IRONMAN Western Australia, IRONMAN 70.3 Western Australia and IRONMAN Argentina (South American Championship)
Alistair Brownlee returns to IRONMAN after taking on his first World Championships in Kona. Brownlee swam strong and pushed hard on the bike, completing the race in a time of 08:25:03. He will be hoping for a repeat of his IRONMAN Ireland, Cork performance, which saw the two-time Olympic gold medallist take the top spot.
Brownlee will share the start line with Robert Brundish, who makes his debut in Western Australia, despite being a seasoned IRONMAN. He finished 5th at IRONMAN France earlier on in the year with a time of 07:33:59.
Several women are also representing Great Britain in the antipodes. Susie Cheetham will take the start line after a 19th place finish at Kona. She will race alongside three-time IRONMAN 70.3 champion Kimberly Morrison, as well as Sophie Bubb, who makes her pro debut in Australia. Katrina Matthews and Ruth Purbrook are also set to race. Purbrook gears up for her first pro IRONMAN outing.
The course features a swim close to the shoreline, a cycle through Tuart Forest, and a flat, four-lap run. Will Clarke, Edward Jennings and Thomas Bramah are amongst those competing in the M25-29 age group category. As for M30-34, Mike Huckle, Matthew Lloyd-Davies and Craig Llewellyn are also set for the start line.
Additionally, Ali King (M35-39), Neil Gyte (M35-39) and Mark Fisher (M45-49) will represent Great Britain. They will share the course with Mark Jackman, who competes in M40-44 and Amanda Borlotti, who will race in the category’s female equivalent. Finally, Tim Bowman and Lesley Jones will compete in M50-54 and F50-54 respectively.
Amongst those taking on the Western Australian IRONMAN at half distance are Neil Dalton (M40-44), Alex Leyland (M45-49) and Vince Rylance (M55-59). This race will follow the same course as its 140.6-mile counterpart but will halve the number of laps required for each discipline.
Several British athletes travel to South America this weekend. After competing at numerous IRONMAN competitions, including a top ten finish at Kona, Graham Baxter will battle the rolling hills of Argentina. Also, amongst those representing Great Britain in South America are Keith Murray, Raya Hubbell and Christian Freuling.