incentive to get fit and stay training over Christmas and New Zealand’s summer holiday season.



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