Fastest British athletes in Hawaii: the all-time list

KAILUA KONA, HI - OCTOBER 14: David McNamee of Great Britain celebrates after finishing third during the IRONMAN World Championship on October 14, 2017 in Kailua Kona, Hawaii. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images for IRONMAN)

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

YearFinishing PositionNameTime
20173rdDavid McNamee08:07:11
201613thDavid McNamee08:28:05
201111thTom Lowe08:29:02
201511thDavid McNamee08:32:27
201721stHarry Wiltshire08:35:41
201513thJoe Skipper08:36:02
201515thTim Don08:39:05
19985thSpencer Smith08:39:07
201317thPaul Amey08:39:20
20008thSpencer Smith08:43:05
KAILUA KONA, HI - OCTOBER 14: (C) Patrick Lange of Germany celebrates afer winning the IRONMAN World Championship along with (L) Lionel Sanders of Canada who finished second and David McNamee of Great Britain who finished third on October 14, 2017 in Kailua Kona, Hawaii. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images for IRONMAN)
Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images for IRONMAN

IRONMAN World Championship: British WOMEN Sub-9:30 Hawaii History

YearFinishing PositionNameTime
20091stChrissie Wellington08:54:02
20111stChrissie Wellington08:55:08
20132ndRachel Joyce08:57:28
20172ndLucy Charles08:59:38
20113rdLeanda Cave09:03:29
20133rdLiz Blatchford09:03:35
20143rdRachel Joyce09:04:23
20081stChrissie Wellington09:06:23
20114thRachel Joyce09:06:57
20071stChrissie Wellington09:08:45
20103rdJulie Dibens09:10:04
20144thJodie Swallow09:10:19
20152ndRachel Joyce09:10:59
20131st (AG)Catherine Faux09:15:16
20121stLeanda Cave09:15:54
20176thSusie Cheetham09:16:00
20105thRachel Joyce09:18:48
201111thCatriona Morrison09:22:07
20156thSusie Cheetham09:23:50
201411thCorinne Abraham09:25:04
201312thLeanda Cave09:25:07
20169thLucy Gossage09:25:57
201010thLeanda Cave09:27:42
201510thLucy Gossage09:28:36
201715thLaura Siddall09:29:51

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