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Ironman UK 2015: Pro WOMEN preview
Posted by: John Levison
Posted on: Wednesday 15th July 2015


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Will it be a second Ironman UK win for Lucy Gossage this weekend?

This coming Sunday, 19th July, sees the 11th edition of Ironman UK. Between 2005 and 2008 the event was held in Sherborne, before moving to Bolton for its first edition there in 2009. This will thus be the seventh edition in the North West town.

Those previous six editions have seen six different Pro women standing on top of the podium - so will 2015 prove to be lucky seven for Duracell Bunny Lucy Gossage? The only previous winner of the event racing this year (from 2013), Gossage will certainly start as the favourite to collect the $14,000 first prize - the 2015 edition of the event featuring a significant purse increase from the $25,000 total of 2014 to $75,000 this year.

Long Course Weekend

Gossage recently won the inaugural Ironman 70.3 Staffordshire, and two weeks ago completed her Ironman UK preparations at the Long Course Weekend in Wales, an event she so eloquently reported on for us. It's no secret that Lucy enjoys racing on home soil, she isn't having to chase Kona qualification points (she has plenty already), and this event is a primary focus for her. She is without doubt the one to beat.

As you would expect, there are plenty of other British Pro's who will be looking to measure themselves against the best. Joanna Carritt has three Ironman UK podium finishes (including third last year), while Amy Forshaw took third two years ago, before winning Ironman Wales last year.

Eleanor Haresign, Joanna Carritt, Amy Forshaw

Eleanor Haresign - Challenge Weymouth winner last season - can certainly have confidence in her bike form at the very least, having recently broken the four hour mark in a 100-mile TT, while first year Pro Caroline Livesey (who we interviewed at length recently), has already made an Ironman podium this year in Lanzarote). They will be joined by Suzie Richards (interviewed HERE), winner of the Outlaw Half and Slateman in both her first Ironman and first Pro start, and Alice Hector, who has been relatively quiet on the racing front of last since top-10 finishes at 70.3 New Orleans and 70.3 Texas in April. That said, technically (I think?!), she's unbeaten over the distance (thanks Laura Trimle for highlighting that Alice was 6th at Ironman UK, Sherborne in 2008), having won The Bastion last year in her only previous iron-distance race... can she earn a #WellDone this weekend?

The biggest threat to an in-form Gossage however looks set to come from Denmark's Michelle Vesterby who, like Gossage, has an entry on the all-time sub-nine hour iron-distance archive, set at Ironman Arizona in 2013.

Ironman UK Pro Women Startlist

Name
Bib No.
Gossage, Lucy
19
Forshaw, Amy
20
Abraham, Corinne
21
Carritt, Joanna
22
Holst, Tine
23
Candrova, Jana
24
Gerdes, Beth
25
Griesbauer, Dede
26
Haresign, Eleanor
27
Hector, Alice
28
Hufe, Mareen
29
Jensen, Anne
30
King, Kathryn
31
Li, Shiao-Yu
32
Livesey, Caroline
33
Richards, Suzie
34
Riesler, Diana
35
Tanaka, Keiko
36
Vesterby, Michelle
37

Ironman UK Race Coverage


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