Forty years of IRONMAN history comes together this weekend in Kona, Hawaii for the World Championships and there is plenty of British interest. Four British athletes head to Sarasota, USA for a late season ITU World Cup race.
IRONMAN World Championship Kona
A year since breaking his neck during one of his final training rides, Tim Don is back in Kona and aiming for a top 15 finish on Saturday. There are plenty of British athletes with podium chances including Lucy Charles, who was second last year, and David McNamee, who finished third.
Susie Cheetham was sixth last year, and recently crowned ETU European Long Distance Champion, Laura Siddall can use last years’ experience to move up the field from 15th and Corinne Abraham (16th) could also move up given her form earlier in the year and debutant, Emma Pallant, could make a big impact. Joe Skipper and Will Clarke add more British fire power to the Pro start list.
Siddall said: “I'm trying to enjoy every minute of it, and hope the body and mind deliver come Saturday, but regardless, I will cross that line with a smile and feeling proud.”
There are a host of British Age Group athletes making the pilgrimage to the Pacific Island that has been taken over by 2500 of the fittest people on the planet. Tri247 has done previews of the Age Group races which you can read via their website – Men / Women.
Pro Men: David McNamee, Joe Skipper, Will Clarke, Tim Don
Pro Women: Lucy Charles, Susie Cheetham, Laura Siddall, Corinne Abraham, Emma Pallant
2018 Sarasota-Bradenton ITU Triathlon World Cup
Lucy Hall is in action on Saturday in the Sunshine State, which is currently enduring the force of Hurricane Michael. She faces tough competition, including USA’s Kirsten Kasper, who was fourth overall in the ITU World Triathlon Series. Grand Final winner, Vincent Luis, headlines the very strong men’s field. Brits Calum Johnson and Grant Sheldon will enjoy the challenge.
Elite Men: Calum Johnson, Grant Sheldon
Elite Women: Lucy Hall
2018 Sarasota-Bradenton ITU Paratriathlon World Cup
ITU Long Distance Paratriathlon Champion Iain Dawson is set to race on same Sarasota course against a large field of visually impaired athletes.
Elite Men: Iain Dawson (PTVI Men)