Catch up on a whole month of triathlon action including events at IRONMAN, Challenge Family and ITU Triathlon World Cup races...
Jump to: IRONMAN Florida | IRONMAN 70.3 South American Championship | IRONMAN 70.3 Turkey | Santo Domingo ITU Triathlon World Cup | Challenge Cape Town | IRONMAN 70.3 Xiamen | IRONMAN Cozumel | IRONMAN Western Australia | IRONMAN 70.3 Western Australia
Despite falling behind to some strong swimmers before the first transition, Joe Skipper excelled through the bike and run legs of the race, completing the cycle in a blisteringly quick 04:05:51. Skipper then pushed himself to maintain an incredible pace for the marathon run (02:39:01). For this superb performance, Skipper took home gold, crossing the line in 07:46:28.
Sophie Whitworth was the 3rd F45-49 age group women to cross the line, finishing the race in 10:16:57. She placed 15th overall for female age group athletes in Florida.
Amy Kilpin was victorious at Buenos Aires. She was the 1st age group women to cross the line, completing the half IRONMAN in just 04:34:21.
Des Byrne reached the top-ten of the M55-59 age group. Finishing the race in 05:12:22, Byrne achieved a 9th place finish.
British age group female athletes occupied three positions in the top ten at Turkey, all of which occupied the F25-29 age group. Sophie Kirk started strong, recording a 00:28:42 swim and remaining consistent to the end. Both Lucy Craig and Lucy Davies put in strong sub-01:40:00 runs to finish 6th and 8th respectively.
Matthew Brooke was just seconds away from taking 9th place. Crossing the line just four seconds after Ilya Slepov, Brooke still protected his top-ten position to finish 10th overall and secured 3rd in his M30-34 division.
The first leg of this race was always going to be a test for Barclay Izzard. Britain’s sole representative in Santo Domingo returned to the sport after nursing a broken collarbone. Despite a tough swim, Izzard remained determined and recorded consistent times during both the bike (00:52:51) and run (00:32:43) sections of the race. He crossed the line in 28th.
Emma Pallant marked the first ever Challenge Cape Town with a 1st place finish. Pallant finished seven minutes ahead of her competitors, crossing the line after a 01:20:48 run. The podium was completed by Annah Watkinson (RSA) and Great Britain’s Laura Siddal in 3rd. Siddal rode well on the bike, finishing the section over two minutes faster than the race leader (02:19:54).
Tim Don finished in 5th place, completing the race in 03:55:45. Don maintained the quick pace of the race leaders throughout the swim and bike sections and beat out South Africa’s Bradley Weiss to secure his place in the top five.
Frankie Sanjana flew the British flag in China. Sanjana was the 3rd women to cross the finish line (04:23:35). She recorded the fastest bike time of any Pro women in the race, clocking in at 02:16:00.
Age group athlete also had success as Mathew Stephenson was the first in the M50-54 division to finish the race. Additionally, Jordan Blanco (F45-49) and Sophie King (F30-34) both took the top spot in their divisions and were the 14th and 15th women to cross the line respectively.
Caroline Livesey was the 9th female Pro to finish this Mexican IRONMAN. She recorded a time of 09:41:37.
As for age group athletes, Nathan Ford finished 1st in the M35-39 division. He crossed the line in 08:40:23. Other notable performances include a 2nd place finish for Linda Bakely (F45-49) and a 3rd place finish for Dean Kirkham (M45-49).
Alistair Brownlee demonstrated his IRONMAN credentials with a dominant performance in Western Australia. The two-time Olympic gold medallist completed the race in 07:45:20. Brownlee led from the front, recording strong times in all disciplines including swim (00:46:29), bike (04:10:32) and run (02:43:39) and smashing the course record by six minutes. Brownlee crossed the line ten minutes before 2nd place Matt Burton (AUS). This performance means that Brownlee has already qualified for next year’s Kona World Championships.
Female Pros include Katrina Matthews who crossed the line in 08:53:58 to claim 4th place and Kimberly Morrison who finished 6th. Ruth Purbrook’s first outing as an IRONMAN Pro saw her take 8th place, with a time of 09:17:41, whilst Sophie Bubb became the 12th female Pro to cross the finish line.
Age group success includes 2nd place finishes for Luke Mathews (M30-34) and Elizabeth Neville (F65-69) in their respective divisions.
In Western Australia’s half distance IRONMAN, Jason Newsome took 1st place in the M45-49 age group division, whilst Natasha Pertwee finished 3rd in F45-49.