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70.3 World's: GB Age-Group women preview
Posted by: John Levison
Posted on: Saturday 22nd August 2015


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Can Great Britain's Age-Group women make the Ironman 70.3 World Champs podium?

We take a look at the prospects for the GB Age-Group women headed to Zell Am See-Kaprun, Austria next week for the 2015 Ironman 70.3 World Championship - highlighting a few names we think will be in contention.

First time in Europe

Starting in 2006, the Ironman 70.3 World Championships spent its first five editions (2006-2010) based in Clearwater, Florida, before a three year residency (2011-2013), at Lake Las Vegas in Henderson, Nevada. From 2014 the event began an annual rotation system, with Mont Tremblant, Canada being the first new venue away from the events two previous 'homes'. That brings us to 2015, and the first Ironman 70.3 World Championship to be hosted in Europe. Zell Am See-Kaprun in Austria is the venue - will a European venue increase the chances of GB medal success?

A tough challenge

With so many (too many...?) international championship events across the various multisport distances and disciplines through the year, on both a World and Euopean level, seeing extensive medal returns from British Age-Group athletes on our regular event roundups from ETU and ITU competitions is pretty much taken for granted. Wherever, and whatever the event, British athletes will typically be there in both quality and quantity. Does that mean we should expect a similarly extensive listing from the 70.3 World Champs this year? Based on recent history at least, probably not. Podium positions are not easy to come by at the Ironman 70.3 World Championships.

Recent history

Looking back over the last three editions of the 70.3 World Championships, there was just one British female medal Age-Group medal in each year - three in total. Parys Edwards (2012) and Laura Siddall (2013) - both Gold medal winners - are also both now racing in the Pro ranks in Middle and Long Distance events. Last years Bronze medallist in the 30-34 category, Katie Henderson, was tragically killed in June this year following a road traffic accident in Staffordshire where she was travelling to the debut Ironman 70.3 event there.

GB Age-Group medals at Ironman 70.3 World Champships 2012 to 2014 (Women)

Year
Name
Category
Position
2012
Parys Edwards
35-39
Winner
2013
Laura Siddall
30-34
Winner
2014
Katie Henderson
30-34
Bronze

Medal contenders: who to look out for?

With recent history indicating that podium positions are a very tough ask - and the next two editions of the championship being in Australia (2016) and the USA (2017) - Austria perhaps represents the best chance of medal success.

Given the challenge ahead, who might well be in medal contention this year? Here are a few names we think have chances, along with the full listing of British Female Age-Groupers racing in Zell am See-Kaprun.

LUCY CHARLES (18-24)

The former international swimmer will likely be the fastest through the water all day. She's no one trick pony however, having won her category at 70.3 UK and Ironman UK as well as winning overall the Triathlon England Championships at the Grafman. Still new to the sport, she's learning fast in every sense.

KIMBERLEY MORRISON (25-29)

Kimberley qualified by finishing as first Age-Grouper (eighth overall) at 70.3 Haugesund, Norway after also finishing in the top-10 at 70.3 Pays D'Aix. Guided by former British Triathlon coach Mark Pearce, a challenging bike course should suit her strengths.

NATALIE SEYMOUR (25-29)

Natalie was the overall winner this year at the Age-Group only Ironman 70.3 UK at Wimbleball. A former Great Britain international hockey player with Commonwealth and European Championship medals, she also pushed Suzie Richards very close at the Slateman Triathlon in May. Seymour is clearly an athlete progressing fast - will it be fast enough to challenge for a podium in Austria?

ALISON ROWATT (30-34)

Another former international hockey player, Alison is possibly one of the most consistent athletes around - she rarely, if ever, seems to have a bad race. A member of Team Freespeed, Alison took second place in F30-34 at Kona in 2013, which tells you something about her abilities. She recently finished a very close second at the London Triathlon Olympic Plus event, so she'll be ready to perform once again. Alison has tasted previous success - she was the fastest Age-Group athlete overall at the 2010 Ironman 70.3 World Championships (where Eimear Mullan was second), when winning the 25-29 category.

FRAN BUNGAY (40-44)

Fran has been in great form recently - after Silver at the ETU Powerman Duathlon Long Distance Champs and Bronze in the ETU Middle Distance Champs in Rimini, she's finished top-10 overall at Alpe d'Huez Short course and then won her Age-Group at the European 70.3 World Champs in Wiesbaden. Is that form enough to challenge for a World Champs medal to add the European collection?

Alison Rowatt, Jane Hansom, Gill Fullen
Alison Rowat, Jane Hansom and Gill Fullen

JANE HANSOM (45-49)

It wouldn't be a start list without Jane Hansom. One of the most active racers we know, Jane recently reported for us on her time training in St. Moritz, Switzerland with the mightly Brett Sutton. She's alread collected wins this year at 70.3 Mallorca, 70.3 Pescara and Ironman Switzerland (qualifying for Kona). Jane is back out training in Switzerland again... expect her to be fighting for a podium before turning her full attentions to her debut Kona campaign.

