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Ironman UK: Cartmell and Grice win the day...
Posted by: Editor
Posted on: Sunday 1st August 2010

Tags  Bella Bayliss  |  Bolton  |  Fraser Cartmell  |  Ironman UK  |  Joanna Carritt  |  Stephen Bayliss  |  Yvette Grice

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Ironman UK! Well, we did say in the weekend preview of the ladies race - Bella Bayliss of course being the pre-race favourite - "It is not beyond possibility that there could be an all British ladies podium, as Yvette Grice and Joanna Carritt could well be in contention come the final stages of the run."

Well, not only did Yvette make the podium, she passed Bella with two miles of the run to go to take the win! A 3:02:03 marathon was very impressive, and a deserving way to take my far the biggest vistory in your triathlon career. And it was indeed Tri247 columnist Joanna Carritt who took third place, an impressive run of 3:09:27 taking her from fourth at T2, to secure a GB 1/2/3.

Bella had what looked like a winning lead headig out of T2, her 5:48:25 bike time the only lady under the six hour mark, having exited the water on the feet of Yvette. From the start of the run however she was losing time to both Yvette and Joanna, and ultimately she ran out of road just two miles from the finish, and couldn't quite make it four straight Ironman UK wins.

The men's race went to (our) expectation, with Fraser Cartmell once again displaying the class and confidence he has shown throughout his 2010 race season, described by IronmanLive as "Looking like he was just out for a Sunday walk, Fraser Cartmell stolled over the finish line." I did ask him if this was the case, and he said "no, I definitely wouldn't describe it as that!".

Rather than the Bayliss double-win of 2008, it was double second place today, the six minute deficit of Stephen to Fraser all coming on the bike. Axel Zeebroek (BEL) prevented a complete GBR sweep of the top-3 position.

I've just had an opportunity to chat to both winners:


"Obviously I'm really, realy pleased - it was a big goal for the year and it is very satisfying that all the work that went into it paid off"

"On the bike it took me a while to get my legs, but then when I got a gap, it went up quite quickly to about seven minutes. The last loop of the bike wasn't great, but the gap was still reasonable at six minutes something. Not a race winning amount by any means, but a decent cushion."

"I think I ran quite well. I certainly ran well for the first hour - or at least it felt like that! - but after that it felt like a bit of shuffle / survival, but I suppose that is par for the course in Ironman isn't it?! The gap to Stephen stayed pretty constant, so it was a good position to be in."

"At this moment I can't imagine doing another step now - it's funny how your body shuts down when you cross the line - but yes, I will be going to Hawaii. It's a really exciting thing, as I said to you earlier in the year it is important for the Trek / K-Swiss team, so it is great to now have that secured."

"I'm not sure I can have any expectations going there for the first time. I would love to be able to swim and bike with the lead group - and I think I can do that - but there is a fair bit of training on the bike to do before then. It's not ideal, being only nine weeks or so away, but with 10 days or so of recovery, I think I should be ok"

"It's been a great year for me - I have worked really really hard, and showed a lot of commitment - I've raced a lot less, and had a key focus on each of the races I have done, and that has really paid off. I'm really looking forward to Hawaii now!"


"I'm still in a state of shock to be honest, it doesn't quite seem real!"

"Beforehand I was aiming at a top-3. I didn't have expectations for winning, or think I would be able to catch Bella, so I'm really happy"

"I'm hoping to go to Hawaii, yes - if I can afford it. I did go before (2007), but I would like to do a lot better this time."

"Glenn Cook [Ed. her coach] at Bodyworks XTC has done a great job, and has got me into great shape, so I'm very thankful to him."

Pos Men Women
1st Fraser Cartmell (GBR) 8:40:17 Yvette Grice (GBR) 10:01:02
2nd Stephen Bayliss (GBR) 8:46:18 Bella Bayliss (GBR) 10:06:51
3rd Axel Zeebroek (BEL) 8:49:37 Joanna Carritt (GBR) 10:16:22

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