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British Age Group Kona success
Posted by: John Levison
Posted on: Monday 13th October 2014

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Gilfillan, Dailey lead British Age Group Kona success

As well as the exceptionally tough Pro races at the Ironman World Championships on Saturday (see the initial Pro results on these links: MEN | WOMEN), the event is almost certainly the single most competitive Age Group triathlon event in the world, across all distances.

In Kona, the Age Group podium includes the first five athletes in each five year banding, with winners winning the traditional Umeke, the local hand carved wooden bowls. The higher you finish, the bigger the Umeke!

British athletes had perhaps their most successful year ever in Kona - at least, in my recent memory - with six athletes stepping up at the Awards to collect their hard earned prizes.

The first British Age Group male athletes in 2014 was James Gilfillan, who took second place in M35-39, edging under the magic nine hour mark in 8:59:47. That was the 31st fastest overall time of the day, and also makes him the third fastest Age Group athlete overall.

The fastest British female Age Grouper was Simone Dailey, who broke the ten hour mark in 9:59:10 to take second place in the F25-29 category.

We reported on Caroline and Mark Livesey earlier in the year - and they, perhaps (?!), cemented their position as arguably the fastest amateur iron-couple around once again. Caroline took third place (10:13:19) in the F30-34 category, to add to wins earlier this season at Ironman Texas and Ironman Austria. Mark didn't get 'chicked' however, with a 9:33:20 finish for 21st position in M40-44.

Massive congratulations to all six of the athletes here on some truly inspiring performances.

Ironman World Championships 2014 - British Age Group Podium Finishers

Simone Dailey, Second - F25-29 - 9:59:10

Caroline Livesey, Third - F30-34 - 10:13:19

Tracy Cook, Fourth - F40-44 - 10:23:49

Gill Fullen, Fifth - F50-54 - 11:13:31

Sam Baxter, Fourth - M30-34 - 9:13:36

James Gilfillan, Second - M35-39 - 8:59:47

#GBKONA 2014 Coverage

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