GILL FULLEN (50-54)

We've already recognised Gill this year on Tri247, awarding her our ERDINGER Athlete of the Month award for March. Gill's triathlon CV is very impressive. She's already won World Championship Gold at Long Distance Triathlon, Long Distance Duathlon, Standard Distance Duathlon (twice!), made the podium in Kona and this year won her Age Group at Ironman 70.3 Stafforshire by almost an hour. If we had to put our money on one British medal, Gill would be our selection as she is a class performer and still getting faster.

JANE WILEY (55-59)

Jane reported for us from Motala, Sweden where she won the ITU World Long Distance Triathlon Championships in her Age-Group, calling it her "almost perfect race." In a totally unrelated result, she also beat your Editor in a 25-mile Time Trial last Saturday...!

JANE LESLIE (65-69)

Jane is a regular medal winner in ITU and ETU competition in both Aquathlon and Triathlon over the past six seasons, and is now at the lower end of her 65-69 category.

PEGGY CROME (70-74)

Another regular medal winner on GB teams over many years and a previous winner of British Triathlon's Age Group Athlete of the Year award.

BRITISH FEMALE ENTRANTS: 2015 IRONMAN 70.3 WORLD CHAMPS

BIB # FIRST NAME LAST NAME
DIVISION
2737 HOLLY CHIPMAN
F18-24
2738 ELOISE DU LUART
F18-24
2742 LUCY CHARLES
F18-24
2734 YASMIN CHAUDHRI
F18-24
2741 ANNIE FREDERICK
F18-24
2755 IMOGEN SIMMONDS
F18-24
2607 KATHERINE DEROME
F25-29
2571 RACHEL LONGLEY
F25-29
2559 JUSTINE LYNCH
F25-29
2547 EMILY MEAKIN
F25-29
2575 ANNA SEYMOUR
F25-29
2550 NATALIE SEYMOUR
F25-29
2627 SIMONE DAILEY
F25-29
2584 NAOMI GREENWOOD
F25-29
2590 AMY KILPIN
F25-29
2545 KIMBERLEY MORRISON
F25-29
2263 GABRIEL CARNWATH
F30-34
2237 KATRINA HEAD
F30-34
2231 EMMA LAMONT
F30-34
2272 ALISON ROWATT
F30-34
2334 ALEX RUDGE
F30-34
2233 TANYA ZUCCO
F30-34
2258 CLAIRE HANN
F30-34
2303 HELEN MURRAY
F30-34
2241 JENNIFER STEWART
F30-34
1885 JO HALEY
F35-39
1933 BETHAN HUGHES
F35-39
1925 VICKY JONES
F35-39
1915 JOANNE PLUMBLEY
F35-39
1859 KATE RICHMAN
F35-39
1871 LOUISE THOMSON
F35-39
1972 EMMA BRIGGS
F35-39
1971 WENDY CASTERTON
F35-39
1842 MHAIRI COOPER
F35-39
1841 LIBBY FREE
F35-39
1844 ANGELA GOODWIN
F35-39
1884 THEA GUDGEON
F35-39
1950 EMMA HASELDEN
F35-39
1860 SAMANTHA HOWARD
F35-39
1878 LUCIE JANSEN
F35-39
1843 CLARE LAIT
F35-39
1898 ELEANOR QUESTED
F35-39
1960 HELEN WAUGH
F35-39
1433 LINDA BLAKELY
F40-44
1486 JORDAN BLANCO
F40-44
1444 FRAN BUNGAY
F40-44
1467 ANNE MACDONALD
F40-44
1465 RUTH TUKER
F40-44
1535 LORAINE BAKER
F40-44
1430 LYSA FAIRHURST
F40-44
1036 ALLISON CARTER
F45-49
1020 SHARON GLENISTER
F45-49
1017 JANE HANSOM
F45-49
1059 TAMARA HARDMAN
F45-49
1042 EDWINA MCDOWALL
F45-49
1107 CATHERINE MILGATE
F45-49
1039 PAULA ROBINSON
F45-49
1103 GILLIAN BLAKE
F45-49
1028 SHONA GIRDWOOD
F45-49
1034 LIZ HALL
F45-49
1093 TRACEY HORNE
F45-49
1030 LOUISE OLDRIDGE
F45-49
1105 ABIGAIL WHITE
F45-49
736 GILL FULLEN
F50-54
714 SALLY MORTLEMAN
F50-54
719 ANNETTE EDWARDS
F50-54
715 JO GUNDLE
F50-54
769 JULIE ROSSOUW
F50-54
492 JANE WILEY
F55-59
482 SHARE FORRESTER
F55-59
517 GLENDA GOSCOMB
F55-59
478 NORA HAGGART
F55-59
520 ALISON ROSE-QUIRIE
F55-59
342 VICTORIA CARPENTER
F60-64
343 JANET WATSON
F60-64
350 THERESA ABBOTT
F60-64
370 HILARY WALKER
F60-64
262 JANE LESLIE
F65-69
214 PEGGY CROME
F70-74

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