The history of ‘fast Brits’ at the IRONMAN World Championship
The 2017 edition of the IRONMAN World Championship was certainly a marquee year for British athletes. While success from, in particular, the Female Pro athletes in recent years has been extensive from the likes of Chrissie Wellington, Leanda Cave and Rachel Joyce, the emergence of Lucy Charles (second) and David McNamee (third) was notable not just for being new names to the podium. At just 24 and 29 years of age respectively, they potentially have many more years ahead of them to repeat or improve upon those results.
Such was the impact of those finishes, sometimes other great performances can get overlooked. For example, that David’s finish time this year was (by far) the best from a British athlete in Hawaii was clear; but it was also a new Scottish Ironman record, taking 20 seconds from his time in South Africa earlier in the season.
There were other notable, yet perhaps under the radar, results too. Harry Wiltshire for example – his finishing time of 8:35:41 has only been beaten by two other British athletes in Hawaii, David McNamee and Tom Lowe.
Another top performance came from Susie Cheetham. While Lucy Charles of course grabbed most of the attention from a British perspective in the women’s race, Susie’s result matched her sixth place from two years ago – and was almost eight minutes faster too. While disappointed with her 15th place finish in her Kona debut, Laura Siddall still cracked the 9:30 mark in Kona which, given the history of the race, is not an easy task.
Given these examples, I’ve decided to add a new summary to my Iron-Stats archive (all linked below), to collate the fastest times recorded by British athletes at the IRONMAN World Championships. Ever.
Presented below is the all-time list of sub 8:45 (Men) and sub 9:30 (Women).
IRONMAN World Championship: British MEN Sub-8:45 in Hawaii History
IRONMAN World Championship: British WOMEN Sub-9:30 Hawaii History
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Tri247 Iron-Distance Statistics Library
- Sub-9 iron ladies: a history
the definitive list of sub-nine hour female iron distance finishes
- Sub-8 iron men: a history
the definitive list of sub-eight hour male iron distance finishes
- British Ironman success: Ladies
the definitive record of Ironman® podium finishes by British female athletes
- British Ironman success: Men
the definitive record of Ironman® podium finishes by British male athletes
- British & Irish Iron Distance Records
the fastest ironman distance times achieved for England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales
- Fastest British Iron Ladies
every sub-nine hour 15 minute iron-distance finish by British female athletes ever recorded.
- Fastest British Iron Men
every sub-eight hour 30 minute iron-distance finish by British male (and female…) athletes ever recorded
- The Fastest British Athletes at the IRONMAN World Championships, Hawaii
A complete listing of every sub 8:45 finish (Male) and sub 9:30 finish (Female) from British athletes in Kona
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